for a real one

1.

We met four years after you

jumped the broom too soon.

 

By then you were the living dead.

Your husband fathered a child

 

with another woman, knowing

you always dreamt of being a

 

mother. And he shot down your

self-confidence every time he

 

loaded up his pistol while

awaiting his next call of duty.

 

2.

You needed healing so

I became your healer.

 

If I’m being honest, you’d

said, I’d take a bullet for you.

 

That’s how solid

our circle became.

 

The city so nice they named

it twice was our muse, and

 

literature was the lyre we loved

playing. Then I moved away.

 

3.

Years later I saw your face in

the clouds. You were smiling.

 

And I wondered—what ever happened

to the broom. Then we met again.

 

You swept me off my feet!

 

But then you realized that

I was never good with brooms,

 

only mops, for cleaning up

messes I frequently made.

 

4.

I always encouraged you to

pick up the broom and give

 

love a second chance—not

for me, but for your new man,

 

someone you should really

take a bullet for. We never

 

met, he and I, but I know

what he’s got. I just hope

 

he does too. It’s remarkable

for anyone to jump the broom,

 

fall, and then lace up again

for a second spring.

 

5.

I’ll never forget how

you were there for me

 

when I tried jumping and fell.

Oh the fuck well, but then

 

you went on about how I

simply forgot to lace up first

 

and how silly mistakes are

meant to make us laugh.

 

Then we laughed. At least

you’re still on your feet,

 

even though I was drunk

on cherry wine.

 

6.

Eventually I came to.

 

And standing out the most

was the immense importance

 

of tying my shoes before

tying the knot, a hard lesson

 

learned, never to be forgotten,

ever to be understood.

 

51 Responses to “Ladybug”

  1. Courtney Cooper Kessler

    Probably my favorite. Your talent never ceases to amaze me.

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    • Ricco Wright

      Ah, shucks, Courtney! You’re making me blush. Haha. I’m glad you enjoyed this though. I’m still wondering whether I should give “Shot” a shot. Hehe. We shall see.

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  2. Kiana Scott-Bey

    .splendid.excellence.

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  3. Diana

    Loved it! Amazing.

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  4. Artisha

    Absolutely amazing

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  5. Lisa

    Beautiful

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  6. Victoria

    The details here are spot on, Ricco. The shoe laces, the cherry wine, the second spring.
    Bravo!

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    • Ricco Wright

      I’m honored to receive such a praise from you, a poet whom I admire. Thanks for your commentary. And for paying attention to detail. Too much cherry wine at one time is a slippery slope.

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  7. Irma

    Speechless some people can relate

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    • Ricco Wright

      Not knowing who can or will relate to what you create but creating anyhow makes for a wonderful journey. Thanks for all your support.

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  8. Patrice

    This resonates with me, feeling mix emotions. Excellent writing! It takes me back…

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    • Ricco Wright

      Well, I’m glad it resonates with you. I’d be happy to talk further with you about your experience and mine. Who knows, our discussion might lead to greater clarity and understanding for us both.

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  9. Mike

    Eloquent material!

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  10. Dina

    Real and mind boggling

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  11. FRANK COWIE

    Very deep, inspirational and romantic lyrics. The topic was well developed where you demonstrated the skillful use of composition devices(including figures of speech). In addition, the stanza structure and the phrase structure provides evidence of the great thought that you put into this project. furthermore the language was compatible with the chosen theme. Well done Ricco. Keep up the great work

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  12. LaSonya

    Beautiful and nicely put!!👏

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  13. Phetote

    Poetry translates emotions into verbal sentiments…and you express them well, brother! WRITE ON!

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  14. Ashley

    I loved it Ricco! Ladybug… should’ve been titled… Peaches! 😆😁❤️

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  15. Luella

    Extraordinary literature

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  16. Hannibal B. Johnson

    Lyrical, luminous, and seductive

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  17. Andrea Megehee

    I loved this. Adored it, it began sounding like OutKast in my mind.

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    • Ricco Wright

      For me, an accomplishment is having any work of mine mentioned in the same sentence as OutKast, and you did just that, so I feel accomplished. Very. Thank you.

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  18. Breonna

    LOVE!!!!

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  19. Drew

    Powerful, Deep and well done.

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  20. Shaka D

    Deep bro. Gotta learn to put on shoes before tying

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  21. Kena

    Inspiring piece of art. Words well put together.
    Awesome!

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    • Ricco Wright

      Thanks you. I was hoping you’d like this one, because I know what kind of books you used to enjoyed reading in high school. I remember those days as I’m sure you do too. Good times!

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  22. Chelsea

    Lovely work, thank you for sharing.

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  23. Nicole

    I’m in awe. Very deep and raw and inspiring!

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  24. Alex

    The Truth!

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  25. Dee

    Simply divine!!!! All the feels..men waste a great woman’s time because they simply aren’t ready!!!!!! You can try a million times and you know it will never work!!! Let her go to be great!!! Keep writing!!

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  26. Johnson

    That’s True love Doc. I enjoyed this I think it definitely opened my mind and made me look at love different and even added value to this word We Kall Love

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  27. Demetrius Chisholm

    I dig cuz didn’t know u can write. I’ll be publishing works soon

    Reply

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