The Night Sky


Come outside and check out the night sky.

Come look at the stars with me.

Would you prefer your yellow roof?

Sitting inside with your wine glass—

You’re missing out on the beauty.

Come out with me.

Come check out the night sky.

It’s poetry without words.

Don’t be a stick in the mud—

Come and join me.

Come outside and check out the night sky.


Copyright © 2016 Taihair Brown

Hope for a Heaven


What’s a non-religious man to do

if he doesn’t believe in heaven,

but he sees a cruel world that is sick?

So many deaths since last May.

So much hate poisoning what’s on my plate.

There has to be something better than this.

If heaven exists….

May it exist so there’s something better.

Something better than this place.

They say that hell is a real place.

Can it really be worse than this?

War, racism, sexism and greed.

For our sake, I hope there is a heaven.

Is it real?
It’s hard so say now when living in hell.

What’s a non-religious man to do?

Try and be strong,

but you aren’t trying to hear me.

You have church in the morning—

This after you stomped a dude at the club.

Just the day before, a kid lost his life.

Makes a non-religious hope for a heaven

cause there’s got to be a better place than this.


Copyright © 2016 Taihair Brown

Dream to Wake


I dream of us together, forever,

but I guess I have to wait till I wake.

Till then, these dreams will hold me over.

Every second that I am awake,

the longer I have to wait.

Together with you, I am complete.

Insomnia is like a wicked dream,

so I can’t wait till I get to sleep.

Then I can see you till morning come.

Eight hours till I wake and hear your voice.

I close my eyes so I can see yours,

just one more time.

You’re more than just in my mind.

The dream I never want to wake from—

Except to finally see you for one.

The sooner I go to sleep,

the sooner I get to see you.

Then the sooner I get to wake,

before I finally see you for real.


Copyright © 2016 Taihair Brown

When the Heart Leaves

open door

There’s no letter left when it leaves.

No knock at the door to say goodbye.

Just the quiet whisper of a closing door.

No chance at a “don’t leave, please.”


It did it with so much ease.

Couldn’t even look me in the face to lie.

Left without a word while I snored.

I was left to wake and fall to my knees.


I see the sun peaking from behind the trees,

Shining a light upon the tears in my eyes

Before they fall from my face to the floor.

I should have never trusted someone with the keys.


There’s no letter left when it leaves.

No knock at the door to say goodbye.

Just the quiet whisper of a closing door.

No chance at a “don’t leave, please.”


Copyright © 2016 Taihair Brown

Mother and Son

black mother and son

They share a special life bond.

Even when separated…


Whether they are miles apart,

they shall remain forever linked.


She’s the protective sun to his moon.

He’s the result of all her hard work.


She does not require or request his love.

But she gets it nonetheless, and he hers.


Copyright © 2016 Taihair Brown

How Quickly Things Change


You are more than my friend,

You are my support—

My strength when I’m weak.

The light when it gets dark.

You are my very smile,

The reason for this joy in my life.


~Then shadows took over the light~


You became just a sore memory.

The cause of my pain,

The source of my weakness.

The boulder that broke the camels back.

You are the reason I frown—

The reason I have no joy in my life.


Copyright © 2016 Taihair Brown

Four Letters


Have you ever looked in a mirror,

thought something was missing there?

Something that a mirror can’t show—

And all you can do is stand and stare.

You’re afraid of that empty feeling.

Through all the ups and downs,

the power of emotions running on E.

When that feeling of faith goes astray,

leaving nothing but hurt in its wake.

Now you’re left with your doubts—

Left with your tears and fears.

What is love when it’s the joy that hurts?

When the ups are just a mere memory

and every day is an elevator down.

Love, just a few seconds to say to one.

Love, just a few seconds it can end at once.

The kiss, the touch, the feeling that accompanies—

All of it seems, just so surreal.

One word can create so much happiness.

One word can create so much pain.

Four letters can create so much magic.

How quickly those four letters can change.

Four letters that morph from love to…

Hurt, ache, hate, pain.

You know it was a real cause it hurts.

That faith leaves emotional ache.

That love being replaced with hate.

It’s all you can do to deal with the pain.

What happens when love goes astray

and your forced to deal with it alone?

Love, I wish I never spoke your name.

Now things will never be the same.

Despite the many nights I have cried,

We both know the that cruel truth,

that I’ll find myself singing your song again.
Copyright © 2016 Taihair Brown