“Improvised lines whisked you to scenes you hadn’t rehearsed…” (Penny Goring)

“…On rushed your groovy understudy, stuffed with blunder, slipping on the pebbles, dressed in a complicated costume, trashing your leading role.” (Penny Goring)


“Improvised lines whisked you to scenes you hadn’t rehearsed…” (Penny Goring)

"Sometimes I write my rhymes at night and fall asleep / Wake up with new techniques" (Ice-T)

“Grab the pen
And place it on some loose leaf
Nothin’ soft, always the tough meat
The white paper and
Blue lines excite my mind
Not allow’n me to stop the rhyme
Until the whole motherfuckin’
Book’s complete
Then I write on the
Back of the sheets”

This is what I grew up listening to.  I’m taking a trip down memory lane.

"Sometimes I write my rhymes at night and fall asleep / Wake up with new techniques" (Ice-T)

"Vampires have it easy." (Zoë Lund)

“Vampires have it easy.
They feed on others.
We have to feed on ourselves.
We have to eat our legs,
To have the energy to walk.
We have to come, in order to go.
We have to suck ourselves off.
We have to eat away at ourselves
‘Til there’s nothing left
But appetite.

We have to give, and give, and give crazy!
‘Cause a gift that makes sense
Ain’t worth it.

Jesus said, ‘Seventy Times Seven’.

They’ll never understand why you did it.
They’ll just forget about you tomorrow.
But you gotta do it.”

(Zoë Lund)

"Vampires have it easy." (Zoë Lund)

"Watch and Sway" (Emily Olmsted)

This is a two-voice poem, posted with the permission of its author, Emily Olmsted.

I watch
From my eyes
As I am his
I stare
At your person
That I call mine
I glance
As SHE walks towards him
She grasps his hand
And I began to fall apart
I fall apart
My eyes began to quiver
I think I’ve officially lost him
I see them laugh in unison

I watch
At them, happily together
I’m so stupid; I should of never broke his heart
A silly mistake, I am so stupid
I stop and think
He’s everything to me still
I would do anything to make it ok
Regret fills my mind
I am not over him at all
They look perfect together

I watch
As I try to let go
Suddenly, I lose sight of him and her
I lost him
Tragedy has bewildered my heart
As I watch
I still love that boy
That I should have never let go

I sway
Away from you
As I am hers
I soften
For her person
That I call mine
I smile
As she walks towards me
She has my heart
and everything seems perfect
I am rebuilt
My hands began to sweat
I think I am falling for her
She is everything I’ve wanted

I sway
Away from a past of hurt
the past that consists of pain from another girl
I should have never trusted her
I was in love with her
She was everything to me
Me and that girl are over and done with
I shake it off and look at my girl
I am falling in love with her
I feel like a completely new person

I sway
As I walk with her
away from that other girl who had hurt me
She won me
A romance takes over my mind
and I sway
I am falling for this girl
Who will never let me go

"Watch and Sway" (Emily Olmsted)

Desiderata (Max Ehrmann)

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

Desiderata (Max Ehrmann)