“Yes, I Did It”

10 years ago I wrote this piece. Personally, it’s still one of my favorites. Should I start practicing for open Mic???

“YES I DID IT”

Yes I did it
Had you eating out the palm of my hand
Had you wrapped around my finger

Yes I did it
Won you with a smile
Sealed it with a poem

Yes I did it
Got your heart without a kiss
Got your mind without a date

Yes I did it
I gave you the map
And still got you lost

Yes I did it
I showed you a real woman
Then took her away

Yes I did it
Gave you the urge
And fulfilled a need

Yes I did it
I had your nose wide open
And your dick hard a steal

Yes I did it
I had you feigning for the pussy
And never gave you a sample

Yes I did it
Had you sprung from GA
Had you falling from DC

Yes I did it
I seduced you mentally with sexual seduction
Then I fucked you with sexual freedom

Yes I did it
Yes I did it
Yes I did it

Mashawn Mickels (C) July 2010

Review (Hamilton, The musical)

Business Review

“Hamilton”

The Musical (Disney+)

So I finally had the chance to see “Hamilton” on Disney+. Actually by now I’ve seen it a number of times! The review is strictly based off the Disney+ version with the original cast because I have seen the live edition.

To me, there was only one thing that was really wrong in the movie. That was during the song “Satisfied” being sung mainly by Angelica. During this specific song you can see the flower on the front of her dress come and go depending on the camera and angle. How does that happen with a live performance? I don’t know, but it didn’t take away from the song and show.

I overall enjoyed the show. Enjoyed it so much I’ve watched it a number of times. I’ve downloaded the soundtrack and remix album too. This musical was surprisingly accurate. After watching the first time, I noticed some things I didn’t really remember from history, so I did some research here and there. I came to understand the founding fathers just a tad bit more. I think Lin portrayed them pretty good in the show.

I was really impressed by the accuracy of the costume designs too for that time period. At first, I was thinking it didn’t seem right, but as I was researching, I saw that it was very accurate. Many people I spoke to thought it didn’t have enough dialog. Me, I found it refreshing to not having so much talking. After all it is a musical, not just a stage play. That fact that Lin was able to do this using hip hop, rap and jazz is pretty amazing.

Of course, since it released on Disney+ I’ve been checking some of the behind the scenes and stuff too. YouTube has been great. Watching some of that helped understand the characters and actors a bit more. If I enjoy a movie, I will watch it more than once. I’m glad I did with this. I’m still spotting stuff I didn’t notice before. Things that were not necessarily in the foreground, bu more so in the background, in the shadows. Would we have seen that in the live performance? I don’t know.

The actors and actresses were all outstanding. Of course, personally some stood out more than others. However, I do give them all A+ for their amazing acting, dancing and singing. I find that they were able to fit a lot into the two and half hour performance. I know they couldn’t add everything, that would be unreasonable. They did fantastic.

Do I recommend you seeing this? YES. Will I still try to see the live version? YES.

Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Bad Habit

A bad habit. At least that’s what I consider it. Sometimes it works in my favor. Other times, not so much. This bad habit I’ve been working on for years. I don’t know if it’ll ever change, but I’m still working on it.

My facial expression always says it all. Like the saying goes “I wear my heart on my sleeves.” If I’m mad at you, you’ll see it. Won’t have to say a word. If I’m disgusted with something, you’ll see it. However, on the flip side, if I’m happy, you’ll know. If I love you, you’ll see it.

I was told early in my career that I needed to work on that and that I’ve been working on. Needless to say, I’ve not accomplished much. Still, I’ve made a little progress in controlling my expressions. Just not when I’m angry. Sometimes I can now conceal hurt. I can even conceal an attraction.
Still, this is something I’m working on.
I’ve gotten better over the years, but it’s still there. One thing I can never seem to hide is when I’m not feeling good. No amount of training or practice has helped in the slightest bit.

I’ll never be able to play poker, because, I don’t think I’ll have that much control. Still, I think I’ve gotten better over the years. Not great, but better for sure.

What’s a bad habit that you haven’t been able to break?

My Rant

I don’t even know where to start my rant. I would normally do this as a business tip, but I’m not feeling that right now. I do want to say though I love supporting others in their business when I can.

That being said. I hate feeling like I’m begging to give you my business. When I do give you my business I expect the same courtesy and business etiquette you give others, regardless of our personal relationship. Now I completely understand completions and delays. Still, that’s when communication comes into play.

I don’t care what race you are when it comes to business. Even with the economic situation today, that’s a non factor. I do enjoy visiting and using local businesses as much as possible. Even when I travel, my best friend will tell you, I enjoy hitting the local places, I even have a few favorite places I like to hit every time.

When I visit your business or use your service, I expect a certain level of service for me to return and/or recommend you to others. When I post my business review, it’s always based on that specific visit or service. Good or bad it’ll always be professional. That’s the way I like to receive my service.

Great service, I’ll send recommendations your way and more and likely use you again. Poor service I won’t ever recommend you or use you again.

Business Tip: Treat all your customers the same and professional. Be prompt and use communication as much as possible. If you are unable to serve a customer, tell them. Good business etiquette results in more business. Poor business etiquette results in less business.

My Heroes

Life has changed
Flipped upside down
Inside out
The precedent has changed
The things we took for granted
Has been taken away
What we use to depend on
Has been washed away
Stress has increased
Anxiety has doubled
The one thing that hasn’t changed
Is my family
The love
The care
The open hearts
It’s what keeps me moving
Keeps me stepping forward
When I’m stressed
When I need to cry
When I’m anxious
When I want to scream
When I want to give up
They are there
That helping hand
That uplifting voice
It’s always there
It’s the constant in my life
No matter what else happens
What else is going on
They are there
My group of
HEROES

Quiet Storm⚡ April 7, 2020

My Survival

I was scared
Shaking
Didn’t know what to do
Where to go
Who to call
I’m standing here in the cold
Shivering because of lack of layers
Nothing but t-shirt and jeans
Alone
Abandoned
Don’t know what happened
What went wrong
Thought we had something special
Then you left me
Left me in the cold
All I could think about was you
How could you do this
I knew I needed to move on
Needed make my next move
Still
All I thought about was you
Thought about this abandonment
Then the cold wind
Slapped me in the face
Made me realize I could die
My focus was on you
Not on me
Not on my survival
But
On you
I wanted to live
Wanted to see the next day
The next sunrise
But
I kept drifting towards you
Had to turn away
After all
You
Left
Me
You didn’t care me
But I care about me
So I must dispel you from my thoughts
From my heart
From my memory
A new life
A new adventure
Begins

NOW

Quiet Storm⚡ April 6, 2020

Happy

I cared about you once upon a time
I wanted to give you my all
Felt like you were my everything
Like you were the one
Loved you so much
Too much
Loved you more than I loved myself
Didn’t completely understand
The feelings
The emotions at the time
Just knew something had to change
Then I realized something
I forgot who I was
What kind of person I was
I was so devoted to you
I forgot to be devoted to myself
No longer could I describe myself
Wasn’t sure about what I liked
Had become accustomed to yours
Everything was about you
How you wanted to be loved
How you felt
Never if you loved me
Never if you cared enough
Now I must break away
Leave you where you stand
It’s time
Time to redefine me
Redefine who I am
How I should be loved
What I need
What I want
It’s that time
Time for me to be
Happy

Quiet Storm⚡© April 5, 2020

My Friend

Sure
I know
I understand
I didn’t let you know
Didn’t tell you enough
Just how much you meant
How much of a friend you are
How much I value our friendship
I get it
I understand
I’m sorry
I apologize
Please understand
There’s no one that will
Replace what we have
The bond
The love we built
Is one of a kind
We’ve stood together
Through thick and thin
We’ve remained close
Through the test of time
Taking you for granted
I regret the most
Thank for being my friend
Thank you for always being true
Thank you for sticking around

Quiet Storm⚡ © April 3, 2020

A Better Way

I don’t have to cause a revolution
I don’t have to be the movement you seem to look for
I didn’t grow up in the hood
The projects
Grew up around the world
As a military child
Spoiled
The military brat
That’s me
But
That doesn’t mean I didn’t struggle
That I don’t have to worry
That greed of others
Don’t affect me
Didn’t affect me
I’m still human
Still have feelings
Sometimes it bothers me
Other times I let it go
I try to keep it real
But keep it light too
Life is a roller coaster for sure
No need to make bad times worse
No need to fight against everything
Sometimes it’s best to chill
To relax
Let go
So because I don’t always
Scream
Fight
Argue
Doesn’t mean I don’t care
Doesn’t mean I’m immune
It just means
There’s a better way

Quiet Storm⚡ © April 2, 2020