We Need Change

Today my heart breaks. It breaks for a man who was taken from this world by another. So many saw your cries, yet no one heard. You laid there with another man’s weight on your neck, begging for you mother’s help. The words, “I can’t breathe,” now a fraise that’s haunting.

My heart breaks for you, your family, your community. Our world, our country, lays in shambles. We need help. We need change. This can’t be accepted as our “normal.” Are we not better than this? Is one man’s life not as valuable as another?

I can’t stand this. I can’t stand the evil that man is capable of. God help us. Save us from ourselves.

George Floyd, may your soul rest In peace in a place much better than this.

Masks of Day

What brings you comfort

In the night?

Is it your blanket

That you hold so tight?

Or is it your night light

That keeps you from fright?


When you lay down your head

Do you forget

About the monsters

That lie beneath your bed?

Or do you still fear

The waking of the dead?


Do you pray

For the light of day,

Knowing that the evils

Will soon be at bay?


Do those same

Demons not prowl,

When rays of sun

Are shining proud?


Only at the break of day,

Masks hide their face.

To our dismay,

The darkness may

Never leave us.

Dreams Take Flight – New York

A place where lights shine so bright. Buildings reach up and touch an ever changing sky. A sea of people flood the streets, traveling to the beat of their own drum.

For some time I’ve wished to travel here – to get lost amongst the crowd. I want to climb so high on steel platforms that I can reach and almost touch the sky.

I don’t want to call you home, just to visit for a little while. Find a small apartment lined with brick walls. I wish to open my balcony door and let in the sounds of the city – maybe sit on my balcony as nature floods the streets with rain. Sitting with a coffee in one hand and a book in the other, letting the bitter aroma and sounds of turning pages fill the air.

Maybe even find my spot in a coffee shop and resting my fingers on keys. My thoughts making a universe of my own.

Possibilities span as high as the tallest skyscraper. A place where dreams flourish and take flight. A place called New York sounds just right.

Burning Light

How bright do you burn?

Flames flicker at your surface,

Yet never dimming.

Temperature so hot,

Even the strongest,

Would turn to ashes

In your atmosphere.


Even so, light years away

You sustain life.

Your rays light paths

Walked by both man and beast.

Without you,

Life would fall into darkness

And then into death.


Still, at such great distance,

Your beams burn our skin.

Starting a fire

That spreads like cancer.

How powerful you are,

Floating ball of fire,

Burning light of life and death.

Forevermore

A beacon in the night,

You summon me.

A sailor’s delight.

Waves crash around you,

Yet you stand ever still.

Your light reflects

Off of darkened,

Emerald shores.

Calling me home

Forevermore.

Captive

In darkness I sit,

With shadows dancing across my skin.

Cold air brushes against my cheek.

Only lowly light

Intruding from a solitary window

Seemingly too far away.

I sit with my bones broken,

Bound together only by flesh.

My consciousness fights to stay awake,

Fright is all it truly takes.

A captive in a dungeon of doom,

Alone in the black hole of a room.

What goes in,

Never comes out.

Fading to black,

Never to return to the light.

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

I am truly honored to be nominated for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. A huge thank you to Darell Philip for nominating me. Darell is an amazing blogger himself, and the fact he recognized my work as worthy of an award is an honor in itself. Please check out his blog and give him a follow!

https://darellphilip.wordpress.com

I would also like to thank Vincent Ehindero for creating this award. As bloggers and writers, it is very important that we support one another and stick together. This award embodies that. Thank you for giving us a platform to grow from and support one another. Please also check out his blog and give him a follow.

https://vincentehindero.wordpress.com

THE RULES:

1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
2. Make a post of the award (with a photo of the logo).
3. Post the rules
4. Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
5. Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.

Here are my responses to Darell’s questions:

1. What is an example of something good to have come from your lockdown experience?

Answer: In my lockdown experience, I have been able to spend a lot of time with my family that I am very grateful for. Also, I have been able to dedicate a lot of time to my writing and this blog. My love for writing has truly blossomed.

2. Which blog is currently your favourite and post the link here?

Answer: It is hard to pick a favorite out of the blogs I have written. Each came from a different place in my heart. However, my post Butterfly began my love for writing more poetic pieces. You can check it out here: https://alattawords.wordpress.com/2020/04/18/butterfly/

3. Why do you blog?

Answer: I blog simply because I love writing. Since I was a child I have had a rather large imagination. When I played with my toys I would always come up with stories for them. I didn’t begin my own writing until I was older, and didn’t find my true love for it until more recently. I firmly believe that I was born to write. I am still growing and a lot of what I write isn’t perfect, but I enjoy it nonetheless. It warms my heart when others love my writing, too.

4. What are the features of a great blog?

Answers: I believe what makes a blog great is if it comes from a place of love and creativity. If you blog about something you love, whether that be writing, travel, or even food, it makes it great.

5. Who is your favourite writer and why?

Answer: My favorite writer is Stephen King. So often I say I would love to just get inside of his mind and listen to his thoughts. I love the way he writes and develops characters. I also love how he focuses on the human experience and how they handle the unexplainable. Stephen King’s book On Writing has also been a huge influence.

6. What is your favourite book and why?

Answer: My favorite book currently is Stephen King’s Institute. It is one of his most recent novels. The reason I love it is because the main character is a child and I believe it shows how children are capable of incredible things, more than adults often realize.

7. Where in the world would you like to take a vacation?

Answer: Australia has always been my dream destination.

8. When is the best time to write/blog?

Answer: Often my best thoughts come at night, so that’s the best time for me.

9. Where does your motivation to write/blog come from?

Answer: My motivation comes from my love for writing.

10. If you had the opportunity to be stuck on a desert island with anyone from history to the present day, who would that person be and why?

Answer: I would choose either Stephen King or Stephen Hawking. King because he could teach me so much about writing and share his thoughts with me. I know I would leave that island a better writer. Hawking because his mind fascinates me and I look up to him for the fact that he never let his disability define him. He continued doing what he loved the most.

My nominations:

Shweta Suresh- https://thesoulsearchersite.wordpress.com

Sanjana Singh- https://lovenothingbuteverything.wordpress.com

Graymand- https://graymand.wordpress.com

Riverside Peace- https://riversidepeace.com

Arushi- https://unfilteredarushi.wordpress.com

Debbie Gravett- https://debbiegrav.wordpress.com

RoBIN- https://tornadoofchaos.wordpress.com

Jonathan Caswell- https://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com

Author Under Construction- https://wishaproblem.wordpress.com

Judeitakali- https://wordeologist.wordpress.com

Suzie’s World- https://suziesworldblog.wordpress.com

Jai Lynn- https://jailynn.com

A. Shruti- https://soansrezones.home.blog

My questions:

1. What began your journey as a blogger?

2. What inspires you?

3. Who is your biggest influence and why?

4. What’s your favorite book and why?

5. What’s your biggest dream?

6. Where is your dream destination?

7. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? (Not more wishes)

I look forward to reading your responses!

Black as Night

A crow as black as night,

Your feathers shimmer in the light

Of a moon so bright.

Mysteries soar along your wings

While you are in flight.

An omen that cause many to shiver

In fright.

Others see you and smile with delight

At your beauty, as black as night

I Belong

I have not always known where I belong. A searching deep within my soul led me down paths with dead ends. My heart led down roads to places never meant to travel. With you, my heart found refuge. A place to rest. A place to be whole.

A place of belonging is where I came to. The place where I wish I would have found long ago – the place I was meant to be. You wrap me in comfort and warmth. I hope to remain there forever. Where I belong, tucked away in your arms.

Goodnight

Anxiety,

The light switch that keeps being flipped.

One moment my smiles are genuine,

The next they are fake.

Often I lay in worry

Wondering what might go awry,

Even when things are aright.

I worry about circumstances

That many might think to be crazy.

“Just don’t worry about it,” they say.

“Just let it go.”

If only I could just let my worry

Fall away like snow.

When I think you are gone,

You always prove me wrong.

As my day fades away,

I say goodnight.

I may or may not sleep tight.

As I turn off my light,

Your grip loosens.

But tomorrow I am sure,

You will once again hold me tight.