Rent in arrears

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She catches a bus and a train,

then walks

through two miles of rain.

In a truck stop she waits

on people

to order food

and speak abuse,

the steaks not cooked right.

Wash the dishes,

scrub latrines,

finish by three.

Can’t miss the bus back home.

She arrives alone,

leaves cold spaghetti out for her boys

they’ll be home at four

by then she’s out the door.

She catches a bus and a train,

then walks

with her knee that gives her pain

from kneeling on the tiles

all night,

stocking shelves

up and down the aisles,

but not tonight.

In the door he waits,

yells abuse in her face,

tells her she’s late,

no more wage,

that’s warning number eight.

Walking again

in the rain

with her pain

she catches a bus and a train.

Climbs the stairs

level six

she can hear her boys inside.

Keys in hand

in front of her door

there’s a note,

She reads through the tears

rent in arrears…

Intoxicating Love

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A Nightingale whistles when he feels the season bearing,
as he gathers up the foliage for a nest he builds for two.
Hopeful that his love song will entice a partner nearing,
but until such time adorns him, he will suckle nature’s jus.

A little Vervet Monkey sends his call throughout the jungle,
anticipating summons from a mate with whom he’ll reign.
But as the females spurn him and reduce him to feel humble,
he will inebriate his sorrows with fermenting sugar cane.

A sailor spends a lifetime drifting out upon the ocean,
in the hopes of foreign lands- someday he’ll find his one.
In the meantime he takes solace, living with the notion,
that his troubles will forsake him in a bottle full of rum.

And while they live in hope of a chance at lovers meeting,
they drown their melancholy with a special kind of brew.
As for me, I look no further, I’ve found the one I’m seeking,
I’ve no need to quench my loneliness, my intoxicant is you.

You’re holding on too tight

You’re holding on too tight, to demons from the past
Some will bear their crosses, but you will bear the scars

They’re timeless faint reminders, of a troubled, naive few
Picture postcard memories, of a life that we once knew

A nevus on the soul, from cuts that once ran deep
Whether you conceal it now, it’s your memory to keep

You’re not the only one, who carries all that weight
I was there remember? We shared the burdens fate

Now only time can mend the edges, of a fractured heart
And the infiniteness of time, will give the truth its chance

So bathe yourself in happiness, and wash away the mess
You’re holding on too tight, to a life you must digress

What If?

What if I said I like you
What if I said it the most
What if I wrote you a poem
And sent it to you in the post

What if you thought about me
What if it made you smile
What if you told me to wait
And I waited a very long while

What if I showed you joy
What if I made you glow
What if I took your hand
And said that I wouldn’t let go

What if you took a chance
What if you opened your heart
What if you felt the pleasure
And then let go of the past

What if I said the ‘L’ word
What if I proved it all
What if I made you happy
And then into love we fall

Made in China

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That Gucci suit and liner
That watch is even finer
African kids dig minerals
And send it all to China

That Dolce scarf and wallet
That jacket in your closet
The way you feed your ego
It makes me want to vomit

That Prada bag and timer
They’re all made by a minor
Think not about young slaves
It will upset your angina

That iphone in your pocket
That Armani chain and locket
As long as you keep buying
You know they will not stop it?

Those glasses are designer
And you sip lattes in the diner
While children grind their fingers
At some factories in China

Let her walk away

Let her have her say
She’s shedding all her pain
You may be a man
But you’re not a man today

You led her all the way
She was never there for play
You took too long to tell her
That you always felt the same

It has always been this way
Now maybe it will change
A heart you took from her
And now you take the blame

Let her have her say
She deserves it just the same
And when you say you love her
Let her turn and walk away