Writing

Digital Bookworm II

Digital Bookworm II

Digital Bookworm II explores the new tablet and e-reader devices.

Blazing Words: Abuelito

Blazing Words features my poem, Abuelito, dedicated to my paternal grandfather who was from Puerto Rico.

Blazing Words: Music

The Blazing Words series returns with one of my favorite poems, Music.

I wrote this poem back in college.  I shared it with my creative writing class a few years later and all my classmates seemed to enjoy it.  It combines my feelings about music and the role it plays in our lives.  It is still one of my favorite poems.

A Writer's Solitude: James Baldwin

A Writer's Solitude: James Baldwin

Reflecting on the words and works of the legendary James Baldwin.

Digital Bookworm

Digital Bookworm

Digital Bookworm explores the new tablet and e-reader devices.

Great Authors: Toni Morrison

Great Authors: Toni Morrison

The Great Authors series continues with a write up of one of my favorite authors, Toni Morrison.

Blazing Words: Writing As I Wander

Writing as I wander Through the thoughts in my head.

Spilling my heart out on the pages

Until my soul has been fed.

With every drop of imagination

I press forward into fantasy.

Deeper and deeper

Until the dream meshes with reality.

I won’t be free of this zone I’m in

Not until all the words are written.

Lost in the halls

Of this illustrious mind state.

Embracing creativity

And this magnificent fate.

This is my journey

The place where I shall be

Lost in my subconscious

Until my thoughts are set free.

There is no other world

Where I’d rather be.

There is no other world

That can fully claim me.

Naj

3 October 2009

Blazing Words: The Dance: Circle Of Truth

We dance in circles Careful not to touch

The burning bush of truth.

Every now and then

A spark may pop and burn the skin

Still we hide our dark deep truths within.

Casual moments create a flare

When a scathing memory

Breaks loose another battle

In our long warfare.

It’s a war that we never seem to win

Our silent truce now wearing thin.

I wish sometimes we could just forget

But we’d lose the good

In our quest to slay the bad events.

How long can we go

Avoiding the cracks in our foundation.

One day more

And pain may be our only sensation.

Naj

25 June 2009

Blazing Words: The End Of The Affair

She was named for a movie star, and he for a saint.

They laughed about it in the park,

he kissed her ’til she felt faint.

Days and nights of wonder

yet she was so naïve.

He was a soldier and a gangster

with sweet tricks up his sleeve.

When the red balloon appeared

she knew not what to do.

From all that she had done

and yet she had no clue.

Their innocent love affair

was a scandal in their day.

When the red balloon floated away

she learned that love isn’t always fair.

She learned it twice as hard

when he left her doubly bare.

Heartbroken a vow she made

his name would go unspoken

his remnants ignored so that

she could remain the same.

The great one protected her

and wrapped her into her cocoon.

It was only the way to go

when her baby grew up too soon.

It was the end of their affair

and the family went on.

But her story didn’t end

it was just a new dawn.

She didn’t see the sun rise

in the crown of her children’s hair.

She covered her eyes

and chose not to be there.

Silence was chosen

in place of reality.

Still this burden from love

caused insanity.

A secret hush

courses through their veins.

No words are spoken

but the remnants of the affair remain.

Naj

9 December 2008