I Surf (Poems By Resonate’)

Funny how the wave come and go

Everything pertaining to life and death in it’s motion

Riding the waves I see the current under my feet

Blue is above my head

Bright is the day


Balance is the way I stay afloat

Careful not to rock the boat that I’m not even riding on

Oh this is sweet

I feel good,





Promising possibilities abound


I want to cut grooves into the waves that will ripple a lasting legacy

Make a difference in the flow of the deep

Ha!  I think I can do it too

I think I can


I have no illusions

Can’t ride this wave forever

The currents are too tricky

Unpredictable, dangerous

One false move and splash


Off my board and into the deep

Disoriented scrambling for something

Beneath me to stand on

Helpless as my being is being tossed

This way and that

I can’t swim but if I could

This one’s bigger than me

Where am I, I don’t know

I can only tell you what it looks like under here




Objects without colors

Creatures without life

Like a zombie I’m carried away

Then down, down, down, and down again

Will I be saved

Do I even wanna

Could be better to submit and succumb

Let the water wash away the sorrow


Unless there is a lifeguard there is no hope

Down with the count like the ali rope-a-dope

But if the current won’t take me in

To the place where I once began

But spit me up on the burning sands

If I make it this time, perhaps I’ll surf again

Poems By Resonate’ Tears






I cry for our nation full of more competition than compassion

For the backbiting over colors

And the backstabbing within them

I cry


I cry for the joblessness sweeping our nation

As politicians cater to the desires of the few 

While the needs of the many are ignored

I cry


I cry for the people I love whom I’ve let down

My good intention paves the road to disappointment

No matter how hard I try

I cry


I cry for the emptiness in my heart

The loneliness I feel putting out and out and out

The screams of my heart crying out only drowned out

By the noise of apathy 

I cry


I Cry

I cry for peace, internal satisfaction

Universal wisdom and holistic health

Love unconditional and internal wealth

Love for God love of self

A safe place to catch my breath

I cry


 Resonate’ © 2009


Poems by Resonate’ “The Blues”

The Blues

backwater, downhome

black, soulful

honesty, storytelling

deep feeling

juke joints,  jive and unjive

free – exhaling

passionate, body moving

gushing over

dark – sad –  finding joy

getting by – release release release… but no relief

stories about life and love in the simplest forms

comforting for the moment

the blues

 Resonate’ © 2009

Poems by Resonate: Flowers from Beneath the Concrete

This piece was inspired by a special friend of mine.  Let’s call her Spunky Noel.  Anyway, she is a person I admire and respect a lot because she has been through hell and back – and in spite of having a life that makes it justifiable to hate and resent everything humanity, she’s managed to shine incredibly and love tremendously.  She is a gift to her family, friends and indeed to everyone she touches.  1 Love Spunk~




Flowers from Beneath the Concrete


Rough the beginning

Lost with no roots

Momma’s alone and daddy got boots

Walked and who knows what he knew

Still it offered no stability for you


What of you next, oh ummm let’s see

Taken in by a brand new family

Fostered by the system so tender so young

The Wooky Woo Woo deserving of love

Would need some assistance from heaven above


Supposed to be home, protected and safe

Instead it became a torturous place

Where wolves and beast attack the soul

Peace is not free where evil is sold

Can’t feel the heat cause evil is cold


Redeemed once again, and rescued by grace

A better a warmer, a more human place

A brand new beginning – can’t wipe the slate clean

This is all good – or so it would seem


Fast forward to years – older but not grown

The beast he returned – you faced him alone

He laughed and he mocked – at your tragic fall

He thought he could take you down once and for all

In the midst of the pain – still you stood tall


Surviving the storm – she sat out again

To find a new home – a comfort a friend

He smiled like an angel – again turned up wolf

Instead of a hand – he held out a hoof

There’s joy in this life?  Oh yea where’s the proof?


The concrete got thicker – got harder got stiffer

Hardens the heart says what is the differ

“I’ll destroy and maim – inflict as much pain

Cause two can play in this mother-fucking game

Compared to my crazy your shit will look sane”


I tried to get down but that ain’t my nature

I will never love you but I don’t have to hate cha

Maybe I’m tired – screw all this stress

I’ll just walk away from this mess

If life’s an exam – I’ll just flunk this test


My life is a mess – I can’t escape pain

Its maddening it’s crippling it’s simply insane

On a short pier – I’ll take a long walk

And end this bullshit – there’s no need to talk

Don’t call my people – police bring the chalk


But love is the sunshine and tears are the rain

That fall on the concrete – and seeps through the main

Cracks in the ground where good seeds are buried

You thought you were dead – but you were just weary

Now is your time – your blessings won’t tarry


Tragedy found you

But that’s not the end –

Heart made of gold – a faithful true friend

You couldn’t be held down by the concrete

Your roots were too strong – you’re born from the streets


You’ve risen before – and you’ll rise again

Your flowers will bloom – your branches will mend

And you’ll grow fruit – so healthy and sweet

You’re the flower that rose – from the beneath the concrete


Resonate ©

Poems by Resonate’: Loneliness

People need other people.  And I believe a great deal of us experience feeling alone at times.  Some more than others whether we admit it or not.  This is my attempt to speak to it’s often complex way of battling our psyche.




Torturing my soul – incapacitating me

Torch songs and sad melodies

I hate you

A friend your not but you hang around like you love me

Taking my will and drowning me in sorrows

Assassinating my hope and faith in tomorrow


Alone in my heart – emptiness and grief

Piercing look in my eyes gritting my teeth

In anger I rebel and say fuck you to the world

I don’t need you or the love you pretend to give

Hell Is For Children blast through my ears

This sickness has plagued my soul for years


Imagination – get me away from here

Take me to a dream world where I won’t have to fear

Give me temporary relief so that I can go on

Fooling myself so I can go on

Wake up in the morning so I can go on

Breathe again so I can go on


This mean wicked of a being

Shows me the way and keeps me from seeing

Love right before my eyes

Is it the truth or a repeated surprise

Deja vu damn I have been here before

Walking upright esteem touches the floor

Leave me alone I don’t want you no more


Loneliness sits down and begins to speak

Tell me all about my situation so bleak.

I cry for help but there is none to be found

I listen for clues but no not a sound

If I could sleep I would

Should I give up, maybe I should

Save me save me I cry once again

Touch my inner child, heal me again

But loneliness embraces me tight and won’t let go

Her voice I hear, her touch I know

In an intoxicating way she kisses me goodnight

While I smile and wave pretending everything’s alright. 



© Resonate’

Political Haiku Poems by Resonate’

As we wind down the last few weeks before the election, I thought that this is a great opportunity to be creative with the events at hand and challenge myself to produce some poems in the form of a Haiku.

A Haiku in the traditional sense is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.

Let’s have some fun with the concept and see what we can come up with.  I’ll start them off.  Feel free to post some of your own in the comment field. 

* On the Elections  

A few more weeks till the polls 

John McCain is toast

Palin back to Alaska


* On The VP Debates

Answer the questions Palin

I like Fey better  

Ifill should have drilled your ass  


* On The Economy

The Dow Jones is down again

401K shot

Get this fool out the White House  


* On Obama 

Barack Obama is fly

Down for change we need

America don’t screw up

© Resonate’ 2008

Poems By Resonate: Love Me

** We all need and crave love in our lives.  This is a poem expressing the difficult time one has in searching for companionship security. 


Love Me


Thirsty I’m thirsty

Anxiety fills my temple

Complicated but oh so simple

Restless wondering confused on edge

Life is a cliff I’m standin on edge

Winds are whirling circling around

I’m afraid of heights won’t look to the ground

Detached obsessed depressed aloof.

Look! Inside my heart there is the proof

Isolated devastated torn in two

Yearning for something but what or who

Eyes to see ears that hear

Neither of these cast out fear

Grown ass man lil boy desires

Childlike fantasies warmth of the fire

Can’t stretch my arms?  Within my reach?

Daddy’s been dead so Popa can’t preach

Outside I breathe inside I choke

Exhale in me break up the smoke

At a premium in this world today

Folks just take – give none away

Maybe God’s got some – Maybe I’ll pray

Tried my best but I’m not the one

It darkens fast in the Midnight Sun

Destiny’s quest what will be will be

But I’d be grateful –  4 someone to love me


© 2008 Resonate’

Poems By Resonate’: Flexible

Sup Familia, 

From time to time I like to dabble with a little poetry.  Actually I have quite a bit the last couple months.  At some point I plan to tour some of the local spoken word venues and share.  However, I will post some here first and share with you the readers. 

My poems range from different areas of my experience.  And regardless of how I feel, I am learning to express feelings and emotions making art of passion and pain – fear and love – joy and suffering. 

My poet’s name is Resonate’  Let’s just say he is my artistic alter ego.  Hope you enjoy~




Left or right up and down

Standing still my heart pounds

Holding my peace and fighting the wind

Start then stop – begin again

Love with all my heart

Tender smooth and smart

Hard not compromising beliefs

Jackin’ rough no signs of relief

Whats your problem you got some beef?

Back up off me, damn keep the peace


© 2008 Resonate’