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