LaTanya Michael's Poems

 

Bow Out
By LaTanya Michael

The scene was set
We said our lines
Wrote our stories
Took our place in time

The message sent
We didn't miss a beat
Time to pass the torch
None lost, no defeat

Simple, quiet- for just a second
Minutes passing
Audience in question
Time not wasted, this moment -a blessing

Farewell noted
Take care my dear friend
Lamentations dry
I bow out to you...

Editor's Note: This poem was written and submitted as a response to Poetic Prompt  # 31


Journey
By LaTanya Michael

Steps,
Taken without thought,
The second I move, I have agreed to not be left behind
I choose to dream
I will not die
I move, dragging or soaring,
I move- on
One step
One step at a time
I choose life
I choose this life
I choose this journey

"Journey," Copyright © 2017 by LaTanya Michael
Posted August 6, 2017

Editor's Note: This poem was posted 8-6-17 as a response to Poetic Prompt # 30


NO
By LaTanya Michael

I see you with a blind eye,
walk away I say inside
fear takes over
   the love of Christ compels me to act, but where has it gone?
stereotypes pop up like an unwanted virus and I am masked with a quick and sudden NO.
Why this and why that? What if he is lying?
I play God as I walk by saddened but unashamed.
How dare I judge another man's pain?
   Where is the love in my gestures?
Food is something we all need.
   Yet and still I walk by without token or measure of how far a small meal can go.
Somehow the log in my eye has prevented me to see.
     So I keep walking as I unashamedly say no
.

"No," Copyright © 2017 by La Tanya Michael
Posted May 22, 2017


Blind Love Image: small heart
By LaTanya Michael

I haven't seen your face
You're beautiful to me
Growing as each day passes
My love is ever lasting
We bonded from day one
We grow together
I grow in spirit
You in life
Every moment is timeless Every second is priceless
Like an ocean my belly flows
With every stretch and kick
I am amazed at your growth
I am amazed at how God knows exactly what to do
I'm amazed to love and be loved by you.
From day one I loved you
Amazed with eyes blinded...

"Blind Love ??" Copyright © 2017 by LaTanya Michael
Posted 1-14-17


When I Think About Myself
By LaTanya Michael

When I think about myself
I almost always get quiet
Tug of war inside my brain,
Picket signs and riots
Wanting one more thing, No washing out the stains,
I always try to remember i am happier the less I complain,
When I Think About Myself

Thirty four years in this big world,
The ladies I work for call me a baby,
I let them, it makes me feel young
I laugh inside to have a little fun,
I know my smarts even if they think I am dumb,
When I think about myself,

Although my experience out weighs my years,
Baby is furthest from my mind,
I've been around the block a couple times
I sigh when I think about myself

My family makes me grit my teeth,
We gather together increasing the heat,
Laughing joking I miss you you miss me,
Is she yelling from across the street?
We're far from quiet, like jalapeños we be,
Making memories for eternity,
When I think about My family.

Author's Note: Inspired by "When I Think About Myself" by Maya Angelou

Editor's Note: This poem was written in response to Poetic Prompt # 23


This Scar
By LaTanya Michael

There's something about this scar that I love so much
Life came from this scar
Pain came from this scar
All the love I have to give comes from this scar
I may not have had you naturally like other mothers do
But my love remains the same sacred, timeless, and
precious to me
My child when you see this scar just know that it was not a
burden
This scar is a prize, a gift, and an honor
You were welcomed on earth this way and I am so proud to
call you mine…

I love you always,

Momma

"This Scar," Copyright © 2016 By LaTanya Michael
Posted September 8, 2016


Editors Note: This poem was written in response to Poetic Prompt # 22.


You Were Made For This
By LaTanya Michael

You are strong,
You are beautiful,
Outstanding in every way,
From the tiniest drop of blood,
To the loudest laugh that you can make,
You are extra ordinary,
You need not be afraid,
Everything you need to survive this was already built inside of you,
You are resilient,
You are strong,
You are ready for the ride,
Do not be afraid,
Just hold on.



Rambling

By LaTanya Michael

Monotonous tasks each have a purpose but drive me insane
Sanity is overrated anyway we are all one disaster away from losing it
where are my keys
I can never seem to find them yet I talk out loud as if they can hear me calling
While my phone rings I hold my breath with anticipation wondering if I want to answer or not
Knots tangles and tired arms keep me up all night way too long as I comb my hair and they say, "watch a movie while you do it and the time goes by faster " yeah being right
the ability two use both hands could really come in handy right now...wish I were ambidextrous and then my arms could take turns
Turn off that video game before your brain goes to mush!
Imbalance makes you useless to yourself and others
Other than that time I played video games countless times when I was younger yet somehow it's not good for you today that is
You know how we say one thing and do another when mimicking is the first way we learned from birth. We feed off one another
By the way, what are we going to eat for dinner anyway!?

"Rambling," Copyright © 2016 by LaTanya Michael
Posted May 28, 2016


Editor's Note: This poem is a response to Poetic Prompt # 19.


Destiny
By LaTanya Michael

I step into my destiny
The light is blinding
Strikingly beautiful like a flame
I burn the essence of what I was meant to be
I can not be touched
Given keys to unlock doors only few choose to see
Reflecting His glory
I am called
I am called by name
Set apart and selected for the mission
I charge you
I am guilty
I am risen
I am not ashamed
We are called
Walk upright into destiny
Your destination is glory
Where else would you be?

"Destiny," Copyright © 2016 by LaTanya Michael
Posted May 28, 2016


Purple
By LaTanya Michael

You left a path that only a minute few can follow
I wallow in silence since your passing
Asking myself how it all happened so fast
What was built to live long I must forget was never built to last...
Forever-
Your legacy will live on, your art untouchable
Your fingers methodically flowed across any instrument you touched and I was left captivated,
Listening to your music as I smile I remember the small crumbs that you left me along the way
Your passion quickly became mine
On stage I could feel you
My heart was open- the colors of light that vibrate with every note and cymbal
I can not get you back you're gone
Your music is the love you left behind and for that you will always be remembered.

"Purple," Copyright c 2016 by LaTanya Michael
Posted April 26, 2016


I don't know you
By LaTanya Michael

Who's this man that stands before me
I've cried with you, given you my vow
This thing called love is harder than I thought it would be
Logs in my eye
How dare I cast stones
Apple of your eye,
Why do me wrong?
If this is to make me holy
God take my hand
This load gets excruciatingly heavy
I don't know this man
If closets had compartments
His compartments would have closets
A new story this time
Covered in God so I can't be too loud
My sin is no better
How can I be sad?
This makes me beyond angry
Furious is knocking now
I need your hand
God hold me tight
My love just came clean
But my heart just don't feel right
If holy is what marriage makes me
Then God please lead me now.

"I don't know you," Copyright 2016 by LaTanya Michael
Posted April 26, 2016


Garment
By LaTanya Michael

Rape became a garment she hid yet so descreetly wore
Shame held her hostage while guilt nailed her to the floor
one strike, three strikes
a couple more
Pressed baby girl down
Made black woman angry
Tried to desecrate her heart
Disintegrate her being, almost-maybe
She say little girl within is dying
She's slowly vanishing inside
Black woman made crazy-
that man dismantled her pride
Seized her regal robe
Robbed her illustrious crown
Man used his undoubtable power
Woman shockingly laid hers down
Heart beat -silence
Heart beat - stop-
No sounds just echoes
No life, no clout
Heart faded spirit lifted
The soul was given
Her heart , an extension
The Father blessed her, re-risen
Steady, the rhythm comes back to life again
Not only her lover,
husband, became her friend
God reunited what man tried to obliterate
God quickened two hearts that in a moment one man tried to take
A Lion roars inside her
Black woman, rise again
Take your crown back
Let the devil suffer the sting
She's not giving up now
The Father's on their side
Little girl smiles again
Black woman claimed her pride
For it was never his crown to take
Never his pride to taint
God fights our battles while we silently wait
Weakness is just strength waiting her turn
Power is useless if nobody's won
The mission is our mission
And Christ is the key
If my marriage is redemption then Christ is the key.

"Garment," Copyright © 2016 by LaTanya Michael
Posted April 26, 2016


Unfinished business
By LaTanya Michael

Left for dead in the street
Heck, I might as well be
How I stand here alone
In this place we call home that feels barren- empty
I fall at me feet in desperation
Apologies? Who needs them?
I beg and plead for restoration if his eyes are open why can't he see then?
Pointing dead at me with a loaded gun
My dignity beneath me
Yet, he says that I am the one while simultaneously aiming to defeat me
Doesn't the body need the arm?
Does not a husband need his wife?
We are on the same team! Aren't we?
This whole thing is beneath me
Wars are going on
People are dying
Time is being wasted while you and I place our heavenly rewards on the line
What did I do to extend the kingdom of God?
How did I love my spouse?
Did I show him or her God today?
Or did they cry as I sat on the couch?
Where is God in my actions
Now that is something I do not know
I let hurt be the master
I forget my calling and the reason for my birth
I am royalty and sometimes I forget
That in order to live is to die and whatever I do I must not quit.

"Unfinished business," Copyright © 2016 by LaTanya Michael
Posted April 26, 2016


Spring in Texas
By LaTanya Michael

Running, screaming, twitching
I think something bit me
Now I'm itching

Creepy crawlers, snakes are back
Flying, buzzing
The bugs attack

Uncle mosquito has visited again
Auntie fly is my face
With all these bugs I can not win with tissue in my ear I am out of place

Squashing is too gross
Bug spray makes me a murderer
So instead I run but now I can't- I'm getting older

I stumped my foot
I've bumped my head
If I keep going at this rate the bug won't be the only thing dead

So I gather all my courage- put the necessary armor on
Repellent, check -long sleeves and pants
I think I'll survive spring in Texas yet again.


Lost
By LaTanya Michael

WILDERNESS, BEWILDERED, HINDERED, DOWN IN A DEEP SO DARK THAT
LIGHT HAD NO MEANING BECAUSE IT COULD NOT BE SEEN OR MAYBE I
FAILED TO PERCEIVE

I WAS LOST- BEYOND THE POINT OF REDEMPTION, PAST THE POINT OF NO
RETURN

I LONG TO BE COMPLETE, AFTER ALL IT IS THAT WHICH I HAVE LOST IS
WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ME

I SEARCH IN CIRCLES NOT SURE WHICH WAY TO TURN, REPEATING EACH
AGONIZING STEP, LIKE A LOST SHEEP

COULD IT BE THAT THIS EMPTINESS WAS PUT IN ME ON PURPOSE SO THAT I
WOULD SEARCH FOR YOU?

I WOULD LEAVE EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER KNOWN JUST TO BE FOUND BY
YOU?

YOU RESCUED ME AND I LAY WRAPPED TIGHTLY IN YOUR ARMS…

YOUR LIGHT OVERWHELMS ME, I LONG NO MORE FOR YOUR PRESENCE,

YOU ARE HERE…

YOU SAW ME… YOU SEE ME… YOU MADE ME,

YOU PATIENTLY WAIT FOR ME…
MY FRIEND…

MY LOVE…

MY GOD.

"Lost," Copyright © 2016 by LaTanya Michael
Posted February 10, 2016


Rain
By LaTanya Michael

Sweet rain, falling down
Sunshine take your bow
We have a new star now
Sweet rain, fall down


Editor's Note: This poem is a response to Poetic Prompt # 13


Laughing all around
innocent life stands near
many victims -one gun
pull the trigger, ringing in my ear
who knows the trouble in the mind of young hearts?
who can explain the sorrow? the joy ripped from my heart-
yesterday lived and gone, no more tomorrow
in the bellows are cries that were once screams of joy
in the halls coldness echoes where the weather hasn't been
mothers and fathers who won't see their child again
it moves me and i am knocked to my feet
the whisper is loud and clear
it could've been me
so i cry for the lives lost but not in agony
in love i capture the beauty one misses in the stream
love cannot bring back the souls once lost
but it can bring hope to comfort the hearts that cross
a family we are-
be there for one another
whether you're a father, a sister, a son, or a mother
we are all connected in this tragedy
so pray for all those affected-
i pray for you and you pray for me

"December 14th," Copyright c 2012 by LaTanya Michael
Posted December 31, 2012


Chocolates bring sweet treasure to my lips
By LaTanya Michael

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"Chocolates bring sweet treasure to my lips," Copyright © 2012 by LaTanya Michael
Posted December 4, 2012



Thoughts in my mind
By LaTanya Michael

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"Thoughts in my mind," Copyright © 2012 by LaTanya Michael
Posted December 3, 2012


Still
By LaTanya Michael

"STILL," Copyright © 2012 by LaTanya Michael
Posted December 3, 2012


CHASING BUTTERFLIES...
By LaTanya Michael

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"CHASING BUTTERFLIES... ," Copyright © 2012 by LaTanya Michael
Posted December 3, 2012


broken cry TO MYSELF
By LaTanya Michael

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pieces...
By LaTanya Michael

breaking to the point that glue is no longer the fix
no tricks involved, problem solved?
i think not, for it was broken promises and empty treasures that brought us here in the first place,
you are a disgrace to me,
a mistake to me, that i move on by to rake up u see,
this anger has consumed me,
and within it i die,
i have lost the very part of me,
not to mention that he left me.... broken in pieces.

"pieces..." Copyright © 2012 by LaTanya Michael
Posted May 3, 2012


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