ISBN: 1456595490 ISBN-13: 978-1456595494 E-Book ISBN: 978-1-4392-8316-5 First Edition .Copyright © 2011 Kimberly LaRocca All rights reserved.

Mom . Devante. Blake. Make your mark. and Jaden.For my boys. I love you. The world is yours. Brandon.

CONTENTS Title Page Copyright Page LOVE Loving You Thanks to You Without Words Why Don’t You See Me Seasons of Love Broken My Last Day I Will Show Up What I Need Love All Over Me Hypnotized Setting You Free Hell and Back Searching Love’s Surprise We Lift Each Other The Warning Missing You You Wear it Well Not Alone .

The Best of Me Trust Shades of Me Love’s Escape The Choice Don’t Forget Yesterday What We Deserve The Truth A Perfect World Your Everything Falling for You We Belong Lying in Wait Moving On Not Your Forte Can’t See Beyond What I Wanted A Love like Mine Terminal Love The Little Things Loving Me A Fan of Love A Different Cloth Promises Not Taking it Anymore Winning the Race Power Sing for You .

LOVE Remembering Love Lost Lives My Wife Killing Me with Your Words The Man I Make for Me LIFE I Put You First FAITH Lies and Truth Realization Ending the Pain Changing Me Breaking Free My Son Shines Knowing Me Dance with Me Tonight Too Soon The Brown Widow The Time Is Now Inner Superstar Life Takes the Wheel Too Late Aha Moment Colors of Me A Poet’s Song .

Bright Lights Underneath Poetry Lives Here Knowing My Worth Of All Beings The Long Road Home The Sound of Signs A Call to Arms Home The Better Prize Relaxing My Mind Trouble’s Got a Hold on Me The Greatest Escape The Fall Making Moves Winning the Race True Friends Keeping Secrets Without Doubts Anger My Moves Follow Me as I Change the World When You Come for Me A Mere Smudge A Prisoner’s Life At a Crossroads Driving the Blues Away How .

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.It.

LOVE .

Giving you more than my last. Be your lover and more. I live for you At your command. I smile for you.LOVING YOU As you awake. All you have to do is ask. Handle with care. As you breathe. I do it all. By loving you. . My world expands. I make your food. Wash your clothes. For you. I leave my mark. Clean the floors. You are my light Through the dark. What lovers do. Bake your bread.

My evil eyes are full of spite. Only anger in this place. Bitter through and through. All thanks to you. All thanks to you.THANKS TO YOU Cold. Blacker than the darkest night. Rotten to the very core. . The monster made. heartless. Guess it’s time for you to face The ugliness and its truth.

And you haven’t said a word. My hips move to your beat. I quench your thirst. You didn’t have to say a word. it heaves to my surprise.WITHOUT WORDS I know you like what you see. . Don’t have to say a word. I see your eyes start at my feet. My chest. Licking your lips. you lift your hand. I feel your hands all over me. I see the way you look at me. Felling the heat between you and me. Your gaze has only reached my thighs. Caress my cheek from where you stand. woman and man. I kiss your lips. Now face-to-face. And still not a word.

I shed my skin. And you never saw me.WHY DON’T YOU SEE ME Here I stand out in front. You’ve taken all I have to give. The rest gone down the drain. And now my shell is all I have. The years I lost. The foolishness I left behind. Emptied my soul. It’s over now. Requesting more so you can live. I gave my all for you to live. . Bare for all to see. just wasted time. My end is here. But you don’t see me. Still shaded by your tree. My one and only life I had Has disappeared in vain.

A love so grand. You are my winter. built-in trust. All is still. We bring forth our new ecstasy. You are my fall. . Our love is blossoming for all to see. Protecting me with strength that’s harsh. Existing even after the end. We have grown together. A constant cold stuns my heart. Please stay a while. living long it must. No you and I. In the end it was always us.SEASONS OF LOVE A light is shining bright. You are my spring. it’s just you and me. We from the start. You are my summer. A smile that warms the coldest night. The heat I crave to feel at night.

oh please. my worst fear. Just let me be. just let me be. I need to feel the pain inside of me. You must understand my need to be here. I killed your love for me. I need the anger. . The damage done won’t disappear. I want to cry. I’ve got to let the burn roam free. Not bottle it up inside of me. Don’t want happiness here again. So. please.BROKEN Please. Don’t want you to dry my eyes. Just let this pain pierce my skin.

No worry about what could be heard. Take a walk on the beach Or by the bay. Enjoy the day. I would call in sick. gazing upon your face. Wash your feet Late that night. Hold your hand. I’d say. Feed you by hand. You on my mind. Our fingers intertwined. Me in your heart. Open my eyes. Forever stay. I would make a meal For you and me. My love always. It would always be this way. Silently gazing In your eyes. Sitting by your side. I would promise you.MY LAST DAY I would wake up a little late. Make love to you without saying a word. . That I’d never leave.

That’s how I would spend My last day. .

it will be us. if you yell. I’ll show up. just know I won’t be walking out the door. You spit my name With twisted face. The very last one to show up. I’ll show up. So when you’re mad as hell. Face so mean. And I will always show up.I WILL SHOW UP If I yell. I’ll show up. I will show up. You see I gave my word in front of God. I vowed to be the one He’d trust for you. You curse and scream. Till this life ends. You hang up the phone Or don’t answer at all. Through thick and thin when times are hard. .

it’s what you heard. Lie down with me in this moment. . So close your lips and take my hand. Just here for me to feel alright. Don’t want to chill or hang with you. No. It’s not my place to be her for you. I’m telling you. Cover me with ecstasy. And give me what I need. And give me what I need. You can find someone else to fill those shoes. Just take me on into the room. Yeah. we don’t have to talk or say a word. Not here to be your girl tonight. I don’t want to be your girl. Holding hands is Not what I’m here to do.WHAT I NEED No.

LOVE ALL OVER ME Smiling all twenty four. Brighter than the night’s sky. I am love. I am the Milky Way. Brightness everlasting. . After the end. I color the winter’s night. Cannot be dimmed. And I will forge ahead. My glow shines through the darkness. I will remain. Sunshine fades in comparison To what’s all over me.

. Intoxicating. I am happy to be Drunken within your eyes Can’t you see what you’ve done to me? I am hypnotized.HYPNOTIZED Fine As the darkest wine.

Just like the day before. why don’t you call? I need the day-time man. Don’t sell away your half from me. . A part-time love is not enough. I fear. A dozen women for a dime. Can’t compete with street life. Like it was your whore? What does it hold that I don’t have? Is it drugs or alcohol. Why do I compete With the streets. I’ll hold it down and set you free. as well. God.SETTING YOU FREE Here I wait Today for you. I know my needs fall on deaf ears. Love shouldn’t have to be this rough. Not just the night-time one you sell.

I’m coming back. Maybe this time is the last time. I hold on tight for the ride And pray to God that I don’t cry. Time to put me back on track. . time for hell again. hell begins. Although the truth lies elsewhere. Swinging and swaying to your moods. I hold on tight for the ride And pray to God I don’t cry. nasty at 10. At 11:30. You say you’re sorry all the time. At 10:30. and I love you more than anything. But it’s 1.HELL AND BACK I go through hell to be with you. Pray to God that I don’t cry. I hold on tight for the ride. Say forgive me this time. Nice at 8. And try to make it back from hell again.

SEARCHING Where are you? Are you searching for me. I pray that you’re still looking. If the perfect one waits somewhere for you. . Not giving up. I wonder if you’re like me. Even met some dogs. Kissed so many frogs. too? I’ve been waiting oh so long. too. Out there trying to see. still searching. And also trying to find me. But my conviction still remains strong.

It can start as just a fling And then turn into everything. Pretends to stay. . It grows with you and holds you tight And comforts you late at night It finds you when you least expect. And surprises you with no regrets. It smiles at you and then frowns. Enjoy the ride. But love can also be so sweet. So hold on tight. It flows outside the lines. Refuses to be confined. Can pick you up and be complete. Love pulls you in. Sometimes love takes broader shape. And just await your love’s surprise.LOVE’S SURPRISE Sometimes love throws you a curve. then drops you down. It takes you up. and Evaporates to your dismay.

The queen I’m meant to be. And I rule the roost. Give me the world. I tell you you’re The best at what you do. So glad to have you In my life. Standing tall. . You show me how Real love should be with you. You tell me I’m beautiful all the time. Saying you’re doing what you’re meant to do. by my side. Tell me it’s all mine.WE LIFT EACH OTHER You lift me up For the world to see. Just what I’m meant to do. It means the world to me: Loving the way Our lives are intertwined. I lift you up Because I need you to see All that you do.

You had a plan all the while. Curse my name. Because your plan is number one. And then not care Who you hurt. And try to break me. . Your squinty eyes and sneaky smile. All others be damned. You pile it on Because I can take it. But evil does as evil sees Wait for my plan It’s a doozy. Pretend to care. Say some words.THE WARNING It’s funny now to know the truth That all you care about is you. You’re having fun.

About you. “My darling. The happiness I felt inside. The joy and laughter every night. I’d say to you.” . I’d miss everything.MISSING YOU “What will you miss after I’m gone?” You look to me and say. The days and nights spent by your side While showing me you cared. “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.

It’s not cologne or soap. Separating you from the rest. your scent. And you wear it well. You line the pleats of my skirt. I inhale you on my shirt.YOU WEAR IT WELL I wear you on my sleeve. you know. Whether at work or at play. . Take you when I leave. Whether night or day. You’re with me On my way. So distinct. Not Ivory or Irish Spring. An aroma only you possess. That fragrence I know so well. That essence that I smell. You follow me Through the day.

. And then we pray. Like children Not yet grown. Realizing It won’t work apart. Can’t make it on our own.NOT ALONE The games we play. The shit we say. Alone is not what we do. We laugh. Yet we try Each day and night Just to make it through. We hurt.

A freshness for our start. You don’t need to say it. With me. The light replaced the dark. Your life tells me so. And I know I make up the best of you.THE BEST OF ME I make up the best of you. This much I truly know. . Because you are the best of me. I’m proud to see what you’ve become. Order lives where chaos dwelled. I brought a new place for you. A prize for all to see.

But that kink. Hoping things are as good as new. Will forever change the way I now look at you. you see. Although repaired. you still see that link. Looking okay. You try to move along. Thinking that you’re done.TRUST It’s like a broken fence: When mended. The chain contains a kink. .

Skin of chocolate. You don’t even see.SHADES OF ME How can you not love me. For the chocolate and the caramel. Lips of warm caramel? Every part of me was made for you to love. With eyes of auburn. . I fear you love yourself More than you love me.

LOVE’S ESCAPE I know where your happiness lies. It’s embedded between my thighs. . And I wait With your love’s escape. Powder-white sand. I’m ready now. A world that rivals Disneyland. I take you to another place. A world where only you escape: A world of beaches.

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. A place Finally to be me. Though simple it may be. A simple choice It may seem.

Did you forget yesterday? A friend today.DON’T FORGET YESTERDAY Every time it’s going good. . an enemy. Although you’re okay today. Yesterday. I truly thought you understood. Don’t forget yesterday. Did you forget yesterday? The screaming and the yelling. Face twisted mean. That voice appears and says. So it may seem. No matter what a friend may say.

.WHAT WE DESERVE Do you deserve All that I do. to be with you? I can’t say no. Which do you prefer? Neither of us Can really say What we both deserve. Have saved up just for you? Do you deserve to be with me And I. You can’t say yes. Everything I have to give? Do you deserve To be with me. Share the life I live? Do you deserve The love I possess.

it’s not meant to be. Fully awake. No time to cry. Your true love awaits. It may just be Around the corner. Life alone brings doubts and fears. But. But happiness lies Within the eyes Of the one that’s meant for you. dry your eyes. You need to find your perfect match And finally set me free. .THE TRUTH I’m sad today. I know it’s not what you want to hear. Truth is you’re not the one for me. Because I see the truth. And I’m not the one for you. I fear. We tried to make it work. So. Another smiling face.

Unfortunately things will never be As perfect as they seem. You’d only have eyes for me. I’d be all you see. today it’s not that way. . You’d agree with me. Your love to give For me always. In a perfect world. There would be no other for you. We’d never fight. You’d hold me tight. I’d always be right. It’d be you and I. And I can only dream. In a perfect world.A PERFECT WORLD In a perfect world. Sadly. You’d forever stay. In a perfect world. And sit by my side.

YOUR EVERYTHING
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.

WE BELONG
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.

The perfect moment to strike. Believed that when you closed the door. It was fine to say goodbye. We lie in wait. Women are cunning creatures you know. We plot our moves From the go.LYING IN WAIT I see you thought I didn’t know All about your lies. It is so easy for me to smile. . Pretend I’m okay inside. For the right time. You should have never estimated The power of my mind.

. It hurts to be in this spot. Where I said I’d be. Thought the day would never come. Hoping it’s not too late. When you would let me go. You’re moving on because it’s too tough To fight for what we once had. Now I sit and wait for you. Hoping to put off what you said You’d do until another day.MOVING ON I wait for you in the lot. I can’t forget what we had. But I fear your mind’s made up. Because it’s all I know. That’s too damn bad. Because you set me free.

But I don’t think It will ever be. Why do I continue To hold onto a love That runs only one way? I think it may be time For me to realize Changing for me Is not your forte.NOT YOUR FORTE I tell you I need more. And sleep. It’s not enough for me. Give me no reply. You look into my eyes. I ask you all the time To treat me like I need. .

so I couldn’t see beyond What I wanted you to show. 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. For the real you can never love me. Although I know the truth. But … I wanted you. . And now I sit. How could I have loved you? I didn’t know you at all. What I see Is not really you.

And your heart will know She and I aren’t the same. And please. That there are many more like me. Think it’s all a big game. So you can finally see. Go ahead.A LOVE LIKE MINE You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone. The way I kissed you late at night. . I really hope you find her soon. hold your breath Until she loves you like I do. you think you know it all. Yeah. But time will tell. You’re gonna miss me so damn bad. Miss what we had. You say you don’t care. Make your move.

Terminal: The definition of The love between You and me. If I let it inside. Your love will kill My spirit. Your love will make Me lose my mind. If I let it be. . If that’s what I let it do.TERMINAL LOVE Your love will be The end of me. too.

It’s great to be by your side. Holding my hand. To live this life with you. You’re blind to all that temptation outside. You tell me that I’m beautiful.THE LITTLE THINGS It’s the little things I appreciate. Ignoring all the rest. I just wanted you to know I appreciate the little things you do. . Showing me the man That you’re proud to be. They don’t have to cost a thing. And that I deserve the best.

LOVING ME My anger grows. You don’t encourage me. I let you do what you want to. My spirit grows. . Don’t want to hear my words. I’m the one who made you into you. And it’s your fault. My spirit knows It’s your fault. You discourage me. Because all you thought about was you. Because you need to be first. My anger knows It’s my fault. I finally love me more that you do. And it’s my fault.

A FAN OF LOVE I am a fan of love. But it won’t knock at my door. I still believe in love. Because I see it all the time. I’d sit in the stands and cheer. Because it waits somewhere for me. Although it’s not yet mine. . Because someday love will set me free. I will wait for love. I still believe in love. Although it doesn’t live here. I lay out the welcome mat for love. I lay out the welcome mat for love. Though it doesn’t live here no more. I’m a fan of love. I will wait for love.

A DIFFERENT CLOTH Cut from a different cloth. A visitor from another place. Tell me why you’re in my space. But you won’t show your face. You and I are not the same. . If only in our eyes. Yet you came. Maybe that cloth Really is the same. I wish you’d thought more of this Before deciding to come. But we’re not meant to be. and you try To become you and I. Your world is nothing like The one I’m from. When I don’t even know your name. You try to live in my realty.

It’s nowhere inside of you. Honesty is within your reach. So glad to have this new breakthrough. I don’t know why I ask for truth. . Though the shitty lies you grab.PROMISES Promises you fail to keep Are all I have. To do what I have to do.

NOT TAKING IT ANYMORE You can’t see me Past your superiority. twisted game. I’m sick to hell of being under your spell. . It’s your way or the door. Not taking your shit any more. But I’m tired of playing Your sick. I’m like a moth to your flame. I try and try to be What you want from me. There’s no you and me in us for you.

WINNING THE RACE I understand a time won’t come When you and I won’t fight. We’ll never be face-to-face. 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. You sprint along. Because you have to be first. now by my side. . Two peas of a different pod. Can’t let me be in front. Because we both want to win the race. Trying to keep up.

I see you are the one Allowing me to see Beyond your imperfections. . I’m blinded by my vicious need Not to be lonely. Co-existence is the only power You hold over me.POWER Looking through rose-colored glasses.

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. Showing you the real me? Shouldn’t I want you to see Who I truly am? Why can’t I share all my gifts.SING FOR YOU Why don’t I sing for you? A good question. Why don’t I feel comfortable. . indeed.

. Why do you pretend to be a friend of mine? Oh. Love.LOVE Love. Why do you laugh at me? Why do you hold me hostage? Why not set me free? Love. Let loose your hold of me. how you love to tell your lovely lies. I laugh along in my defense. Love. And set me free. The jokes are all at my expense. What a sense of humor you have! I hear your sadistic laugh. Just break your chains.

When unity was a goal. Even when times were tough? It got you through. Surviving by itself. A time I surely miss.REMEMBERING LOVE Remember when Love was enough. . Family meant we were whole. With nothing else. A time of unrivaled bliss.

I smile. Because we never speak. Still alone. hours. And here we are In elder years. . I hold my breath. And we’ve both paid the cost. days. Turning into weeks. You try to read my face. Yet nothing was said. We drift together. So much to say. The seconds. You stare at the floor. Our whole lives lost. you grin. I look elsewhere instead. Just like the day before. So much to say. minutes. But nothing’s said.LOST LIVES Here we go again.

. pink and red. Included a heart-shaped card This is what it said: I can’t live my life without Having you by my side. You are the reason why I work so hard. Although I seldom tell you so. I try my best.MY WIFE You bought me flowers today: Roses. My wife. How I cherish you. I think of you before I rest. With you is where my heart lies.

Or use my fists. But twisted faces and angry eyes Still kill me Inside. I disappear with every word you say. How much can they hurt? I don’t hit her. . Curse her name. And you think they’re just words. Call her a bitch.KILLING ME WITH YOUR WORDS I lose a piece of me every day.

Put me before himself. I wouldn’t want for anything. . He’d cherish them because they were mine. He wouldn’t see anyone else. A perfect world For him and me. He’d cherish the ground I walked on.THE MAN I MAKE FOR ME Oh. And even love my kids. No one else would matter. He’d always take care of me. He’d love every part of me. 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. That man I made for me. Live together happily.

LIFE .

What a miracle to come! Been there through the night and day. Whether I am right or wrong. You let me fall. I put you first. Bring me light after the dark. Supporting me until the end. And so. Get me through to a new start. .I PUT YOU FIRST You’ve been there Since day one. so I may rise. Let me laugh after I’ve cried. Guiding me along the way. that’s the way it will be. You’re by my side. I put you first. And I’ll always put you first. You guide. I lead My life in Your hands. as I carry on. Lord. this is why I will believe With Your Word. In you. And so. And so. I have a faithful friend. I put your first.

My whole world. he’s taken hold. the path I walk. He’s got my map. . He knows the goings on inside of me.FAITH He came today and shook my soul. With me is where he always stays All through the night until the day. I don’t know nothing anymore. Mouths the words before I talk. And I thought I knew it all. He knows my mind. He has my unwavering faith. He’s counted every breath I take And knows how far I’ll bend before I break. I think he’s psychic see. Says what I think before I do. predicts my moves. He is the Lord above.

If asked. Rains down on me. Sets me free. A cover will not work. It shines so bright. No matter how hard you try. Won’t stay inside. you know.LIES AND TRUTH The truth is the light. A lie won’t hide. . It’s impossible to hide a lie. You can’t contain What will remain. I would have told you so.

Has built a wall that can’t be broken. Took years to find. I can’t lie low. ma’am! My life’s where it’s supposed to be. Flipping a script You no longer own. Can’t keep me down no more. but now I see The truth I bought now sold. Was in a fog. . The chains are gone. Yes. Realizing who I am. For the entire world to see. I got it now. The square peg now fits the hole. Screaming to me in my own song.REALIZATION The beauty of it all. So that confidence. powering my soul. Now I’m free. Who I am inside.

So much to bear. I try to fight. Everywhere. Like the way That evil does. Stealing my light. Killing my mind And spirit. Staining the air. It’s all around. The pain will end. through the fog I can’t see. Now is the end for me. All consuming. I’ll be with you forever now.ENDING THE PAIN This world of pain. So I say my last goodbye. But. too. breathlessly. A better place awaits me. Won’t let me see a day Beyond today. finally. . And I cannot escape.

Live by his word and let him see. I’ll start my fight by changing me. . Can’t let this dark swallow my light. It calls to me and screams my name. Start my task with one woman. Enough to drive the sane insane.CHANGING ME I couldn’t watch the news today. Someone’s missing. Guess I’ll listen to radio instead. Or found dead. For fear of what it might say. same old thing. So I block it and stay inside. But radio’s no better. Everyone’s fighting or arguing. I have to block the energy That tries to draw me in. I vow to do the best I can.

Now my pain has gone away.BREAKING FREE I try to cut the pain away. The one underneath’s too tough. Cutting deeper still. I’m the one it killed. The pain still wouldn’t go away. . But blood is not enough. After all the blood had dried. I took the pain away with me. Finally free. Now I’m gone. I had to go because it stayed. The pain inside just wouldn’t die. I hoped the damage that I did Would make me feel okay. Although it hurt. I pierce the layer that I see. I couldn’t cry.

For the other half of you. A battle I couldn’t lose. But through it all. Although you were not yet mine. I feared it was not true. Only the mixture that I needed. By your side I’ll stay To guide you through the days ahead And never go away. . Before you were inside.MY SON SHINES Long ago I dreamt of you. The love I thought I had to have. You gave me hell From early on And made me pay my dues. I held you tight and kissed your cheek. Here I stand forever. I stood tall.

me? Do you know why I am here Or what I’m here to do? Do you know how I see me. 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. .

Dance with me tonight. Dance with me tonight.DANCE WITH ME TONIGHT I feel the music From deep within. It moves my feet. The rhythm stirs Inside my head. Dance with me tonight. Made for sin. It moves my hips. Your song instead. My arms they sway That away. Please play for me. . I feel the beat.

So hold them tight. . What younger ones can’t fare. Sometimes too much to bare. We didn’t have you long. Pain can be an awful thing. To make sure you were still here. Though your beauty will last always. Your will was not as strong. They’ll wish we stopped you just in time. Help them push the pain aside.TOO SOON Gone too soon. But many will always care. We older folks can tolerate. And let them know An early end’s no way to go. So here is where they’ll stay. It’s sad to know your time is done.

I hold my breath. I wait till day To go your way. I approach. Hoping you’re asleep. Hoping you snoozed. Why did I go? I should have paused. Await my move. But you’re too quick. You strike so fast. Too many eyes Cover me. . You’re poisonous. I knew you were there After all.THE BROWN WIDOW You wait for me In the dark. You lay still.

. Live your best life now. Take your time. It will be just right. DON’T WAIT! Make it count tonight.THE TIME IS NOW Slow down.

Residing where it’s meant to be. Our inner superstar Was always there inside. Specific to each owner.INNER SUPERSTAR We possess it early on. take a peak. Years later we get another glimpse. Waiting patiently For a time to no longer hide. After we have forgotten. We get a glimpse. . Dormant. Remembering where it first shined. It differs from the rest. But often forget where it lies. Where it shines the best. it lies inside. And then peaked out often.

Life often hides its purpose From those who seek its truth. It shows its face in elder years. Be patient. Listen for what life has in store. But then we find courage inside And turn it all around. While hiding in our youth. But we get in the way. Life’s not all a mystery. Its view widens so we may see. We make a turn on our own.LIFE TAKES THE WHEEL Life tries to take the wheel. Without listening to what it has to say. . Life sometimes gets the best of us And tries to keep us down.

And you’re gone. until tomorrow. At least. Now tomorrow’s here.TOO LATE You were mine On borrowed time. Too late for me To let you know That I loved you so. This I didn’t know. I took for granted you’d be here. I’m so sorry I was wrong. .

spark that inspiration in your eyes? Did you find what’s meant for you? Share with me what you must do. .AHA MOMENT Did you have your aha moment today? How loud was it? What did it say? Did it reveal your life’s surprise.

Neon bright. you know. When ready. I change from day-to-day. Growing daily like the evergreen. . Relaxed for when I sleep. A blue for when I’m feeling low. A softer shade. Like many colors of the rainbow. A range of shades for everything. I’m an aubergine. I shine brightly for all to see. a light yellow. Black or white. I can be any hue I want to be. They cover you And color me.COLORS OF ME There are many Shades of me. When wide awake. A darker color when we fight.

Thinking. I think in rhyme. I don’t know how Or even why. The sadness that you may see. Living. And it makes up The best of me. The happiness you’re feeling now Turns into rhyme for me somehow.A POET’S SONG I live in verse. It sings to me from deep inside. Is all poetry to me. rhyming All the time. breathing poetry .

.BRIGHT LIGHTS UNDERNEATH Just how bright Is your light. 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. Shine from underneath? Is it dim.

I open up. Encourages me With its warm smile.POETRY LIVES HERE A door has opened up for me. Then takes my coat. Inside that room lives poetry. Then sings to me In special notes. And offers me its words to eat. It invites me in. I am your friend. It sets me free. It says to me. Says take a seat. It comforts me. It offers me a place to stay. Says stay awhile. And says Please come back any day. . It embraces me.

That smile on my face? Does the fierceness of my love shock you? Or is it … The hunger of my kiss. . I am woman. It’s because I am beauty. The comfort of my embrace. Curve of my waist. And I know my worth. I am life. Knowing that your fears. The air in my chest? Does knowing my worth frighten you? Or is it … The arch in my back. I can erase? If I frighten. offend.KNOWING MY WORTH Does the strength of my words offend you? Or is it … The tone of my voice. The wisdom I possess. The pleasures I possess. or shock you. Shape of my thighs. The knowledge I give.

OF ALL BEINGS Fellow women of today. 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. Rewarded with so many qualities. . Forgetting it. We are the best of all beings.

Should I sprint to the finish Or take my time instead? I’ve carried others on my back And sometimes they’ve carried me. Happiness and long-lost friends. A sight I almost see. My destination is on my mind. I smile and hold it inside. . What a lovely ride. I can’t wait for mine.THE LONG ROAD HOME I’ve walked on hands and knees Down the long road ahead. Did mostly as I pleased. Thinking of how it will be. Held some hands along the way. Every road must come to an end.

” The willow weeps. Giving the breeze What it needs.” The tree breaths. . “The time has come For you to leave. Close your eyes. Sounds fully. “Your time is here. As if saying to me.THE SOUND OF SIGNS I hear the birds chirping. Listen closely. As if to say. It is today. The signs are there For you to see.

I’ve grabbed my pen. . It’s not too late. This is not a test.A CALL TO ARMS *STOP* Turn off your television set. Or we all lose. What weapon will you choose? PLEASE Take your shot. What have you done until today to better our existence? What do you have to say? Have you really done your part Or have you yet to start? Time waits for no man.

HOME My home is where I lay my head And pray at night. Where happiness lives Indefinitely. . Though we’re apart. My home is where I leave my heart. My home is where I chose to be. Beside the bed. My home may just be with you. My home can be one place or a few. Where true love lives.

It passes instantly. And miss out on the better prize. We tend to judge Those whom we see On outer beauty alone. . Should crown our lover’s throne. So easy to believe a lie.THE BETTER PRIZE The outer beauty that we see Is only a façade. Ignorant to what’s inside. The better prize. Open your foolish eyes. This mortal life we live Can be so short and sweet. But what lies inside. We turn away. A trick used to confuse the mind. And in our haste. Although it seems quite odd.

But I know things will be fine. Time to sit and rest my mind. too. that’s the way life goes. Try to balance both and remain whole. I’ve seen this day before. add some play. And I know more will surely come. Spirit.RELAXING MY MIND Been a long day. I remember to relax today. . I’m tired already. Save some work. My body’s weary. Unfortunately.

It must lie somewhere else. I often dream of a better place Where trouble hasn’t been. And I know nothing else. It should be tired of me. Why won’t it set me free? .TROUBLE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Trouble road begins at my door. Surrounded by my friends. Accustomed to the worst of what Life has in store for me. and I stay safe. Blinded by the darkness inside Too black to set me free. Where all is calm. I’ve given up on happiness. So I continue to Keep hope alive. And pray trouble runs out of time.

Without your brakes. You smile at me And hit the gas. To ride with you. Away I go To a better place.THE GREATEST ESCAPE Slow down for me. There is no room. How can we be Or even last? We can’t go on. As I brace For the crash. I close my eyes. No space for me. You’re speeding now. You’re driving too fast. Even the belt Won’t keep me safe. Nothing to fear Of the greatest escape. Look to the sky. And then thank God I learned to fly. .

I wait until it’s dark. Afraid to make a sound. Worried about the fall. So much to lose. Can never take the leap. . afterall. everything I’ve got. Worried I’ll be found. Hoping that you’re not The smartest of us two. Covering your insides. Premeditated steps I take with no regrets.THE FALL Land mines. The snipers waiting for that clear shot.

And we’re finally on track. Do what you say. Then we realize The move was just right. Scared to make a move. Afraid that what we chose Would set us back further than we know. You’re right where you need to be. Don’t be afraid. Hope our move won’t make a mess. We wish for the best.MAKING MOVES Every now and then. . Don’t be scared to let go. We find ourselves in A situation where we can’t let go. Make your move. That moment is meant just for you To make your move. Take a step and not look back.

Although my mouth is closed. Light miles ahead. And now half my life’s Just floated away. It’s time to take my rightful place. Or what they tried to say. I never saw the signs. The final bell has rung. And now the time is here For me to finally shine. Life just passes by. It never waits. My eyes are opened wide. . I’ve already won the race.WINNING THE RACE I’ve wasted too much time. Focused on today.

. And I need you there. Taking it all in. But we’re just friends. A true friend.TRUE FRIENDS I call you. You listen when I talk. I’m glad I have you in my life. You know I’m really into it. I need you to show me Just how I should be. Because when I need someone to vent to. You always take my call. You call me. It’s so innocent. Even when I want to vent About nothing at all. The times we share. indeed.

There are times When we may find Some things troubling. We need to learn What to say. .KEEPING SECRETS Sometimes it’s not good to share Every little thing. And what things we should keep. Often times Those little things Should remain a secret.

WITHOUT DOUBTS
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.

ANGER
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.

MY MOVES
“Where have you been?” You say to me. “Thought you were long gone, Maybe dead.” I say, “I was where I was meant to be. Had some things to work out instead.” You say, “It’s too late For me to play today.” I say, “Yeah, right. Move out of my way.” It’s time for me to blind you with my moves. So don’t forget your shades.

So little time.FOLLOW ME AS I CHANGE THE WORLD Listen up! I got lots to say. Ready for me to begin. So much to do. Too much for me to hold inside. Hold the door. No more sitting still for me today. I’m coming in! .

I pray that those Who love me won’t be sad when I go. . Waiting for you to take me to some other place. I will be ready. In the end I’ll be happy for the chance To begin again. I’m looking forward to the trip ahead. I’m tired today. I won’t be sad. When you come for me. When you come for me.WHEN YOU COME FOR ME When you come for me. This life has gotten really bad. When you come for me.

Guess I’m in too deep.A MERE SMUDGE I’m a smudge on your window pane. You open up. Desire being my excuse. Just how a smudge succeeds. Giving in to your every want and need. Loving the way That I confuse. Can’t get rid of me. . but don’t know what to say.

I try and try To live your life.A PRISONER’S LIFE I want to be free. Locked away indefinitely. That I can’t survive on my own. A prisoner’s life is what I lead. Awaiting that fateful day When I can escape. You say it’ll never be. accept your smile. .” I take a sip. Drink my wine. But I’m the one that pays the toll. You say. “Celebrate with me. Not knowing poison’s inside.

Close your eyes. A choice to make: Where do I drive? Should I turn left or right? I must decide Which way to go. it’ll be done. It hit me hard. No one to help me with this one. . Sitting still In a spot I’d never thought I’d be. Make your move. And I finally see. Either way. I’ll guide you. All at once.AT A CROSSROADS Here I am. And That’s just what I’ll do. Decision time tonight. I hear.

They didn’t live here. Year after year. I can’t always be afraid. . They silenced all the tears. So they don’t live here no more. Mainly out of fear. Too scared to move. From this life I need more. And I held on. Happiness and joyful days.DRIVING THE BLUES AWAY Sad songs are all I heard. I’ve got to drive those blues away. Awkward distance. 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? .

too. .IT. shall pass. It’s got places to go. That bell it rings. Taking over everything. shall pass. And pain’s waiting At another’s door. It. Making you believe you died. too. Consuming who it occupies. TOO. Because nothing ever lasts Of pain. But … It. Till only it survives. SHALL PASS Pain can’t last forever.

But the price I pay is worth being free. Try to turn it all around. Fight to keep it all in order. And I fight with my head high. Try not to let the weight get me down.HOLDING ONTO MY PRIDE I try to hold my head above water. I suit up for the war. Holding onto my pride. For the misery in store. Every day is a fight for me. .

All the while hiding ours. Such a wicked game to play. . Believing those wicked smiles. Our downfall in the end. Skirt the blame. Mistakes that others seem to make. It’s become customary To point out all the flaws.OUR DOWNFALL We are a sad society: So quick to judge. So afraid of being called out our name. Point fingers. We don’t see What lies within. Although we are among friends.

BEING FREE I won’t let you change who I am. The only way truly to be free. . Why change for someone who doesn’t give a damn? I will be who I’m meant to be.

What treasures lied within. Forgot who I was inside. My eyes are open now. Time for me to shine.MY WORLD Sometime ago I lost myself. Just the way a record does. This thought had become commonplace. It’s how I lived my life. Don’t know how long it’s been. Concentrating on what I’m meant to do. . My world finally mine. Remembering who I was. Picked up where I had left off. I gave so much to others And put their needs before mine. Now it’s time for me to grow.

MY PERFECT RAY OF SUNSHINE Somewhere out there lies The perfect ray of sunshine. See … I’m making it my goal. Something I must find: My perfect ray of sunshine. I know. Although it tries to hide. It’s there. .

I begin again. Hope not within my reach.NEARLY BROKEN Thought it was the end of me. As the pieces began to mend. But the voice inside Said I would rise And would not concede defeat. My spirit nearly broken. But I’m on the mend. My mind said all was lost. So glad that I had faith. . Nearly broken. Thought there was no escape.

She loves me more than anything. . She’s beautiful And full of life. That friend I’ve found is me. daughter.MY FRIEND Oh. Because she knows her worth. the freedom I have now! I have finally found A friend I haven’t seen for a while. A mother. and a wife. She’s happy. She knows how much I meant to her.

THE SMILE AND THE FROWN Neighboring emotions: The smile and the frown. Saying everything With just a smirk. One right-side up. . The stories they tell Without saying a word. The other upside down.

Loosen your lover’s grip. have mercy on me. . The love I lost. I’d rather have my love with me. Memories barely keep me warm. I remain lonely. I’ll forever mourn.REMAINING LONELY Loneliness. Instead. Grant me the pity I deserve From this endless trip.

Take a sigh. What will you do? Will you run and hide? Will you take flight or stand and fight Your worse fear from inside? . Imagine your worst fear. Visualize it’s there In front of you. Close your eyes.FEAR INSIDE I challenge you To sit in silence.

EMMA LEE
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.

FREEDOM
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.

TODAY
Well, I don’t give a damn anymore. Sorry, I gotta say I’m tired and I want to go. Too bad I can’t stay. I’m tired and you made me Into what I am. I cared and cared till I was bare, And now I don’t give a damn. I should be sad, But I am not. And I know I’ll be okay, And I will be just fine alone, Starting with today.

But to you. I’m the fool Because I allow you To dictate how I spend my time.WAITING All I do Is wait around for you. I should say How I feel. Waiting once more. My time no longer mine. So here I sit. Until you walk through my door. feelings are no big deal. .

. you know.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. Because this I’m thankful for.

Why don’t you please Close your mouth? Stop those words from tumbling out. Though I don’t listen any more. 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. I’m not listening anyway. Yet your mouth moves constantly. .

Looking through The window to my soul. You watch and study me. And what I’m meant to be. . Loving everything I am.WINDOW TO MY SOUL I see you Through the window to my soul. You know me Better Than I ever could know. Taking in all you see.

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. Am I supposed to smile. . Such condescending words! As if the fact that I am black Lessens my worth. 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.PRETTY FOR A BLACK GIRL You’re pretty for a black girl.

FOR MY SISTERS My sister. Beauty lying inside and out. Thought I should let you know. . you know. you are beautiful. Thought I should tell you so. Has anyone told you so? Do you walk with your head held high? Take every step you make with pride? You are a queen.

This place we’ve gotten to somehow. Even if we’ve forgotten. Seeing all we’re meant to see. The time we have is now. To feel how it should be. . To show each other why we’re here.THE TIME IS NOW The only time we have is now. To share all we’ve got.

and songs.” 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. . short stories. Glonka. She writes poetry. She lives in sunny Florida with her husband and four sons. “The Amazing Mr.

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