Poetry’s Embrace

Poetry of the Soul

Poetry’s Embrace

Poetry sweet poetry
I need you today
To enter my soul and swim through my veins
Heal these old wounds and restore my faith
Help me to smile while I fight through the pain
Poetry sweet poetry
Like a lover’s embrace
You hold me so loosely and submerge me in grace
A light through the darkness when I can’t find my way
And the courage to face life and live it each day
Poetry sweet poetry
When I drink from your cup
Your magical remedies make me feel enough
In a world that demands all men to be tough
You whisper to me I’m suppose to be soft

© 2021 Rocco J. Zuardo

God Is Love

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

Encouragement is nourishment

Give some out today

It feeds the heart, will lift a soul

And make the world a better place

Give it a try

Release your minds

Love is the answer

Now is the time

Can we all agree

To just live in peace

And don’t be afraid to feel empathy

It may make you laugh

It may make you cry

Pick up your neighbor

Pick up your friend

Join together in this brotherhood of man

Encourage each other

And say a prayer

Let it all go and just say amen

Don’t ever be scared

To follow your heart

Everyday’s a new day

So don’t ever give up

And always remember

You’re loved from above

Don’t ever be scared

Cuz God equals love

Don’t ever be scared

Cuz God equals love

©️ 2019 Rocco Zuardo

You and Me

Poetry of the Soul

You and Me

You and me

Oh, you and me

Can go on forever

Just you and me

You set me free

You are my wings

My darling Mary

Loves all we need

Our love is true

Our love is real

You make me feel like the man of steel

You and me

Oh, you and me

Can go on forever

Just you and me

My darling bride

Your lips, like wine

Found the garden of eden

Buried in your eyes

Your loves so sweet

I don’t wanna sleep

I swear to God

To me

You’re better than a dream

You and me

Oh, you and me

Can go on forever

Just you and me

And I don’t wanna sleep

When it’s you and me

I swear to God sometimes

You’re all I need

You and me

Feel better than a dream

Feel better than a dream

Feel better than a dream

You and me

Feel better than a dream

You and me, Baby

Is all I need

©️ 2019 Rocco Joseph Zuardo

Nail Me To A Cross

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

Nail me to a cross cuz I’m not like you

Nail me to a cross cuz I’ve bent all the rules

Nail me to a cross cuz I know you will

Nail me to a cross cuz I won’t resist

Nail me to a cross and break both my wrist

Nail me to a cross cuz I’m done with penance

Nail me to a cross is the general consensus

Hypocrites and liars

Bunch of organized gangsters

Hypocrites and liars

Doing it only in masses

Hypocrites and liars

Bunch of organized gangsters

Hypocrites and liars

Doing it only in masses

Nail me to a cross and break my bones

Nail me to a cross cuz I’ve lost all hope

Nail me to a cross in the middle of the road

Nail me to a cross without my clothes

Nail me to a cross in spite of my fears

Nail me to a cross cuz I’ve cried all my tears

Nail me to a cross in front of the world

Hypocrites and liars

Bunch of organized gangsters

Hypocrites and liars

Doing it only in masses

Hypocrites and liars

Bunch of organized gangsters

Hypocrites and liars

Doing it only in masses

Nail me to a cross cuz I can’t fake it no more

Nail me to a cross if you think you should

Nail me to a cross if it’s the right thing to do

Nail me to a cross cuz I love all of you

Nail me to a cross cuz you think I’m deranged

Nail me to a cross cuz it’s the name of your game

Nail me to a cross cuz I want to see the world change

Hypocrites and liars

Bunch of organized gangsters

Hypocrites and liars

Doing it only in masses

Hypocrites and liars

Bunch of organized gangsters

Hypocrites and liars

Doing it only in masses

©️ 2019 Rocco Joseph Zuardo

Black and Blue Hope

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

I’m on my way back
From the land of the black
Broken and bruised
And not feeling so blue
I was left for the dead
But found hope in my heart
Forty-four years it took
To get all these scars
See I’m sick and I’m twisted
I’m nice and I’m mean
Still got this sensitive heart
If you know what I mean

Run away, run away
Was looking for more
Pride got the best of me
Blamed the whole god-damn world
Man I was wrong
What else can I say
Found myself on my knees
And all alone
I just prayed

I wish I could tell you
These places I’ve been
One things for sure
I was engrossed in my sins
I lost my way back
Was alone and so scared
From the blue to the black
I could not get no rest
Like a growing black hole
I was one hell of a mess
Pulling and tugging
So relentlessly judging
My pride is now laughing
So loudly it’s screaming
God see me here bleeding?
The pain is unbearing
Jesus Christ will You help me?
Can’t stand the fear that’s inside me!

And now…

I’m on my way back
From the land of the black
Broken and bruised
And not feeling so blue
I was left for the dead
But found hope in my heart
Forty-four years it took
To get all these scars
See I’m sick and I’m twisted
I’m nice and I’m mean
Still got this sensitive heart
If you know what I mean

©️ 2019 Rocco Joseph Zuardo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broken

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

I know you’re feeling broken

I think you’re beautifully afraid

Outside in the darkness

As you try to make your way

Don’t give up, keep on going

Try to get some rest

And when sleeping gives you trouble

You may lay your head upon my chest

I promise I’ll never leave you

We’re not finished here quite yet

And when you feel abandoned

I’ll be there with you every step

So come hell or high water

You will never walk alone

Something else I need to tell you

Just in case you did not know

I think you’re the greatest

And I’ve loved to watch you grow

I will wait for you with patience

You are worth it, this I know!

So when you lose all hope my dear

And can’t bear to fake the faith

That’s okay with me my love

To me, you’re A-okay

None of this matters to me

I truly believe it don’t

I’ve seen a murderer turn martyr

And I’ve seen martyrs turn to ghosts

One more thing I promise you here

You can hide with me when you get scared

And one day soon you will find it’s been you

Who’s a star in this grand fairytale

Give me more

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

Oh my God I need to score

Whatever the fuck, please give me more

Spinning and spinning oh so fast

My foot’s red hot and I’m on Your gas

Where it leads me-I really don’t care

As long as I know-You’ll greet me there

Yeah that’s right!

That’s what I’m about

If you too get it

Then let’s here a shout

Yeah that’s what I mean

Eat it up

Soak it in

And watch it bleed

Testify this witness

Come hear me scream!

Yeah! You’ll hear no more shame when I speak

Got no one else here but myself to blame

Now…let me tell ya bout my girl

She’s so fine and quitely absurd

The finest you’ll find in the whole damn world

Searched the oceans wide and

I searched the oceans low

There ain’t no truer girl

That’s one thing for sure

She cares for me

And I rock her world

Oh my God, my God

Why is she so cool?

And what the fuck does she see within this fool?

I don’t know and I just don’t get it

But she calls em out fellas

exactly like she sees em

Broken Heart

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

Always afraid and no one else sees

The terror, the panic that’s crippling me

Starting to feel better. Can anyone tell?

Singing and dancing through the darkness of hell

Suddenly a flame warms up my heart

Before I can share it I am thrown back down

Trembling, shaking and a sense of doom

Get up fast or sink into this tomb

Open my mouth to cry out for help

An invisible hand grips at my throat

Stopping my words as I swallow and choke

Will I always feel desolate and alone

Again and again as I try to let go

Pushing me deeper inside of my cell

Feet growing frozen, on hands and knees I pray

In the distant someone is calling me vain

Feels like I’m being eaten by pain

Now only rivers fall from my eyes

Remnants left of what was once pride

Can I be saved from this long and dark night

Red I was dead but I still feel so blue

Waiting for the Sun rise through a purplish hue

I lost my way back deep in this maze

Will Love reign? Will Love prove true?

Can’t wait till tomorrow

All I have is today

Said I was sorry

I was wrong this I knew

Please show me the way

Before I’m consumed

Rise from the ashes of my own hollow wound

©️ 2019 Rocco J Zuardo

Lost Until Found

Poetry of the Soul

I am the salt within the wound

The moon that mocks the fool

A dog who’s lost its cool

Fiery embers soothe

Ravenous serpents too

I am the aloe to your sin

Little tidal locked again

A dog who’s lost its fight

No teeth to gnaw or bite

Let it go into the night

I am the excusers mind

Jailbird who’s lost in flight

Two wrongs don’t make a right

A scared loon who fights his plight

Rainbows of black and white

I am a flag half mast flown

The dog who’s lost his home

Broken wings repaid in tears

See it written everywhere

Your faith destroys your fear

The new born King is here

Today I Am

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

Today I am Grateful where I was ungrateful

Today I Love where I once unloved

Today I exist where I once dreamed

Today I Hope where I once only wished

Today I Forgive, not to be forgiven

Yesterday I wanted to live

Today I live

Today I Love, not to be loved

Today is the moment I’ve been waiting for

Today I am who I longed to be

Tomorrow is okay to remain a mystery

Today I have Faith in what comes next

Today I am okay with everything

Tomorrow I am…

©️ 2019 Rocco J Zuardo

I Love You

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

I love you in all the spaces between
I love you like a brisk winter breeze
I love laughing with you in the rain as a pair
I love the beauty in all of our pain through the years
I love how we have been, still are, and will forever
I love you with hope when we stand strong together
I love watching roses appear on your checks
I love how heaven is just out of reach
I love how you make my life feel complete
I love you in the most mysterious of ways
and even more when it’s not plain as day
I love you so much I just pray that you hear me
I love the smell of sweet pea when you’re near me
I love how you light up my passionate fury
I love you more than yesterday and like there is no tomorrow
I love how you listen to the songs of my heart
I love you for the times when you had to be hard
I love you for the soft spots we hold in our hearts
I love how you love us, as wretched as we are
I love how you hug me for no reasons at all
I love how you light up my way when I’m lost
I love you for not leaving me alone in the dark
I love you way more than I could love anyone else
I love you for loving me in spite of myself
I love you and thank you more than words could express
I love that you loved me when I thought love was dead
I love you for teaching me love and how to laugh at myself
I love waking up with you each day new and refreshed
But most of all I just love you with each and every one of my breaths

©️ 2019 Rocco Zuardo https://RockinTheFreeWord.com

Thanksgiving

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

I have started again expressing

All the times I’ve missed Your blessings

I know I was undeserving

Yet still

From my knees You heard me crying…calling

Unconditionally You so love me

Even share Your Blessings on me

My sacrifice to You, now everlasting

Everyday unlimited offers of my Thanksgivings

© 2019 Rocco Joseph Zuardo
https://rockinthefreeword.com

GOD IF IT’S JUST FOR TODAY

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

GOD IF IT’S JUST FOR TODAY

I see you walkin’ my way but
our eyes never meet
Stuck tryin’ to find meaning through
your telephone screen
Ahh-haa
What happened to empathy?
Ahh-hmm
Are all sympathies lost on me?

Oh God
Why am I treated this way?
Dear God
Will you hear what I have to say?
Ahh-haa
Now I’m on my knees to pray
Ahh-hmm
God-if-it’s-just-for-today

Like nobody can see me and do I exist?
My mother never said there’d be days like this
Ahh-haa
Living with mental illness
Ahh-hmm
They say I’m just too sensitive.

Oh God
Why am I treated this way?
Dear God
Will you hear what I have to say?
Ahh-haa
Now I’m on my knees to pray
Ahh-hmm
God-if-it’s-just-for-today

So I sit in the shadows
just off to the side
Trade my tomorrows
for some of your time
Ahh-haa
These long and lonely nights
Ahh-hmm
God save me from my mind

Oh, God
Why am I treated this way?
Dear God
Will you hear what I have to say?
Ahh-haa
Now I’m on my knees to pray
Ahh-hmm
Show me some mercy and grace

Ahh-haa

Now I’m on my knees to pray

Ahh-hmm

God-if-it’s-just-for-today

Written by: Rocco Joseph Zuardo
©️ rockinthefreeword.com 2019

As I Versus the Universe Again (An Ode of Love to My Mom and Dad)

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

As I Verse the Universe Again

I am sorry Mom
I could never be
The little boy
You imagined I would be
Yes
Something’s always beckoning me
Saying the day would come
When I’d have to leave
This Garden of Eden
To find the Promised Land in me
As I verse the Universe again…

I am sorry Dad
For never making you proud
Once as your boy
And again who you see now
Yes, I know
The dreams you had, I let die
Because enough was something
I could never find inside
I had to shatter that delusion
And now I am ready to fight
As I verse the Universe again…

Thank You Mom
For sowing the seeds
Your Faith, Hope and Love
Grow unconditionally in me

Thank You Dad
For always showing me
What it means to be a man
And not giving up on me

As I verse the Universe again…
I want you both to know now
Incase I haven’t made clear before
You are the best damn parents
Any 44 year-old could ever ask for

But
With all light-heartiness aside
Stepping away from foolish pride
My feelings no longer hurt
I want you both to know your worth
Far more value to me
Then all of the riches in the world

And as I verse the Universe…
For just a second now

I see you again
Through the eyes of a child
Through the eyes of your son
And nobody else
But I love you
Much more
Unconditionally
Through the heart of this father
I am now

So as I verse the Universe
I’m thankful for every last thing
I take with me sweet memories and dreams
From long away yesterdays
That are still alive in me

 

© 2019 rockinthefreeword.com

 

Just for today

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

 

JUST FOR TODAY

See you looking my way but our eyes never meet. I’m trying to find meaning through your tel-e-phone screen. Ahh-haa. What happened to em-pathy? Ahh-haa. Is all sympathy lost in me.

Oh, God
Why do I treat me this way?
Dear God
Will You hear what I have to say?
ahhh-haa
Now I’m on my knees to pray
Ahh-hmm
God if it’s just for today

Nobody sees me. Like I don’t exist. Oh Mama never said there’d be days like this. Ahh-Haa. Living with men-tal ill-ness. Ahh-haa. And they say, I am just sensitive.

Oh, God
Why do I treat me this way?
Dear God
Will You hear what I have to say?
Ahh-haa
Now I’m on my knees to pray
Ahh-hmm
God if it’s just for today

So I sit here in the shadow. Always just off to the side. Trade you my tomorrow’s here for some of your time. Ahh-haa. These long and lonely days. Ahh-haa. God save me if just for today.

Oh, God
Why do I treat me this way?
Dear God
Will You hear what I have to say?

Ahh-haa
On my knees I pray
Ahh-hmm
God if it’s just for today
Thank You God
just for today

©️ rockinthefreeword.com 2019

Dreams

Poetry of the Soul

Dreams

I’ve got dreams
So many dreams
To still remember

I’ve got dreams
So many dreams
To still remember

Just the other day
I went walking through the park
But this loneliness
This loneliness, it just tears me apart

And I just can’t seem to fill this hole in my heart
I don’t want to be
Dont want to be left all by myself

But

I’ve got dreams
So many dreams
To still remember

I’ve got dreams
So many dreams
To still remember

©️ 2019 rockinthefreeword.com

I AM ENOUGH (re-edited)

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
I have a dark secret inside
that I’ve held for most of my life
And as I would grow older
day by day became more of a fight
There’s gotta be more to life than just this
Always battling with, that little voice in my head
Questioning my thoughts and everything that I did
One day I’d be a saint the next chasing a sin
I forgot about life and how I wanted to live
All my dreams died the day I let anxiety exist
How do I keep going on living like this?
Guess you would say that one day, enough would be enough
But enough, I would tell you, was something I just never was
Then time showed up one day unannounced
Tried so hard to reintroduce me to my self
But I wasn’t listening; I just plain didn’t care
My thoughts were not healthy and my mind not aware
I’d already checked-out you see,
I was just done with living here
So…
I want to tell you now, I know how bad that sounds
And believe me here when I say, I wish I could write it out
But it’s a big part of me and
all the parts that make me myself
I had to hit rock bottom
after I was falling for so long
I had to lose the parts of me
which told me I wasn’t enough
Would tell me that I’m weak
and how I was not worthy of love
You see, that’s the secret I carry with me
Carried with me my whole life-long
Had a voice inside that loved telling me,
day by day how I’d never be enough
So I buried it all deep inside me,
Forty years hid the pain in plain site
So when I finally hit rock bottom
It was on my knees where I stayed and I prayed
I prayed at the time to a God, Whom I had no awareness of yet
But I prayed and I prayed
and I prayed a lot more,
praying for my pain to not hurt anymore
I prayed for God’s Grace and I prayed for His Mercy
pleaded with God,
here as I am to now judge me
I prayed there in the silence
I prayed for all I’ve ever been
And as I sat there in the silence
I heard, Be still and know I am
Now, I’m not saying,
“God saved me”
Afterall, who the
hell am I?
But I can feel the mercy He’s had on me,
His Grace with me now every step of my life
This allows me to say that
I am good enough
Well at least I feel so in God’s eyes
If I can leave you anything
good from what I  went through
I guess I just feel like telling ya
God is there if you ever need Him too


So if you every feel like talking to Him
His number’s still not too hard to find
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Let it be still

Poetry of the Soul, Uncategorized

Let it be still

Let it be still and observe | Let it be still and just hear. 

With every breath I take in | The more connected I feel.

Be still and observe | Be still and just hear.

Letting go of old thoughts | See that new ones appear

 

When your dreams have stopped glowing | Just can’t bring them into light

And your stream is still flowing | Always tears in your eyes

Don’t stop the seeds from growing | They hold the secrets to your life

 Sometimes to get where your going | You must first have to look inside

 

Let it be still and observe | Let it be still and just hear

With every breath I take in | The more connected I feel  

  Be still and observe| Be still and just hear

Letting go of old thoughts | I see a new Me appear

 

  Every idea you think are the seeds | That are full of endless possibility

They may grow to reach the sky | And some may wither out and die

How you tend your garden | Now’s completely up to you

  The most beautiful of flowers | Are thoughts which in time will bloom

 

 Let it be still and observe | Let it be still and just hear

With every breath I take in | The more connected I feel

 Be still and observe | Be still and just hear   

Letting go of old thoughts | See it from behind the mirror

 

I know now what I do | I know now who I am

Setting poetry into motion | Letting our emotions go with the wind

Time is just an illusion | The future’s just merely a sham

Cause you know it’s all really happening | Here and now, right where you stand

(“Help me understand!”)

Some call this a secret | Should call it common sense

We can not control the future | It’s happening for us as we live

As we’re busy in the present | Working hard and making plans

While we’re waiting for our futures | We’re really only creating the past 

 

Let it be still and observe | Let it be still and just hear

With every breath I take in | The more connected I feel

Be still and observe | Be still and just hear

Letting go of old thoughts | Do you feel love growing here

 

© 2018 Rocco Joseph https://rockinthefreeword.com