ISBN: 1456595490 ISBN-13: 978-1456595494 E-Book ISBN: 978-1-4392-8316-5 First Edition .Copyright © 2011 Kimberly LaRocca All rights reserved.

For my boys. Blake. The world is yours. Devante. Make your mark. Mom . I love you. Brandon. and Jaden.

CONTENTS Title Page Copyright Page LOVE Loving You Thanks to You Without Words Why Don’t You See Me Seasons of Love Broken My Last Day I Will Show Up What I Need Love All Over Me Hypnotized Setting You Free Hell and Back Searching Love’s Surprise We Lift Each Other The Warning Missing You You Wear it Well Not Alone .

The Best of Me Trust Shades of Me Love’s Escape The Choice Don’t Forget Yesterday What We Deserve The Truth A Perfect World Your Everything Falling for You We Belong Lying in Wait Moving On Not Your Forte Can’t See Beyond What I Wanted A Love like Mine Terminal Love The Little Things Loving Me A Fan of Love A Different Cloth Promises Not Taking it Anymore Winning the Race Power Sing for You .

LOVE Remembering Love Lost Lives My Wife Killing Me with Your Words The Man I Make for Me LIFE I Put You First FAITH Lies and Truth Realization Ending the Pain Changing Me Breaking Free My Son Shines Knowing Me Dance with Me Tonight Too Soon The Brown Widow The Time Is Now Inner Superstar Life Takes the Wheel Too Late Aha Moment Colors of Me A Poet’s Song .

Bright Lights Underneath Poetry Lives Here Knowing My Worth Of All Beings The Long Road Home The Sound of Signs A Call to Arms Home The Better Prize Relaxing My Mind Trouble’s Got a Hold on Me The Greatest Escape The Fall Making Moves Winning the Race True Friends Keeping Secrets Without Doubts Anger My Moves Follow Me as I Change the World When You Come for Me A Mere Smudge A Prisoner’s Life At a Crossroads Driving the Blues Away How .

Shall Pass Holding onto My Pride Our Downfall Being Free My World My Perfect Ray of Sunshine Nearly Broken My Friend The Smile and the Frown Remaining Lonely Fear Inside Emma Lee Freedom Today Waiting Singing Today for You Not Listening Window to My Soul Pretty for a Black Girl For My Sisters The Time Is Now . too.It.

LOVE .

What lovers do. All you have to do is ask. For you. By loving you. I leave my mark. You are my light Through the dark. I smile for you. Wash your clothes. Bake your bread.LOVING YOU As you awake. . Handle with care. I make your food. Giving you more than my last. Clean the floors. I live for you At your command. My world expands. Be your lover and more. I do it all. As you breathe.

My evil eyes are full of spite. All thanks to you. The monster made. Only anger in this place. Guess it’s time for you to face The ugliness and its truth. heartless. All thanks to you. Rotten to the very core. Blacker than the darkest night.THANKS TO YOU Cold. Bitter through and through. .

Caress my cheek from where you stand. . it heaves to my surprise. I see the way you look at me. you lift your hand. And still not a word. You didn’t have to say a word. woman and man. Your gaze has only reached my thighs. Now face-to-face. I quench your thirst. My chest. I see your eyes start at my feet. I feel your hands all over me. Licking your lips. And you haven’t said a word. My hips move to your beat. Don’t have to say a word. I kiss your lips. Felling the heat between you and me.WITHOUT WORDS I know you like what you see.

I shed my skin. And now my shell is all I have. The foolishness I left behind. Requesting more so you can live. Bare for all to see. The years I lost. It’s over now. You’ve taken all I have to give. just wasted time. My one and only life I had Has disappeared in vain. . Still shaded by your tree. Emptied my soul.WHY DON’T YOU SEE ME Here I stand out in front. I gave my all for you to live. And you never saw me. The rest gone down the drain. My end is here. But you don’t see me.

No you and I. Protecting me with strength that’s harsh. Please stay a while. it’s just you and me. Our love is blossoming for all to see. built-in trust. . We from the start. You are my winter. A constant cold stuns my heart. A love so grand. living long it must. We have grown together. In the end it was always us.SEASONS OF LOVE A light is shining bright. You are my spring. You are my summer. You are my fall. A smile that warms the coldest night. Existing even after the end. The heat I crave to feel at night. All is still. We bring forth our new ecstasy.

Don’t want you to dry my eyes.BROKEN Please. . please. The damage done won’t disappear. You must understand my need to be here. Don’t want happiness here again. I need to feel the pain inside of me. Just let this pain pierce my skin. I need the anger. I’ve got to let the burn roam free. I want to cry. oh please. just let me be. Just let me be. Not bottle it up inside of me. my worst fear. So. I killed your love for me.

MY LAST DAY I would wake up a little late. Silently gazing In your eyes. gazing upon your face. Enjoy the day. Make love to you without saying a word. I would make a meal For you and me. . Wash your feet Late that night. My love always. Our fingers intertwined. Take a walk on the beach Or by the bay. Feed you by hand. No worry about what could be heard. Hold your hand. I’d say. Forever stay. That I’d never leave. Sitting by your side. I would promise you. It would always be this way. You on my mind. I would call in sick. Open my eyes. Me in your heart.

That’s how I would spend My last day. .

I WILL SHOW UP If I yell. Till this life ends. You see I gave my word in front of God. You spit my name With twisted face. You curse and scream. I’ll show up. I vowed to be the one He’d trust for you. I’ll show up. if you yell. So when you’re mad as hell. I’ll show up. And I will always show up. Through thick and thin when times are hard. just know I won’t be walking out the door. it will be us. You hang up the phone Or don’t answer at all. The very last one to show up. Face so mean. . I will show up.

Holding hands is Not what I’m here to do. Don’t want to chill or hang with you. Lie down with me in this moment. Just here for me to feel alright. Yeah. You can find someone else to fill those shoes. Not here to be your girl tonight. I don’t want to be your girl. . Just take me on into the room. I’m telling you.WHAT I NEED No. And give me what I need. And give me what I need. Cover me with ecstasy. we don’t have to talk or say a word. No. So close your lips and take my hand. It’s not my place to be her for you. it’s what you heard.

LOVE ALL OVER ME Smiling all twenty four. I am love. I am the Milky Way. After the end. And I will forge ahead. Brightness everlasting. Sunshine fades in comparison To what’s all over me. I color the winter’s night. Brighter than the night’s sky. Cannot be dimmed. My glow shines through the darkness. I will remain. .

Intoxicating.HYPNOTIZED Fine As the darkest wine. . I am happy to be Drunken within your eyes Can’t you see what you’ve done to me? I am hypnotized.

Like it was your whore? What does it hold that I don’t have? Is it drugs or alcohol. I know my needs fall on deaf ears. I fear. as well. Just like the day before. A part-time love is not enough. Why do I compete With the streets. Love shouldn’t have to be this rough. Don’t sell away your half from me. A dozen women for a dime.SETTING YOU FREE Here I wait Today for you. why don’t you call? I need the day-time man. God. I’ll hold it down and set you free. Can’t compete with street life. . Not just the night-time one you sell.

and I love you more than anything. I hold on tight for the ride. Nice at 8. hell begins.HELL AND BACK I go through hell to be with you. And try to make it back from hell again. I hold on tight for the ride And pray to God that I don’t cry. nasty at 10. Swinging and swaying to your moods. But it’s 1. Say forgive me this time. I’m coming back. Time to put me back on track. You say you’re sorry all the time. . Although the truth lies elsewhere. Maybe this time is the last time. Pray to God that I don’t cry. I hold on tight for the ride And pray to God I don’t cry. At 10:30. time for hell again. At 11:30.

I pray that you’re still looking. still searching. I wonder if you’re like me. . too. Out there trying to see. Kissed so many frogs. If the perfect one waits somewhere for you. too? I’ve been waiting oh so long. Not giving up. Even met some dogs.SEARCHING Where are you? Are you searching for me. But my conviction still remains strong. And also trying to find me.

Pretends to stay. And surprises you with no regrets. And just await your love’s surprise. It smiles at you and then frowns. Can pick you up and be complete. then drops you down. It grows with you and holds you tight And comforts you late at night It finds you when you least expect.LOVE’S SURPRISE Sometimes love throws you a curve. . It flows outside the lines. It can start as just a fling And then turn into everything. It takes you up. Sometimes love takes broader shape. and Evaporates to your dismay. So hold on tight. Refuses to be confined. Enjoy the ride. But love can also be so sweet. Love pulls you in.

The queen I’m meant to be.WE LIFT EACH OTHER You lift me up For the world to see. by my side. You tell me I’m beautiful all the time. Saying you’re doing what you’re meant to do. Just what I’m meant to do. And I rule the roost. . Standing tall. It means the world to me: Loving the way Our lives are intertwined. Tell me it’s all mine. I lift you up Because I need you to see All that you do. I tell you you’re The best at what you do. Give me the world. So glad to have you In my life. You show me how Real love should be with you.

THE WARNING It’s funny now to know the truth That all you care about is you. . And then not care Who you hurt. You had a plan all the while. Curse my name. And try to break me. All others be damned. Your squinty eyes and sneaky smile. Pretend to care. Because your plan is number one. You’re having fun. But evil does as evil sees Wait for my plan It’s a doozy. Say some words. You pile it on Because I can take it.

The happiness I felt inside.MISSING YOU “What will you miss after I’m gone?” You look to me and say. I’d miss everything. “My darling. The days and nights spent by your side While showing me you cared. I’d say to you. The joy and laughter every night. About you.” . “Will you reminisce and close your eyes And think about our days?” “Will you remember all the nights and days you were away? “Will you wish you’d been here with me “And not some other place?” I say that I will surely miss the times that we had shared.

That essence that I smell. Take you when I leave. Not Ivory or Irish Spring. Separating you from the rest. You line the pleats of my skirt. An aroma only you possess. You follow me Through the day. .YOU WEAR IT WELL I wear you on my sleeve. You’re with me On my way. you know. That fragrence I know so well. And you wear it well. It’s not cologne or soap. So distinct. Whether night or day. your scent. Whether at work or at play. I inhale you on my shirt.

The shit we say. Like children Not yet grown. . Alone is not what we do. We laugh. Realizing It won’t work apart. Can’t make it on our own. Yet we try Each day and night Just to make it through.NOT ALONE The games we play. And then we pray. We hurt.

. You don’t need to say it. I’m proud to see what you’ve become.THE BEST OF ME I make up the best of you. A freshness for our start. This much I truly know. And I know I make up the best of you. Your life tells me so. A prize for all to see. I brought a new place for you. The light replaced the dark. With me. Order lives where chaos dwelled. Because you are the best of me.

You try to move along. The chain contains a kink. . you see. Thinking that you’re done. Hoping things are as good as new. Will forever change the way I now look at you. But that kink. Although repaired. you still see that link.TRUST It’s like a broken fence: When mended. Looking okay.

Skin of chocolate.SHADES OF ME How can you not love me. For the chocolate and the caramel. . You don’t even see. Lips of warm caramel? Every part of me was made for you to love. With eyes of auburn. I fear you love yourself More than you love me.

A world that rivals Disneyland. A world where only you escape: A world of beaches. I’m ready now.LOVE’S ESCAPE I know where your happiness lies. It’s embedded between my thighs. . Powder-white sand. I take you to another place. And I wait With your love’s escape.

A place Finally to be me. . To live in hell Or go be free. Is not simple In my eyes.THE CHOICE The choice I have— To stay or to go— Simple as it seems. A simple choice It may seem. Not so simple to me. Though simple it may be.

Yesterday. So it may seem. Although you’re okay today. Did you forget yesterday? A friend today. I truly thought you understood. That voice appears and says. No matter what a friend may say. Don’t forget yesterday. . an enemy. Did you forget yesterday? The screaming and the yelling. Face twisted mean.DON’T FORGET YESTERDAY Every time it’s going good.

to be with you? I can’t say no. Which do you prefer? Neither of us Can really say What we both deserve. .WHAT WE DESERVE Do you deserve All that I do. Everything I have to give? Do you deserve To be with me. You can’t say yes. Share the life I live? Do you deserve The love I possess. Have saved up just for you? Do you deserve to be with me And I.

I know it’s not what you want to hear. And I’m not the one for you. Fully awake. . You need to find your perfect match And finally set me free. No time to cry. Because I see the truth. We tried to make it work. So. Truth is you’re not the one for me.THE TRUTH I’m sad today. I fear. Your true love awaits. dry your eyes. it’s not meant to be. But. It may just be Around the corner. Life alone brings doubts and fears. But happiness lies Within the eyes Of the one that’s meant for you. Another smiling face.

There would be no other for you. You’d hold me tight. today it’s not that way.A PERFECT WORLD In a perfect world. And sit by my side. In a perfect world. You’d only have eyes for me. It’d be you and I. Unfortunately things will never be As perfect as they seem. You’d forever stay. I’d always be right. You’d agree with me. Your love to give For me always. . Sadly. And I can only dream. In a perfect world. I’d be all you see. We’d never fight. In a perfect world.

YOUR EVERYTHING
I’m here for you to use. Consume all of me. I am your tool. No need to pay. I give for free. Ask for it when you please. Just show up. Knock at my door. I have much to give and more. A puppet on Your endless string, To be your everything.

FALLING FOR YOU
The funny games you play, Trying to make me stay, All because you can’t be alone. You brighten up the room, To make it look like you, And not the shack you call home. You try to make me not think, To believe it’s all in sync, But orderly has no place with you. I was the fool, The exception to the rule, Because I was the one Who fell for you.

WE BELONG
Walk with me In the sun, Feel the breeze. Come be free. Leave it all Behind today. I’ll help you push It all away. Come sing with me. Take my hand. We belong, Woman and man.

LYING IN WAIT I see you thought I didn’t know All about your lies. For the right time. Pretend I’m okay inside. It is so easy for me to smile. You should have never estimated The power of my mind. We lie in wait. . We plot our moves From the go. Believed that when you closed the door. Women are cunning creatures you know. It was fine to say goodbye. The perfect moment to strike.

It hurts to be in this spot. Hoping it’s not too late. But I fear your mind’s made up. . That’s too damn bad. I can’t forget what we had. Where I said I’d be. Because you set me free.MOVING ON I wait for you in the lot. You’re moving on because it’s too tough To fight for what we once had. Now I sit and wait for you. When you would let me go. Because it’s all I know. Thought the day would never come. Hoping to put off what you said You’d do until another day.

I ask you all the time To treat me like I need. It’s not enough for me. Why do I continue To hold onto a love That runs only one way? I think it may be time For me to realize Changing for me Is not your forte. Give me no reply. You look into my eyes.NOT YOUR FORTE I tell you I need more. But I don’t think It will ever be. And sleep. .

CAN’T SEE BEYOND WHAT I WANTED One-track mind My eyes see only What I want you to be. so I couldn’t see beyond What I wanted you to show. What I see Is not really you. But … I wanted you. . Although I know the truth. For the real you can never love me. And now I sit. Alone with the truth after the fall. How could I have loved you? I didn’t know you at all.

You say you don’t care.A LOVE LIKE MINE You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone. That there are many more like me. Miss what we had. You’re gonna miss me so damn bad. But time will tell. hold your breath Until she loves you like I do. Go ahead. The way I kissed you late at night. Yeah. And please. . I really hope you find her soon. Make your move. So you can finally see. you think you know it all. Think it’s all a big game. And your heart will know She and I aren’t the same.

Your love will kill My spirit. If I let it inside. Terminal: The definition of The love between You and me. too.TERMINAL LOVE Your love will be The end of me. If I let it be. If that’s what I let it do. Your love will make Me lose my mind. .

I just wanted you to know I appreciate the little things you do. To live this life with you. It’s great to be by your side. And that I deserve the best. You tell me that I’m beautiful. They don’t have to cost a thing.THE LITTLE THINGS It’s the little things I appreciate. Showing me the man That you’re proud to be. Holding my hand. . You’re blind to all that temptation outside. Ignoring all the rest.

I finally love me more that you do. You discourage me. My anger knows It’s my fault. Because all you thought about was you. My spirit grows. And it’s your fault. Because you need to be first. Don’t want to hear my words. . My spirit knows It’s your fault. You don’t encourage me. I let you do what you want to.LOVING ME My anger grows. And it’s my fault. I’m the one who made you into you.

But it won’t knock at my door. I still believe in love. I’m a fan of love. Because I see it all the time. I will wait for love. Because someday love will set me free.A FAN OF LOVE I am a fan of love. I’d sit in the stands and cheer. I lay out the welcome mat for love. I lay out the welcome mat for love. Although it doesn’t live here. Though it doesn’t live here no more. I still believe in love. Because it waits somewhere for me. Although it’s not yet mine. . I will wait for love.

You try to live in my realty. . and you try To become you and I. When I don’t even know your name. Tell me why you’re in my space. A visitor from another place. But we’re not meant to be. Yet you came. Your world is nothing like The one I’m from. I wish you’d thought more of this Before deciding to come. But you won’t show your face.A DIFFERENT CLOTH Cut from a different cloth. If only in our eyes. You and I are not the same. Maybe that cloth Really is the same.

It’s nowhere inside of you. To do what I have to do. So glad to have this new breakthrough. . Though the shitty lies you grab.PROMISES Promises you fail to keep Are all I have. I don’t know why I ask for truth. Honesty is within your reach.

Not taking your shit any more. I’m like a moth to your flame. . twisted game. It’s your way or the door. I’m sick to hell of being under your spell. But I’m tired of playing Your sick. There’s no you and me in us for you.NOT TAKING IT ANYMORE You can’t see me Past your superiority. I try and try to be What you want from me.

Two peas of a different pod. Can’t let me be in front. You sprint along. now by my side.WINNING THE RACE I understand a time won’t come When you and I won’t fight. First place is a space we both want. Because you have to be first. Ain’t it odd That we both think we’re right? I run ahead to catch my breath. Trying to keep up. We’ll never be face-to-face. . Because we both want to win the race.

. I see you are the one Allowing me to see Beyond your imperfections. I’m blinded by my vicious need Not to be lonely.POWER Looking through rose-colored glasses. Co-existence is the only power You hold over me.

indeed. . Every talent I have? Why don’t I sing for you? Maybe because I know You’re not the one I should sing for. but the one I should let go. Showing you the real me? Shouldn’t I want you to see Who I truly am? Why can’t I share all my gifts. Why don’t I feel comfortable.SING FOR YOU Why don’t I sing for you? A good question.

Why do you pretend to be a friend of mine? Oh. Love. Just break your chains. The jokes are all at my expense. And set me free. I laugh along in my defense. . Let loose your hold of me.LOVE Love. Why do you laugh at me? Why do you hold me hostage? Why not set me free? Love. Love. how you love to tell your lovely lies. What a sense of humor you have! I hear your sadistic laugh.

With nothing else. . A time I surely miss.REMEMBERING LOVE Remember when Love was enough. Even when times were tough? It got you through. Surviving by itself. A time of unrivaled bliss. Family meant we were whole. When unity was a goal.

Turning into weeks. So much to say. But nothing’s said. We drift together. I smile. Yet nothing was said. hours. you grin. Still alone. The seconds. minutes. I hold my breath. And we’ve both paid the cost. And here we are In elder years. Because we never speak. . Our whole lives lost. You try to read my face.LOST LIVES Here we go again. Just like the day before. I look elsewhere instead. You stare at the floor. So much to say. days.

You are the reason why I work so hard. My wife. How I cherish you. . Although I seldom tell you so.MY WIFE You bought me flowers today: Roses. pink and red. I think of you before I rest. With you is where my heart lies. I try my best. Included a heart-shaped card This is what it said: I can’t live my life without Having you by my side.

Or use my fists. Curse her name. And you think they’re just words. . I disappear with every word you say. But twisted faces and angry eyes Still kill me Inside. Call her a bitch. How much can they hurt? I don’t hit her.KILLING ME WITH YOUR WORDS I lose a piece of me every day.

how I wish I could make The perfect man for me! We’d love and kiss each other often. He’d love every part of me. He wouldn’t see anyone else. And even love my kids. I wouldn’t want for anything. He’d cherish the ground I walked on. He’d always take care of me. It wouldn’t matter if they were his. He’d cherish them because they were mine. .THE MAN I MAKE FOR ME Oh. Live together happily. A perfect world For him and me. That man I made for me. No one else would matter. Put me before himself.

LIFE .

I have a faithful friend. Let me laugh after I’ve cried. What a miracle to come! Been there through the night and day. . And I’ll always put you first. And so. Bring me light after the dark. Get me through to a new start. You guide.I PUT YOU FIRST You’ve been there Since day one. Lord. Whether I am right or wrong. that’s the way it will be. Supporting me until the end. Guiding me along the way. as I carry on. I put you first. You’re by my side. And so. this is why I will believe With Your Word. You let me fall. In you. so I may rise. I lead My life in Your hands. And so. I put you first. I put your first.

FAITH He came today and shook my soul. He’s counted every breath I take And knows how far I’ll bend before I break. He knows the goings on inside of me. He is the Lord above. My whole world. the path I walk. He’s got my map. he’s taken hold. I don’t know nothing anymore. Mouths the words before I talk. He has my unwavering faith. And I thought I knew it all. With me is where he always stays All through the night until the day. He knows my mind. I think he’s psychic see. predicts my moves. . Says what I think before I do.

A lie won’t hide. If asked. . Won’t stay inside. you know. A cover will not work. It shines so bright. It’s impossible to hide a lie. Rains down on me. I would have told you so. Sets me free. No matter how hard you try.LIES AND TRUTH The truth is the light. You can’t contain What will remain.

but now I see The truth I bought now sold. So that confidence. Took years to find. powering my soul. Who I am inside. For the entire world to see. Can’t keep me down no more. Realizing who I am. Has built a wall that can’t be broken. I can’t lie low. Flipping a script You no longer own. Was in a fog. Now I’m free. Screaming to me in my own song. The chains are gone. Yes. The square peg now fits the hole. ma’am! My life’s where it’s supposed to be.REALIZATION The beauty of it all. I got it now. .

Everywhere. breathlessly. Killing my mind And spirit. Won’t let me see a day Beyond today. I try to fight. It’s all around. A better place awaits me. Like the way That evil does. through the fog I can’t see. So much to bear. I’ll be with you forever now.ENDING THE PAIN This world of pain. Now is the end for me. But. So I say my last goodbye. Staining the air. All consuming. finally. The pain will end. too. Stealing my light. . And I cannot escape.

So I block it and stay inside. Can’t let this dark swallow my light. Start my task with one woman. Guess I’ll listen to radio instead. Everyone’s fighting or arguing. For fear of what it might say. I have to block the energy That tries to draw me in. Enough to drive the sane insane. same old thing.CHANGING ME I couldn’t watch the news today. But radio’s no better. I vow to do the best I can. Or found dead. Live by his word and let him see. . I’ll start my fight by changing me. It calls to me and screams my name. Someone’s missing.

The pain still wouldn’t go away. I couldn’t cry. Now my pain has gone away. Although it hurt. After all the blood had dried. . Now I’m gone. The pain inside just wouldn’t die. I pierce the layer that I see. I took the pain away with me. The one underneath’s too tough. I had to go because it stayed.BREAKING FREE I try to cut the pain away. I hoped the damage that I did Would make me feel okay. I’m the one it killed. But blood is not enough. Cutting deeper still. Finally free.

MY SON SHINES Long ago I dreamt of you. Only the mixture that I needed. Although you were not yet mine. I held you tight and kissed your cheek. I stood tall. I feared it was not true. Here I stand forever. For the other half of you. The love I thought I had to have. By your side I’ll stay To guide you through the days ahead And never go away. You gave me hell From early on And made me pay my dues. But through it all. A battle I couldn’t lose. . Before you were inside.

Or do you only know what you see? Do you know what makes me tick Or what really makes me. me? Do you know why I am here Or what I’m here to do? Do you know how I see me. .KNOWING ME Do you really know who I am. Or how that me see’s you? Do you know where I came from Or where I want to go? Do you know where my happiness lies Or how to touch my soul? Do you know what makes me sing Or inspires me to grow? What makes up all of Kimberly? Please tell me what you know.

The rhythm stirs Inside my head. It moves my hips. Please play for me. Dance with me tonight. I feel the beat.DANCE WITH ME TONIGHT I feel the music From deep within. Dance with me tonight. . It moves my feet. Dance with me tonight. My arms they sway That away. Made for sin. Your song instead.

Sometimes too much to bare. . So here is where they’ll stay. And let them know An early end’s no way to go. Your will was not as strong. Though your beauty will last always. Pain can be an awful thing. But many will always care. What younger ones can’t fare.TOO SOON Gone too soon. So hold them tight. We older folks can tolerate. Help them push the pain aside. We didn’t have you long. It’s sad to know your time is done. To make sure you were still here. They’ll wish we stopped you just in time.

You’re poisonous. I hold my breath. You lay still.THE BROWN WIDOW You wait for me In the dark. I knew you were there After all. I wait till day To go your way. Hoping you snoozed. Too many eyes Cover me. But you’re too quick. You strike so fast. I approach. Hoping you’re asleep. . Await my move. Why did I go? I should have paused.

THE TIME IS NOW Slow down. Live your best life now. . It will be just right. Take your time. DON’T WAIT! Make it count tonight.

Our inner superstar Was always there inside. Specific to each owner.INNER SUPERSTAR We possess it early on. Waiting patiently For a time to no longer hide. . take a peak. It differs from the rest. it lies inside. We get a glimpse. Residing where it’s meant to be. After we have forgotten. Where it shines the best. Years later we get another glimpse. Dormant. Remembering where it first shined. And then peaked out often. But often forget where it lies.

But then we find courage inside And turn it all around. While hiding in our youth. We make a turn on our own. Life sometimes gets the best of us And tries to keep us down. Life often hides its purpose From those who seek its truth. Be patient. But we get in the way. .LIFE TAKES THE WHEEL Life tries to take the wheel. Life’s not all a mystery. It shows its face in elder years. Its view widens so we may see. Listen for what life has in store. Without listening to what it has to say.

I’m so sorry I was wrong. This I didn’t know. Now tomorrow’s here. . I took for granted you’d be here. At least. until tomorrow.TOO LATE You were mine On borrowed time. And you’re gone. Too late for me To let you know That I loved you so.

.AHA MOMENT Did you have your aha moment today? How loud was it? What did it say? Did it reveal your life’s surprise. spark that inspiration in your eyes? Did you find what’s meant for you? Share with me what you must do.

I shine brightly for all to see. A blue for when I’m feeling low. I’m an aubergine. A darker color when we fight. Growing daily like the evergreen. Neon bright. When ready. A softer shade. They cover you And color me. Relaxed for when I sleep. I can be any hue I want to be. When wide awake. I change from day-to-day. a light yellow.COLORS OF ME There are many Shades of me. Black or white. A range of shades for everything. you know. Like many colors of the rainbow. .

Living. Thinking. rhyming All the time. I think in rhyme. It sings to me from deep inside. The happiness you’re feeling now Turns into rhyme for me somehow. Is all poetry to me.A POET’S SONG I live in verse. The sadness that you may see. And it makes up The best of me. I don’t know how Or even why. breathing poetry .

Shine from underneath? Is it dim. barely there? Can I see it anywhere? Does it shine All the time Or only when you’re feeling fine? Is it obscured by others’ shades Or can it flaunt its own array? Adjust it now so we can see Your bright light underneath. .BRIGHT LIGHTS UNDERNEATH Just how bright Is your light. The one we all see? Does it make your surface glow.

It says to me. It embraces me. Then takes my coat. It sets me free. Encourages me With its warm smile. Then sings to me In special notes. Says stay awhile. And says Please come back any day. I open up. It offers me a place to stay. Says take a seat. Inside that room lives poetry. I am your friend. . It comforts me.POETRY LIVES HERE A door has opened up for me. And offers me its words to eat. It invites me in.

KNOWING MY WORTH Does the strength of my words offend you? Or is it … The tone of my voice. . Shape of my thighs. I can erase? If I frighten. The air in my chest? Does knowing my worth frighten you? Or is it … The arch in my back. The comfort of my embrace. The pleasures I possess. I am woman. It’s because I am beauty. The wisdom I possess. offend. I am life. The knowledge I give. And I know my worth. Curve of my waist. That smile on my face? Does the fierceness of my love shock you? Or is it … The hunger of my kiss. or shock you. Knowing that your fears.

We are the best of all beings. Rewarded with so many qualities. One that’s even sold? Bringing life and pleasure forth. Forgetting it. Do you know the power that you hold? A power sought by every man. . you should abhor.OF ALL BEINGS Fellow women of today.

Did mostly as I pleased. A sight I almost see. Every road must come to an end.THE LONG ROAD HOME I’ve walked on hands and knees Down the long road ahead. Held some hands along the way. Should I sprint to the finish Or take my time instead? I’ve carried others on my back And sometimes they’ve carried me. Thinking of how it will be. What a lovely ride. Happiness and long-lost friends. I can’t wait for mine. My destination is on my mind. . I smile and hold it inside.

“The time has come For you to leave. Close your eyes. As if saying to me. As if to say.” The willow weeps. Giving the breeze What it needs.THE SOUND OF SIGNS I hear the birds chirping. It is today. . The signs are there For you to see.” The tree breaths. Sounds fully. “Your time is here. Listen closely.

A CALL TO ARMS *STOP* Turn off your television set. This is not a test. . What weapon will you choose? PLEASE Take your shot. Or we all lose. I’ve grabbed my pen. What have you done until today to better our existence? What do you have to say? Have you really done your part Or have you yet to start? Time waits for no man. It’s not too late.

Where happiness lives Indefinitely. My home is where I leave my heart. My home may just be with you.HOME My home is where I lay my head And pray at night. Where true love lives. . Though we’re apart. Beside the bed. My home is where I chose to be. My home can be one place or a few.

Open your foolish eyes. We tend to judge Those whom we see On outer beauty alone.THE BETTER PRIZE The outer beauty that we see Is only a façade. We turn away. It passes instantly. So easy to believe a lie. Ignorant to what’s inside. The better prize. And in our haste. This mortal life we live Can be so short and sweet. Although it seems quite odd. But what lies inside. And miss out on the better prize. A trick used to confuse the mind. . Should crown our lover’s throne.

RELAXING MY MIND Been a long day. too. that’s the way life goes. And I know more will surely come. Spirit. . My body’s weary. Time to sit and rest my mind. Save some work. But I know things will be fine. add some play. Unfortunately. I’m tired already. I’ve seen this day before. I remember to relax today. Try to balance both and remain whole.

and I stay safe. Blinded by the darkness inside Too black to set me free. And I know nothing else.TROUBLE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Trouble road begins at my door. I often dream of a better place Where trouble hasn’t been. Surrounded by my friends. I’ve given up on happiness. Why won’t it set me free? . And pray trouble runs out of time. It should be tired of me. So I continue to Keep hope alive. Accustomed to the worst of what Life has in store for me. Where all is calm. It must lie somewhere else.

. How can we be Or even last? We can’t go on. You’re driving too fast. You smile at me And hit the gas. Even the belt Won’t keep me safe. To ride with you. There is no room. I close my eyes.THE GREATEST ESCAPE Slow down for me. As I brace For the crash. Without your brakes. You’re speeding now. Look to the sky. Away I go To a better place. And then thank God I learned to fly. No space for me. Nothing to fear Of the greatest escape.

Hoping that you’re not The smartest of us two. I wait until it’s dark. Worried I’ll be found. So much to lose. Covering your insides. Worried about the fall. Afraid to make a sound. . everything I’ve got. Premeditated steps I take with no regrets. afterall. The snipers waiting for that clear shot. Can never take the leap.THE FALL Land mines.

Afraid that what we chose Would set us back further than we know. . Do what you say. Take a step and not look back. And we’re finally on track. Don’t be afraid. Then we realize The move was just right. That moment is meant just for you To make your move. You’re right where you need to be. Don’t be scared to let go. We wish for the best. Hope our move won’t make a mess. We find ourselves in A situation where we can’t let go.MAKING MOVES Every now and then. Make your move. Scared to make a move.

It’s time to take my rightful place. And now half my life’s Just floated away. It never waits. Although my mouth is closed. Focused on today. My eyes are opened wide. I’ve already won the race. Or what they tried to say. Life just passes by.WINNING THE RACE I’ve wasted too much time. I never saw the signs. The final bell has rung. . Light miles ahead. And now the time is here For me to finally shine.

I need you to show me Just how I should be. You always take my call. indeed. And I need you there.TRUE FRIENDS I call you. You listen when I talk. You know I’m really into it. . But we’re just friends. Taking it all in. A true friend. You call me. I’m glad I have you in my life. The times we share. It’s so innocent. Because when I need someone to vent to. Even when I want to vent About nothing at all.

KEEPING SECRETS Sometimes it’s not good to share Every little thing. . We need to learn What to say. Often times Those little things Should remain a secret. There are times When we may find Some things troubling. And what things we should keep.

WITHOUT DOUBTS
The time has finally come For me to move on From this dark and pitiful place. Time to be happy again, For me to finally smile, Change that ugly expression on my face. Time to realize That this isn’t right. It’s not what life is really about. Time to forgive, So I can move on and live The life I’m meant to have without doubts.

ANGER
I’ve just realized I have to let go of the anger inside. It’s eating me alive. I’m ignorant to let it survive. I’ve got to let it die. I can’t continue to let it control my life. It’s too much, and it won’t hide. I’m letting go to save my life.

MY MOVES
“Where have you been?” You say to me. “Thought you were long gone, Maybe dead.” I say, “I was where I was meant to be. Had some things to work out instead.” You say, “It’s too late For me to play today.” I say, “Yeah, right. Move out of my way.” It’s time for me to blind you with my moves. So don’t forget your shades.

I’m coming in! . No more sitting still for me today. So much to do. Hold the door. So little time. Too much for me to hold inside. Ready for me to begin.FOLLOW ME AS I CHANGE THE WORLD Listen up! I got lots to say.

I won’t be sad. This life has gotten really bad. I’m tired today. When you come for me. . I pray that those Who love me won’t be sad when I go.WHEN YOU COME FOR ME When you come for me. I will be ready. When you come for me. I’m looking forward to the trip ahead. Waiting for you to take me to some other place. When you come for me. In the end I’ll be happy for the chance To begin again.

Desire being my excuse. Loving the way That I confuse. but don’t know what to say. Guess I’m in too deep. Can’t get rid of me. Giving in to your every want and need.A MERE SMUDGE I’m a smudge on your window pane. Just how a smudge succeeds. You open up. .

You say. .” I take a sip. I try and try To live your life. Awaiting that fateful day When I can escape. A prisoner’s life is what I lead. You say it’ll never be. accept your smile. Not knowing poison’s inside. “Celebrate with me.A PRISONER’S LIFE I want to be free. Drink my wine. Locked away indefinitely. That I can’t survive on my own. But I’m the one that pays the toll.

Close your eyes. A choice to make: Where do I drive? Should I turn left or right? I must decide Which way to go. Decision time tonight. I’ll guide you. Either way. And I finally see. Sitting still In a spot I’d never thought I’d be. No one to help me with this one. All at once. And That’s just what I’ll do. Make your move. .AT A CROSSROADS Here I am. It hit me hard. it’ll be done. I hear.

Awkward distance.DRIVING THE BLUES AWAY Sad songs are all I heard. . So they don’t live here no more. They silenced all the tears. From this life I need more. Happiness and joyful days. Year after year. Too scared to move. Mainly out of fear. I’ve got to drive those blues away. Arguments. And I held on. I can’t always be afraid. They didn’t live here.

HOW How can I tell you What it is When you don’t know what it means? How can I show you What is lost When you can’t even see? How do I explain How I feel When you can’t hear me? How do I fight For what we have When we have no meaning? .

too. too. Making you believe you died. SHALL PASS Pain can’t last forever. That bell it rings. Taking over everything. shall pass. TOO. Consuming who it occupies. . It. It’s got places to go. But … It. Till only it survives. shall pass. Because nothing ever lasts Of pain.IT. And pain’s waiting At another’s door.

For the misery in store. . I suit up for the war. Every day is a fight for me. Try not to let the weight get me down. Holding onto my pride. Try to turn it all around. But the price I pay is worth being free.HOLDING ONTO MY PRIDE I try to hold my head above water. And I fight with my head high. Fight to keep it all in order.

. Point fingers. Our downfall in the end. Skirt the blame. It’s become customary To point out all the flaws. Believing those wicked smiles. All the while hiding ours.OUR DOWNFALL We are a sad society: So quick to judge. Mistakes that others seem to make. Such a wicked game to play. Although we are among friends. So afraid of being called out our name. We don’t see What lies within.

BEING FREE I won’t let you change who I am. Why change for someone who doesn’t give a damn? I will be who I’m meant to be. The only way truly to be free. .

Now it’s time for me to grow. What treasures lied within. Don’t know how long it’s been. This thought had become commonplace. Just the way a record does. My world finally mine. . Concentrating on what I’m meant to do.MY WORLD Sometime ago I lost myself. Time for me to shine. Remembering who I was. My eyes are open now. I gave so much to others And put their needs before mine. Picked up where I had left off. Forgot who I was inside. It’s how I lived my life.

I know. See … I’m making it my goal. Something I must find: My perfect ray of sunshine. It’s there. . Although it tries to hide.MY PERFECT RAY OF SUNSHINE Somewhere out there lies The perfect ray of sunshine.

So glad that I had faith. Hope not within my reach. . My spirit nearly broken. I begin again. As the pieces began to mend.NEARLY BROKEN Thought it was the end of me. My mind said all was lost. But I’m on the mend. But the voice inside Said I would rise And would not concede defeat. Nearly broken. Thought there was no escape.

She knows how much I meant to her. She’s beautiful And full of life.MY FRIEND Oh. She loves me more than anything. . She’s happy. That friend I’ve found is me. daughter. the freedom I have now! I have finally found A friend I haven’t seen for a while. Because she knows her worth. and a wife. A mother.

The stories they tell Without saying a word. The other upside down. Saying everything With just a smirk.THE SMILE AND THE FROWN Neighboring emotions: The smile and the frown. One right-side up. .

have mercy on me. I’d rather have my love with me. Memories barely keep me warm. Grant me the pity I deserve From this endless trip. Instead. . I remain lonely. Loosen your lover’s grip.REMAINING LONELY Loneliness. The love I lost. I’ll forever mourn.

Close your eyes. Imagine your worst fear. What will you do? Will you run and hide? Will you take flight or stand and fight Your worse fear from inside? . Take a sigh. Visualize it’s there In front of you.FEAR INSIDE I challenge you To sit in silence.

EMMA LEE
A warm embrace, Holding me always. A wise woman’s face Embedded in my brain. A sweet smile, Welcoming me home. A feeling of togetherness. I never felt alone. You were everything to me. I miss you so, Emma Lee.

FREEDOM
And I’m free today! I don’t care about what you say. Throwing caution to the wind, Letting no more darkness in, I knew this day would finally come, And I would have my freedom.

TODAY
Well, I don’t give a damn anymore. Sorry, I gotta say I’m tired and I want to go. Too bad I can’t stay. I’m tired and you made me Into what I am. I cared and cared till I was bare, And now I don’t give a damn. I should be sad, But I am not. And I know I’ll be okay, And I will be just fine alone, Starting with today.

My time no longer mine. I should say How I feel.WAITING All I do Is wait around for you. But to you. I’m the fool Because I allow you To dictate how I spend my time. feelings are no big deal. Until you walk through my door. Waiting once more. So here I sit. .

.SINGING TODAY FOR YOU Are you free to sing At any given time? Do you take for granted This simple given right? We weren’t always free To sing any time. Because this I’m thankful for. So I sing today for you. you know.

I’m not listening anyway.NOT LISTENING Why don’t you please stop talking to me? I stopped listening long ago. . Yet your mouth moves constantly. I don’t care what you have to say. Why don’t you please Close your mouth? Stop those words from tumbling out. Though I don’t listen any more.

WINDOW TO MY SOUL I see you Through the window to my soul. . Taking in all you see. Looking through The window to my soul. Loving everything I am. And what I’m meant to be. You know me Better Than I ever could know. You watch and study me.

What does that mean? Can being pretty and black Co-exist for me? You’re pretty for a black girl. Too bad you don’t recognize That I am so much more. Ignore the ignorance of your statement? Should I really be proud? You’re pretty for a black girl. Thank you for letting me know. You’re pretty for a black girl. Am I supposed to smile.PRETTY FOR A BLACK GIRL You’re pretty for a black girl. Such condescending words! As if the fact that I am black Lessens my worth. .

Beauty lying inside and out. Thought I should tell you so. . Has anyone told you so? Do you walk with your head held high? Take every step you make with pride? You are a queen. you are beautiful. Thought I should let you know. you know.FOR MY SISTERS My sister.

. To feel how it should be.THE TIME IS NOW The only time we have is now. Seeing all we’re meant to see. The time we have is now. To show each other why we’re here. To share all we’ve got. Even if we’ve forgotten. This place we’ve gotten to somehow.

“The Amazing Mr. short stories. Her first publication was a short story entitled.BIO Kimberly LaRocca has been writing since elementary school. She lives in sunny Florida with her husband and four sons.” for which she won the Pride award for writing at age ten. Glonka. . and songs. She writes poetry.

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