Poem #2 – American ‘Sense-us’

What wind blew you in? When did the rain begin?

Nowhere is where I’ve been, and my face don’t feel like wearin’ no grin…

It is clearly not my time to shine but still, I refuse to whine;

I’m just lettin’ off a little steam; it really does help me to hold back that scream;

that so badly wants to make itself  known; but I gotta act my age – ’cause I’m grown;

Temporarily and by choice, my heart turns to stone….

Why is this world so full of sin; when there is so much good to be taken in,

even when it comes to kin; folks just don’t wanna blend –

in with one another –  daughter against mother, brother killin’  brother,

be’in fake eventually blows your cover…

Why is it so hard to keep a friend, and why is it even harder to go from fat to thin?

How  can you claim to know when the world is gonna end?

The mind is in a wondrous tailspin;

when one can create a man made of tin…

Why are people these days so cruel?

Will you tell the truth or just shoot more bull?

Shall I wear leather, or will it be wool?

Where’s the sign on this door? Do I push or pull?

I apparently won’t get any answers today,

so you can just be on your merry little way.

Whether the sun shines or fluffy clouds fill the sky;

we all gotta live – at least ’til we die.

So ain’t no need of be’in bent outta shape;

Just be thankful for each day that you’re awake.

Love yourself first and the skin you’re in;

even if no man ever tells you that you’re a ten.

Rate yourself on how you live;

Are you one who takes, or one to give?

I am so over the wind that blew you in;

I’ll go where life takes me, and until then,

my once stony heart can melt again…

At the end of the day, the Earth is gonna spin;

so why ask why; why even try to fit in?

It don’t really matter if we lose or win;

I’m losin’ the frown and replacin’ my grin;

so if you just happen to not know when to say when,

Truth is –

We all gotta live – at least ’til the end…


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christy Birmingham
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 12:52:29

    Thank-you for linking to my poem “Words I Savor”. Have a great day!


  2. wordyrappinghood
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 17:51:55

    Love this. I can imagine it almost as a rap song.


  3. buildingalifeofhope
    May 12, 2013 @ 16:59:50

    I am glad that you liked my “MOTHERS” post because it led me to you and your beautiful writing! This is a great piece. I especially like the part that says “rate yourself on how you live are you one who takes or one who gives…” Too many people are quick to judge others and not keep their side of the street clean first.


    • Charlene Woodley
      May 12, 2013 @ 20:33:48

      I am so glad that I found your wonderful writing also. As I read your post, I saw so many similarities in our upbringing as well as our experience with our mother’s passing that I was compelled to write “The Day Before Mother’s Day” despite the fact that I knew it would be a struggle for me. Thank you for your beautiful comment and for the inspiration!


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