A Poetry Slam For Valentine's Day
More Poetry From The Slam
"Outstretched" by Derrick Weston Brown
"Love Hurts" by Rob Sachs
"The Gold In Me" by Kentry Kinard
"Knowing About Love" by Mary Ann Larkin
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.
The Four-Letter World
I've taken the liberty
Of placing my heart
In your grasp's captivity
To fall heart-first
Into this four-letter world
And now I just want to return the favor
Of the one who causes me
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"
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
And hopefully by the end of my confession
I will leave you deep in a state that
You'd only otherwise reach
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
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
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
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
Please let me know if this is a possibility.
Copyright 2009 by Olutosin Burrell. All Rights Reserved.