Lyric Fire: Can’t Blame You For Familiar

the pain is like candy isn’t it?



embedded in the bloodstream

a cavity causing joy fest

i offer alternative sweetness

it’s entertaining & thrilling for moments

it doesn’t make your teeth or soul rot


it’s not the real thing now is it?

you need to feel that sharp shooting pain

the aches

let you know you’re alive

the drama is like a six-course meal

i’m only a snack

tear off the wrapper and devour me

so tasty just like butterscotch dipped in chocolate

you shake with such wanting

you love me fully


before i dissolve and exit your system

then i’m gone

your hunger is never sated with my kind of cuisine

i’m pate, lobster, beef wellington, snails and a 25 thousand dollar bottle of wine

you long for 3 day-old nuked mcdonald’s

i can’t compete

their fries are killer i must admit

so down that glass of overly sweet kool-aid

pack your lunch pail with ramen noodles

steady your face for the slap

bend over for the fuck without the foreplay or the grease

adoring eyes only see your manufactured happiness

you frame it oh so well

in your lonely only hours

music tinkers

lights are dim

your eyes drip

drops hit the floor

your boots head to the door

travel down the hall

opens the closet

you reach up

and uncover your secret stash

of me

i hate you

but i can’t blame you for familiar


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Jun 19, 2011 | Posted by in Blog, Tamstarz Poetry | 10 comments

Comments (10 Responses)

  1. oh Tameka, that’s one great way to pull me out of the mud… it’s so comfortable there at times… I’d gladly take that alternative… so what is it again? Geez… 😛

  2. Hi Melissa. I hear you girl. I was wondering how you guys would interpret this one. What do you think I’m talking about here? Could it be love, parental relationships, sobriety, eating issues? Hmmm…
    Yes, at times we KNOW we need the alternative, but we stay with the familiar because it’s just so… Damn familiar. 🙂

  3. Jim says:

    sounds like the peace we feel when alone, when we have left the drama and pain of those relationships that hurt us to the soul but come wrapped in a wonderful sameness that is hard to walk away from!!!

  4. Jim, I love your take on this. I would have to agree. Thanks for your presence as always dear gentleman. 🙂

  5. Maureen says:

    Wow. It reads like love, sounds like a racing heart and leaves a bittersweet aftertaste. I dig it. I feel it.

  6. Hi Maureen! Thanks so much for visiting. I truly appreciate your comments. Please do come back again. 🙂

  7. sulekha says:

    ‘I hate you but can’t blame you for familiar’, love these lines…your poem is beautiful.

  8. Thanks my dear Sulekha! That line is a killer. Personally I think hate is a strong word and I try not to ever use it, but it worked best there in that line. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  9. Melissa says:

    this is deep-i like how you randomly talk about various subjects but end with the one thing they all have in common which is that their familiar.

  10. Thanks Melissa! Looking back on this poem, it has an even different meaning for me as we have lost Amy Winehouse. It seems that perhaps her familiar is the reason she is gone. ;-(
    I chose her song for this because it fit the mood, but maybe on some level I knew we were losing her. Artists connect on many different planes sometimes.

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