Therrinpoetry (T Herrin Poetry) excerpts are sample poems that are featured in publications by Tanisha Herrin now available. The following 5 samples are just a preview of dozens of poems the author has written. Enjoy!
I thought it was okay
to cut myself one day;
for no one would care
since no one was there.
I couldn’t stand all the mental commotion-
the sadness, frustration, and aggressive emotion.
Have I really gone insane
wanting to cut my vain?
A dull ache has consumed my soul
and turned it into a blue hell hole.
I need to do this fast and quick
or is my mind playing a nasty trick?
Do I really want to leave a baby behind
alone with a gruesome body to find?
A part of me wants to work this out
while the other part of me is in doubt,
something in my mind clicked
as the outer layer of my skin was pricked.
I wanted to do a foolish act
and didn’t know how to react.
I wanted to do this so bad
but didn’t have the guts I thought I had
all because I thought it was okay
to cut myself one day.
Poetry excerpt from Fighting the Blues as a Black Woman: How I Survived Suicidal Depression
© 2010 Tanisha L. Herrin
To Escape Evil
Storm of witches
brewing overhead; an
eerie sight of magical powers
intertwine as they conspire
within their wickedness. A
sheet shields my body from
the dust of evil spirits as I set to
run through winds of their wrath;
seeking a way out from their trickery.
(Poetry prompt: artwork titled “Flight of the Witches” by Francisco de Goya)
Poetry excerpt from Simplicity
© 2010 Tanisha L. Herrin
I am a person of wisdom
I am a person of faith
I am a person of strength
I am a person of confidence
I am a mother
I am a daughter
I am a granddaughter
I am a niece
I am intelligent
I am ambitious
I am sophisticated
I am humble
I am thoughtful
I am caring
I am humorous
I am grateful
I am quiet
I am warmhearted
I am hopeful
I am blessed
Poetry excerpt from Inspire the Heart, Inspire the Mind, Inspire the Spirit
© 2006 Tanisha L. Herrin
What does black history mean to me?
I couldn’t imagine living during a time when rules were so strict and the color of your skin created such controversy and conflict.
If you were dark you were treated differently and unfair by those who had no heart simply because they didn’t care.
We may have been called stupid or ignorant if we had no education;
times we tried to do something positive with ourselves we faced complication.
Our ancestors have been through pain and suffering for so long, it amazes me what they’ve gone through- to me they were strong!
Then came along the black brothers and sisters who paved the way;
the inventors-creators-those who made their mark for us to stay.
They didn’t care what anybody said about the color of their skin; moving forward they had hope, strength, motivation, and self-discipline.
There are people who ask is it really necessary to have a month to celebrate?
Why not acknowledge African Americans whose contributions were more than great?
In the present and even the future, what they did for society in the past will leave a mark for generations to come that will forever last.
So if you have to ask what does black historymean to me?
Well I can say that I have a better idea of what it means to be free!
© 2010-2015 Tanisha L. Herrin
A Rainy Day
Rainy days remind me of
lost feelings and thoughts
that fall out of place and collect
themselves later on.
Related thoughts grow
into a puddle and with a splash in which
they make themselves visible.
But if you don’t act on them
or let them sit to long
they begin to dissipate or disappear
into a mind that is lost.
Wasted energy, wasted fuel
because the mind is mentally disfigured
it mistakes elements that should nurture
as elements acidic to the life line of the mind.
Poetry except from Nature with Human Nature: Poetry and Photography
© 2009 Tanisha L. Herrin