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