In honor of Valentine's Day, Tell Me More hosts a love-themed poetry slam, featuring poets Derrick Weston Brown, Rob Sachs, Olu Burrell, Mary Ann Larkin and Kentry Kinard.
While their poems all focused on love, each offered a different take on what love means. Often employing humor, the poets analyzed the good and bad — from broken hearts and unreturned emotions to long-lasting love and the joining of souls.
Olu Burrell performs in Studio 4A.
Olu Burrell performs in Studio 4A.
I've taken the liberty Of placing my heart In your grasp's captivity Allowing me To fall heart-first Into this four-letter world Called L-O-V-E And now I just want to return the favor Of the one who causes me Such sensations As the pitter-pattering of my heart — A direct result of my cheeks' inflammation (In other words, you make me blush) I'd rather be a scream from your consciousness Than to part from your touch So what is the rush? I want to know if there is a possibility of "you" And "I" Becoming an "us" If so, then please let me know Because I am the type of brotha' Who believes that talk is cheap Unless you are hosting a show So I'll show you Verbally And hopefully by the end of my confession I will leave you deep in a state that You'd only otherwise reach Herbally Oh, undeserving me
Now, I have never made a claim to be perfect I have made some mistakes I have been on the giving end Of a couple of heartbreaks But see I've yearned to earn what it takes -To have a heart that endures pain And after love, gives chase And that's why I keep a picture of you Woven into my pillowcase Because it is so much easier talking to GOD When you're so near an angels face. Could I be the man of your dreams? Hell, it could be a nightmare, But at least I am on your mind I'm likely to take classes on the sun Just so I can learn how to compare To your shine And just by you being you I have summarily stumbled upon What I so long believed was a falsehood -A love that is true So now as I pace in these stages I am overcome by the emotion that puts motion On my pages Fueling my creativity And filling my inkwell So now I get entranced faster than I think, well I believe that that's a direct result Of being under your love spell See I've come to realize that you are a part of me That when I look into your eyes I can finally get the courage to break free From that which binds me Which is fear, distrust and insecurity, mostly That's why I want to feel like You're holding on when you hold me Like if you let go a moment to soon Then something terrible might happen Like a dark night and no moon Or a broken heart with no room for anything new See, I want to trust you Like I do my mother I want to care for you with no comparison Or competition from any other I want you to think of me when When ANY song plays I want to make you happy for the rest of your days I want to be that smile that you get when you.... Hell, I just want to be the source of your smile I want to purchase a ring for you And ask you to wear it for a while Like until right about the time when our souls die
But then again, that's a longtime, -souls do last forever Well in that case, wear it until "always" Becomes synonymous with "never"
I want to have a historical love Like Romeo and Juliet But without the Montagues and Capulets Has it become clear to you yet?
I want to be, simultaneously The golden delicious of your eye And the one who whispers nothings in your ear Sweetly Before you is the product of Cupid Putting out a hit on me But I wouldn't label this a calamity
Well it looks as though you have succeeded in turning My ode Into an epic, so listen to my story I was a knight in dusty armor Searching for a battle that was worthy I had been wearied by wars of words That had resulted in my heart Becoming a casualty But I'm a little more careful now I don't just jump into things haphazardly
And I wouldn't exactly refer to you As a damsel in distress But rather a woman who was independent enough To demand her respect If I were to call you anything I would say that you are the damsel that took AWAY My stress That's why I smile when I sneeze Because I know God has already blessed Me with you And you have me defying time Because I feel like I am trapped in the 80's Because I want to take you roller-skating (Even though I can hardly skate) I want to tell people that we're "an item" By you Now and Laters(TM) and since I know that you don't Like 'em, -I'll eat the banana ones And I want you and I to "go steady" And if you're not now Then I'll wait until you're ready I'm not trying to bear down on you; I'm just trying to be your Teddy And spend the rest of my life in this four-letter world Named L-O-V-E Please let me know if this is a possibility.
Copyright 2009 by Olutosin Burrell. All Rights Reserved.