Tag Archives: Te’Kia Miller

A Muse’s Stolen Moment

A Muse’s Stolen Moment
By Te’Kia Miller 

Submerged in rivers of smooth jazz
Overflowing, filling canals into
Time and space unaccounted
The world has washed away
In the tides of a muse’s making
Only the poet is listening
Quietly in a world of storms
It is the third eye of a sixth sense
To see and hear this beauty
Called muse 

Original.2017. 4/22/2017.

Called The Same

Called The Same
By Te’Kia Miller

Not even one in the color
Of my skin, still
I call my brother, my sister, friend
They called me the same
To have risked life and limb
Was not a burden considered by you
While human life was lost in atrocities
Hidden in the darkest corners of imagination
A venomous horror that crept in
And grew to wildfire proportions
Even those considered your own crucified you
Battering, attacking, killing you
Gripped by the barbaric hands and suddenly
We are less different than perceived
My brother, my sister, friend, supporter,
Unsung sympathizer

Original. 2017.

 

 

Beauty Unleashed (As I Wear My Hair)

Beauty Unleashed (As I Wear My Hair)
By Te’Kia Miller

Not enough to get it
From those outside looking in
But added
Are those in my own clan
Who believe it a sin
To live comfortably in
The color of my skin
Condemning
That I let my hair
Run free in its glorious mane
Possessing the roar
Of a legion of ancient lions
Waves of spunky curls or
Rivers of ringlets and kinks of obsidian stone
To them I say ‘behold freedom’
I am not conformed to the image
Of another man’s beauty
I am its beholder and truthfully
I am beauty unleashed

Original. 2017.

Valentine Nights

Valentine Nights
By Te’Kia Miller 

Tantalizing are the days
Even more decadent
Are nights of a Valentine kind.
A moment snatched from time
Blissfully we are captured
In love’s divine. Sights unseen
Ascending to a ubiquitous level
Between King and Queen
We reign supreme in our Eden
The same is our sanctum.
Flowing in vibrating pulses
We implode through seducing gazes darkly
And rippling caresses charming
With exquisite kisses exploding
In splendid deeds buried in seeds
Planted eons ago.
We loved each other eons ago
The same is here and now.
Evermore alighted passions soar
Beyond to transcendence
To share and give unbridled
In unconditional terms,
Even life for life.
My dearly beloved forever
All of me is yours to have and hold
Beyond fretted sheets, starry skies
And Valentine nights

Original. 2017.

In Moments Mundane

 

In Moments Mundane
By Te’Kia Miller 

 

Thought I was in a world
Alone as solitary
Freely dancing in rhythms
Only my soul knows
From music floating in ribbons
And choruses of R&B melodies
When his slight touch apprehended me
His being sliding up behind me
In perfect time to beats
Our hearts know well
As we dance embraced in rhythm
We keep each other expertly
Even in moments thought mundane
Our attraction knows no bounds

 

 

Original. 2017. 2/7/2017.

 

The Breakdown Poem

Poetry was something that didn’t come naturally. I wasn’t interested in writing it, much less reading it. Somehow or another I’ve come to love poetry as well as writing it. I have and continue to write on a range of subjects. With each piece I try to make it different, especially when writing on the same subject. However, I realize that I do favor certain words, phrases and images in my poetry within each subject.

Because of these favoritisms I sometimes like to breakdown the elements of a particular poem I have in mind to write. Breaking down a poem helps me to: see each part individually, focus on the message and/or image I want to convey, decide which parts to elevate and how to elevate them, and critically think about the poem as a whole.

Doing this also forces me to think about my word choice and decide if I should use a synonym versus the actual word or create my own using imagery instead. I try to show rather than tell in my poetry. Showing instead of telling is something I read a lot about on writing novels and short stories. I try to make the same balance in my poetry.

Dissecting the poem before writing it helps me to find the words and phrases that will help me to show instead of tell. I find that certain words spark an image. If those imagery words can be joined with words that trigger the senses, I think it strikes the right tone for the poet. I’m not a student of poetry in the formal sense so this is pretty much my observation from my own experience in self-study, writing, and opinion.

Why am I writing about this you ask?

Because I have a Valentine’s Day poem waiting to be posted. I used this method for the piece that will appear on the 14th. I’ve also used this breakdown method in the past to help others write their own poem.

This breakdown method is a great way for the poet to focus their thoughts and map a way from beginning to end of a poem. Again, my opinion and it works for me. There’s no structured way to break the poem down. It’s basically just jotting down notes and connecting similar ideas to one another. It’s in the associations and connections of this information where I find my poem.

What works for you?

 

 

 

Only a Figment of Friendship

 

Only a Figment of Friendship

By Te’Kia Miller

I have missed you precious friend
Though… I thought I heard
Your voice whispered in the wind.
Must have been only a figment.
Just like times when we splashed
And splayed in pools of the sun
We were hyenas in the streets
Or horses running wildly even,
Galloping on spoke wheels of ten-speeds.
Must have all been a figment.
We translated stars into dreams
Stitching realities in this surreality
And empires raised before our eyes
Gave us exponential possibilities;
We did believe once.
Must have all been a figment.
Taking on new constructs
We live in time lost and expanse of distance,
Trying hard not to reminisce
All those figments.
Still there is something real
Pulling through the space life made
Keeping us tied at the soul,
Or, maybe…
It was all just a figment
Of imaginations conjuring.

Original. 2016.

 

New Short Story Series Here

So the timing of this is rushed. Whenever I have a new short story or series I usually try to promote it before hand. I didn’t do that with this new short story series. It was more of a ‘okay, a good chunk of it is done, let’s just get it to the blog now’.

The new short story can be found under the short stories tab. It’s titled Harding Middle School Confidential. It takes place in a futuristic setting and centers around the main character named Julius Meadow. He’s a transfer student with his dad being in the military and he’s come to yet another school for what he hopes will be the last move.

Already having reservations about being the new kid, Julius just wants to settle down, stay out of the way and not draw attention to himself until he can find friends he can trust. However, it isn’t long before Julius finds himself breaking up altercations with some of the kids who’ve made it clear they pick on the helpless. This draws unwanted attention not only from the bullies but also from a student named Marcus Andrews.

Marcus has been asked by Principal Coldwater to lead a group of students for an experimental program that she hopes would help combat the many growing factions feuding in the school. Julius accepts and it isn’t long before things get underway.

As the group, known as the Harding Enforcement Squad (or HES) solves case after case of student infractions things begin to take a nose dive. Soon the group finds themselves unraveling and getting mixed up in the chaos of Harding Middle School. Adding insult to injury, accusations emerge that even Principal Coldwater has a hand in the madness for her own selfish cause. Whether true or false, the HES will get to the center of the anarchy.

That’s basically it and the opening page gives an even smaller nutshell of the story. But this project came about a while ago. I thought it would be cool to do something along these lines. As a kid I remember watching shows like Kim Possible, Sailor Moon, Kids Next Door, Scooby Doo (which is my favorite of all even as an adult) and others. I loved the idea of kids solving crimes/mysteries but also juggling school.

In middle school I was inspired to try my hand at striking this balance and wrote a novella (it was only 19 chapters). I had a lead character with five other minor leads (the friends of the main character who also were part of the group solving school mysteries) and they were working for the principal in that project as well. Unfortunately, because I thought I knew what I was doing and really didn’t, I erased it by accident trying to save it from the computer onto a floppy disc. I was crushed. At the same time that sparked me to write more novels and that’s how I basically came to writing novels.

As an adult I grew to enjoy shows like Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU and CSI to name a few. So when I was developing Harding Middle School Confidential I wanted it to be for kids, on a kid level but have a little bit of realism to it. I also like the detective noir (think The Maltese Falcon) and I wanted to add that into the mix as well. Even though it was for kids I didn’t want the characters to be too immature, because I was mature for my age in middle school (at least that’s what I was told a lot) and so I wanted these characters to have a bit more maturity. As I continued to develop the story/plot and setting I tried to keep these things in mind so there are a lot of balances I try to strike in this series. But I also wanted a grand villain, not just the smaller villains (delinquent children) and I found it 🙂

A lot of changes took place in the development of this story and a lot of balances I tried to (and hopefully with success) strike. What it came down to was keeping it with fantasy/sci-fi elements (because ya’ll know that’s my writing home) mixed with realism. If I had to compare Harding Middle School Confidential I’d say it strikes a match between Kids Next Door (as far as the fantasy/sci-fi is concerned) with Law and Order: SVU (not with heavy subjects though), and a pinch of detective noir. I didn’t want to go heavy on the noir because I wanted to keep it light and fun. There is even a little funny in their with how the characters act and react with each other.

There is also another element I want to add as part of this story’s reader experience. It will be titled Harding Confidential Times. It’s the school’s magazine with art, editorial, opinion column, comics, poetry, school related news, school district news, sporting events, announcements, student and teacher highlight, interviews and student court proceedings. Obviously, the student court proceedings would be the part I focus on and it would be something readers can read in between each series for each case the HES has solved. It would only touch on the highlights of the case, evidence presented and which witness testimonies were key and of course the sentencing. Now the charges will be mentioned in the actual stories. I think I’ll also post my notes on what constitute as infractions and what charges they can warrant, I haven’t decided on this yet.

I thought it would be something fun to have that as part of this project. The prelude series goes live today at 5pm. The story starts off with a prelude series and then it’ll get into the ‘meat and potatoes’ if you will. Be sure to catch it and follow the Harding Middle School stories.

I hope you enjoy 🙂