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ISBN: 1456595490 ISBN-13: 978-1456595494 E-Book ISBN: 978-1-4392-8316-5 First Edition .Copyright © 2011 Kimberly LaRocca All rights reserved.
Devante. Mom . and Jaden. Brandon. I love you. Blake.For my boys. Make your mark. The world is yours.
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 .
too. 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 .It.
Bake your bread. Giving you more than my last. I smile for you. I leave my mark. I do it all. For you. As you breathe. Wash your clothes. .LOVING YOU As you awake. Be your lover and more. I make your food. I live for you At your command. Clean the floors. My world expands. You are my light Through the dark. All you have to do is ask. What lovers do. By loving you. Handle with care.
heartless. All thanks to you. Rotten to the very core. . Guess it’s time for you to face The ugliness and its truth. Blacker than the darkest night. Only anger in this place.THANKS TO YOU Cold. My evil eyes are full of spite. Bitter through and through. All thanks to you. The monster made.
My hips move to your beat. Felling the heat between you and me. My chest. Now face-to-face. You didn’t have to say a word. And you haven’t said a word.WITHOUT WORDS I know you like what you see. I see the way you look at me. I kiss your lips. I quench your thirst. woman and man. it heaves to my surprise. And still not a word. Licking your lips. Caress my cheek from where you stand. . I feel your hands all over me. Your gaze has only reached my thighs. you lift your hand. Don’t have to say a word. I see your eyes start at my feet.
I gave my all for you to live.WHY DON’T YOU SEE ME Here I stand out in front. And now my shell is all I have. Requesting more so you can live. But you don’t see me. You’ve taken all I have to give. Emptied my soul. . It’s over now. The rest gone down the drain. My one and only life I had Has disappeared in vain. And you never saw me. The foolishness I left behind. My end is here. Still shaded by your tree. The years I lost. just wasted time. Bare for all to see. I shed my skin.
You are my summer. it’s just you and me. living long it must. . We bring forth our new ecstasy. No you and I. Our love is blossoming for all to see. You are my fall. A constant cold stuns my heart. A love so grand. A smile that warms the coldest night. You are my winter.SEASONS OF LOVE A light is shining bright. Please stay a while. built-in trust. The heat I crave to feel at night. Existing even after the end. In the end it was always us. All is still. Protecting me with strength that’s harsh. We have grown together. You are my spring. We from the start.
please. So. You must understand my need to be here. Don’t want happiness here again. Don’t want you to dry my eyes. I want to cry. . I killed your love for me. just let me be. Not bottle it up inside of me. my worst fear. Just let me be.BROKEN Please. I need to feel the pain inside of me. Just let this pain pierce my skin. The damage done won’t disappear. I need the anger. oh please. I’ve got to let the burn roam free.
You on my mind. I would make a meal For you and me. Our fingers intertwined.MY LAST DAY I would wake up a little late. I’d say. . Forever stay. Wash your feet Late that night. Make love to you without saying a word. Enjoy the day. I would promise you. That I’d never leave. It would always be this way. No worry about what could be heard. My love always. Feed you by hand. Hold your hand. gazing upon your face. Open my eyes. Me in your heart. Silently gazing In your eyes. Take a walk on the beach Or by the bay. I would call in sick. Sitting by your side.
.That’s how I would spend My last day.
The very last one to show up. . And I will always show up. Face so mean. You curse and scream.I WILL SHOW UP If I yell. Through thick and thin when times are hard. I’ll show up. I’ll show up. You spit my name With twisted face. Till this life ends. it will be us. So when you’re mad as hell. You hang up the phone Or don’t answer at all. I vowed to be the one He’d trust for you. I’ll show up. just know I won’t be walking out the door. if you yell. You see I gave my word in front of God. I will show up.
we don’t have to talk or say a word. Holding hands is Not what I’m here to do.WHAT I NEED No. It’s not my place to be her for you. And give me what I need. And give me what I need. Cover me with ecstasy. Lie down with me in this moment. Just take me on into the room. Yeah. . So close your lips and take my hand. I don’t want to be your girl. I’m telling you. You can find someone else to fill those shoes. Don’t want to chill or hang with you. Not here to be your girl tonight. Just here for me to feel alright. it’s what you heard. No.
Brightness everlasting. After the end. I will remain.LOVE ALL OVER ME Smiling all twenty four. And I will forge ahead. Brighter than the night’s sky. Cannot be dimmed. My glow shines through the darkness. I am the Milky Way. I color the winter’s night. Sunshine fades in comparison To what’s all over me. I am love. .
I am happy to be Drunken within your eyes Can’t you see what you’ve done to me? I am hypnotized. .HYPNOTIZED Fine As the darkest wine. Intoxicating.
A dozen women for a dime. Love shouldn’t have to be this rough. God. A part-time love is not enough. as well. Can’t compete with street life. why don’t you call? I need the day-time man. Just like the day before. Not just the night-time one you sell. Why do I compete With the streets. Don’t sell away your half from me. I fear. I know my needs fall on deaf ears. .SETTING YOU FREE Here I wait Today for you. Like it was your whore? What does it hold that I don’t have? Is it drugs or alcohol. I’ll hold it down and set you free.
Pray to God that I don’t cry. nasty at 10. . Say forgive me this time. I’m coming back. I hold on tight for the ride And pray to God I don’t cry. Nice at 8. I hold on tight for the ride. 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. At 11:30. Although the truth lies elsewhere. time for hell again. At 10:30.HELL AND BACK I go through hell to be with you. hell begins. and I love you more than anything. Maybe this time is the last time. Time to put me back on track. Swinging and swaying to your moods. But it’s 1. You say you’re sorry all the time.
too. Not giving up.SEARCHING Where are you? Are you searching for me. Kissed so many frogs. I pray that you’re still looking. I wonder if you’re like me. Out there trying to see. Even met some dogs. too? I’ve been waiting oh so long. But my conviction still remains strong. And also trying to find me. . still searching. If the perfect one waits somewhere for you.
Sometimes love takes broader shape. Refuses to be confined. then drops you down. So hold on tight. And surprises you with no regrets. It smiles at you and then frowns. And just await your love’s surprise. Can pick you up and be complete. It can start as just a fling And then turn into everything. . Pretends to stay. It flows outside the lines. Enjoy the ride. Love pulls you in. It grows with you and holds you tight And comforts you late at night It finds you when you least expect. It takes you up. and Evaporates to your dismay. But love can also be so sweet.LOVE’S SURPRISE Sometimes love throws you a curve.
So glad to have you In my life. It means the world to me: Loving the way Our lives are intertwined. Just what I’m meant to do. Standing tall.WE LIFT EACH OTHER You lift me up For the world to see. I lift you up Because I need you to see All that you do. Give me the world. The queen I’m meant to be. . And I rule the roost. I tell you you’re The best at what you do. by my side. Saying you’re doing what you’re meant to do. You show me how Real love should be with you. You tell me I’m beautiful all the time. Tell me it’s all mine.
You’re having fun. And try to break me. Curse my name. Because your plan is number one. Your squinty eyes and sneaky smile. You had a plan all the while. All others be damned. But evil does as evil sees Wait for my plan It’s a doozy. You pile it on Because I can take it.THE WARNING It’s funny now to know the truth That all you care about is you. Say some words. And then not care Who you hurt. . Pretend to care.
“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. About you. The joy and laughter every night. I’d miss everything. The happiness I felt inside. “My darling. I’d say to you. The days and nights spent by your side While showing me you cared.” .MISSING YOU “What will you miss after I’m gone?” You look to me and say.
You line the pleats of my skirt. . Separating you from the rest.YOU WEAR IT WELL I wear you on my sleeve. you know. And you wear it well. It’s not cologne or soap. Not Ivory or Irish Spring. your scent. That fragrence I know so well. I inhale you on my shirt. Whether at work or at play. Take you when I leave. That essence that I smell. An aroma only you possess. So distinct. You’re with me On my way. Whether night or day. You follow me Through the day.
Realizing It won’t work apart. Like children Not yet grown. Can’t make it on our own.NOT ALONE The games we play. Alone is not what we do. We hurt. Yet we try Each day and night Just to make it through. And then we pray. . We laugh. The shit we say.
. I brought a new place for you. You don’t need to say it. And I know I make up the best of you.THE BEST OF ME I make up the best of you. Your life tells me so. With me. Order lives where chaos dwelled. This much I truly know. A prize for all to see. I’m proud to see what you’ve become. Because you are the best of me. A freshness for our start. The light replaced the dark.
Hoping things are as good as new. Looking okay. Will forever change the way I now look at you. Although repaired.TRUST It’s like a broken fence: When mended. . The chain contains a kink. But that kink. you still see that link. you see. You try to move along. Thinking that you’re done.
. I fear you love yourself More than you love me. You don’t even see. Skin of chocolate. Lips of warm caramel? Every part of me was made for you to love. For the chocolate and the caramel.SHADES OF ME How can you not love me. With eyes of auburn.
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. Powder-white sand. It’s embedded between my thighs. And I wait With your love’s escape. I take you to another place.
To live in hell Or go be free. Though simple it may be. Is not simple In my eyes. A simple choice It may seem. . Not so simple to me.THE CHOICE The choice I have— To stay or to go— Simple as it seems. A place Finally to be me.
Yesterday. Face twisted mean. an enemy. That voice appears and says. I truly thought you understood.DON’T FORGET YESTERDAY Every time it’s going good. Did you forget yesterday? The screaming and the yelling. Did you forget yesterday? A friend today. No matter what a friend may say. Although you’re okay today. So it may seem. . Don’t forget yesterday.
Share the life I live? Do you deserve The love I possess. You can’t say yes. . to be with you? I can’t say no. Everything I have to give? Do you deserve To be with me.WHAT WE DESERVE Do you deserve All that I do. Which do you prefer? Neither of us Can really say What we both deserve. 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. But. Because I see the truth. So.THE TRUTH I’m sad today. Your true love awaits. I fear. . Fully awake. dry your eyes. Life alone brings doubts and fears. It may just be Around the corner. We tried to make it work. it’s not meant to be. And I’m not the one for you. You need to find your perfect match And finally set me free. But happiness lies Within the eyes Of the one that’s meant for you. No time to cry. Another smiling face. Truth is you’re not the one for me.
You’d agree with me. Your love to give For me always. And I can only dream. In a perfect world. You’d hold me tight. We’d never fight.A PERFECT WORLD In a perfect world. It’d be you and I. Unfortunately things will never be As perfect as they seem. . In a perfect world. today it’s not that way. There would be no other for you. Sadly. And sit by my side. In a perfect world. I’d always be right. You’d only have eyes for me. I’d be all you see. You’d forever stay.
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.
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. Believed that when you closed the door. The perfect moment to strike. You should have never estimated The power of my mind. . For the right time. It was fine to say goodbye. We lie in wait. We plot our moves From the go. Women are cunning creatures you know. Pretend I’m okay inside. It is so easy for me to smile.
You’re moving on because it’s too tough To fight for what we once had. That’s too damn bad. It hurts to be in this spot. .MOVING ON I wait for you in the lot. Because you set me free. Because it’s all I know. Hoping to put off what you said You’d do until another day. Where I said I’d be. Thought the day would never come. Hoping it’s not too late. But I fear your mind’s made up. When you would let me go. I can’t forget what we had. Now I sit and wait for you.
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. But I don’t think It will ever be. You look into my eyes. . It’s not enough for me.NOT YOUR FORTE I tell you I need more. Give me no reply. And sleep. I ask you all the time To treat me like I need.
What I see Is not really you. But … I wanted you.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. Alone with the truth after the fall. And now I sit. Although I know the truth. For the real you can never love me. How could I have loved you? I didn’t know you at all. .
Make your move. You say you don’t care. hold your breath Until she loves you like I do. And please. Think it’s all a big game. you think you know it all. That there are many more like me. And your heart will know She and I aren’t the same. But time will tell. Go ahead. . Miss what we had. I really hope you find her soon. The way I kissed you late at night. You’re gonna miss me so damn bad.A LOVE LIKE MINE You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone. Yeah. So you can finally see.
Terminal: The definition of The love between You and me. too. Your love will kill My spirit. If I let it be. If I let it inside. .TERMINAL LOVE Your love will be The end of me. Your love will make Me lose my mind. If that’s what I let it do.
They don’t have to cost a thing. And that I deserve the best. You tell me that I’m beautiful. To live this life with you. Holding my hand. Ignoring all the rest. It’s great to be by your side. I just wanted you to know I appreciate the little things you do. Showing me the man That you’re proud to be.THE LITTLE THINGS It’s the little things I appreciate. . You’re blind to all that temptation outside.
My anger knows It’s my fault. Because all you thought about was you. I let you do what you want to. My spirit knows It’s your fault. I’m the one who made you into you. And it’s your fault.LOVING ME My anger grows. Don’t want to hear my words. You don’t encourage me. And it’s my fault. My spirit grows. . I finally love me more that you do. Because you need to be first. You discourage me.
Although it’s not yet mine.A FAN OF LOVE I am a fan of love. But it won’t knock at my door. Because I see it all the time. Because it waits somewhere for me. Because someday love will set me free. I’m a fan of love. I will wait for love. I lay out the welcome mat for love. I lay out the welcome mat for love. I will wait for love. I still believe in love. Though it doesn’t live here no more. I’d sit in the stands and cheer. . I still believe in love. Although it doesn’t live here.
If only in our eyes. You try to live in my realty. . Your world is nothing like The one I’m from. Maybe that cloth Really is the same. and you try To become you and I. A visitor from another place.A DIFFERENT CLOTH Cut from a different cloth. But we’re not meant to be. When I don’t even know your name. I wish you’d thought more of this Before deciding to come. Tell me why you’re in my space. But you won’t show your face. You and I are not the same. Yet you came.
To do what I have to do. It’s nowhere inside of you.PROMISES Promises you fail to keep Are all I have. Honesty is within your reach. Though the shitty lies you grab. I don’t know why I ask for truth. . So glad to have this new breakthrough.
Not taking your shit any more. I try and try to be What you want from me. There’s no you and me in us for you. I’m like a moth to your flame. . twisted game.NOT TAKING IT ANYMORE You can’t see me Past your superiority. But I’m tired of playing Your sick. I’m sick to hell of being under your spell. It’s your way or the door.
Two peas of a different pod. You sprint along. First place is a space we both want. Trying to keep up. Ain’t it odd That we both think we’re right? I run ahead to catch my breath. Because you have to be first.WINNING THE RACE I understand a time won’t come When you and I won’t fight. . We’ll never be face-to-face. now by my side. Because we both want to win the race. Can’t let me be in front.
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. I see you are the one Allowing me to see Beyond your imperfections. .
Every talent I have? Why don’t I sing for you? Maybe because I know You’re not the one I should sing for. Why don’t I feel comfortable. but the one I should let go.SING FOR YOU Why don’t I sing for you? A good question. indeed. Showing you the real me? Shouldn’t I want you to see Who I truly am? Why can’t I share all my gifts. .
What a sense of humor you have! I hear your sadistic laugh.LOVE Love. how you love to tell your lovely lies. Let loose your hold of me. Love. I laugh along in my defense. Love. Why do you pretend to be a friend of mine? Oh. . Why do you laugh at me? Why do you hold me hostage? Why not set me free? Love. The jokes are all at my expense. Just break your chains. And set me free.
REMEMBERING LOVE Remember when Love was enough. A time I surely miss. Surviving by itself. A time of unrivaled bliss. With nothing else. . Family meant we were whole. When unity was a goal. Even when times were tough? It got you through.
Our whole lives lost. So much to say. But nothing’s said. So much to say. You stare at the floor. hours. We drift together. Just like the day before. The seconds. you grin. Turning into weeks. minutes.LOST LIVES Here we go again. Yet nothing was said. You try to read my face. And we’ve both paid the cost. I smile. And here we are In elder years. . Still alone. I hold my breath. days. I look elsewhere instead. Because we never speak.
My wife. You are the reason why I work so hard. Included a heart-shaped card This is what it said: I can’t live my life without Having you by my side. I think of you before I rest. I try my best.MY WIFE You bought me flowers today: Roses. How I cherish you. pink and red. With you is where my heart lies. Although I seldom tell you so. .
Or use my fists. Call her a bitch. . Curse her name. But twisted faces and angry eyes Still kill me Inside.KILLING ME WITH YOUR WORDS I lose a piece of me every day. I disappear with every word you say. How much can they hurt? I don’t hit her. And you think they’re just words.
He wouldn’t see anyone else. He’d cherish them because they were mine. No one else would matter. . how I wish I could make The perfect man for me! We’d love and kiss each other often. Live together happily. That man I made for me. Put me before himself.THE MAN I MAKE FOR ME Oh. A perfect world For him and me. He’d cherish the ground I walked on. He’d love every part of me. I wouldn’t want for anything. He’d always take care of me. It wouldn’t matter if they were his. And even love my kids.
In you. I put your first. What a miracle to come! Been there through the night and day. I have a faithful friend. . And so. You’re by my side. And so. as I carry on. Whether I am right or wrong. Supporting me until the end. Bring me light after the dark. I lead My life in Your hands. I put you first. Lord. And I’ll always put you first. that’s the way it will be. Let me laugh after I’ve cried. You guide. I put you first.I PUT YOU FIRST You’ve been there Since day one. Get me through to a new start. You let me fall. Guiding me along the way. And so. this is why I will believe With Your Word. so I may rise.
he’s taken hold. Says what I think before I do. predicts my moves. .FAITH He came today and shook my soul. He is the Lord above. With me is where he always stays All through the night until the day. He knows my mind. I think he’s psychic see. He has my unwavering faith. the path I walk. Mouths the words before I talk. He’s got my map. And I thought I knew it all. My whole world. 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. I don’t know nothing anymore.
It’s impossible to hide a lie. A lie won’t hide. You can’t contain What will remain. . Won’t stay inside.LIES AND TRUTH The truth is the light. I would have told you so. A cover will not work. Rains down on me. If asked. No matter how hard you try. you know. Sets me free. It shines so bright.
Has built a wall that can’t be broken. but now I see The truth I bought now sold. Flipping a script You no longer own. I got it now. I can’t lie low. Yes. . ma’am! My life’s where it’s supposed to be. Who I am inside. For the entire world to see. Screaming to me in my own song. powering my soul. Now I’m free. The chains are gone. So that confidence. Can’t keep me down no more. Realizing who I am. The square peg now fits the hole. Took years to find. Was in a fog.REALIZATION The beauty of it all.
Now is the end for me. Like the way That evil does. Won’t let me see a day Beyond today. breathlessly. I try to fight. So I say my last goodbye. I’ll be with you forever now. Staining the air. too. A better place awaits me. through the fog I can’t see. But. It’s all around. Everywhere. And I cannot escape. So much to bear. All consuming. . Killing my mind And spirit. The pain will end. Stealing my light.ENDING THE PAIN This world of pain. finally.
But radio’s no better. Someone’s missing. I have to block the energy That tries to draw me in. It calls to me and screams my name. Live by his word and let him see. Can’t let this dark swallow my light. Start my task with one woman. I’ll start my fight by changing me. Guess I’ll listen to radio instead. Enough to drive the sane insane. So I block it and stay inside. Everyone’s fighting or arguing. same old thing. . I vow to do the best I can.CHANGING ME I couldn’t watch the news today. Or found dead. For fear of what it might say.
I took the pain away with me. I pierce the layer that I see.BREAKING FREE I try to cut the pain away. Now my pain has gone away. Although it hurt. I’m the one it killed. Now I’m gone. . I couldn’t cry. Cutting deeper still. The pain still wouldn’t go away. But blood is not enough. The one underneath’s too tough. After all the blood had dried. I hoped the damage that I did Would make me feel okay. The pain inside just wouldn’t die. Finally free. I had to go because it stayed.
Here I stand forever. A battle I couldn’t lose. By your side I’ll stay To guide you through the days ahead And never go away.MY SON SHINES Long ago I dreamt of you. For the other half of you. I held you tight and kissed your cheek. You gave me hell From early on And made me pay my dues. I stood tall. Before you were inside. I feared it was not true. The love I thought I had to have. Although you were not yet mine. Only the mixture that I needed. . But through it all.
Or do you only know what you see? Do you know what makes me tick Or what really makes me. . 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.KNOWING ME Do you really know who I am. me? Do you know why I am here Or what I’m here to do? Do you know how I see me.
The rhythm stirs Inside my head. It moves my hips. Dance with me tonight. Dance with me tonight. It moves my feet. I feel the beat. . Please play for me. Dance with me tonight. Your song instead. Made for sin. My arms they sway That away.DANCE WITH ME TONIGHT I feel the music From deep within.
And let them know An early end’s no way to go. What younger ones can’t fare. Though your beauty will last always. .TOO SOON Gone too soon. We older folks can tolerate. So here is where they’ll stay. Your will was not as strong. They’ll wish we stopped you just in time. Pain can be an awful thing. But many will always care. So hold them tight. Sometimes too much to bare. It’s sad to know your time is done. Help them push the pain aside. We didn’t have you long. To make sure you were still here.
I hold my breath. You lay still. Why did I go? I should have paused.THE BROWN WIDOW You wait for me In the dark. You’re poisonous. Hoping you snoozed. But you’re too quick. I knew you were there After all. . I wait till day To go your way. Hoping you’re asleep. Too many eyes Cover me. I approach. You strike so fast. Await my move.
.THE TIME IS NOW Slow down. DON’T WAIT! Make it count tonight. It will be just right. Take your time. Live your best life now.
INNER SUPERSTAR We possess it early on. But often forget where it lies. Dormant. It differs from the rest. Where it shines the best. And then peaked out often. Specific to each owner. . After we have forgotten. We get a glimpse. Residing where it’s meant to be. Waiting patiently For a time to no longer hide. it lies inside. take a peak. Remembering where it first shined. Our inner superstar Was always there inside. Years later we get another glimpse.
LIFE TAKES THE WHEEL Life tries to take the wheel. But then we find courage inside And turn it all around. Its view widens so we may see. Be patient. . We make a turn on our own. Without listening to what it has to say. Life sometimes gets the best of us And tries to keep us down. While hiding in our youth. But we get in the way. Listen for what life has in store. Life often hides its purpose From those who seek its truth. Life’s not all a mystery. It shows its face in elder years.
Too late for me To let you know That I loved you so. At least. This I didn’t know. Now tomorrow’s here. And you’re gone. . I took for granted you’d be here.TOO LATE You were mine On borrowed time. until tomorrow. I’m so sorry I was wrong.
.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.
a light yellow. Relaxed for when I sleep.COLORS OF ME There are many Shades of me. A range of shades for everything. Like many colors of the rainbow. They cover you And color me. A darker color when we fight. Neon bright. I change from day-to-day. A softer shade. Black or white. I can be any hue I want to be. When wide awake. Growing daily like the evergreen. . A blue for when I’m feeling low. I’m an aubergine. When ready. you know. I shine brightly for all to see.
It sings to me from deep inside. Is all poetry to me. breathing poetry .A POET’S SONG I live in verse. rhyming All the time. Thinking. And it makes up The best of me. The sadness that you may see. I think in rhyme. The happiness you’re feeling now Turns into rhyme for me somehow. Living. I don’t know how Or even why.
. 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. Shine from underneath? Is it dim.BRIGHT LIGHTS UNDERNEATH Just how bright Is your light. The one we all see? Does it make your surface glow.
Inside that room lives poetry. Says take a seat. It comforts me. It sets me free. . Encourages me With its warm smile.POETRY LIVES HERE A door has opened up for me. Says stay awhile. I am your friend. Then takes my coat. It invites me in. I open up. And says Please come back any day. Then sings to me In special notes. It offers me a place to stay. And offers me its words to eat. It says to me. It embraces me.
It’s because I am beauty. or shock you. The wisdom I possess. I am life. .KNOWING MY WORTH Does the strength of my words offend you? Or is it … The tone of my voice. The comfort of my embrace. And I know my worth. I can erase? If I frighten. The pleasures I possess. Curve of my waist. The air in my chest? Does knowing my worth frighten you? Or is it … The arch in my back. Shape of my thighs. That smile on my face? Does the fierceness of my love shock you? Or is it … The hunger of my kiss. The knowledge I give. Knowing that your fears. offend. I am woman.
you should abhor. Forgetting it. One that’s even sold? Bringing life and pleasure forth. . We are the best of all beings. Rewarded with so many qualities. Do you know the power that you hold? A power sought by every man.OF ALL BEINGS Fellow women of today.
Should I sprint to the finish Or take my time instead? I’ve carried others on my back And sometimes they’ve carried me.THE LONG ROAD HOME I’ve walked on hands and knees Down the long road ahead. I can’t wait for mine. Thinking of how it will be. What a lovely ride. Every road must come to an end. . A sight I almost see. Did mostly as I pleased. I smile and hold it inside. My destination is on my mind. Held some hands along the way. Happiness and long-lost friends.
. Sounds fully. “The time has come For you to leave. The signs are there For you to see. As if saying to me. Giving the breeze What it needs.” The willow weeps. Listen closely. As if to say. It is today. “Your time is here.” The tree breaths. Close your eyes.THE SOUND OF SIGNS I hear the birds chirping.
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. . This is not a test. Or we all lose. What weapon will you choose? PLEASE Take your shot.A CALL TO ARMS *STOP* Turn off your television set.
Where happiness lives Indefinitely. . Where true love lives. Beside the bed.HOME My home is where I lay my head And pray at night. My home may just be with you. My home is where I chose to be. Though we’re apart. My home can be one place or a few. My home is where I leave my heart.
We tend to judge Those whom we see On outer beauty alone. The better prize. Although it seems quite odd. Should crown our lover’s throne. And in our haste.THE BETTER PRIZE The outer beauty that we see Is only a façade. So easy to believe a lie. A trick used to confuse the mind. Ignorant to what’s inside. This mortal life we live Can be so short and sweet. . We turn away. And miss out on the better prize. But what lies inside. It passes instantly. Open your foolish eyes.
I remember to relax today. that’s the way life goes. Try to balance both and remain whole. add some play. I’ve seen this day before. Unfortunately. too. I’m tired already. My body’s weary.RELAXING MY MIND Been a long day. Save some work. . But I know things will be fine. Spirit. And I know more will surely come. Time to sit and rest my mind.
Why won’t it set me free? . So I continue to Keep hope alive. And pray trouble runs out of time.TROUBLE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Trouble road begins at my door. I’ve given up on happiness. It should be tired of me. Where all is calm. And I know nothing else. Blinded by the darkness inside Too black to set me free. and I stay safe. Surrounded by my friends. Accustomed to the worst of what Life has in store for me. I often dream of a better place Where trouble hasn’t been. It must lie somewhere else.
I close my eyes. . How can we be Or even last? We can’t go on. You’re speeding now. You’re driving too fast. Look to the sky. To ride with you. Away I go To a better place. As I brace For the crash. Even the belt Won’t keep me safe.THE GREATEST ESCAPE Slow down for me. Nothing to fear Of the greatest escape. There is no room. And then thank God I learned to fly. You smile at me And hit the gas. Without your brakes. No space for me.
Afraid to make a sound. I wait until it’s dark. afterall. The snipers waiting for that clear shot. So much to lose. Worried about the fall.THE FALL Land mines. Can never take the leap. Hoping that you’re not The smartest of us two. Worried I’ll be found. . Premeditated steps I take with no regrets. Covering your insides. everything I’ve got.
That moment is meant just for you To make your move. . Make your move. Don’t be scared to let go. You’re right where you need to be. Afraid that what we chose Would set us back further than we know. Do what you say. Scared to make a move. We find ourselves in A situation where we can’t let go. Then we realize The move was just right. Don’t be afraid. And we’re finally on track. Take a step and not look back.MAKING MOVES Every now and then. Hope our move won’t make a mess. We wish for the best.
Life just passes by. Light miles ahead. The final bell has rung. My eyes are opened wide. And now half my life’s Just floated away. And now the time is here For me to finally shine. It never waits. Although my mouth is closed.WINNING THE RACE I’ve wasted too much time. I’ve already won the race. Or what they tried to say. . It’s time to take my rightful place. Focused on today. I never saw the signs.
I’m glad I have you in my life. . The times we share. I need you to show me Just how I should be. Because when I need someone to vent to. And I need you there. Even when I want to vent About nothing at all. indeed. You listen when I talk. But we’re just friends. You know I’m really into it. You call me. A true friend. Taking it all in. You always take my call. It’s so innocent.TRUE FRIENDS I call you.
Often times Those little things Should remain a secret.KEEPING SECRETS Sometimes it’s not good to share Every little thing. And what things we should keep. There are times When we may find Some things troubling. . We need to learn What to say.
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.
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.
“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.
So little time. I’m coming in! . Ready for me to begin.FOLLOW ME AS I CHANGE THE WORLD Listen up! I got lots to say. No more sitting still for me today. Too much for me to hold inside. So much to do. Hold the door.
I’m tired today. Waiting for you to take me to some other place. I pray that those Who love me won’t be sad when I go.WHEN YOU COME FOR ME When you come for me. When you come for me. When you come for me. I’m looking forward to the trip ahead. I won’t be sad. I will be ready. . This life has gotten really bad. When you come for me. In the end I’ll be happy for the chance To begin again.
Can’t get rid of me. You open up. . Guess I’m in too deep. but don’t know what to say. Giving in to your every want and need. Desire being my excuse. Just how a smudge succeeds. Loving the way That I confuse.A MERE SMUDGE I’m a smudge on your window pane.
I try and try To live your life. Awaiting that fateful day When I can escape. accept your smile. You say it’ll never be. A prisoner’s life is what I lead. Locked away indefinitely. Not knowing poison’s inside. That I can’t survive on my own.” I take a sip. But I’m the one that pays the toll.A PRISONER’S LIFE I want to be free. Drink my wine. . “Celebrate with me. You say.
I’ll guide you. All at once. .AT A CROSSROADS Here I am. Make your move. Either way. A choice to make: Where do I drive? Should I turn left or right? I must decide Which way to go. It hit me hard. No one to help me with this one. it’ll be done. Close your eyes. Decision time tonight. Sitting still In a spot I’d never thought I’d be. And I finally see. And That’s just what I’ll do. I hear.
So they don’t live here no more. They didn’t live here. Mainly out of fear. Too scared to move. Happiness and joyful days. And I held on. I’ve got to drive those blues away. I can’t always be afraid. They silenced all the tears. From this life I need more. Arguments.DRIVING THE BLUES AWAY Sad songs are all I heard. . Year after year. Awkward distance.
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? .
It. TOO. Taking over everything. . Consuming who it occupies.IT. It’s got places to go. shall pass. But … It. And pain’s waiting At another’s door. SHALL PASS Pain can’t last forever. too. That bell it rings. Till only it survives. Because nothing ever lasts Of pain. shall pass. Making you believe you died. too.
For the misery in store. Try not to let the weight get me down. . But the price I pay is worth being free. Try to turn it all around. And I fight with my head high.HOLDING ONTO MY PRIDE I try to hold my head above water. I suit up for the war. Holding onto my pride. Every day is a fight for me. Fight to keep it all in order.
Believing those wicked smiles. Skirt the blame. Our downfall in the end. All the while hiding ours. . Point fingers. Mistakes that others seem to make. Such a wicked game to play.OUR DOWNFALL We are a sad society: So quick to judge. Although we are among friends. We don’t see What lies within. So afraid of being called out our name. It’s become customary To point out all the flaws.
The only way truly to be free. Why change for someone who doesn’t give a damn? I will be who I’m meant to be. .BEING FREE I won’t let you change who I am.
My eyes are open now. Concentrating on what I’m meant to do. Just the way a record does. Now it’s time for me to grow. Picked up where I had left off. It’s how I lived my life. What treasures lied within.MY WORLD Sometime ago I lost myself. This thought had become commonplace. Don’t know how long it’s been. Remembering who I was. . Time for me to shine. Forgot who I was inside. I gave so much to others And put their needs before mine. My world finally mine.
MY PERFECT RAY OF SUNSHINE Somewhere out there lies The perfect ray of sunshine. See … I’m making it my goal. I know. . Although it tries to hide. It’s there. Something I must find: My perfect ray of sunshine.
. So glad that I had faith. Nearly broken. I begin again.NEARLY BROKEN Thought it was the end of me. But I’m on the mend. My spirit nearly broken. Hope not within my reach. As the pieces began to mend. But the voice inside Said I would rise And would not concede defeat. Thought there was no escape. My mind said all was lost.
daughter. She’s happy. She loves me more than anything. Because she knows her worth. She knows how much I meant to her. . A mother. That friend I’ve found is me.MY FRIEND Oh. the freedom I have now! I have finally found A friend I haven’t seen for a while. She’s beautiful And full of life. and a wife.
The stories they tell Without saying a word. . The other upside down. One right-side up. Saying everything With just a smirk.THE SMILE AND THE FROWN Neighboring emotions: The smile and the frown.
The love I lost. Grant me the pity I deserve From this endless trip. I’d rather have my love with me. Memories barely keep me warm.REMAINING LONELY Loneliness. Instead. . Loosen your lover’s grip. I’ll forever mourn. I remain lonely. have mercy on me.
Close your eyes. 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. Imagine your worst fear.FEAR INSIDE I challenge you To sit in silence.
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.
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.
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.WAITING All I do Is wait around for you. So here I sit. feelings are no big deal. Until you walk through my door. I should say How I feel. Waiting once more. I’m the fool Because I allow you To dictate how I spend my time. . But to you.
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. you know. . So I sing today for you.
NOT LISTENING Why don’t you please stop talking to me? I stopped listening long ago. Though I don’t listen any more. . Yet your mouth moves constantly. I’m not listening anyway. I don’t care what you have to say. Why don’t you please Close your mouth? Stop those words from tumbling out.
. Loving everything I am. You watch and study me. And what I’m meant to be. Taking in all you see. Looking through The window to my soul. You know me Better Than I ever could know.WINDOW TO MY SOUL I see you Through the window to my soul.
What does that mean? Can being pretty and black Co-exist for me? You’re pretty for a black girl. Am I supposed to smile. You’re pretty for a black girl. Too bad you don’t recognize That I am so much more. Thank you for letting me know. . Such condescending words! As if the fact that I am black Lessens my worth.PRETTY FOR A BLACK GIRL You’re pretty for a black girl. Ignore the ignorance of your statement? Should I really be proud? You’re pretty for a black girl.
Has anyone told you so? Do you walk with your head held high? Take every step you make with pride? You are a queen. Thought I should tell you so. . you know.FOR MY SISTERS My sister. you are beautiful. Beauty lying inside and out. Thought I should let you know.
The time we have is now. This place we’ve gotten to somehow. Seeing all we’re meant to see.THE TIME IS NOW The only time we have is now. To feel how it should be. Even if we’ve forgotten. . To share all we’ve got. To show each other why we’re here.
Her first publication was a short story entitled. . Glonka.” for which she won the Pride award for writing at age ten. “The Amazing Mr. She lives in sunny Florida with her husband and four sons. She writes poetry. and songs.BIO Kimberly LaRocca has been writing since elementary school. short stories.
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