When I dream of the sounds, the smiles, the smells, the laughter, and the sights of a place, I liberally pour romance and electric lightning all over it – pushing the sparks into the corners with just enough to cover over the edges. But my visitations to these places, in reality, always end up being […]
They said, “The peace couldn’t last for too long.” You could hear the acrid breeze moving through the leaves. You could see the diseased air stripping the trees. My daughter asked, “Daddy, what does it mean?” I answered, “Things are about to become scary. So be wary of the character of strangers you meet.” Roll […]
Is It a Crime?
Bordello Blues. Her stiletto heeled strut, leaning from side to side as she approached center stage. Twisting and gyrating, her body going through the motions. Viewing the distance in her eyes, it was easy to tell that her thoughts were far, far away tonight. Hounded applause gripped the stage with sweaty hands and folded currency—all […]
The Before and The After
“The Before” is just as good as “the After.” But “the Before” is all for “the After.” And “the Before” doesn’t exist if I can’t have “the After.” Following after her lines, tracing my fingertips across her shoulders, my hands move down her back before her thighs. And the kissing of her neck, then shoulders, and […]
A Hot, Cotton Sun
Ever there, In the low hum of the walls of my soul Like a Negro spiritual Squinting under the heat of a hot-cotton Sun My hope and exhaustion Carried along within the same message. So tired Just so tired Jus’ wanna lay down …lay down But now is not the time The ancestor spoke with […]
Tasting it on the air. Smelling it on the wind. I see it in her eyes. Escaping from her skin. Filling me up. Red rising level. Her neckline flush. Her hair disheveled. Her hand glides. The bloodlust overtaking me. I close my eyes. The scent saturating the olfactory. Holding me in position. I hear the […]
“Picking up grudges like hammers and axes, your temperature rises, your anger waxes. Chop them all to pieces, slam them into cakes, have you never yourself made a mistake.” He shrugged his shoulders and said. “Why must I let it be? I feel you are disrespecting me.” She coughed. “My girlfriends are coming over. This […]
Sweet and Sour Sauce
Funny how Love never tastes so sweet, As when its doing you so wrong. Remember when you first saw Love? How unassuming it looked. Your eyes fixated upon it, while You, caught the smell – the aroma. Wanting it. Desiring it. That flirtatious smile it flashed you. That knowing confidence on its face. You remember […]
Those people who say things, Cannot be done, Have never imagined, How it could be done. Those people lack, The lift of imagination, The starry eyes, And the dreams, To conceive thought, Give it birth, Nurture and raise it, to full blossom. But these people are not your people, You are not of their tribe, […]
Jasmine in New Orleans
Close your eyes and imagine me. See my spoken words with your aggressive flirt. Keeping pace with my rhythm, Just imagine me. Let my song sing to your soul So deep under the rhythmic caresses, Moving across the surface. Tasting the salty sweetness of your arch. Just close your eyes. Imagine the squint in the […]
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