Poetry Corner: The Side Door

I love poetry!  I think it is an interesting form of expression. One stanza can be interpreted several ways and still not hit the targeted meaning.  I rarely share my work, but feel free to read….

The Side Door

After dark and the day is done

Texting and giggling

Clinching the phone, all in flirt zone

Smiling and thinking

Should I stay or should I go?


He said he needs me

Hmm I wonder, what for?

Friends for a long time

Always have a good time

It might be fun to go?


The lady in me is trying to stay

The adventurous me wants to go play

Not tied down

No strings attached anywhere

So I say, YOLO.


Riding alone to my soundtrack of the night

Pull up at the front door

Looking left and right

Text him that “I made it.”

Wait for the signal to go

To my surprise…

He advised me to enter the side door.


The side door?

Ok, how cute and private?

It cuts out the walk of shame

Once inside I try to hide

The nervousness that came

A cup to relax

Another to suppress my logic

Half a glass more

my friend wants more


We end the night

Just as flirty as the start

Bedroom glances

Transferred lip gloss

And I head for the door


I jump in the car

Wave from afar

So Chill, yet so unsettled

My perspective became clear


Historically, sistas hated these doors

Entryways of slaves and underlings

Openings for sneakin’ and creepin’

A door for a secret


No relationship in the stars

No family meetings in the cards

No need to call Miss Cleo.


This thing was a secret and nothing more

I filled the empty seat

Drank from the second glass

I was company and nothing more

I said to myself:

Don’t mistake it for more

Remember you entered the side door

Friends Forever Only

Because anything more would include:

Sunshine and special treatment

An Introduction to Moms

And a proud escort through the front door.


Book Review: “In Her Feelings” by Tanya Deloatch

In Her Feelings by Tanya Deloatch

Better to stand for something

Than building this wall

Of hatred, anger and disrespect

Senseless trying to figure out

Just who will run this country next?

-Excerpt from Politics, Tanya Deloatch

I bet you think you already know what this piece is about, right?  Like they used to say on MTV, “You think you know, but you have no idea.”  In Her Feelings by Tanya Deloatch takes the reader on a journey through 35 poetic expressions of love, heartache, betrayal, friendship and more.

Deloatch does not hold back her feelings in any section of this book.  The poems are written in language that is universal and identifiable to people of all walks of life.  She is certainly a storyteller that never beats around the bush.

I would advise you to prepare your snacks, grab a blanket, and get comfortable because this collection will keep you still for a while.  As I completed the poems, I found myself wanting to dive in to the next one.  Sometimes poetry is an artform that is enjoyed because one is taken back to a personal experience through the work, and other times you gain a new perspective through the writer’s experience.  In Her Feelings is giving us all of that!

I found this author’s sophomore project to be a good read.  It was an easy and quick read that took me on a roller coaster of reflection through my own life, and gave me the desire to celebrate the speaker.  However, it takes bravery to be “in your feelings” and share those thoughts with the world.  Deloatch not only succeeds, but inspires and strengthens at the turn of each page.

“In Her Feelings” by Tanya Deloatch, Marvelous Leaders Publications, pp. 61, $2.99 Kindle Edition and $8.99 Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1532973154, ISBN-10: 1532973152

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