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

Stay In Your Lane

You looked at me
Then still asked
I tried to be polite
But that didn’t matter
I wanted to keep it cordial
Still that wasn’t good enough
So now I stand here
In front of you
Toe to toe
Letting you know
In no uncertain terms
Just exactly what my thoughts are
What I’m thinking
How I’m feeling
Don’t try that social distancing now
It didn’t matter before when
You decided to step to me
Please hear me
Please understand me
I don’t like you
I don’t personally care about you
So you’re feelings are hurt
Look me in my eyes
Does it seem like I care
You want to be bad
Then jump boo
Otherwise sit down somewhere
And stay in your lane

Quiet Storm © April 1, 2020

Healing Experience

Four years ago I was still healing from the loss of my father. I was braver than I thought I could be. I performed at the Compound. The Compound have spoken word or poetry night almost every month.

I’ve always been an avid supporter of the Compound. I love going and listening to all the great poets. I would leave each time being more motivated and humbled. It never mattered what the topic was, I was enchanted and inspired.

If you have never been, you’re missing out. I wanted to get up each time, but was too scared, too nervous. I mean, these are professional spoken word artist who have been perfecting their craft for years! Here I was, couldn’t even memorize one poem and they where spitting out two and three a night. That made me content enough to enjoy watching and hearing them.

I agreed to perform before my dad passed. Who would have thought I would still have the courage to do it? What gave me the courage? My dad gave me the courage. I realized during this time that tomorrow is never promised.

With the loving support of my friends and the Compound family, I pushed through. They were surprised as much as I was that I would still do it. When I tell you I was shaking in my boots (literally), I was so afraid! I’m thankful for everyone that pushed me forward. Sometimes we just have to step out and do it. This was a great healing experience for me.

“Let It Go” (poem)

I’ve been stabbed
Those knives cut deep
Deep in the back
The stab wounds took a while to heal
I Couldn’t believe it happened
Was shocked when I turned around
And It was you
Pissed me off at first
Wanted to be petty
Then I realized something
You showed me who you really are
Your true colors
It made so much sense now
Made everything so much clearer
Sure those knives hurt going in
But I healed and grew from it
Understood a few things
When you’ve grown apart
There’s only one thing to do
Let it go
Yes let it go
That’s what I had to do with you
Let you go
You won’t get another chance
To make me bleed
To make me cry
To make me angry
I’ll take that “L” this time
I’ve learned those cliches are true
Take you at face value
Don’t try to read between the lines
Accept the deceit
And let it go
So as I let you go
I want to thank you
Thank you for showing me who you are
Thank you for the pain so I can grow stronger
Thank you for teaching me this new lesson
Thank you for reminding me to forgive and let go
Thank you
Now watch me
Let it go
Let you go

Quiet Storm © December 2019

Event Review (Columbus Wears Black)

Columbus Wears Black

Compound Columbus Poetry Night

Last Saturday the Compound returned to Columbus! I must say I was excited to get my poetry fix in. Red Storm, Mr. Emotional, and Fresh Prince came to town and killed it.

This was my first time seeing Fresh Prince. I enjoyed watching him perform. I was glad I was there to finally see him. It was most definitely worth it.

Red Storm, I’ve seen once before. I could tell the people really enjoyed him! He was real and very transparent during each of his pieces. His story is raw and real.

Mr. Emotional was also a treat. I was looking forward to seeing him perform again. He really bought out the emotional side of poetry. I love his cause he spoke about to help the children.

Each of the featured artist was great and had a unique flavor that made the show rock. The local artist that participated also were really good. I always enjoy seeing them. Let’s not forget DJ Truz was in the house too!

I’m definitely glad you have the Compound back. Thank you Solow Ent. for making this happen. I’m looking forward to your next event!

Official Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟