via Daily Prompt: Carve

African statue carve.jpeg

Use the sun as a benchmark

a horizon to brighten the path

you carve out for yourself

crave to in find a passion

that is everlasting and do it with conviction

Any job big or small do it right or not at all

even if you might fall

stand up tall and go back

to discovering what matters to you and go for it

I’ve found mine carving down rhymes with a swift mind

so I can set stories free


Bursting the “crazy” bubble

Sad girl

Photo credit – it’s me neosiam,

She would inhale irrational fears that gripped tight and wouldn’t let go,                                Feeling the oxygen evade her lungs with every squeeze
As it suddenly sets off a panic attack galore,
An abused mindset that found no choice but to act defensive
When called crazy,
Battling valiantly daily to eliminate the individuals
That stigmatize her behavior and would tell her to act “normal”
Razor sharp scrutiny slices through her confidence,
The last vestige of her self esteem bleeding out
As she desperately searches for any kind of tourniquet to alleviate the pain,
Motionless amidst the ongoing ridicule that whispers for her to change,
These voices would call for her attention but she would always dial back her tone from a full blown outburst,
Consoled by midnight silence, as anguish cries soak her cheeks
slowly lulling her to a deep sleep

Eventually she had enough and found solace through chronicling her struggles,
Bursting stubborn “crazy” bubbles that filled her life with nothing but trouble,
Coming full circle as she found the resilience to relinquish the grip of “craziness“,
And with every burst of those bubbles I knew
She wasn’t suppose to be perfect,
Just beautiful the way she was and always will be,
Humility and vulnerability became alluring when she showed her true self to me,
Encouraging her to let this resolution to express yourself unapologetically be within you forever
As she finally bursts the remaining remnants of a turbulent past, transferring her adverse times into stanzas,
Composing poems as an outlet for her to release her dilemmas with no regret,
In the process cherishing her new found inner peace that’s still a work in progress


  • I became aware from one of my followers on Twitter that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and that gave me the idea to write this piece. Even though, some of us can’t fully comprehend the excruciating pain most sufferers of numerous illnesses go through I felt this piece would shed some light onto it. I can recall numerous occasions where I felt anxiety or depressed, one of them being recent when multiple family members and a good college buddy past away all within a span of 3 years, but those instances built calluses in my brain so to speak to find a way to push through the pain and move forward. If you don’t know where to begin, surround yourself with the people you care about the most and use (family members, friends, etc…) as a stepping stone to heal your mind with their positive energy. Lastly, ever person copes with adversity differently so if the above solution does not bring enough closure, then go see if you can seek some professional counseling. Some people find it difficult to move forward to seek help because they feed into the stigma of people with mental illnesses are deemed “crazy”, which discourages them to find a resolution. All in all if you are that someone or know someone with a mental illness, be around them whenever they need your company and lift their spirits because one day it could be you on the opposite end wondering where has the people in my life I care about went? That’s all I want to say, Peace and Love  – RhymeRula




New Blue Lines

Every time I take a look at you,
I envision a thousands words exploding within a columns of blue lines
An outlet for my ideas to shine once every detail is combined,
Sometimes I find it difficult to comprise what I have going on in my mind into words,
But I’ll always bestow them upon you,
You wait with anticipation after I open my portfolio,
As I lift my pen with much determination to begin giving you this art of storytelling,
Illustrating you with stories since last September,
Raw emotions begin to freeze your smooth surface
While the progression of every stanza reigns with scorching intensity that could turn Mr. Freeze into a puddle

In no order I created my greatest hits into an anthology
All finalized but you were always my first draft
You gave me a mental and physical exercise when I felt the pen in my hand,
My words always reach your corners so I had to stay true to my actions
when titling my potential chapbook, (Writing until I reach corners of the page),
I’m not usually the sentimental type
But letting you go soon is the only thing that will soon be right,                                              but I’ll still keep you around,
All your blue lines are pressed with ink that guides me onto a blog page,

So there will be new story lines on new blue lines within a bundle of new sheets
but with the same objective,
As the poet J Ivy once said, “I NEED TO WRITE”,
So I’m going to “sit my black narrow ass down and write”,
The moment will soon come when
I’ll have to start over and write new story lines on new blue lines

  • I thought of the idea to write about my notebook because even though I have a handful of pages left I look forward to creating and sharing more stories from the  new one on here. In addition, never take your ability to write for granted because some people are not fortunate enough mentality or physical to write. I’d like to quote J Ivy once more in his spoken word performance on Def Poetry Jam which you should check out if you have not. You can find episodes on YouTube. The ending is seriously thought provoking because ” Just yesterday it was illegal for me to write”.
  • Thanks for reading, peace and keep on writing!
  • Here is a link to his performance


We give value, power, and significance to certain things that we feel will fill us with a sense of accomplishment when we put in the hard work. However, being overzealous for a desired outcome could ultimately leave you with a burden of disappointment if you’re not prepared to know how to react to the possible negative outcome. Never try to create or do something just to appease others interests or preferences because everyone has a different criteria for what’s entertaining and a perspective on what success means to them. The point I’m trying to make is, be hopeful that the effort you put out will result in positive results, but be prepared to have a counter attack when you’re faced with disappointing circumstances. Return will reckless abandon to not only prove to the naysayers but to yourself that their roadblock is not going to stop your persistence to keep going . The answer to this all can be summed up with 3 words by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck, “AND NOW WHAT”.

🖕 you Monday (Monday Motivation)

A chance to win


Photo Credit – Cheryl Empey

Verse 1

On some days my thoughts have difficulty forming

So once I begin writing my stanzas don’t make much sense,

but my experiences with past rejections gave me resilience to never accept stagnation,

Every time I was declined by what I had to offer, the more I felt more alive to bring them something even better,

Understanding that I cannot and will not relinquish my vision of reaching my writing on a larger scale

In this case a poetry contest,

My desire for a chance to win a grand prize would fill me with exhilaration,

but that is not the type of glory I’m chasing,

money is received, stolen, lost, and spent but can be easily replaced,

However, the determination for me to extend my abundance of writings to the masses

who I’ve never crossed paths with will

ultimately bring me more meaning and purpose to keep on writing


Verse 2

Walking as a lone traveler consoled by the heart of the city

I’ll hold onto nothing but my integrity even if my pockets remain empty,

As I contemplate upon frozen river banks

and appreciate every day the golden medallion returns to the sky after heavy rainfall,

I return focus to my notebook as I can’t help

but stare at the calendar as the days dwindle,

Realizing I’ll have to submit my work before the final deadline,

My pages are all covered in soaked ink

Which go through many trials, from being crossed out of existence

To finally reaching an end where the stanzas live up to my expectations,

The time is now for me to embark on an experience of being among contestants

Who eagerly await for a grand prize publication,

I have nothing to lose, but everything to share


Opportunities wait for no one

So I’ll have to always remind myself

to take the initiative to seize the ones in front of me immediately

because there is no guarantee I’ll gain them back

If it’s not the right opportunity, I’ll move on because another one will come along

and I’ll prepare myself to be ready so I can find another way to get a chance to win


  • As mentioned in the piece above, I’ve entered myself into a poetry contest. Specifically the Frontier Chapbooks contest. It took me almost two weeks to curate my “greatest hits” of narrative and free verse poems into 25 pages. The fee to enter is not an issue to me, considering the fact that my writings will be laid upon many minds and souls. I had some difficulty coming up with titles for the chapbook, but I came up with a few and finally decided on one that speaks true to my writing process. The title is “Writing until I reach corners of the page: An anthology of unspoken tales“. Lastly, I would be grateful if you all would wish me luck. Win or lose I’ll live with results and will keep on writing because this is what I love to do. One way or another someone will resonate with my writings and will possibly reach back to me with something I might not have foreseen. At the end of the day I’m not expecting any handouts or asking for help unless I ask for it. In the meantime I’ll take my time into eventually self publishing a full length poetry book. Lastly, I’ll continue to look down at my notebook as I cerebrate new ideas and look forward to consistently put out weekly content on an amazing platform. Now that’s a real celebration.  Thank you for reading and peace.


Many Moves

Understand we have many places we can move forward to, but having a pawns mindset leaves us ending up moving to the same spot over and over again.” So make your own moves, but be careful where you make those moves to, because life can checkmate you at any moment.
– RhymeRula

(Wednesday Wisdom)




The ones (Monday Motivation)

The ones that will smile in your face are also the same ones that can dispossess you from progression. Keep both eyes wide open so you can anticipate and prevent “the ones” from distorting your vision from achieving.

– RhymeRula