Saturday, February 17, 2018

Writing Therapy

The cat doesn’t have my tongue.
Depression does

I get stuck in my head. I wander around the halls of my mind and open doors that lead to dark places. It gets worse with each door that I open. I can’t scream. I can’t call out for help. I’m trapped in a maze of my own misery. I’m running and searching for an out. I’m tired.

Too tired to talk.

I keep running. I keep opening doors. I’m looking for light on the other side and then I see it…

...a pen and a pad.

I sit. I write.

The cat doesn’t have my tongue.
Depression does.

But it doesn’t have my words.

Friday, September 29, 2017


Fear will be the death of her

Piece by piece she will perish
Her professional drive
Her creative spirit
Her desire to walk in her truth
Casualties of something she can't touch
But that touches her
All of her potential will fall victim
To the cold and unforgiving

Fear will be the death of her

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sometimes a Song Says it All

Written for episode 599, “Seriously?,” of the public radio program This American Life. The show asked Sara Bareilles to write a song from the point of view of President Obama considering the 2016 presidential election and the candidacy of Donald Trump. Leslie Odom Jr. performed the song for the show. (

The 3rd verse says it all:

One man
Rewriting the book on bad behavior
Maybe cheats the neighbors
Feels he gets what they pay for
We can't
Pat him on the back and send him on through
No man's ignorance will ever be his virtue
Is this the best we can be?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In The Way

I need to write
I want to write
But, as usual
I'm in the way

Striving for perfection
    before pen hits paper
Frozen with a fear
    of inadequacy

I'm my own worst enemy

I need to write
I want to write
But, as usual
I'm in the way

How do I fight an
    enemy that is me
How do I save myself
    from myself

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Trio of Virtue

Once upon a time when phones had cords and # meant number, there lived a super trio. Their names were Respect, Integrity, and Kindness. This trio was very special because they could exist anywhere. It didn't matter if the group was Black or White. Christian or Muslim. Blue Devils or Tarheels. They all blended in well and helped to bridge the gaps between these groups. Even in times of discord, Respect, Integrity, and Kindness were there to help maintain civility of all those involved.
For some reason, the Trio of Virtue seems to be losing their powers. Many no longer listen to or follow their guidance. It's as if Respect, Integrity, and Kindness are no longer valued.  Luckily, there are those who want to keep them strong.
But, is there enough positive energy to revitalize this once powerful and respected trio?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Creative Frenzy

I want to write a poem
Or maybe a book
Or perhaps a song
With a snappy hook

I want to play guitar
Make music from my heart
Even learn the keyboard
Compose melodious art
I want to draw pictures
Both abstract and real
A visual image
Of how I really feel

All this creativity
Waiting to burst out
Time to start working
No time for self doubt
Gonna pick up my pen
Gonna open up my heart
With this little ditty
Being my creative start