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The Red Couch

There are some scents
that have the potential to remain forever.
A sage ritual
backed up by a full bottle of Febreeze
sure ain’t a quick fix for this.

When I sit,
the memories engulf me,
hugs me tightly.
Sadness strikes me,
like the right fist
landing from a drunken hand.

The lingering aroma still nestles
under the portal of my nose.
It makes my eyes water,
revealing emotional toxins still remain.
It’s a confusing solvent of shame and pain.

Uncatchable tear drops fall
and blend into the Red fabric,
already soiled by the tang of defeat.

The Couch in my living room
now resembles a chest of unappetizing awareness.
Even when I think its gone,
That Smell..
Of Mr. Daniels’ escape through his pores
mixed with remnants of nightmarish cold sweats and
tears of self hate,
after witnessing the role he plays.
His life is a rerun seen behind his closed lids.

That Smell..
It creeps in like a plague
and makes the inside of my head bang.
This must be what his hangovers feel like.

That Smell..
It just wouldn’t go away.

I use to curse him
for bringing that essence back into my home.
That was not the childhood flashback
I wanted my Boy Kings to know.

That aura overpowered so many things
home cooked meals,
baked cookies for desert,
evidence of fresh laundry
and perfumed lotion.
A home with a newborn baby,
should never posses the stench of death.

I’ve scrubbed this Red Couch
an endless amount of times.
When I ask my guests,
I’m told they don’t smell it.
I’m tripping.
It’s just me.

My oldest son,
he knew when that hateful fragrance was in the air.
That was his innate clue,
there was tension brewing.

Folded sheets and stacked pillows,
with cases displaying that a nose
dripped coke laced blood on it,
held a crooked structure at the base of the Red Couch.
Or, the end of his temporary,
turned permanent bed.

Occupancy never beginning before the hours of 3 AM,
his Budweiser perfume followed him
from the car and up the stairs.
It dwelled in the hallway,
where he left his shoes.

It bewildered me,
how someone could be okay,
walking in shit daily?
I wondered,
why didn’t he choose,
to take a tour on a different path?
I continued to,
love him,
hoping to revive his senses.

He ignored how his actions
left me lastingly carrying disgust,
instead of the his last name.

That Smell..
It just wouldn’t go away.

Even after I got rid of the man,
tossed out his Liquor fumed sheets
and countless meditations of release-
It wasn’t enough.
To free me.
Of his energy.

The perceived funk,
the semblance my baby remembered his daddy by,
the nasty spice he left on my Red Couch,
was that subconscious switch
that made me so angry.

That Smell..
It just wouldn’t go away.

I had to do the very thing,
I vowed I would never do for him again.
Forgive.

That Smell..
Now on my Red Couch..
much like my hope for an abundant and joy-full future,
Is Just Like New.

© 2015 Tenisha M. Jones

 

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     Most will say that the last few days of the year should be spent in reflection. Others even go as far as strategizing how the first week of the new year will be spent. Believing that how you bring in the year is how the rest of the year will go. Admittedly, I’ve tried all these tactics in my past. I took a vow of silence the last 48 hours of 2011, in the hopes of receiving divine direction. It was the most peaceful two days I encountered. However, the year that followed was the most treacherous.

     2012 has a been a year of self discovery for me. Partly from forced life lessons, others I searched for. What I’ve come to learn is that peaceful moments will always reveal themselves when a person is in search of it. However, it’s the maintenance of peacefulness that we seem to struggle with the most. The wrestling of our spirits is what keeps many of us up at night or knelt in prayer. Our spirits act as if it’s imprisoned within us.

     At this same time last year, during my fast from speaking, I allowed my spirit to rest. As a result, I received the answers from God that I was looking for. Prayer, fasting and reading spiritual literature allowed me to subdue logical thinking that was blocking any other voice besides my own. Although, I hear God’s voice more frequently now, my own inner voice is still the loudest and has the most impact.

God’s voice told me go,
my own voice told me to stay.
Stay comfortable.

God’s voice told you to go,
your own voice told you to stay.
Stay safe.

     We have become a nation of comfortably safe insomniacs. We’ve slept walked into a time when Mayan culture predicted wouldn’t exist. We’ve witnessed the mass murdering of babies in a fashion we never would’ve dreamed of. The desire to remain asleep should be no more.

     The media laughed and corporations capitalized off the Mayan philosophy of our world coming to an end. No attention was paid to the additional aspects of their theory that this age in time could not be predicted as the “dead is to be born again”. Today, more than ever life is what you make of it. How can we live life to its fullest half awake?

     As many of the world’s inhabitants were preparing for the world to end, others mocked the predicted concept. There are few who prepared for their calling to teach to be revealed. Faith is a learned and re-learned belief. It’s the enlightened ones who allowed the imprisonment of their spirit, God’s voice, to start a new beginning by experiencing freedom. A purposed filled life isn’t birthed until your voice repeats that of God’s and your feet begin to walk down your newly claimed cleared path. According to the book of James, “for the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

     As 2013 approaches, reflect on all your previous reflections you have yet to act upon. I guarantee nights will become more restful and smiles will become a more frequently seen fixture on your face once you accept your membership as apart of the Holy Trinity. Your spirit should not be competing with the views of the world or your ego. In 2013, stop thinking so much….and just DO. Just GO! Just BE PURPOSELY HAPPY!

I posed a question to a group of girlfriends regarding communication issues within relationships.  Reason being, I came to a point in my own relationship, that I wanted to lead by example.  However,  I’m admittedly an untrained teacher.  My friend suggested that I read the book Love Dare written by Alex and Stephen Kendrick as a guide.  She mentioned her marriage was positively impacted by applying the principles learned in the book.

I must say that Love Dare, based off the movie Fireproof,  will be added to my list of literature that altered my process of thinking and actions.  The biggest take away for me after watching the film, is that submitting to unconditional love is a choice.  Without a doubt it’s one of the biggest and most rewarding decisions a human can ever make.  Conjointly, I accepted a new ideology on love –  love in its purest form is loving with every fiber you’re made of, expecting nothing in return from your loved ones.

The poem below was inspired by the film Fireproof.

“Loving is living simply because love creates life
and if the world we live in is full of boundless possibilities
why is it that love has so many barriers,
self-imposed restrictions
a most wanted list of superficial needs
a defined definite number of forgiveness passes

And we wonder why love don’t last
instead of offering up our last
we stop at half
fractionating the relationships in US communities
by using generational ass backwards math

A full circle never equated to 100%
and if you’re only willing to go half the distance
on a cut off, society drawn up road map
that statistically has taken marriages down the wrong path 41% of the time
then you won’t be able to comprehend
sticking it out when love starts to burn
and offer selfless self-sacrifice in order to douse the flames
you may or may not have cooked up
see fault is irrelevant when your home is crumbling to an unidentified house
sometimes you have to lose yourself to save your father’s inheritance

So let your heart boil to pure gush at the point of 212◦
the atmospheric changes will elevate your thoughts and actions
your ability to love beyond conditions
your patience to solve a problem when the solution isn’t easily divisible by two
x plus you has to equate to 360, symbolized by a wedding ring

Achievers always keeps the end goal in mind
so don’t proclaim to be marriage material
or a good husband or wife
when you’re only willing to work at it part-time
inhibited from giving more than your perceived all
due to an ailment that has made generations of men fall
pride.

Love and pride don’t mix like two people and one wish
you find yourself in serious…
a seriously lonely place
and although we all came in this world alone
no one wants to die that way
so love everyday with the end in mind
it’s the greatest gift ever to be bestowed on you in your lifetime
but you have to work hard to keep it indestructible
damn near fireproof…”   

©2012 Tenisha M Jones

However your emotions sway, you will absolutely love the self published poetry book, A Gemini’s Syllogism

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Pineville, NC
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Are you a fan of poetry? If so, you’ll absolutely fall in love with Tenisha Jones’ debut book, A Gemini’s Syllogism. Tenisha is a spoken word artist out of Charlotte, NC who possesses unique view points on love, social affairs and the nation’s morality.  A Gemini’s Syllogism is a collection of poems touching five subjects from two different perspectives. Each stanza provides thought provoking challenges for us all to view our neighbors with more of an open mind while taking a more realistic view of the reflection staring at us all in the mirror.

As a single parent, 30 something career woman, Tenisha Jones’ views are definetly not mainstream and her talents allow her to create unique imagery that serves as an easy yet delightful read.  Copies of A Gemini’s Syllogism are available for shipping for $10 and $1 for shipping.  The book can also be ordered for Kindle devices for $3.99.

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Poet.She Teams up with Barnes & Noble for Nationwide Fundraiser
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Written by: Tenisha Jones

Anywhere in the USA, 16 January 2012:  For everyone who’s a lover, supporter and/or encourager of literary arts, here’s a great non-hassle way to help promote the literacy movement.  From January 27 – January 31 2012 join forces with a non-profit group originated out of Greensboro, NC, Poet.She.  Poet.She is a female spoken and literary group that strives to strengthen the female presence in the literary and spoken word community. This group consists of women primarily based out of NC, SC, VA, MD, DC and ATL who are passionate about poetry, writing, literature and want to share that passion with the community. 

The members of Poet.She are making fantastic strides and building a strong reputation in the southeast region.  All members are fueled from an unbreakable passion to have the females voice, from elementary age to our elders, heard.  For this reason, Barnes and Noble has partnered up with Poet.She to help do just that. 

Spoken word is a beautiful artistic expression that Poet.She believes has a need to be shared more frequently and in very diverse creative ways.  Poet.She’s goals are to continue hosting writing workshops for school age children, including institutions of higher level education, to complete their first stage production and support local community events that promote literacy.  The group, along with Barnes & Noble, needs your help to make a more impactful change in 2012.

SAVE THE DATES: POET.She & BARNES & NOBLE BOOK FAIR
January 27 – January 31 2012

This is how it works:

1) You go to your local Barnes and Noble anywhere in the U.S. and buy a book or electronic under the name Poet.She and ID # 10654028 on January 27th

2) You go online and purchase Barnes & Noble items using the same name and ID #

3) A percentage of sales go to Poet.She for our big Poetry Slam in February

4) You can shop from Jan 27th – Jan 31st and ask for sales to go to Poet.She

Your challenge: To encourage 30 friends and 30 family to come out to their local Barnes & Noble

Proceeds from this event will go to the 1st Annual Female Poetry Slam Invitational on February 10th in Greensboro NC

 HELP US, HELP BRING THE LOVE OF BOOKS AND SPOKEN WORD TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

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