Tag Archives: Wisdom

i could… [POEM]

I could stay
Or I could walk into the sun
and just fade away
or burn
Or I could change
save somebody else the hurt
of saving me
I could be brave
refuse to let love do its thing

I could wait
try to put a love on me
become a slave,
make you my master,
shame on me
stupid things to do
make much more sense to me
so I’ll escape,
until you’re free
pretend I don’t know how you feel
and let you be

I could try
and take back my things
just leave my heart and mind preoccupied,
say what I need
give God a chance to prove herself
or not believe
run back into the arms I left,
a devils deed
Or I could breathe
the same thing I saw in you
could be found in me
I just have to see

or I could leave
try backing off from all of it
and hope to be
promises I told myself
are hard to keep
because of honesty
so I should sink
drown myself in love with you
until I blink
tired of staring at old pictures,
I could think
try and find a better way
Or I could dream
not wake up from fantasy
and start to scheme
find a way to fool myself
but a coward
is hard to be
and I could never wink
no poker face with a hand like this,
I would never drink
I’d be out of place away from you,
out of sync
and I could never eat
not after you’ve been feeding me
and if I would,
I couldn’t taste a thing.


©2015 Cornelious “See” Flowers


hard ways, big arms, full plates, and his lap… [POEM]

Daddy’s a gonna learn you a lesson
Momma’s a gonna teach you to pray
Granny’s gonna fix you some fixin’s
Pop-Pop’s advice gon’ run you away

Friends is good for shootin’ the breeze
God gone answer baby and fool
eat the greens just like you does that sweet cornbread
“Elbow grease is your greatest tool.”

White man ain’t no more man than you are
change gon’ come you wait and see
salmon croquettes is to be eatin’ with fingers
“Fishin’ and huntin’ is how a man gon’ eat.”

Pay attention, listen careful
the bible is the way for sure
granny bread and bacon for breakfast
“Man made you sick, the earth is made to cure.”

Keep love below your belt buckle
trust the Lord to guide you right
banana pudding is okay for breakfast
“A shot of whiskey is a solemn right.”

Get yo portion, let it be
get married son, it pleases God
buttermilk biscuits and pies made from scratch
“A working man don’t get no tired.”

Can’t no woman argue alone
change gonna come, my child
apple cider vinegar and epsom salt
“Hurt gon hurt but a lil while.”

Daddy’s a gonna learn you a lesson
Momma’s a gonna teach you to pray
Granny’s gonna fix you some fixin’s
Pop-Pop’s advice gon’ run you away.


©2015 Cornelious “See” Flowers

The give… [POEM]

I wrote poems for prisoners
that were much freer than I
considered it my business
to question freedoms ire
left open interpretation
sought a song to bye and bye
gave an old bum knowledge
he’d much rather have my time

and I’ve thrown away poems
that should have met your ear
instead I hid them safely
beneath a whispers drear
should have spoke in turn
gave aloud the thoughts I had
but an old bums’ wisdom
turned my happy sad


©2013 Cornelious “See” Flowers

Awaken (Alive) [POEM]

I wonder if anyone notices
that I walked away
everything they said was right
for me
so that I’d sooner be
gave up my sanity
so that I may be ready
for the craziness
that came for me
when I spoke death
to the things that damaged me

they only see that I was gone
guessed and hypothesized
quite often criticized
as to my why’s
without ever asking me
suggestion that I took leave
was why I couldn’t breathe
choking on the smoke
of their trees
burned fruit only makes jam
to be put in a can
and that Sir,
that wasn’t me
labeled “all natural”
preservatives added
artificial flavors
and even coloring
readily available on aisle 3
next to the pornography
and the gambling
and the mediocrity
packages of hope and faith
tucked somewhere in between

they brought it
I brought into it
stupid investment
a return of “been through it”
now I know to check it out
then do it

salvation available
for good sayings,
and a powerful poem
some profound verbiage
and they all goin’
don’t know nothin’
’bout the All Knowing

or what I really look like
without the robe
they were satisfied talking
about the clothes
which don’t fit the occasion
let alone the man
but what garment is appropriate
when you’re chosen to stand
loose fitting true religion
or another brand
of even tighter pants

I think she noticed me
recognizing my wife in her
but she can’t handle my truth
let alone my life in her
so I’ll just be whatever she says
something on the side
another knife in hers

I wish she would have though
because I could have been had more
but no reason to
just brings him them bad lore
and I could deal with it
but what for

then I see her again last night
and I wanted to make things right
but of course she just left early
couldn’t see past sight

would’ve chased her but
that would have wasted what
I been working 3 years
to face her

I gave up everything
forgot almost everything
and almost remembered my past
’till a voice reminded me
that I can comeback
and this time I’ll be
capital letters
longer sentences
clear thoughts possible
through repentance’s

and great
maybe just a little bit late
but I can’t fall asleep anymore
a new generation to awake
for sake
my son’s and mine
both in the same boat

©2013 Cornelious “See” Flowers

Today’s -see

Make big mistakes
and take BIGGER chances,
Occupy YOUR youth with gambles
and risks,
try failure,
Go against the grain,
despite what convention tells YOU,
Ask stupid questions,
when and where YOU get chance to
succeed at this
and YOU will find YOUR answers,