The Louisiana Social Pledge

We pledge our allegiance to Louisiana. We will embrace what makes us and our state unique. Louisiana will be recognized as a leader and innovator of the New South. Many great leaders of the future will come from this state. And we will show both the media and politicians that we are smarter than them. We will no longer have our resources exhausted and our people used and left behind. We will work hard and play hard. We will protect each other. We will support each other. We pledge that we will do whatever we can to get these things in motion right now. We will no longer wait for a path to be cleared for us. We will clear the path ourselves. And we ain’t giving up easily. We will socialize in the real world just as well as we do on the internet…in hopes to organize ourselves effectively.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gossip Boy (Louis Toliver Jr-Monroe, LA)

As I walk down the hallway of life, I hear the whispers of all the voices that don't know me. Maybe if I hadn't cut class today, I would have shown them there's more to my body...I have a brain. Standing at my locker, I can't remember my combination because "slut" is written on my locker. My actions set me up to be labeled, but I am just a distraction from others' selves. 

I look to my left and see fingers pointing back at me. I look right and see eyes glaring at me. What is a boy supposed to do when gossip rules his life? My judgers stares rape me, only truth can save me, but no truth will take my side. Lies have shaped the halls of my future and now I must navigate through darkness to be a light of truth. But until then, I'm just your gossip boy.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Papa Do Preach (Louis Toliver Jr-Monroe, LA)

Our family needs you 
The country too
Stop running away 
Please do stay 
Take responsibility 
For our simplicity 
I'm your little boy crying
Holding in my pain dying 
Papa love us strong 
Don't make us wait too long 
Papa please do preach 
Let your heart teach 

Rebel Heart (James Leland Ludeau III-Lafayette, LA)

under my chest it beats
some people think i don't have one
narcissistic by nature
wanting to be seen
doesn't mean that i don't feel
in fact i feel insecure most of the time
which is why i want to entertain you
deep down in my Rebel Heart
i know
in the depths
i've grown
i'm less attached to things that once consumed me
i feel the earth around me
i sense the sun on my face
i have a Rebel Heart and it beats loudly
through the chaos that i create to mask how i really feel
who am i to decide what should be done?
i'm still not sorry for who i've been
it's been a journey
and the humility falls on me like rain
i'm not even who i thought
what i showed
my ass more than my feelings
my dealings
were superficial
but i want to rip it out
my Rebel Heart from my chest
and fling it at you
blood splatter
shock factor
just to prove to you
that i am but a boy....
seeking love
with my Rebel Heart
set me apart
from the rest
no longer have to be best
just have to be
from what you think
my Rebel Heart beats to its own beat
no repeat
new as the day begins again

A Flock of Birds (James Leland Ludeau III-Lafayette, LA)

a flock of birds
hovering above
and how could you cage something that knows how to fly?
a flock of birds
that's how i see this love
the alchemy that exists between us
it arrives
next thing you know it's gone
fly on
and i wish you well
whether we work out or not
in the dark you're like the wind
i feel you
but i can not see you
just a presence on my skin
a magic
a layer in the world i just can't describe
spread your wings
and fly over me
and it may break my heart
or it may set me apart
but this love i feel will set me free in some way
whatever comes to me i welcome it
i embrace your embrace
and if it lasts it does
and if it doesn't it doesn't
but in my head i'll never forget how it felt
i'm open
my heart is a flock of birds
and for now i've landed on you

Friday, November 21, 2014

Crueler Intentions: Part 2 (James Leland Ludeau III-Lafayette, LA & Louis Toliver Jr-Austin, TX)

The showers were steaming and the boys were talking about the new second string freshman quarterback, Tino, who was showering seductively singing to himself. “I wanna dance with somebody….with somebody who…worships me,” he grinned and soaped his back side.

The boys continued gossiping, “So that’s Tina Novac’s little brother?”

“Yes,” Winston peeped around the lockers and glanced at Tino showering.

“Man, Tina is a bitch,” one of the boys reminisced.

“Was a bitch,” another player corrected. “Tina was a bitch.”

“I don’t see what the big deal is,” Freddy, the senior running back, commented. “He’s good.”

The boys were interrupted, “Ah, I’m a wet dream looking like a daydream,” Tino dried off a little and then let his towel fall to the ground, walking over to the group of guys. “What are you talking about? Me, I would suppose,” Tino looked over to Winston.

“Why don’t you put some clothes on,” Winston stepped out of the pack and in front of Tino.

“Awe, I’m making the star quarterback uncomfortable. Come on, toughen up,” Tino winked at the other guys, they laughed at his playfulness. Tino then leaned into Winston’s ear, “Tick. Tick. Tick.”

“Why are you ticking in my ear?" Winston moved away.

TIno whispered, “Your death clock is counting down.” Tino looked at the other guys and laughed, they laughed with him “Come on, loosen up Winnie.” Tino walked away, slapping his bare back side.

Winston jumped into his truck. Freddy ran up to the driver side, “What’s up with you? It’s pretty obvious you’re jealous of the freshman."

“Suspicious, not jealous,” Winston spoke with haste and frustration.

“Suspicious of what?” Freddy leaned into the truck. He laughed, “That he has a crush on you.”

“No, he wants to kill me,” Winston looked at Freddy gravely.

“Why think that?” Freddy tried to shrug it off.

“Because, he said he was going to.” Winston peered over to TIno across the parking lot who was leering back at him. “I caused Tina’s suicide.”

“This isn't good for team morale.” Freddy turned back and saw Tino staring.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Director (Louis Toliver Jr-Austin, TX)

You're watching me 
I'm watching you watch me 
Being in front of the camera
Can't be for me without purpose
As an actor, Im not really acting 
My gift, seeing fragmented reality 
I must piece the puzzle together 
I'm part of the puzzle 
I have no script for my life 
I'm going to write one
My film is about our life 
Lights, camera, action...let's live

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Simple Autumn Love Story (Louis Toliver Jr-Austin, TX)

The autumn chill warmed them together. "You are the love my life, you know that?" Brendan kissed Lane on the lips. Lane unreluctantly kissed him back.  Brendan got done on one knee. Lane's eyes instantly wept. "Lane Anthony Tillman, will you marry?" Brendan's eyes twinkled.

"Yes, I will Brendan Lane Gibbs!" Lane yanked Brendan off his knee pulling him up to his lips. He cocked his head back and spoke, "You are the complete me. I am the complete you. We are two completes." Their lips forever locked down the aisle like a simple autumn love story.