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