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