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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

We Have Overcome (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

We are two doves flying high
The weight has left our shoulders
The sun is rising in the distance

Another night is ending
Yet a new day is beginning
And we are still here

Let us fly above the night
We have overcome what’s beneath
Our wings cling to each other

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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
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

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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

Up, Up, and Away! (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

With my head held high
I am a product of choices
I’ll take that energy and fly
Into a bright future of glory
Superman isn’t real but I am
And so is my creator creating
Up, I go, far and away to triumph
Up, I go, far and away to tomorrow
Away I go, Away I go, Away I go!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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

Friday, July 15, 2016

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Poem on the Table (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)

For my entire life I let you control me
Today that ends
The last tears of a relationship is goodbye
None here
Always and forever, I am free
This is my breath
For my entire life I will get to be who I am

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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