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What an awe-inspiring and amazing afternoon I just had at John Burroughs High School 7th Annual Poetry slam here in Burbank, CA. I’m in agreement with former President JFK’s statement as here posted in the high school’s main entrance. Thank you English teachers Andrea Permenter and Antonio Sacre for inviting me to be your yearly guest #poet. Over 100 attendees and poets grades 9-12 once again!! More photos to come :)) #peopleofpoetry #poetryslam #poetry #students #Burbank #yashibrown #nationalpoetrymonth

Universe, where do I begin? I’m so in awe of your efficient that my words hold no wait, you make a poem sound silly as it sitting next to you, but you still smile. Time you shape like light, you bring form to the formless and I love you for it. You didn’t have to break it down for me, but you didn’t want me to sweat, you simply wanted me to see. If I care to reach I notice I must ask, and let go. Then you channel with a funnel back into my awareness. I’m sitting, but I’m sitting chair-less.. supporting me as you always do. Miracles you performed yet empower me to choose. I must stop writing now, I don’t want this poem to be me or words. - Yashi Brown 2010. “Universe” #HappyEarthDay -belated #poems #poetry #yashibrown #universe #words

The only real thing is my heart
Beating within my chest
I am not so convinced of other organs
Relying on my brain’s
Mixed messages

Every time I slowly remove a guard
Trusting my soul I believe is touched
Your “sting” pierces my core
So sharp and sure
So consistently pure to its nature
I must retreat to my shell
Merely for strength
Merely for sanity not vanity
Merely for preservation and not manipulation
Merely for salvation and not damnation
Harm is the false vindication
Of humanity called “self-harm”
However “risk” is sweet
Only when met with chivalry

I am a laughing stock
Nothing to anyone except the white coats
And clipboards
Without my mind,without my mind
Without my mind, without my mind, without my mind
I am this useless repetition
Of thoughts unkind
Always a heartbeat away
From picking myself off
The nearest highway
Scaring you?

I know too well the ramifications
In exacerbating a leaking heart
That scares me more than it could ever
Scare you ~ Yashi Brown “Without My Mind”

#write #nationalpoetrymonth #poems #poetry #lovepoems

#Tbt #CatStevens #rockandrollhalloffame inductee tonight. It’s about time :))
First Cut Is The Deepest I would have given you all of my heart
But there’s someone who’s torn it apart
And she’s taken just all that I have
But if you want I’ll try to love again
Baby, I’ll try to love again, but I know…

The first cut is the deepest
Baby I know
The first cut is the deepest
But when it comes to bein’ lucky, she’s cursed
When it comes to lovin’ me, she’s worst…

I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I’ve cried
And I’m sure gonna give you a try
If you want I’ll try to love again, (try)
Baby, I’ll try to love again, but I know…

OOHHH,
The first cut is the deepest
Baby I know
The first cut is the deepest
But when it comes to bein’ lucky, she’s cursed
But when it comes to lovin’ me, she’s worst…

I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I’ve cried
But I’m sure gonna give you a try
Cuz if you want I’ll try to love again
(Try to love again, try to love again)
Baby, I’ll try to love again but I know, OOHHH….

The first cut is the deepest
Baby I know
The first cut is the deepest
When it comes to bein’ lucky, she’s cursed
When it comes to lovin’ me, she’s worst

OOHHH, the first cut is the deepest
Baby I know (baby I know)
The first cut is the deepest
Try to love again…
#firstcutisthedeepest #songwriters #poem #poet #poetry #art #nationalpoetrymonth

I want to be the strongest woman our dumb thoughts can fathom, sputtering and tripping on my ass making a human example. An infinite spectacle! Humility will best me in my cockiest hour, but I’ll have a smile to flash. I want to shamelessly retire spineless lover. Yesss, a never-ending exuberant girl in a timeless slipcover. Some may say, take it easy why do you want a cosmic TKO? But I understand the range of happiness, heaven on earth, kiss the sky, hell no I’m not afraid to cry, for a healthy piece of it. How good would my life be if I had everything?? I would know how the story ends, chasing the good, and running from the fullness of infinity. The Sun and Moon could never shine for someone so colorblind. So I’ll un-blissfully tip-toe, the Arc of bliss. ~Yashi Brown Part II “The Arc” 2007.

I want the sun and moon on a broken platter. I want to taste life and hellish fun on my tongue, see what disaster they make that I can learn from. Then I want to race pass go until my tears roll backwards. Mingle with light, save the day! Risk my greatest passion.. to know it was my greatest passion. How good would my life be, if I had everything?? I would know how the story ends un passionately. Would chase the good, because the bad would crush my sanity. The Sun and Moon couldn’t shine for me, I simply wouldn’t comprehend it’s beauty. Yes, I’ll un-blissfully tip toe the “Arc of Bliss” ~ Yashi Brown “The Arc” 2007 #poems #words #poetry #poet #yashibrown #livenow #arc #nationalpoetrymonth

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