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When It Gets Tough by James Lott Jr

I felt weird.

I felt strange.

I didn’t know what was happening to me.

I got scared.

I tried to stay calm.

It was getting the best of me.

It was happening.

There was nothing I could do to stop it.

It was consuming me.

The diagnosis was in.

I had to stop everything immediately.

Immediately

Everything.

Until further notice.

No date.

And so it began.

The journey I will never forget.

The feeling and non feeling I will never forget.

This wasn’t happening TO me.

It was borne out of ME.

It was time to correct it.

And time to correct me.

When it gets tough.

You have to be tougher.

When It get tough.

You have to look inward.

 

 

 

 

 
 

The Lost Days of February 29th- 31st

 

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It feels like time travel.

We are here, then we are there.

The month swallows up days like candy.

Suddenly its 3 days later in 1 days time

Its like magic.

Why isn’t there those 3 days?

Did they do something bad?

Except Feb 29th gets to come out and play every 4 years!

Its like we are trying to get to spring faster

We are tired of the winter

We close our eyes and March is here! 

I will never understand

Why February is so short

OR

are the others months too long

Either way I need to live for today! 

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2018 in Spoken Word/Poetry

 

A Poem for February by James Lott Jr.

 

A Poem for February

its still icey there

Its nice and warm here

We are in the middle of time

Next month brings such promise of rebirth and renewal

I stand in excitement until then

But I need to enjoy February

For what it is

The shortest month of the year

Black History Month

Presidents month

My sisters birthday month

And treat it with respect

Each day that arrives.

 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Spoken Word/Poetry

 

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JLJ Poetry: What I Want!

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Hello New year

This is what i want.

Lots of laughs

And not at my expense.

Lots of tears

Not because another person I love has left this earth.

Lots of wealth

In Friendships, and relationships, and familyships

Lots of good health

I would love to lose weight naturally but I will take what i can get

Lots of travel

And that can mean around to new places in Southern California

Lots of good will

I want done to me that I do to others

I want kindness, support, love, compassion, strength, courage, confidence, consistency, conflict, challenges, growth and lots of laughs.

You hear me

Lots of laughs.

Give me some funny stuff

Happy New Year, New Year

May we have a good, healthy relationship this Year! 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Spoken Word/Poetry

 

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The Dark and the Light of Christmas

it hurts

it really hurts

i can feel you…everywhere

i wish i could see you…anywhere

I went to the store to buy you a Christmas card

Isn’t that crazy. You’ve been dead for a minute now.

I went to the store and I saw all the things you would like.

I cried at a CD of Chaka Khan. I cried at a book for Top Chef. I cried a cute sweater vest in your size.

emotions are swirling all through my head. they are drowning me.

I’m trying to come up for air

I knew this would happen but i was not prepared for it…fully

I remember all the good years we had to together. All the Christmas holidays.

I smile

I cry

then i smile again.

I still have people HERE that i need to give attention to

I still have people here to celebrate the holiday with.

I still have people here at Christmas..and some of them miss you too.

We can miss you together. The survivors.

We can love you together.

I want to be someone who is missed when i am gone.

I have to remember whether i am missing them or being with who’s left

Love is filling the room.

Love is filling my heart

Love is lighting my Christmas.

 

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2017 in Spoken Word/Poetry

 

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Poetry is Spilling Out of ME!

I am writing and writing so much poetry. It is spilling out of me! Some i have changed a bit and turned into songs. I am so proud of the surprise success of my Poetry book It was a labor of my life in 2016. My ups and downs and now I have decided that I will end the year with another poetry book. I am currently picking the poems to be included. This will chronicle my 2017 and its ups and DOWNS! I hope to have it out in December.

This has been a great outlet for me and getting my feelings out! I feel better personally and I hope people who pick up the books feel better too and can relate!

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Spoken Word/Poetry

 

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I Work Hard For The Money!!

I Work Hard for the Money by James Lott Jr 2017

I work hard for the money!

Actually I work hard for the dream!

Actually I work for the dream!

Actually I work for the dream and hopefully it will make me money!

Money is not the reason I work for the dream.

Money isn’t the dream.

The dream is the dream but I have to make money too.

I can never forget that.

I can never forget the dream.

But I need to find ways for the dream and the money to intersect.

I feels unfair sometimes but then I remember

I’m living the dream.

To be able to dream and to work for it.

I work hard.

But it feels good and not always like work.

I make some money

Somehow I make it work.

 

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2017 in Spoken Word/Poetry