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Forgive This Poem

Sometimes it’s not what you think.…

This poem will start with an “I’m sorry”But it will not be meant Because yes it hears the birds chirpingAnd sees the flowers sway in the warmed breezeThe sun is shining upon its faceBut the same sun burns and ages the skin The heart of this poem does…

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My Ophelia

Get thee to a nunnery.— Hamlet…

If I had known herI would have askedHow does a heart breakWe are not born with excess bits and piecesTo be broken offGiven away hereLeft behind therePressed between the pages of a favorite bookLike a flower barely resembling what it once wasLifelessA…

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Dreaming Forward

And life moves only in one direction.…

Once a child With a world so wide The sky so close I could spread my arms like wings Reach for the warmth of the sun Feel the fall of rainbows Washing over me Leaving me vivid I was color  Soft like petals  Opening for the first time Mouthing words  …

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Seriously, She Ain't Loyal

And, here you are just waiting and waiting and...…

A friend of mine is having a hard time. His no love, no job, no idea what to do with myself state is getting to him. Hope is on the horizon. I'm absolutely sure of this for him. Why, because he's my friend and my love does wonders. In the meantime…Bl…

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Baby Kate

If no one else remembers, I do.…

This is what I owe you My baby My Kate My memory It's that time of yearAgain I retreat Slowly First within closed curtains  Darkened rooms Under the covers There are no dates or calendars needed None that can define How my mind drifts My body slows I…

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Be Yourself --'Cause I Am

We are all just trying to work it all out.…

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said that. Ralph was so right. I’m visiting my family in Germany right now. I haven’t been back home in quite some t…

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We Are Not Poetry: A Sorrow Song

...And I almost became your poem.…

You speak to me in beautiful words. You are so well read. That is two of the things I love about you. Those are just two things pulled from thousands. You are like poetry to me. Sometimes when you speak, even I feel like a poem. It is an easy trap, c…

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A Poem for You

He writes a poem ...…

I wanted to write a poem for you.  I've never written one before.  I've seen that little book you keep,  the cuts and pastes of your life, a collection of words.  I've seen the pictures and the artful curve of your script.  I've seen you nurture it w…

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What Is Necessary

There are only a few things necessary in life.…

It is not always necessary  To be in the presence  Of the one that makes your heart beat faster  The one that ignites your passions  Defines your needs  Whose touch remains  Long after his body has departed It is nice to know that he simply exists  …

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Shelter

And, who shall save you?…

He wants to save me  With his sweetness  Envelope me  In the warmth of his love  He sees a bird, rare  A broken wing  A hidden spirit  Lost  In the fear of flight With his prayers And the touch of his hands  An infusion of his spirit  The curve of h…

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First Christmas

But, she had never celebrated Christmas before.…

“Mommy,” his small voice was shaky as he stood in the doorway of his mother’s room. As she did most nights, Simone had fallen asleep sitting up with her back against the wall, surrounded by a sea of open text books and study notes. She heard the call…

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A Woman's Love

The question is: Are You Ready?…

I want to tell you,  Tell you about a woman’s love,  Because the world does not know enough.  There are few words sufficient in nature  With meanings that can cover the depth  Of what she gives  When she chooses  To open her arms  And lets you enter …

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Tell Me A Story

Give me your gift.…

Reality is heavy  Duty is steep  Tell me a story  To help me sleep It doesn’t need a hero  A middle or an endJust start with the wordsAnd let us begin Give me fearAnd hate and painSometimes, cryingReleases the strain Make me laughAnd dance and singG…

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L is for Lazy

Just a thought off the top of my head, written down really fast and then submitted.…

When I was fifteen, I wrote a poem that earned me a spot in a writer’s workshop. I didn’t submit it, a teacher did. I was the youngest person in the workshop. I did not know it at the time but a special arrangement had been made for me after some deg…

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You Are Enough

Someone should have told you...…

Don't sigh Looking at your life While standing naked Bare Before mirrors Seeing your reflection Through his eyes Letting tears cloud Your own Someone Should have told you Long ago Should have taken your hand Touched your skin Kissed your lips Whisp…

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Wasted Words

And once they're lost...…

Is it possible to waste words  To have them fall from the sky  Like gifts  Perfect in their sacred  Profoundness  To feel the weight  Of their intensity  Grab at your heart  Coax tears  Create laughter  Take your hand  Lead you in the slowest of danc…

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No Regrets

Mere survival is not enough.…

I am bathed in my own morals On the curve of the beachIn the damp sand Where the water rises to greet And then slips silently awayEbbs and flows Under the oblivious light of the moonThe wind fingers my hairBut offers no armsI am alone with my lossesA…

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I Am A Lover Of Words

A word after a word after word is...…

I am a lover of words.  I like  What they do to my tongue.Each letter  Whispers its own tune  To me,  When spoken together  A song. Like love,  How it opens the lips,  Extends the tongue,  Closes with a kiss,  Sounds hopeful. How the letter O,  When …

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A Mother's Tongue

Like a mother's love, a mother's words are power, strength and hope.…

"We won't let them call it a break down this time,"  She says,  Wiping imagined stray hairs from my brow.  I want to laugh.  I want to cry.  I want to scream.  Medication is bliss.  I wonder their names.  I cannot control my lips,  Let alone form wor…

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Ethnic Dilemmas 101

Do you know what this means...…

Diaspora  She asks me if I know what this means  Like the seeds of a dandelion  Blown by the harsh winds of intention versus expectation  I am a black woman and the seed  Is the marrow of my spine  The wind has caught in the thickness of my hair  Lif…

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