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