New Faces

1. Many people ask one's culture-

2. “I'm Hispanic-”, “I am Caucasian”, “I am Asian”...

3. But I'm not African American or Nicaraguan.

4. I am not American nor Southern;

5. I am Otha Grimsley,

6. I am my father.

7. Role model attitude, stern personality.

8. Systematic living, holds his dignity.

9. Never just says, he always does.

10. “Eat right, talk right, walk right.”

11. That's his slogan.

12. His children are his own,

13. He's proud and knows we've grown

14. but we're always Daddy's Babies

15. Even when we're old.

16. Growing up in society,

17. Between two clashing environments.

18. Constantly breaking through harsh words of my peers,

19. And reciting the lectures about being closed-minded,

20. To the obnoxiousness and ignorance,

21. That heavily surrounded me.

22. Not just with my peers,

23. But now with my mother.

24. New marriage, new personality.

25. That seems to be the case.

26. “You were never this way.”

27. For me, she's now pictured and displayed,

28. Like flowers in a new vase,

29. And on a clean canvas,

30. She paints a herself new face.

31. Arguments and miscommunication,

32. One day, the pinnacle of my patience arose.

33. “Why won't you just talk to me? This is your problem!”

34. No... I refused, this was not the problem.

35. “I can't talk to you, you never listen!”

36. The shadows of those words were my feelings,

37. Bottled up for two years, with my silent tears and anger.

38. I can't trust you, stop trying!

39. My head screams in agony, as I plan to see my father.

40. I've been pushed around too long,

41. I have to get away from you!

42. “If you walk out that door, I will call the cops!”

43. Her desperate attempt to frighten me,

44. Only made me worse.

45. How dare she deny my right to see my father!

46. “Call them! I'm not doing anything wrong!”

47. My feet are pounding on the concrete,

48. My eyes leaked hot tears,

49. Like water boiling over the sides of a pot.

50. More anger drew more tears,

51. “I'm such a horrible mother!”

52. “No, don't say that, you are not...”

53. You're not the victim!

54. My tears suddenly spilled as she wins all the glory.

55. She gets solace, as I get pounded with forsake.

56. As my escape arrives,

57. I gather my thoughts, my tears and my belongings.

58. I hop in and sigh.

59. Finally, my turn for solace.

60. As I spend the weekend laying on relief,

61. And still sipping on reminisce,

62. I believe I made significance in the house.

63. Things aren't the same,

64. Actually quite awkward...

65. And begin to play tug-of-war with,

66. Wow, I feel bad...

67. And no I needed to do this.

68. But overall I decided to stick with my stance.

69. Although I returned, to new a house with stiffness,

70. I thought maybe I can get used to this.

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The power of the mind is no joke.
The thoughts I think,
Become my cloak.

My mind consumes me...
I feel so lost.
I'm fighting, truly.
Normal life is the cost.

The regret I feel,
I can't explain...
My layers, I peel.
I can't hide the pain.

The things I wished for,
I take them back.
Knees to floor
Guidance, I lack.

My heart is sunk deep,
"Oh, how much I want him!"
But his feelings for me seem to sleep...

He won't pay me attention,
What do I do?
With myself, I feel tension.
To myself,
I just need to stay true.

I prayed to God.
I begged his power,
"Please Lord, it's my heart he awed.
Let this boy take me, even if he devours...
I don't care how he treats me!
My resistance, he scours.

Please allow him to tear me apart.
I'm willing to deal, if this shall be a mistake.
All I'm asking is our love to turn into art...
But I am fine, even it shall end in heart break!

God please,
Let him show me something new.
I swear, this will put me at ease.
Put this first, all the other prayers in queue."

To Him, I spoke.
I patiently waited.
My chances awoke,
The perfect picture God painted.

I asked and he delivered,
My God, he is so good!
All my worries slivered,
As I knew they would.

The boy, he's finally admiring me!
To see me, he keeps begging.
"Tonight at 8, baby?"
Those words, they just keep ringing.

The time we spent was magical...
Passion in our eyes, I bloomed.
His hands, his touch, so radical.
Lust in me illumed.
The way he held me made me fanatical.
We exchanged sweet kisses, while I crooned.

This one night,
Keeps me awake.
Real love, it might...
As the warmth inside me bakes...
Then, my heart flutters with fright.

But now things turned for the worse,
He doesn't even respond!
I thought this was a blessing,
But he's clearly become my curse.
I was for sure, we made our bond.
My eyes start to burst.
"What did I do wrong?"

I prayed and sang and fought,
"Give me my one true desire!"
God, to you, I sought.
Now, this ended up in fire.

Now I beg.
"Please God,
For I know not what I've done
You did your part to please me,
But can the tape of my life be respun?

I know I said I could do this...
But I found I really can't.
Please, don't be ruthless.
This one last wish, will you grant?

Lord, give me strength,
While I try to come back to life,
Because time has real length,
And I know, with myself, I will have strife.

I should've listened to you,
For you knew my fate.
But my curiosity just grew,
Now, I'll be sure keep it inside the crate.

Father you know best.
Bring me back to peace,
As I will try to rest.
The pain will soon cease.


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Play Me A Song

(Verse 1)

C Sittin' outside on a Wednesday night 

Am Playing my guitar in the dim porch light 

Dm Out and about all the kids and teens 

G Saying trick or treat cause it's Halloween


C Here comes a bunch of kids bags full of candy 

Am I throw it their way and they smile glady 

DmThen up comes a guy with dreads 

G He smiles at me looks me in the eye and Am says


(Chorus) (X2)

C He said play me a song song song song 

Am Play me something from the heart 

Dm Bar He said play me a song song song song 

G Play me alittle something with soul 

C He said play me a song song song song 

Am Music is my favorite form of art 

Dm He said play me a song song song song 

G Come on make me feel at home 


(Verse 2)

I see your hips are swayin' to the music that I'm playin'

Shuffulin' your feet cause your movin' to the beat 

Like Bob Marley yeah we're jammin' we're jammin'

Listen to the music cause it's slammin' it's slammin'


C It's alright Am it's okay 

Am Bar I feel the music deep within my G heart

C Listen to the music Am I play 

Dm Bar Me and my music we will never G part 



Am When he said play me a song he looked me dead in the eye 

G Swayin' to the music no he wasn't even shy 

Yeah playing music really makes me feel whole 

Like Eminem man he just lost control 

Me on guitar and my heart is the drummer

He said yo that beat is hot like Jamaica in the summer

Like Rihanna we clink our glasses together and say cheers 

And he's wishin' he cold go back to his youthful years

Checking out his watch time really does fly

And it's getting pretty late so it's time to say bye

I say have a nice night as we finally part ways 

He looks at me and says that he wishes he could stay 

In this moment forever just feeling carefree

Dancing to feel good music with people like me 


(Chorus) (X2)

And now we sing...


Ay Ay Ay Ay

Ay Ay Ay Ay Ay Ay

Ay Ay Ay Ay

Ay Ay Ay Ay Ay Ay