Friday, November 27, 2009

Let's pretend for one night...

Let's pretend for one night...I'm the man in your life...and we do the things that lovers do...all the lovin you like...I'll give it to you just right...there's nothing less than special when it comes to you...see what we have is understanding...that works so well for how we are...cause neither of us has the fall in love all over again...Even though I'm not your man and I know you're not my girl...but let's just act like it's that way tonight...

He picked me up...hugged me tightly...opened the car door for me...walked on the side closest to the street...pulled out my chair...sat close...held my hand...let's pretend for one night...I'm the man in your life... We enjoyed the show together, whispered thoughts, smiled at each other, kept our energies just between the two of us. Silent understandings. The time is easy. As it always is when we are together. When we are together. He is cool...hilarious...silly...kind... And we are...sporadic. Occasional. Sometimes. Which is usually okay. Usually understood. But, this night, I was soaking up him being the man in my life, for this one night. And on this one night, I wanted him to be the man in my life. I wanted to not pretend. I wanted him to him. Because...I do have the heart to fall in love all over again. Yes. I want to turn down this song, stop pretending and go for what is beyond tonight. Now, if only he wants to sing a new song too...sigh...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

My love affair...

I am…in love…again. It’s a re-occurring love…that swells and surges throughout the year, but gets a boost every summer. Every summer I get to renew my love affair, as oftentimes the waning sun and early evening breezes provide us the perfect opportunity to be together. My ongoing love affair is with…music. And my summertime concerts are what I look forward to every year.

A few weeks back, I went to see India Arie for the first time. I was mesmerized. The venue was perfect and helped to enhance the vibe. (I am a firm believer that different venues cause performers to perform differently. I prefer either intimate venues or outdoor venues.) Anyway, she brought this awesome energy to the stage. I felt as if everyone there might as well have been holding hands, passing the energy on from one to the next. At times I just closed my eyes and absorbed it all. At times I stepped out of my own personal experience and looked around me to find other sistas with misty eyes and tears…relishing in their own experience with India’s lyrics and voice. Just…amazing. Sigh.

I have discovered that female vocalists have more of an emotional affect on me than do the male vocalists. I think it’s the innate ability that women have as nurturers and sensitive creatures that comes through in their songs. And as a woman, I can relate to their emotions, reactions, experiences…in ways that I can’t always do with men’s songs. Makes sense I suppose. When Chrisette Michele sings…one day he’ll come on bended knee and ask my love away from thee…and when I give my love to him, you’ll always have a place within…no one loves me just like you do…I feel it. I had my daddy listen to it and told him that this is the song we will dance to at my wedding. Sometimes it makes me cry…sometimes it makes me smile. When Deborah Cox sings…can you look me in the eyes…and honestly say that you don’t love me??...we can’t be friends…I shake my head. In the past, my voice has cracked singing that song with such feeling while thinking of a him that I knew I could never just be friends with.

When Martina McBride sings…this one’s for the girls…who’ve ever had a broken heart…who’ve wished upon a shooting star…you’re beautiful the way you are…this one’s for the girls…I have to roll down my windows, turn it all the way up and sing it like an anthem.

A few of the male voices captivate me too…they tend to be the one’s with very distinct voices…raspy, edgy, ‘charactered’. John Legend, James Blunt, James Morrison, Anthony Hamilton, Al Green…

Anyway, back to my concerts…
Music moves me in ways I find almost unexplainable. It resonates in my spirit. At the India Arie concert, I closed my eyes and her words and voice took me someplace else. When I stood outside in the nighttime breeze and listened to Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, I got chills. When Norah Jones sat down at the piano and sang with her clear poignant voice, I might as well have been sitting on a beach somewhere. At every (good) concert, I close my eyes and inhale the music and feel such a peace, even if only for that moment.

So, here’s to the summer concert line-up…I look forward to our time together. Lighters in the air…

Sunday, April 26, 2009


...Sometimes I
the feel of a man's hands
on the curve of my hips and
on the small of my back
as his strong presence
willfully attacks
all of my senses
at once...
...Sometimes I
the feel
of him
feeling me
of him
stealing me
from the absence
of him...'s not always easy being...good. I think of him and it's not easy being good. I haven't seen him in a few years, but every so often, when I do think of him, it's...not...easy. I secretly wished to run into him tonight. In neutral territory that wouldn't break the rules, my rules. I wanted to see him - and for him to look at me the way he always did. To look at me in the way that makes every nerve in my body suddenly aware that they are aware. I imagine that we would see each other and perhaps carry out a whole conversation with our eyes - understanding the danger of words and touch. Understanding that it's been quite some time, but that our...chemistry....knows no time. Hmm...but, I made it home with no detours, no unauthorized phone calls or texts. And I will go to bed and wake up when the sun is out. And this moment will have passed. And it will seem an easier task and he will seem a less prominent thought. In the morning...

Monday, April 20, 2009



I've spent the last hour trying to write about it. Perhaps trying to sort out a phenomenon of wanting what one can't have and not wanting what one can.

Friday, April 10, 2009

I Speak Life...

A friend of mine sends out great quotes every day or so. She sent this one out not too long ago and thought it be a great way to go into the weekend. Enjoy! Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!


Here are your affirmations. Learn how to speak life into your words and inner self-talk. Print these positive statements and read them daily. Learn how to train your brain to think optimistic and proactive thoughts. I promise you --- you will get results and experience more success, progress and peace of mind. – Author Unknown

* I can conquer my fears and procrastination.

* My possibilities for success are endless.

* I'm ready to get out of my own way.

* I no longer give people or my circumstances power over my destiny.

* I am getting stronger and wiser each day.

* I'm grateful for my life lessons and use them as stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks.

* I am grateful, healthy and blessed as my stress decreases and my finances increase.

* I am loved and empowered to do great things.

* Right now, I do the best I can -- where I am and with what I have.

* I use my time, talents and resources well.

* Health is my first wealth. I am exercising and eating healthy foods. My body is getting in good shape.

* I am willing to learn to let myself breathe, relax and create success in my life.

* Stuff happens! --- I am resilient. I cope with change with faith, peace and courage.

* Life isn't always fair, but I always do the right thing anyway.

* My creativity, education, professionalism, faith, self-esteem and organization skills produce a great income for me.

* I am attracting new resources, opportunities and talented people in my life who contribute to my vision and purpose.

* I am open to new experiences.

* My light shines bright. I am a child of the most High God.

* I am at peace and relax in the flow and divine timing of the Holy Spirit.

* My words and actions have power and return to me multiplied.

* Depression and addictions are a set up for me to give up. I will stay in the light. I am too blessed to be stressed.

* The best is yet to come. Something great is about to happen.

* I stand on holy ground worthy of all that God has for me. For Almighty God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above ALL that I think, say or do according to the power that works in me.

Monday, April 06, 2009

"You Move Me"

I got this from Gem is My Name! :) (I can't help but do this over and over! Okay okay...I'm writing it down this time...for real!! LOL)

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.


Here we go....

IF SOMEONE SAYS 'ARE YOU OKAY' YOU SAY? "Gotta Go Gotta Leave" Vivian Green (hey, why not)



HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY? "Ting-A-Ling" Shabba Ranks

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE? "Wish I Didn't Miss You" Angie Stone (Man...I need to refocus!!)

WHAT'S YOUR MOTTO? "Getting Late" Floetry (I heard that!!)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU? "So Amazing" Luther Vandross (awww....)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? "Call Me Guilty" Jaxmine Sullivan (I hope


WHAT IS 2 + 2? "We Come to Party" Chuck Brown

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND? "The Fact is (I Need You)" Jill Scott (aww)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? "The Long Day is Over" Norah Jones (interesting)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? "I Never Wanna Live Without You" Mary J.


WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING? "Jaspora" Wyclef (sure...why not)

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? "The Nearness of You” Norah Jones


WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? "Complicated" Avril Lavigne


WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW? "Sunrise" Norah Jones


WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS? "You Move Me" Cassandra Wilson ( this song)

The Right to Change

I've come to the conclusion that I tune in to the Michael Baisden show purely for the opportunity to get me amped up. Lol. I understand that the goal is probably to get folks listening and responding, but sometimes....whew.

Earlier today there was a woman who called in and was sharing how she and her significant other had been together for 23 years and 6 children, but were not married. She communicated that she wanted to be married and had wanted to be married for quite some time. Mike and Juan (his board op?) both expressed feelings of...well, you've been with him for 23 years...what right do you have to change that now and think that he should marry you?? You can't just change the game on the brotha now - it's not fair.

WHAT? (is what I said a little too loudly at my What do you mean, what right does she have to change that now? She has every right. She has birthed SIX of his kids. She has been with and loved him for 23 years. And if she feels or has felt that marriage is what she wants, than she has every right to let him know that. No blame-gaming is necessary. If they've been together for 23 years with no ring, then both of them had to, in some manner - spoken or unspoken, agree to that. But, if today, she knows that this is what she wants, so be it. Either he's with it or he's not. When asked if she wanted to be married before, she said yes. They wanted to know why, all of sudden, she wanted to be married. Perhaps her desire for marriage is based on her beliefs, her relationship with God , her need for completion...who knows. But, the bottom line is that she is warranted to request this.

I think what bothered me most about their positions was that it implied that there is such a time when it is too late for change. That there is such a time where if you have not done better, you haven't a chance of doing so. That there is such a time when your future is dictated solely by what you have allowed in your past.

And I refuse that. If I have accepted 'less than' for 30 years and at 30 years and 1 day I decide, I will no longer accept receiving less than I deserve, then as of that moment, change has come. Whether 1 day or 23 years in to whatever situation it may be, your change is always just one second and one word away.

On the move...

I have been...on the grind. I can't believe it's been 4 some odd months since I've been here. Wow. I got a not so anonymous note saying that my blog missed me. :) Thanks! :) Funny enough, I've missed my blog, too. I've had many days where I knew specifically what I wanted to write about, what I wanted to share. But, then I got busy again, and off I went. But today, I'm here. Determined to catch up.

I've spent the past few months working on my crafts and trying to improve them. I've thrown myself head first back into my photography. Yay! It's been exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time - just what all good things should I shot my first wedding at the end of last year and that was a truly awesome experience. Aside from all the nervousness and preparation before hand and all the hard work and follow-up afterwards, I loved it. In the moment, I loved it. I loved capturing their emotions and the moments and the memories. I felt light. Just like I do when I'm writing new poems or creating other new things. It's been great. I feel like my creativity has been thriving. Almost too many ideas to manage. At least when combined with my everyday duties and responsibilities. I still struggle with balance. This side of me often threatens a coup d'etat over the everyday part of me. Perhaps not a bad thing, though?

Either way, it's Good. I'm not sure about everything, but that's okay. I just know that I'm driven to pursue the creativity. So I will. My creativity is on the run and I'm determined to keep up!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Checking the Rule Book

I seem to have lost my official 'Rule Book' so, I need some help - a little clarification, if you will, on a few rules.

The Rules of Estrangement
Since I've known him and he's known when my birthday was, he's wished me happy birthday. In the early stages of our friendship, he wished me happy birthday. When we dated, we spent the birthdays together. After we broke up and the spring and summer months passed, he called to wish me happy birthday. After we fell back in step and he still chose not to take the risk for the promise of a forever us, months later, he sent me a happy birthday text. This year, he got engaged. And I got indignant. (Lol.) And last week, my birthday came and went...with...for the first time in birthday wish from him. I wasn't sure how I felt...other than being very aware that he didn't do it. (Strange the things we pay attention to.) I tried to settle myself with it - because after all, we...are If communication is cut-off, shouldn't it be cut-off for all things? But, wouldn't you know it, a few days later, it came. The belated birthday text. From him. I looked at my phone and then put it down. Responding hours later with a simple 'thank you'. Part of me thought, why bother with the birthday well wishes? I mean yes...I understand that it's nice to do. That kind words never hurt. But, maybe they do. His birthday is almost a week after mine. And I don't think I'll be extending my well wishes this year. Not because I hate him or because I'll forget or because I wish him a bad birthday. But because if I extend it, there is a chance, however slim, that I'll be awaiting a response of some sort that will give me a clue as to what's going on in his life...a slippery slope. (A recovering alcoholic doesn't go around sniffing liquor bottles, no matter how long they've been sober.) And perhaps, because I think it's time. So, can somebody check the Rule Book on this one? When you cut love-ties because neither of you can handle it, does the cut go all the way through everything? Or is the birthday wishing/Christmas card sending tie still left in tact?

The Rules of Disclosure
I was watching the new episode of 'The Game' on Friday. Melanie (Tia Mowry) is at a place where she is dating two men at one time, both men aware of that. In this episode, she hooks up with the doctor she's dating and then, after some begging on Derwin's (the other dude) part, hangs out with him too. Derwin is her old flame and they've been through changes, leaving them in this place of separation/taking it as it comes.

If you have time, watch the episode below. (You can jump to about 5:15)

(Jump to about 6:05)

I'm not a proponent of folks having sex with two different people in the same night (even though she didn't end up having sex with Derwin), but what were her disclosure obligations, if any, in this scenario? I was talking with a male friend who seemed to feel that she should have disclosed her previous whereabouts to Derwin. I disagreed. I mean...the nature of dating is that people are dealing with, sometimes, more than one person at a time. She is not obligated to really, tell him anything. With that being said, understand that I DO believe in upfront-ness. Both parties should know what the deal is. And in this case, they do. Derwin knows Melanie's deal...and that she's dating other people. But, that, to me, does not mean that she has to tell him everything she does with everyone else. So...until they have gotten to the point where they are at an agreed upon state of exclusivity, what are the rules of disclosure?