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How Time Flies

Intro/read aloud:
You deserve a bro hug and a friendly pat...
That's the spirit - keep going forward 
You're getting back of track...I'll try to encourage you without acting awkward...
I leave your side
Without a word...
I can't help, but hide
How time flies...how I fly...
I hear your cries and I don't know why...
I am a caged bird...bird...bird...

Verse 1: 
When I go to sleep,
I have visions that are oh so deep
I feel like the walls are closing in on me
The walls...the walls... 
I hear them calling...
My spirit falls...falls...falls...away in rainbow-blotched walls
Pound to the rhythm of my heart
Pound to the-pound to the-pound to the rhythm of my heart
And I hope you won't tear it apart...
I wanna move on 
I wanna go forward and live my dream
From dusk to dawn,
I will be on a joyous team of good self-esteem 

Refrain: 
B-b-b-body quake 
I was born a dancer in a dawn's wake (a sudden realization that you are gifted as a dancer)
B-b-b-body quake
Quit hating and start loving for everyone's sake

Pre-chorus: 
Anxiety works me up 
But, I won't give up 
Gravity pulls me down
But, I won't be discouraged and wear an upside down frown
Upside...upside...
Down...down...
Frown...frown....

Chorus (rap): 
How time flies...(x3)
I remember in my past...when happiness seemed like it never last 
I remember in my past...
That I had confidence with no end or it seemed at first 
I saw how it morphed into negativity so fast - I've gone through so much in the past...in the past...in the past...
So I'm starting to live in the present
To love life and live it to the fullest extent 
I repent of my faults and I want to forgive myself
You shouldn't put yourself down too...be true to yourself...
Recently, I became a Positive Poe, so be courteous and don't be negative - at least I'm not the best or the worst 
Angry at the labels in society...
That make us feel worthy or rather shitty...
Burning in flames...
Burning...burning...
How time flies...flies...
Jealousy doesn't hurt me this time - I still go through my lows and highs...
Lows, lows and highs, highs 
How time flies...flies...
How time flies...(x3)

Verse 2:
Don't wanna be called vile names...
Vile...names...
How time flies...flies...
You're shouting while I'm quiet
As the midnight grave...
I'm a night owl, I do growl 
But, for the most part, I behave and be brave
I hear the hyenas howl...
In my mind's eye 
Eye, eye, I can't deny 
Nor can I make up a white lie...
B-b-b-body quake 
I was born a dancer in a dawn's wake (a sudden realization that you are gifted as a dancer)
B-b-b-body quake
Quit hating and start loving for everyone's sake
I can be confident
I guarantee it and I must admit 
I was always meant
To be a hit.....even if I'm not, I will use my wit and not throw a child's fit

Refrain
Pre-chorus
Chorus 

Verse 3:
I throw a childish little fit
Self-control was hard to manage just a bit
I get angry and I cuss
Yes, I regret my fowl fuss...
Fretful rain falls...falls...
From my eyes since I last saw your goodbye's...
Boy, how time flies...
How time flies...
How...time...flies...
I'm trying to sleep in bed 
But, I feel this utter dread
Insomnia is killing me softly
My conditions are harming me
My body can dance in zigzags
My mind is humble, but my mouth brags
I was dancing like a swinging swagger (someone who is swag and dances like Michael Jackson haha)
I wince in pain, but I grin it all away...I smile during hardship...I'm a doer, not only a talker...
How time flies...how time flies...
Flies...oh my word...
I'm so so so so absurd 

Refrain
Pre-chorus
Chorus 

Concise Chorus: 
Burning in flames...
Burning...burning...
How time flies...flies...
Jealousy doesn't hurt me this time - I still go through my lows and highs...
Lows, lows and highs, highs 
How time flies...flies...
How time flies...and it makes us warm or cold 
Be bold and just do what we're told 
Rejoice and be glad...don't let out our screams and sorrow 
That naughty sorrow
Of yesterday's tomorrow 
Cries out to us, telling us depression lies...
In our ears; then, we departed and go our separate ways...I regret those goodbye's 

Verse 4:
Don't wanna be called vile names...
Vile...names...
How time flies...flies...
You're shouting while I'm quiet
As the midnight grave...
I'm a night owl, I do growl 
But, for the most part, I behave and be brave
I hear the hyenas howl...
In my mind's eye 
Eye, eye, I can't deny 
Nor can I make up a white lie...
Commercials of bliss...
Fulfill my eyesight in this abstract abyss
Turn off the phone of alone
Give me the box and I'll shut down the television of happy-go-lucky, sugar-coated vision...
Happy-go-lucky...
I want to be happy...
Happy...happy...
For real...and it's no big deal how I feel...
God's Word in mind...it's my appeal, so turn the wheel of time
Watch time unwind tonight
Tonight...tonight...

Concise Chorus: 
Burning in flames...
Burning...burning...
How time flies...flies...
Jealousy doesn't hurt me this time - I still go through my lows and highs...
Lows, lows and highs, highs 
How time flies...flies...
Don't wanna be called vile names...
Vile...names...
How time flies...flies...
How time flies...you can sympathize with my lows and highs...
You're shouting while I'm quiet
As the midnight grave...
I'm a night owl, I do growl 
But, for the most part, I behave and be brave
I hear the hyenas howl...
In my mind's eye 
Eye, eye, I can't deny 
Nor can I make up a white lie...

Pre-chorus
Refrain
Pre-chorus 

Bridge: 
I'm trying to sleep in bed 
But, I feel this utter dread
I will try to be happy instead
Maybe I need to get back on those nighttime meds
I tried drinking tea that would work for sleep...but when I close my eyes, I keep seeing blotches of greens, yellows, blues oranges, reds 
And other colors I can't think up on right now
People might think it weird...because I'm a weird person...I was wired this unique way somehow...

Ohhhhh ahhhhhh 
Ehhhhh ooooooooh
Mmmmhmmm hmmm 

Read aloud (conclusion): 
I beam on stage, I am a free bird out of his cage
Forget about the timid rage that I feel...are we on the same page?
Page...page...page...
Boy, how time flies...
I'll never wave goodbye to your replies...
Hell no I would never do that...mhm! I'm not that mean, so here's my Philadelphia to you 
Sorry for being so heartless...
I'm so sorry for putting you through all this distress
Because of the way I was feeling back then...
Depression swept over me and it will again...

Copyright © J. W. Earnings

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