Monday, December 31, 2012

Poem: New Fruit

New Fruit

By: Joi Maree Flowers

Like fallen fruit from a tree
Today as did yesterday
Will wilt and die

To make way to bear forth
New fruit
For tomorrow's time

Leaving behind
The reaped harvest's crop
That will soon become old

That was birth from a nurtured seed
Which can never again
Be sowed

Friday, December 28, 2012

Poem: Gold Plated

Gold Plated

By: Joi Maree Flowers

For the flashing lights
On the finest champagne
With featured names
To be recognized like they

Not are you what they've become
Acting in hopes to be called one

Monday, December 24, 2012

Poem: The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

By: Joi Maree Flowers

Keep your coins in your pockets
For its cost is free
Keep off of it your decorated paper and bow
For a beautiful wrapping it does not need

It's size is small enough to fit in your heart
And large enough that it can be shared
The only instruction there is
Is to please handle it with care

Worry not if it will be liked
Worry not if your choice of it was right
For to those whom it is given
They will surely not decline

It's the perfect gift to give
And the perfect gift to receive
Not just on one day
But everyday that is given to be

It's the gift of LOVE
A gift that never gets too old to pass along
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Poem: Leaving For A Place Called Home

Leaving For A Place Called Home

By: Joi Maree Flowers

There is where I want to go
So guide my direction towards the place that many call home
You know that place where the gates are pearly
That place where can be seen His mighty glory

My body has been worked for its purposes
On this good earth that at times I felt cursed it

With days of labor
That turned into years of struggling
And nights of grief
That sometimes lasted until the morning

Monday, December 17, 2012

Poem: Foreign Waters

Foreign Waters
By: Joi Maree Flowers

Far and abroad
I travel the path of an unknown journey

Walking on landscaped fields
Climbing over rocky mountains
Flying through bluest skies
Sailing across foreign waters

Greeted by the faces of many colors
Filled with the foods of ethnic cultures
Washed in the waters of forgotten seas
Clothed in the garments worn in times long before the birth of me
The world is my map
And I, its explorer


Friday, December 14, 2012

Poem: How Could I Have Known

How Could I Have Known

By: Joi Maree Flowers

How could I have known
That when this morning to you I said goodbye
That it would truly be
For the last time

No more lullaby's
No more kisses goodnight
No more stories to tell
To send you into that slumber land of night

Only empty arms
And pools of tears
A heart that aches
And tomorrow's fears

Unanswered responses
Of those questions of why
If only it could be different
If only I could rewind time

No tomorrow will ever be the same
And life without you will always be my deepest pain
"If had not would be still here"
Will forever be my reasoning for you to have lived

But how could I have known
What feeling could I have felt
That today
Someone would take away your last breath

And how could I have known
That when you said goodbye
That those words from you would be said to me
For the last time

Poem: Sweet Angel of Mine

Sweet Angel of Mine

 By: Joi Maree Flowers

Night falls
And my eyes close to sleep
It is there in a dream
That again we meet
That I see your eyes
Your smile
Your presence
A moment to cherish
At a time sporadic
Before dawn to perish

Greeting with hugs
And kissed cheeks
And singing songs from your book of Hymns
That was passed down to me
"Amazing grace,
How sweet the sound..."
How sweet the sound of your voice
To hear when you come around
In the space of our special place
Which only our presence grace
Where hours of time are spent
Until the moment begins to fade
I awake
You continue to sleep

Under a green field
Surrounded by
Bloomed flowers
Shaded trees
And your love
My Grandfather

Monday, December 10, 2012

Poem: I Was Once You

I Was Once You 
By: Joi Maree Flowers

Unbeliever of myself

But not achieving
But not acting
But not wanting

I found comfort in time's past and present

I began seeing
Every life
But mine
Walking fearlessly
Into tomorrow’s time

Finally removing my security blanket
From around me
I took one step forward
And another step after
Only looking back
To see how far I’d come
As the future led me through
Doors I never thought could open before

Friday, December 7, 2012

Poem: Good 'Ol Brown

Good ‘Ol Brown
By: Joi Maree Flowers

He searched for his dear friend
When the thunder roared its loudest
And the earth beneath his feet shook
Causing him to stumble
And fall to his knees
But he was nowhere around
As his strength succumbed to weakness
And the pain became too much to bear
He picked up a bottle
And there his friend was at the bottom
Waiting to numb him of his sorrows

Good 'Ol Brown

Monday, December 3, 2012

Poem: Behold Beauty

Behold Beauty
By: Joi Maree Flowers
I may not stand out in the crowd
I may not ever become the pageant Queen who wears the crown
I may not be the prototype of every man’s sweet dreams
Nor of that do I mind
For what his eyes see of me
Is the purest of all beauty
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Poem: The Color Green

The Color Green
By: Joi Maree Flowers

 Your hue covers the better part of Earth's space
While your fabric complements my perfectly browned skin tone in the fall

Your leafy nourishment purifies my body of its toxins
While your presence in needy hands give hope

But sadly
You are also the color of my enemy’s eyes

It is at this sight of you
That I don't adore you

Monday, November 26, 2012

Poem: Tainted Voodoo

Tainted Voodoo

By: Joi Maree Flowers

Madame Lavue,
I need you to whip me up a soup.
You see it’s this man I want;
and I need you to make me his only love.

Madame Lavue,
I want you to make it so that his eyes only see me;
and give his heart just enough space to only hold me.
Madame Lavue, can you do that for me?

"Sho I can chile,
If you got $50 dollars."

$50 dollars?
That’s an awful lot for soup.

"Love cost chile.
Didn’t you know that part?"

Friday, November 23, 2012

Poem: Say Thank You

Say Thank You
By: Joi Maree Flowers

For the life we were given
For the days we have seen
For the moments that are now
And the tomorrows that will be

For the family that is
And the friends that are
For the bond that holds us close together
Whether near or far

For the place we can call home
For the daily nourishment of our bodies and souls
For the comfort in knowing
In this world, we have somewhere to go

For the forgiveness of our past
Allowing for a renewed us to be born
Though not what or where we want to be
We are far from where we were before

For the love that loves

And keeps on loving more and more

Monday, November 19, 2012

Poem: I Call You Friend

I Call You Friend
By: Joi Maree Flowers

They that know I smile
To sometimes hide my tears;
Who take my hand to hold
And tell me to not fear…

They that love me
Despite my flaws;
Who stand not over me and laugh
But pick me up when I fall…

They that become my strength
When I am weak;

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Short Story: In Her Shoes

    In Her Shoes
     by: Joi Maree Flowers

    As far back as I can remember, as a little girl, beginning around the age of two, my small sized feet would often find their way into my Mama's shoes; shoes that of course could not fit me at the time. Whether they were flats, sneakers, flip flops, or high heels, I put on every shoe she had. Those high heels of hers were my absolute favorite because when I would put them on, they would make me feel like I was being just like her when I stood tall in them.
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    And though I loved her high heels, wearing them was always challenging. I could only stand in them for a minute before my balance gave up on me, leading me to collapse; and every time when I tried to walk in them, I would take about two steps and without fail, tumble to the ground. Mama would laugh and while picking me up would say,"Don't worry baby. You'll be able to walk in them one day." I asked "When?" and she just replied, "One day baby, one day."

    I thought that "one day" would be when I grew up to be an adult like she; but I would later find out in my adult life that walking in her shoes would take on a whole other meaning than that of the literal. Mama's shoes were more than just shoes; their worn wear told the story of the journey that she walked in them.

    It began with the mornings which were always early. Starting around 5 am with prayer, meditation, showering, ironing clothes, getting dressed, then making breakfast; all done before I was awakened. Then she would prepare me for the day once she got me up. After dropping me off at school, she would make her way to a job that she did not enjoy going to. This I knew because she often expressed her dislike of it. However, she endured so we as a family would not go without.
    The evenings were always better. School was over and work was done, well her 9 to 5 at least. We would go home and have "our time". She would cook and let me assist her with preparing our meal,