By Me – Richie P.
Every time I step outside
I look at the sky as a place I may
Someday physically reside.
Blind to science, my mind
Slides against the grains of the toughest grinds
High hopes to someday find
One that coincides...
“Love and Loyalty”
Love and Loyalty. A mythological unicorn that everyone dreams of capturing. As slippery as the slime and grime found in the muddiest marshes, but as potent as the perfume wafting from a French harlot. Love and Loyalty. The yin and yang of our heart structure. To have...
“The Meaning of It All”
I stuck my hand in the murkiness of the future, feeling around for the purpose of my life. My fingers grazed many possibilities, but could never quite get a firm grip on their reality. Opportunities slipped through my hand in some waste on more than one occasion,...
The night I died, I was bitten by love. Its venom coursed through my existence like the blood that supplied oxygen to my soul. It trapped me in a reality that was beyond my recognition. Opened a set of eyes that I never even knew existed, thus altering my perception like it was...
“Reasons and Seasons”
They say that people come into your life for a reason or a season. Please tell me then, what’s the reason God allows people to come into your life for a season only to commit emotional treason? Breezed in like a hurricane, dropping torrents of pain upon your island...
When I’m talked about aloud, and don't feel shame in what I do.
and the positive outweigh negative, like I finally got the clue.
When my dreams are finally met, and no longer what I pursue
and they speak of me in kindness, no matter the color of their hue.
Just wait until the rain turns to sunshine,
While living with joy and pain we must
All keep a peace of mind.
Understand that if we can make it
Through the night, there’s a brighter day.
If I hold on to my faith I shall
See your pretty smile...
Winter’s over Mama
And in that flash before
Spring hits its stride
Dark petrichor gritty
In my lungs
But winter is over Mama
Expelling its chill
And the warm burrowing layers
What’s the difference between failure and success?
Misery’s blow to the heart versus accomplishment’s gentle caress.
Each day our choices bring us a little closer to one.
Although death is a lot closer to some.
You can bow down to hard times, or let adversity put...
Beautiful woman wherever you are, I feel your energy close or far,
Even though I don’t know you, I know who you are,
You are my world, I am your star.
Blessings on blessings were sent from the Heavens,
I prayed for your love and asked for forgiveness,
God is my...
"A Poem for You"
When life gives you lemons you make lemonade right, at the end of the tunnel there is always a light.
If time is of the essence, Right now is the time, Lord knows good friends are hard to come by.
Expanding my horizons
A mist, a soft breeze comes over me, unexpectedly!
I’m alone, and so far from home.
I’m left open, I’m vulnerable to the elements.
The skylight, the twilight.
I made a vow that night.
I made a vow to continue my search...
By: R.J. Manning
Last night I cried.
My tears encapsulating bad dreams and abandoned hope.
My view shingled by prison bars.
I hear the world, blind to its beauty, society blind to me.
I’m the ever present memory, forgotten but forever felt.
How do I know I'm living the life you won't me to live?
If you believe in the father you shall give in.
How do I know I'm on the path you wont me to travel?
If you believe in the gavel you believe in the Bible.
How do I talk to you?If you walk with me...
All you ever had to do was stay and never leave
You told me that you loved me; that I’m all you’ll ever need.
You had me wrapped around your finger – you really had it made
But you walked out the door instead and all we had just went away.
“You Hold The Key To My Heart”
Look at your palm, that’s the key.
You’re the only one that has the key.
When you put your palm on my heart,
It will automatically transfer your
Heartbeat into mine.
The frequency reads, the sequence
Of loyalty, with...
Love is A Acronym
What is love? Love is work, love is kind, love is an emotion, love is passionate, love is a creation. But love to me is an acronym. it is:
Listening and learning about the people you care about.
Observing the things that keep them happy or...
This is the best time for laughs and smiles.
With joyful hearts, and giddy juveniles.
Welcome the season that's so full of cheer
From spinning dreidels, to seeing reindeer.
No matter the color, education, or creed.
There's a hearty “...
“A Letter To Nipsey”
Mista Hu$$le & Motivate / I had always knew dat someday you would be great / Back in 2004, 2005, when we used to sale DVD’s & CD’s out them crates / Dat’s how we ate / R.I.P. ThundaCat / A.K.A. Nipsey Hu$$le tha Great / I remember when we used to record at...
To those who choose this poem to read; from behind gray walls, I felt the need to take my years dusted off the shelf to reveal a little bit about myself. Unfortunately I’m alone and past my prime, I’m learning to change my ways while doing time. Trying to pretend to be somebody else, a life of...
I wanna know about the way you feel.
Don’t be afraid to open your heart, all wounds will heal.
My whispers to your eardrums relax your emotions with ease.
The aura of your presence brings a weakness to my knees.
Let me hold you tight and protect you...
Trapped, but not by walls,
Fences, cages, cement or signs.
Like yourselves I’m a victim.
Victimized by the tyranny of time.
Trapped, but not by walls.
Kidnapped with each passing second,
Held against my will,
Murdered, and time was the...
Tell Me What You Think!
Tell me if you think...
You could win a war without a...
“Respect To You Before Anything”
When it comes to you, I be in deep
Thought, or outer space.
I get it, “Treat people, how you want
To be treated”?
Love can blind you, or it can clarify
Being still, I learn how to love myself....
I take my focus serious, due to focus being my energy, that very focus helped to define who I am today. I've gained an understanding of myself. I've set goals and promised to see them through until the end. I stand for what is positive. Join the fight...
Though time does always race the same for all,
Can we expect it to be always fair?
For with uneven hands the clocks display
As men are unevenly dealt their affairs.
To some, ticks leech away the sweet hours,
To some, the hours sweetly tick away,...
The Biscuit Giver
I sat on my front porch,
The concrete cool beneath me.
I curved my shoulders forward
And drew my gaze down
While holding out the biscuit.
After the dog’s incursions
Into our yard, my sitting
Aroused its curiosity; perhaps...
“Make It Right”
My ancestors were slaves and I still allowed myself to end up in chains.
Isn't it all the same? Well, except for who's to blame?
They would never approve. So, what does this prove?
Was I destined to lose? Was this fated from the...
What is love?
Love is doing all you can for another, even if it means giving the shirt off your back. Love is being there for another, regardless of when, where, or why. Love is making sure another is happy, even if that very happiness causes you pain.
What is love?
Do I really need a diamond to make you mine forever?
Or will my love suffice? Without a thing can
we start planning together and hope
everything will turn out right. They say all
we need is love, and we’ll last, But
maybe they spoke too soon...