Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day 6

When YouTube sent e-mails that you posted your latest work.
You made our belly’s rumble with excitement before we ever heard your voice.
You always wanted to be remembered.
You saw fame like a bulletproof vest.
We forgot to tell you that words kill.  
We played your songs hoping that ringing of gun shell applause would stop.
When you heard the shots go out did you think that it was the backbeat to the latest bounce song?
Do you regret that your last words tasted like gun smoke?
Mothers always tell their children to not be messy,
When you took the name, did you expect so many people to follow?
You asked “Who’s gon pop the Messy Mya”?
Are you satisfied with the answer?
Does the music you loved so much sound better from above?
When they called you messy did you mistake that for a compliment?
St. Anthony and North Rosh ablaze
How fitting that God had angels dispatched on short notice,  
1 month before your birthday
1 month before your son’s first day.
I wonder if his breathing labored since he would now be living for two.
He will only know his father in nine minute intervals.
Did we not call your death a hate crime because you were too dark to have a law named after you    
When you would say “Follow me camera.”
We were not supposed to follow you long enough for twitter to swallow your last breaths.
You had so many hits that day.
Did you feel them?
Do they still weight you down?
Children still have your death on their screensaver as to not forget
Another son,
 New Orleans has no more room to bury. 

Day 5

To the woman who falls in love at least 3 times a week.
I would like to talk to your mirrors,
I would ask them not to deceive you
that your heart is not a Venus fly trap that men are dying to get in.
Love is blind but it should at least point you in the right direction.
 You are waiting for hands that don’t feel so foreign
to hear I love you without hidden motives tucked in its curves.
You are an everlasting spring
That would give anything to be sucked dry
You have more purpose than to have people use you as a quencher of thirst.
The cat calls never get old even though you act like they do.
You resemble the image of a woman, who is whole,
But there are holes in your soft tissue
you try to remind yourself that you use to call that spot  inner peace.
It weighs you down like bricks on the doorsteps of a
 big easy waterlogged house that is never coming back.
Those 3 times that love knocks on your door,
One of your acts of kindness should be for yourself.
You move so fast from rejection that you
Can’t see your blessings staring you in the face.
It is begging you to love the simple things
And stop falling for sinking stones.
Your body is not a storage unit.
It is not a wasteland waiting to be filled.
So the next time your reflection tries to tell you what you need
Tell her you have better things to do like loving yourself.
 The one person that needs you the most,
And she will be there whenever you stop looking for validity in shadows. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 4

When I was 8 I asked God for a little sister and
to never have to spend another summer at my  grandmother’s house.
The next day my father left like all too familiar rolling stones
for big stages and fast woman
My mother decided that her education and new boyfriends were
 more important than remembering that no matter what a daughter says,
that a mother’s love is always wanted.
And he killed the wrong grandmother.
I learned that you should be careful want you ask for.
For years, I have thought that our connection was as unreliable as
A boy telling you that you can’t get pregnant the first time.
Is my life the lesson you want someone else to learn from?
When I asked you to remember me
I didn’t think you would start our conversation, last name first
Enlisting my body to a no man army,
Sometimes I feel like I would have been better being left your unmolded clay.
When I asked you for a intervention
 I didn’t know it would be in the form of
Double parent disappearing acts.
When I was a kid I remember believing in believing.  
I am now sentenced to doubting the very hand that you
said would always be there for me to hold.
I edit our conversations so I wouldn’t be the only
one that doesn’t have a story with you as the main character.
Don’t pass by me another day without letting me know
That you still have a smile the Devil envy’s
A heart that is the baseline of our footsteps.
Hands that holds broken dreams in his spare time
Arms that never get tired of holding this
broken pot I have made of myself
A back that is still strong enough to carry my sins
A nose that smells the truth
Even I stink of fairytales and little white lies.
Ears that hear my screams late at night in alcohol pillow
And a shadow that protect me,
Even when we I stopped protecting myself.
These days my only wish is that you become my hero again.
This 8 year old is still waiting for a miracle.
Waiting to stop thinking and believing again. 

Day 3

When I die can they bury me in your smile?
Trace me in the wave patterns of your hand,
Move me in your stomach until you are filled with me.
I can’t dream about having you tomorrow,
When there are so many things I want to do to you now.
Like I want to hold the burden of your last name,
Carve your fears in my womb so I can birth you hope.
Can you hold my hand through a miracle?
I know Jesus turned water into wine,
But can you turn me into your wife.
Don’t be too big of a man to not need me.
I make this task so easy.
How dare you shield yourself away from me?
There are flashing lights in your hand,
Don’t be so blind to miss them.
When I ask for your hand it is not just to lead you into dark rooms,
But for parks and plays,
I want to show you music that can vibrate your spine.
Sing you into me.
Play me moans in the key of G.
You will never leave empty.
Your stomach still growls my name when you’re hungry.
And will not be as often as you think.
We will be a timeless and boom sticks waiting to be jumped over.
So when I ask you if love is a possibility.
Do not watch sand drift between us.
This will not become a trilogy by just reading each other mind.
Hoping that the other will not figure out that our baggage
 is too much for any one person to handle.
That the weight we carry is easier for two to share.
Our love will not just break headboards but we will force time to stand still.
Cause all we asked for is each other.
Even when we didn’t know each other yet. 

Day 2

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t a poet.                                       
 Wish I had attractive words to say to you                          
 Wish I didn’t have to hide behind malnourished metaphors and my shifting ego.                                                 
 Wish I could give you long awaited love letters signed....Good Morning.                                                                     
She has never seen your eyes.
She gives all she has with no more
Purpose that just to know your name.
A name your uncle gave you unwillingly.
They cracked him open like an all to memorized paperback.
You were too young to read your purpose in stones.
Your mother still dreams of you knowing that Southern California is not the only place where it never rains.
 It is not the only land that claims you.
There are fried plantains finding shelter in your core.
Maybe that is why your words are so sweet.
I wish I could take sounds out your mouth
 like always and never.
you are full of them.
Our God would like you to stop picking up strays
He has never comfortable with the distance you keep
 from your hands to your heart.
Maybe that’s why the performer in you
 is never happy for too long.
There are glow boxes inside that need to know you are safe.
I wish I could call you safe.
You are what my mother never told me about.
You feed it to me on a plate of your smiles.
And I am selfish with the time I steal from others to be around you.  
I wish I could break things like you can.
You are so good at not seeing what was already there.
Maybe your heart is encased with the
 same stones that forgot to tell you your name.
Maybe it crumbles at my voice.
I wish you crumbled at my voice.
Saw how I tried to suck your ex-girlfriends name out
But you kept the worst parts of her in your teeth.           
But you say you like to stay dirty.
Can’t strip too much of them away
 what else would you possibly have to tell us.
You say your scars are a reminder of
when gravity met you face first.
Did you know that scars have a funny way of never staying in their place.
They seem to find a home where they are not welcome.
She was not there picking up ,left over parts you decided not to hate.
You keep looking for the wrong ribs to save you.
You are comfortable in goodbyes.
So I tell you hellos as loud and as often as possible
Because this hello is really I love you
This hello is wishing that I wasn’t a poet
Wishing I could say what I really mean
But I will hide behind pretty teeth and lies
Cause its safe.
And you’ll just be another poet I say hello to. 

My version of a Pantoum

So this is National Poetry Month and I am going to try to write 30 poems in 30 days.. I have been posting these on Facebook.. but my blog needs some love too.. so lets go 

There is an old woman, that lives inside me,
She grows old and tired every breath that we take.
She asks me for a glass of water,  but I told her this is my body.
She leaves me sometimes and I feel so hollow when she returns.

She grows old and tired every breath that we take
She wants me to remember her name but it’s hard to spell out my own
She leaves me sometimes and I feel so relieved to feel my body
I never asked for second chances or fair warning

She wants me to remember her name because I will be the only thing left to tell her story
I want her to be young again so I can talk to the old woman crawling to get out of her
She never asked me for a second chance or fair warning.
She said my name is Javonne, live for yourself because I will never know your name.

There was an old woman, who lived inside me.
I wanted her to be young again, but she never got a chance to see the old woman swim out of her
She said my name is Javonne, live for yourself, I will die and you will honor our names.
She asked me for a glass of water, I cried and said you can have this body. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sheila .. gone but def not forgotten

So I have not been on my blog in a while and I could say that it was school or touring but in honesty i have been lazy, but right now I want to talk about my friend Dr. Sheila Siobhan. I never knew how to say her last name , but I guess we have always been on first name basis. When I came on the scene, to most people I just appeared and just never left, but it took me a long time to come to neo-soul, even more so to say that I was a poet and this was my new family. For the first time in my life I felt like I belonged somewhere and poetry was something that I was really good at so I stayed with it. The first time I ever got on a mic was at Ruta Maya on June 30th, the day that Shannon died. I never met Shannon but from that moment on I felt a connection with her and her family. I even showed my support by going to her memorial. I guess in hine sight, who shows up for a memorial service to someone that she never met, but I was determined to go and that was when i met Sheila. The first thing I ever said to her is "I didn't know your daughter, but I can tell she lived with no regrets", Sheila told me "Did you know that 'No Regrets' was tattooed on her arm". I told her no and she invited me to her house for the re pass ( Louisiana term for dinner after the funeral). At the time I was living by myself in Austin and really didnt have family here. Sheila, along with some people in neo soul, took me and has never let me go. Through all my highs and lows Sheila has always been there. Now I will not say that we didnt have our disagreements but we loved each other beyond bullshit.. She was family, no other way to put it. When I think of Austin, I think of Shelia, there is no way around that. I miss my friend, it is hard to try to understand that she is not here. That I cant text her or message her on FB. I wish i talked to her more when i left Austin, but I was so upset. None of that matters now, I know that she loved me and that is what important. If I had to do it again, I would change nothing. i would not change a thing. She was so strong, I only know of one of woman that had the grace that she did after losing her child and that is my Auntie and the mother of my middle namesake Javonne. Sheila i love you and I will miss you something stupid. Thank you for letting me go to Chicago and all the work we did together for the youth. i am never going to forget your hugs and love. thank you Thank you thank you

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Nappy Independence.

My Mother says that my hair is a phase…
 still in the never ending search of finding myself.
She is thick with heavy hands and a mouth full of unnecessary opinions
 She tells people  
“She had such beautiful hair until she did that”
As if my hair was putting us back in rusted chains.
My kinks and curls are not an embarrassment.
And I make no apology for them.
It reminds her of all that toby and kizzy in our veins.
You just can’t relax away what was already there.
I am finally comfortable in this alabaster skin
that God thought I was strong enough for.
There are bodies swinging in these roots
 I am not afraid to hear the crack of the
 trees given in to their weight.
I know I have good hair weather I straighten it, keep it nappy or lock it up.
Modern menstrual shows will never
 be able to stop this mane from growing.
I am what I always have been.

Friday, January 14, 2011

There's a app for that.

So I can blog via my android. This it more excuses. Let's go
Published with Blogger-droid v1.6.5

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


To the man that will only let me love him from a glance.
 In the mist of our daily small talks and general debates about everything and nothing,
he looks me square in the eyes and says
 “Don’t fall for me,
 Let your heart swoon for someone who has enough
 beats in his own chest to reciprocate the feeling.
Why believe in something that is bone dry?
There is no more fight in this cupid’s arrow.
I have only crafted bullets in the form of I’m sorry’s and.
 I like you too much to turn you into a victim of my
 lack of experience in how to hold pretty things too long.”
 And In the middle of watching his mouth formulate excuses
as to why we would be as hopeless as buffalo coins used in a 21st century economy.
 I laughed because once again I have fallen for my own reflection.
 I too am one of those singles that love to mingle with lonely covers at night,
Been that, who needs to know last names when we just fucking kind of girl,
We feel the most alive, when we kill the most precious parts of ourselves.
Description: C:\Users\Tova Charles\Pictures\new hair.JPG How many times have I committed to memory to those same lines?
“It’s not you, it’s me”
“I am really not a good person”
“There is another woman that would be better for you”
“Hating me would save you more time than loving me ever would”
“Don’t fall for me”
Looking back, I can’t remember if I really believed that
Or if I just didn’t want to be bothered.
Gravity prevents you from using your breaks when falling.
I’d would rather not jump if it means
I was not going to have bruised feelings.
 I guess he was trying to save me.
Didn’t want my delicate frame of mind to be trampled by the
 Monster he thought he become.
He acts as if I had control over my misguided steps.
Grasping for hands that were never meant to hold me in the long run,
but I can’t retract emotions,
botteling them up would be like trying to
contain the ocean in your hands.
His running shoes have been laced up for just this type occasion;
avoiding potential heart failure is easier than having the
same misguided steps that I just went through. 
He sees love like fables that never have a real ending
He tells me “The ache in your chest is heartburn,
stop dealing with hot men.
Your tongue deserves more from you than for you to keep saying my name”
And he’s right, usually when people see Mount Everest
they turn the other way, but I have never been known as a quitter,
picking your battles is how you win the war so I told him
“I didn’t give my heart permission to stop for anyone.
When it erratically jumps for you or anyone else, it lets me know I at least can
still feel something for someone.
I would rather keep giving my wishes to the stars
then have them not fall at the thought of you.
You see a broken man but I see a man that is healing.
The worst that could have happen is we become
best friends and that seems the best situation cause
 when you get on my nerves I can send your ass home.” 
Then he laughed, then I laughed.
See that is how fast time turns.
My momma once told me “don’t let go of good things”
and baby you have been the best thing.
Stop holding on to the man you wanted to be
and fall for  the man you are, cause he is worth your attention.
We are just patches of yesterday trying to make today one for the record books.
I do not need your permission to believe you are my hero.
One day you will stop thinking and start believing with me.  

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Be there or you will be that Guy... or Girl... Don't be that.

Moon dust.

When you kiss the moon dust off of her love drunken eyes….
Once you finally can trace every curve of her body and know that she saved everything good about her for you.
When you touch her and hear her moans cascade through your ear drums…
You will realize they will never be as deafening as the once I released when you left me.
No matter how hard you press inside her doesn’t mean she will turn into diamonds.
Loosen your grip on the bed sheets.
Look her in the eyes, that’s the least you could do since you can’t stop seeing my face.
We seem to orgasm in octaves
You will cum inside of her and apologize for all the shit you did to me.
You will cry in her arms and she will mistake it for love…
She will see you as a beautiful dream come true that she can carve in her trunk like soul.
But most times trees have no idea where they are planting their roots.
All the same, when you kiss the moon dust off of her love drunken eyes…
She will thank no to one in particular …. And I will say your welcome.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Summary of National ... and then some.

Looking back on the 2010 National Poetry Slam I call it as a bittersweet memory... on one had I got to work with some talented writer and performer and meet the same. I finally got to perform an indie and helped my team get to semi (YAY!!!) I watched my former team and current family ( Neo Soul Slam Team) make it to final stage... Fyi that should have been us last year but anyway... I loved all the people I met and even the ones that I am going to met in the future... I truly felt like a sophomore in high school .. didn't feel like the new kid but def was not the upperclassman running the school... I guess my time will come when I am the one people are looking for to take pictures with and know what inspires me as a writer... OHHHHH and how could I forget talking about the SNO team ( Team New Orleans) I know that my city is in good hands with that bunch... In short ( ha like I can do anything in short but my height) I had a great experience and I cant wait to experience Iwps and Wowps..... I am working on some new stuff and when I get it off paper they are going to KILL... ( well I hope not really cause that would be bad .. I mean who am I going to get scores from if everyone is dead) ... anyway .. Now I am in Houston in school to do this poetry thing full time and get a decent salary for it.. I love all of my teachers but the Great Financial Aid has not kicked in yet so I am alittle nervous but I know that everything will work out as it should... I cant wait to have this degree... soo I am going to have to end this short.. but I will keep you all posted on my comings and goinnings... I think that is how you spell it. anyway talk to you all soo ( or type to you all soon)