My painfulness often inspires my poetry. Sadly, if I experience something that bothers me or gets me down, I find more inspiration to write. It is my hope that I am able to shed some light on such circumstances for some aspiring poet who wonders why he or she may not feel so inclined to embrace the valleys and low points as much as the peaks and the mountaintops.
I believe that other poets and authors have inspired my writing and poetry. Among them, I would have to say that Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Dorothy West, Henry David Thoreau, William Shakespeare and Claude McKay are some of my favorites. I have enjoyed reading them and their various styles of literature.
My poetry is posted on various sites on the web, including but not limited to:
Here is a poem that has been published in my book Words from the Underground:
They appear to be little more than detrimental detours.
Yet, they are detrimental nonetheless.
Our expectations exclude them,
While our conclusions include them.
We do not see them but after the fact.
They disappear as swiftly as they appear.
Some attribute their ways to magic.
Others say they are derived from madness and mayhem.
They are smoke screens.
They exist to serve only as illusions.
They are smoke screens
And they leave us spellbound.
When you least expect them,
You find yourself in their midst.
Your best option is to pay them no mind.
They will choke you with their smoke.
They will engulf you from head to toe.
They will keep your head spinning.
Don’t pay them any mind.
You may not expect them.
You may not avoid them.
Pay them no mind,
For they truly do exist.
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