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