Sweet, In memory of Sharese Locke

Brown sugar and cayenne,

Intertwined harmonies of violin and viola,

Winding willow and rooted oak,

Neck jerk, sassy smirk, and mile-wide smiles,

Melodic soul, metaphorical role,

Finger pop, hand pat, hip bump and juicy roll...

       The party may have started before we arrived, but we danced our way in and raised the roof.


     School brought us together to “flex and tech,” but poetry found and bound us, liquid language, simultaneous heartbeat, morning, noon, and night.

(one of our first professional publications, circa 1987, Literati Chicago)

photo credit:  L. Beauchamp


     You loved poetry as much as I did.  Poetry was home to misfits, outcasts, black sheep, and word warriors. Poetry was where we found one another. Poetry, how we mused, amused and soothed the abused and even healed our own bruises.  From the hills of the campus to the clubs and “Mill” of Chicago, to a quick hit even on the west coast, poetry was our magic, and we casted spells with wicked thickness.  Your family became my family, mine was yours, and we were sisters bound by poetic lineage.


And then, life happened...

     A new love, a new vision, a cross country move, a first child, a film project, new directions, splitting paths, life...

     Today, I celebrate the life you lived, the life you loved, the life you fought, and I am grateful for all you taught me and let me teach you in return.  I am grateful for every moment we laughed, loved, learned, and cried. 

     I am the woman, artist, writer, poet, I am partly because of how we grew up together and then apart.  I thank you from the endlessness of my heart.  I am sending love, light and peace to bless us who will miss you, that smile, and the drama that only you knew how to play. I am sending love, light, and peace to bless you as you cross into ancestral plane.  I pray you are somewhere passionately poeting in power.



Many thanks to Shannon Locke and "Chicago Beau" for the archived photos.




Teresa April 08, 2019 @12:17 am
I remember Sharese entering a room and it feeling like the sun emerging in a gray sky. She radiated her beauty. TJ, my heart hurts for you. When you close your eyes, may you feel her warmth kiss your cheeks, her shine set your spirit aglow and her light brighten the dim of sorrow.
Tamara February 08, 2019 @08:39 am
Thank you, Kahil, for the tribute. Thank you, Pauline for the very pleasant surprise and for your support. It is most appreciated!
Pauline J Harris February 07, 2019 @09:33 pm
Sharese Locke your soul sistar Tamara graced us with beautiful effortless words of adoration for you. You've traveled to a new destination; onward to a greater journey. However, Tamara's expression of you in her poetry allowed us to see you are a beautiful soul.
Kahil El'Zabar February 06, 2019 @11:02 am
Sharese Locke,was a long tall,sassy spitfire siren. She was so multi talented ,with an unique ability to strut her stuff with the grandest humility! Her gift with words and power of thought,her magnificent voice and majestic presence ,her Soulful Southside dance'N and elegant projection ,were poetry in motion!
Tamara February 05, 2019 @10:26 pm
Thank you, Shannon and Leesee for blessing the blog! It means a lot to me. I think this would really make Sharese smile. We are all extraordinary women in our own right. I am grateful to know you and love you both!
Shannon Locke February 05, 2019 @09:35 pm
Shannon Locke day the A...Aka Nipper Sharese baby sister I am called these two women are my stars that you could touch hearts so big and hugs a bunch! You must have known you would leave me one day so I met our other sis Tamarah ... I bragged all over town one of you smiling while the other translates and understands many languages I love you big sister of mine and thank you God for letting me be amongst great extraordinary women In my lifetime.
Leesee February 04, 2019 @08:35 pm
Thank you T for a poetic melody. I want to say Thank you and my Dear cousin Sharese for saying that it okay to DREAM OUT LOUD... Love you
L Beauchamp February 04, 2019 @08:09 pm
Tamara, such an incredible song of love and praise. Sharese will inspire into infinity; and thank you for spreading her light, and celebrating her life.
Tamara February 03, 2019 @03:03 pm
Ajeemah, your support means so much to me. Donna, your confirmation and fellowship this morning are a welcomed blessing. Thank you both for helping me to celebrate this love, this life!! XOXOX
Ajeemah February 03, 2019 @02:56 pm
Simply an AMAZING & Genuine piece Ms. Tamara ! A true friendship based off a reflection of sassy sisterhood. She is proud as well as with you. Beautiful woman. Your strength to celebrate her is truly admirable. My blessings
Donna D. February 03, 2019 @01:38 pm
I love you both so much. The tears keep coming. Happy tears, sad tears, tears of time apart, and tears of joyous reunion. She is making things happen, as only she can, from the beyond!
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