Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ghetto Dreams

Narrowed visions of the limitless heights of hope 
Dreams deferred not dashed or shattered like glass 
Head held high to the sky 
Feet always grounded never caught off guard 
 Dark clouds Dark Thoughts 
Altered by substances poisoning the community 
These hands Those hearts hardened by this cold existence 
His hands Her thighs Their minds killing the hopes of the future 
 The stench of failure and poverty reeks throughout the streets 
Hunger pains and dope fiends screams vibrate the streets like a sick beat 
Cries of the children young and old scatter the air with grief and unbearable pain 
A young man dead, A young woman raped harsh realities simmer in this mixing bowl of misery 
 Hopes Dreams fears ignored by the outside looking in 
The mindset of a hustler taught to struggle and fight the hard way 
A better life is shown in the gleam of a child's eye 
Reality worsens with the smell of death 
 Ghetto Dreams 

Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2013

One Moment in Time

While taking a walk this morning, I realized just how much we don’t enjoy the simple aspects of life. The nice cool breeze invigorated me, the snow capped mountains awed me, and the sky was a beautiful shade of gray with hints of blue nature speaking to me. Nature was telling me to come back, if only for a little while, enjoy what I have to offer. Let your cares and worries travel with the wind and replace them with peaceful, carefree thoughts. I wanted the feeling to last forever because it was then that I truly felt free. At that particular moment, I was not bound by politics, policies, laws, rules and other hindrances that society heaps on us. My life wasn't in danger and I was alone with my new thoughts. 
 I forgot the pain that fills my body daily and let it melt into the earth’s core. I was truly at peace, as close to heaven as we’ll get here I suppose. When I came back to reality it wasn't as harsh a transition as I imagined, it was slow and meticulous. See, you can live in reality and not let it truly affect you constantly. You can find peace on earth, if only for a moment in time. If you are one day feeling stressed and in duress, take that moment, that one moment in time, breathe deep and realize that you control your life, not the circumstances at hand. 
 No one gave me a silver spoon, I made one myself, slightly tarnished from years of rough living. The rungs on my ladder were broken by society, but I still found a way up. Life chewed me up spit me out and buried me for the world to never see again, but I grew roots and sprouted leaves revealing a beautiful flower for the entire world to see. Love can’t be destroyed, it’s only transferred always blossoming and growing. Love constantly combats hate and all you need is one moment in time to realize that peace through love can be achieved. 

Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Artful Release

The pressure is building in my brain 
A release! A release! Oh, my I need a release! 
Annoying voices my ears do hear 
Like the flight of a mosquito buzzing a little too close 
I swat at one but I can’t fight them all 
So much tension 
Pent up frustration 
It seems at times my mind will explode 
Or I lose all restraint and come to blows 
Lend me your ear 
So you can hear 
The mountain of anxiety I must bear 
Weeks and weeks 
Months and months 
Years and years of hidden tears 
Brought about by age-old fears 
My release won’t come 
It’s artfully hidden 
So I continue with a desire of the driven 
Artfully releasing what once was unwritten 

Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2009

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Will You Love Me?

So many questions I have for you 
As we travel to our forever anew 
The issues of love, trust and being together 
Our tireless bonds that we dare not sever 
Will you love me the way that I love you? 
Or will you love me more than I ever knew 
Will we live a beautiful and simplistic life? 
Or complex, dramatic and full of strife 
Will you love me in the morning or late at night? 
Is your love like a mother's love, caring and full of life? 
Or is it rude, crude and full of spite 
See love transcends and transforms a logical being 
Poorly understood but deeply felt and seen 
It comforts and creates, but cuts deep like a knife 
The most powerful emotion in this here life 
Will you love me through thick and thin? 
Will you love me from deep within? 
Love me like you want to be loved 
Our souls set free like the flying dove 
Love me 
Love me 
Love me more 
For I love you and only you I adore 

Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2009