A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Recognizing the Other Side is a poetry memoir. Every poem locates a place in my life that I engaged in mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. On this journey of discernment, there’s always an alternative that could be considered. Beginning to discover what’s important is invisible to the naked eye, starting with my spirituality. I did not say this with spookism in mind. As a result, I am coming from a place of cognizance. My spirit is only energy that vibrates on high and low frequencies and to make sure it functions to the best of its ability, I had to develop it through discipline. Starting with traditional practices that satisfied my flesh rather than liberating my soul, left me empty.