Category Archives: Poems

 I’m T.L. Criswell and I am a writer.

For me, being a writer is more than just jotting words down on a piece of paper. It’s being able to craft a memorable story about ordinary people and their sometimes complicated lives.

“Writing is like creating a melody for a song; and every song has a story. Writing is about creating a song for every poem; because every poem has a story.”

The inspiration for my first book “The Peacemaker” came from a poem that I had written in 2007 titled “Stolen Opportunities”.

In this story, we find a young Jayson Jackson sequestered in a cell, he’s hoping to regain his freedom but things aren’t going so well. The judge begins to scold him stating… “Two years is such a small price. You shot your best-friend Michael, and ruined that young man life. The story takes you back to how it all began, his parents never administered discipline; they chose to be his friend.

Stolen Opportunities

I never had the chance,

to be all that I could be.

Opportunities I should have had,

were stolen away from me.

My mother was a hustler

my father was the same.

I was conceived out of lust,

so understand my pain.

No one ever tried

to bring out the best in me.

If I were only shown some love

no telling who or what I’d be.

I was dealt a bad hand

that I was forced to play,

before I reached fifteen

my mom was taken away.

My dad was left to raise me

and it’s hard to understand,

why he never took the time

and teach me how to be a man.

My life was lived so fast

to me this was the norm.

Sometimes I often wonder

Why was I even born?

Because I never had the chance,

to be all that I could be.

Now I’m sitting in this jail cell,

wondering, what will become of me.

So to each and every woman,

who plans to have a child.

Take this snapshot of my life

and think about it for a while.

Jayson has one hour before he learns his fate. Jayson uses that hour to reflect over his past. He is then forced to come to grips that he has to be held accountable for his own actions. So he writes…

Missed Opportunities

I self destructed at every chance

of being all that I could be.

Opportunities that I had

Slipped away from me.

My mother was a hustler;

my father was the same.

I considered myself a victim,

because I needed to shift the blame.

So many people had tried

To bring out the best in me

Had I recognized it was tough love

No telling who or what I’d be.

Then I was dealt a bad hand,

that I was forced to play.

And I hated everyone

when Jackie went away.

My life had changed so fast,

my heart was ripped and torn.

I questioned my existence,

and hated the fact that I was born.

But being locked away,

has helped me to understand,

that by making positive choices

I will become a better man.

So if given a second chance,

to be all that I can be,

I promise to jump every hurdle

that’s thrown in front of me.

 

Will Jayson’s newfound revelations be enough to convince a judge that he is a changed man?

~TL Criswell

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