Monday, September 16, 2013

If You Let Me

This is one of my favorite excerpts from my 3rd book, "Sometimes Brooklyn, Mostly Mars" which was made up entirely of short pieces like this one. 

If you let me…

I would write you a love song but I couldn’t sing it to you the way I heard it in my mind. I wouldn’t want to cheat you. Instead, I do it my way and give you what you deserve, every word vividly visualized in my mind, the best way I know how to express it. I have a writer’s mind, vibe, spirit and soul…… the very core of everything I am.

I want you to close your eyes, put your head on my chest, and listen to this story that I wrote. But, only if you’re willing make that choice, to lose yourself inside the sound of my voice. I want you to tell me if these words move you. I want to know if what I’ve written on this paper causes anything to stir inside you. If you have pain that’s locked away, I want these paragraphs to steal it. I’ll keep it safe, just in case you ever told me that you needed it. I want everything to tingle even though I’m not using my hands. I want these lines to feel like they’re etched on your flesh. Every sentence heightens your senses and you can imagine you’re trapped in this world I’ve created. I want you giggle too, when these characters do and their tears become your own when they grieve.

Then, I want you to open those eyes that I asked you to close. I need you to feel like every bit of prose became a mirror reflection of everything that is you. I want you to understand that everything you thought you locked away is something that I look deep enough inside you to notice every day. I see, I believe it and I know that it’s real. I can’t write you a love song but this is what I can do.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Incredible Lightness of HER Being

The Incredible Lightness of Her Being
By Keith Kareem Williams

Most men find the love she has left lacking what they crave and very different from what they’re used to so she confuses and confounds them. They just can’t figure out why the affection she gives them isn’t very much. They don’t understand that she died the first time someone touched her when she didn’t want to be touched. Her pain makes her burn brightly with hate but somehow more beautifully than the sun. For a time, she gave me life but I had to turn away or go blind.

Life took its time and killed almost all of her dreams. The love she had for me was real but it was still wrought with the kind of mean that would become ugly if her feelings ever changed. She can’t see the light she gives off so she lives in the shadows, just on the edge of really living…going through lovers that she really doesn’t love. I looked in her eyes and saw that she once believed that we could be something more than what she thought possible. What we had was different…maybe even the first new thing between two people that the world had seen in a very long time. Sometimes, I wake up in the night and still yearn for her light. Maybe one day I’ll convince myself to look for it again. I am “HER IMMORTAL” so I have time to decide.

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