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Succubus (Faerie - Lafayette, LA)

Choking on my ashes I cringe beneath your lashes  I look into your lies with my candy coated eyes But kiss my lips again
and slip into my sin My passion lies in lust my inhibited soul is just Would you fuck my addiction  if I showed you my perception? You desire my pain but I am numb and you are slain You dream illusions of us for I've become you're succubus

Re-Posting on Facebook this Fall

Come Hither (Annette Redmond Walters - Lafayette, LA)

I meant it not this way but the tears just flow and my makeup smearing all the more, leaving behind that familiar filthy residue. I may have begun to drive myself away, dragging you down as well. But it's done, I've flipped the switch and now it's dark once more. How painful is the music to my ears, I can't stand to be alone in it, yet here I am again. I pray you fly back and safely and warmly to me, though I fear I've dug the grave too deeply. As the dirt shifts within my soul, I choke on those loving words I'd meant for you. All the fragments of light I see becoming smaller and I wish to be near you in your embrace that might make me feel the warmth I'm missing. And in reality, I doubt I'd breathe another breath without you. So come hither and quickly soothe my dying heart, you are the only cure I know. I cry and cry again, come hither to heal and love me. Come hither and help me dry my tears.

Lift Me (Annette Redmond Walters - Lafayette, LA)

Look into my eyes tell me what you see Look beneath the lies tell me what will be Listen to my cries help me off my knees Listen to my "whys" help me find the key  Lift me to the skies  teach me how to flee Lift me from the ties  teach me to be free
Look into my fears  tell me what is real  Look beneath my tears  tell me how to deal  Listen while I'm here help me to reveal  Listen while I'm near help me to be healed Lift me from the smear  teach me what to seal Lift me and appear teach me how to feel

I'm Not Coming for You (Yet) (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Wait. Pause. Why is my life coming out of your mouth? Let’s reverse a second Is your name my name? Did you live it? Through tears and laughter Please. Don’t come from me cause I’m not coming for you My words are directed to naysayers You will not see me fail But you can wait until the rust settles, hoping But just in case you do come for me You will find out This Scorpio man Will sting you back Don’t mess with me for just living if I ain’t done jack, Ah, bitches, sometimes talk whack Most of the time it’s from across the room But I got a broom And I’m about to slap some roaches

Triumphant Choices (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

When the rain clears The heat simmers down Working that 9 to 5 on repeat The true test starts in free time Are we too idle or go-getters? There are choices, we are them We are triumphant choices Catalyst for change or the same No shame when we rhyme with a name Every Olympian was born human It’s an amazing thing to see humans Rise to the occasion, be triumphant So in your free time make choices
Triumphant choices

Flood (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

How many times do I need to almost drown? But here I am he left with soggy dreams I thought God wouldn’t destroy with water Yet the tide is receding, mud covering me
But yet I choose to rebuild on a risky foundation I am no fool, and, you can’t run from nature When it your time to sink, grab hold to your rock Let the waters wash you clean this time
Will you start a new life after your baptism? It is what we do next with our flooded souls That’s the true opportunity to change
To understand the promise of the rainbow

Light (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

He said I never looked so beautiful I was hiding in the shade He grabbed my arm bringing me into light His aggression I obeyed
He is my light My fist in this fight
We danced slowly with the sun Our lips copying our rhythm’s soul My face was shown so-so bright It just took HIM to make me feel whole
He is my light My savior in the night
And when the darkness does come I shall not fear I know that an angel is by my side My soul mate is near

Turning Point (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

And then suddenly Came a fork in the road The path the to right seemed easy I had done it before several times I learned shortcuts, got bruises, and lost If I chose that path again I could get thrown backward The path to the left looked safe, rewarding Something I wanted, but feared Everyone fears loss of what they gain But to reinvent oneself is to make a turn We either repeat or refresh Book smarts is never prepared for the streets At least that’s my point,
I was never prepared for the streets

Devil's Den (Annette Redmond Walters - Lafayette, LA)

Demons in my head Sucking at my brain Twisted dreams of dead Flushing me with pain Can't hear what you said Deafened by the rain
Desperate to free my soul I thrash against your skin Sucked into this hole I've walked into the devil's den I lay upon his coals Suffering for my sin
Please release my passion Before it's smothered out Love's become a fashion That's filled my mind with doubt I won't live off his rations Somehow I'll find the route

Disease (Louis Toliver Jr. - Swartz, LA)

What is this eating at me? This despair of death It has taken my courage I, at times, fear the unknown This disease grows strong Hopefully, I grow stronger Longer, longer I stay I wait for the alarm That final ring to my maker My flesh ready for serving Can I be no smarter than death? When the timer goes off I give in too easily to grief I am but the perfect target I can think around this journey I must be the better magician An instigator of all life The beauty in the breakdown This disease will not win Release my soul into the wind

Running (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

I’ve never run so fast I couldn’t stand the dark The shadows are behind me I mustn’t fear the stumbles But my heart is fleeting Patience is running thin Illness is not a type of love Every breath crumbles at lust Embrace the past not shadows In the end staying is dying My happiness accepts me

Especially (Louis Toliver Jr. - Swartz, LA)

Get on the floor
And dance with me It’s been a while Ooh wee child The groove is here Ain’t got no fear Let us be free Let me get more I’ll be that adverb You’ve been waiting for Get up on me And freak with me Put your arms around Spinning the earth Letting words highlight Our love, especially Let us just be Let us get more We’ll be that adverb We’ve been waiting for

A Right to God (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

There is no God that abuses or kills Just demons and their worshippers They try to block me from Her I am no fool I see Her language in nature My sanctuary is safe It is everywhere My loves are safe, their souls lifted I worship Her beautiful soul, energy Sometimes in free-spirited words This is my right She is my God
I respect with honor

On Busted Knees (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Your lust for yourself  Left me standing heartbroken  No words were left to say  So easily, so willingly  You turned your back and left  I fell down to the ground  I could no longer walk I had given you all I had left  The ground was so icy, hard It's a challenge to go on Not when you have no love  Falling on the slippery of passion My knees, fractured, damaged I will never walk the same  Not like the day we met  Strong, sure that you'd love me  But you don't and so I must heal  Eventually the birds will sing for me  Like they did that day we met  I will learn to walk again  For now, I cry on busted knees

Judging a Person by Its Cover (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Some books come with locks Diaries, journals, sacred emotions People are no different They say never judge a book by its cover But with people you have to Because some people require a key With patience their life will become a revelation They’ve been so hurt, scared They’ve locked themselves up Their eyes are just walls for defense Covers to appease the masses All in life they seek is the touch of trust A true key to unlock their pain

My Potential (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

A friend once revealed myself to me  I didn't much know how to see  He said I'd be a pharaoh among kings  I'd be a protector of what life brings  My intellect would instigate the seas My spirit would bring honey to the bees
The world was too small for me to stand  My friend calmed me and took my hand 
I didn't think of myself as I should  At times I felt my soul was hollow wood  If the confidence of angels is God's game  At what point would I recognize my name?  My potential has to be earned by the stars  But, I am no good to earth living on Mars 
I thank my friend for preparing me for today  I've been enlightened to finding my way

Come Correct (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Wait! Wait! Wait! Before you come through that gate  Negativity doesn't live here  I see you're eager to attack with that leer 
These are my boundaries, my rules  Throw away your jealousies, those tools  All foes that cross that line  Know that my spirit is mighty fine 
Come at me correct  Ask permission to take effect On my land, we place nice  So think twice, before you roll the dice

Take Flight (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

This moment  Right now Run fast towards the cliff  Don't be scared  Your passion is the fuel you need  Jump up  Real high  Trust in your soul Hold out your arms and prepare to fly  When you're open to falling  Your dreams will arise  Don't look down  Just soar Let the winds of life touch your face  Everything will rise to you

Big Boys Do Cry (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Stone cold tears on Tuesday  My fears are bathing my skin  Monday didn't go as planned They say it's a man's world  If so, the universe has little to offer  Life is full of destinies unfulfilled Yet my heart won't hold back  My heart can't hold back  If i cry, it's because I love life  What is my spirit without family? What is my soul without harmony?  Inside all of us is a design to grow Yet my future is malnourished Being a man, there is no space to breathe   If love gets away from me, what then?  I think of the human condition  A life fit to live honestly  A journey that becomes more than man  All we are promised but never obtain  It's sad to watch the sun go down

My Pretty Insecurities (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Is my skin too dark for this job?
Do I have the right smile for this gig?
Am I the right height for this show?
Is my hair too coarse for that hat?
My body, my eyes Imperfection I despise These questions, these lies I’m all caught in compromise
Should I change up this stanza?
Don’t bring attention to the art, fool
Wait, am I a boy caught in beauty?
No, you’re a girl caught in brawn
The voices from my pen speak Many of them care what you think They are both friends and foes I wish I had the power to choose sides
And now he sees my pretty insecurities
Should I ask him what’s my worth?
My insides brought outside for auction
I want to hold my breath, but can I?
My cab to tomorrow has arrived I’m not sure I can pay the fare On life, I don’t think I’ve thrived But do you really even care?

Should I Give Up? (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

The rain is hitting my window Against my brain Anything cerebral is beyond my recognition The edges of this poem are jagged But no other person has my shoes The rain will never get me But the sun will never shine Not as long as I am just staring out the window Making worlds up in my head More dreams than could ever be lived The expectations of a flood I am the fool stuck in contemplation This could be my forever Unless I jump on my pen Take the first flight to the sun

About Death (Louis Toliver Jr. - Swartz, LA)

Here I am sitting at another deathbed  I've lost another friend to age and time It's hard to not think about changes  Ones we could of made, the ones I made  I wish I could have certainty in this moment  Death brings about so much fear, pain  When we are born, no promises exist  The timer is set and begins to tick away  It would be unreasonable, rather tragic  Obsessing over the ticking away, time loss  Yet, that's exactly the pattern of loneliness  This reality that how we've come, we leave  So many us are living hoping to beat death  Obsession, the friend whispering in you ear Says there are ways to avoid struggle, lies We are confused, death is not a struggle  Death is the gateway with lock and key  It is a different lock, and journey, from birth The key, how we get to our end, is learned Each vessel of struggle is designed different  And at the gateway there are results waiting  This is why the death is obsession, time  The life lived determines the grand design 

Facing the Past (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Look into the mirror Years are facing you Have you been counting? Not only the days But also the mistakes The pain you have left covered Your heart wrapped in a blanket No one moves forward with pity What are we to make of failure? What does success really look like? Manifestatons of knowledge emerge But all our trials are experimental Insanity was often the result Yet our past repeats

What We Have Gained (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

Among all that has been lost  This is what we have gained:  A destiny still on its course  A horizon colorful as tomorrow A future as bright as the stars  A motivation to see an end  An inspiration to become more  An imitation of our decisions  A reason to believe in a source 
Among all that has been lost  We still have another day here  We still have love to empower  We still have souls to enrich  We still have each other's hand  We still have free verse to give 
With any loss comes knowledge  For the idea of loss is a mirage  Every breath is an opportunity