Poetry: F.F. by Darrell Herbert


Are you free tonight?
Put sex into drive
Ride me all night
I said, confine me, alright

Are you free tonight?
Baby, you’re the one I love
I know what you like
You love me on top
I’ll take control, I won’t stop
Until it’s released
Rewind, fast forward, repeat

No, don’t follow the streets
Let’s keep this thing between you and me
Those jeans spread all over the sheets
But, that’s when our bodies meet

Just know I don’t like to party
I’ll be your charger, you’ll be my chargie
Remember the time, or dwell on the enemy
Face facts, we’re not victims of the memory
Baby girl you and I got that chemistry
It’s a lust connection
No, this is love and affection
You and I, I and you, right direction
Come through with your legacy
You have the aura, like a sorcerer, the mystic energy
Your remedy is my synergy
We have control of our lives
So let’s let go of what doesn’t make us alive
And if we’re low, we’ll get high

Lights Low

Everything is anything
You and as a couple, these shots are all doubled, we’re bound to forget the trouble

Girl, with the lights down
Come again, another round
Come again, another round
Body so good, ass, can you flash?
Make me want to spend all of my cash
It’s all on me
Down for whatever
What’s better?
That’s having your body on me
For forever
You and I together
It was written, I wrote you a love letter

Take a shot in your hand
Barely made a move, we barely could stand
I can’t keep my hands to myself
You’re special to me
More special than my health
You’re special to me
Wouldn’t want anybody else

Baby, you’ve been on my mind
Time after time
I love it when you grind
No, I love it when you cross the line
Kiss me, kiss me
Go ahead and tell me that you miss me
Put nobody above me
I love you like you love me

Platinum Figure

You are categorizing my pain and trama
A happy, free spirited one sometimes
Depression presents itself in many ways
Why was I presented as a platinum figure?
What about the continued invasion of privacy?
I don’t understand the voyeuristic obsession with private correspondence
It tells you everything from perspective with the brutal honesty of a confessional
I for one have no interest in the private thoughts of a teenager

Too often society sells us a false narrative of what depression looks like
No shower, smile, refuses to leave the house
But the truth is, some of the people most deeply afflicted with depression are all platinum smiles
Desire in a whirlwind
Letting a destiny slip into an abyss
Unsatisfactory, again
An eye shifts to the left

Viewed a persona as vacuous and not quite intellectual and it reflects that
Some of these societal presumptions fed into the mental disturbances



Darrell Herbert

Darrell Herbert is a recipient of the 5 American Visions and 5 American Voices Award, as well as a national silver medal, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2014. He is a gold key recipient of poetry, presented by Casita Maria Center for the Arts & Education. He is also a recipient of the Scythe Prize in both 2016 and 2017. He is a recipient of NY Literary Magazine‘s “5 Star Writer Award.” He was one of the winners in the second North Street Book Prize competition. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Utica College Ampersand. His poetry has been featured in the likes of the “Best Teen Writing of 2014,” by Hannah Jones, NotMyPresident Anthology, Writers- Black Artists Connected Blog, A Shared Format 4 Poets, Yellow Chair Review, Poetic Treasures Magazine, Section 8 Magazine, Blacktopia: Black Utopia Society Blog, Works in Progress newspaper, Woman of P.O.W.E.R. blog, Media Blast Press, Madness Muse Magazine, cocktailmolly, New York Rising Blog, thisis50.com, Supastars Magazine, downsouthhiphop.com, Beat Yard Magazine, All Black Entertainment Magazine, Southeast Hip-Hop Magazine, Poets & Writers Magazine, UC English Corner, Utica College Ampersand, Children’s Screams are Whispers, Tuck Magazine, Wild Sound Festival Review, Dwartonline, Zoomoozophone Review, The Naga, Scarlet Leaf Review, Free Lit Magazine, The Basil O’ Flaherty, Whispers in the Wind, Excavation, Poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles, Dissident Voice, Anti-Heroin Chic, PPP Ezine, Rejected Lit, Black Vibes, CW Music, Hip-Hop for Better Health, NOTLA Digital, Escapism Literary Magazine, Platinum Sound Promotions, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, Nerd Star Hip Hop, Mojave River Review, as well as in HangTime Magazine and The Lemonade Stand Magazine.