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, 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!