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