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