desire, 092101

i have stumbled over these words
a thousand times
changed the rhythm
the method
the delivery
the rhyme
but find that the meaning is inevitably clear
no matter which way it is said
the truth still adheres:

i want you

want you to find your poetry in me
to translate my heart though melody
and pronounce the same phonetically

i want you
to stimulate me
without ever needing your touch

i want you

there is no easier way to say it
and the advances i relay portray it
it not hidden
nor forbidden
unless another wants you identically

if so
she need not react to my confession violently
i was simply unaware of your emotion identity
whether you were committed by bondage
or taken hostage
or if you truly enjoyed being captive to her kiss

if that kind of ecstacy between the two of you exists
i will honorably retreat

warehouse this adamant affection
like some age-old remedy
waiting for you silently
until you feel the time is right

and though that time may not be tonight
let it be known

i want you

© 1979 Daria Johnson. All Rights Reserved.



this lie perpetrates yet another conspiracy
and this conspiracy only lends to another lie
and i
try to pretend i am fond
of your not being here with me
near with me
but it inevitably contributes to a fear in me
with which, i am unable to bear

and it’s not fair
that we love solitarily
accompanied only by the four walls
that surround as well as divide us

when repeatedly
i’ve tried to put the past behind us
learn to trust instead of lust
but where vivid memories once existed
only pictures dare remind us

it’s frustrating
to think of my heart’s sedating
the central piece of me
growing numb
to the thought of your touch

and it’s such that drives me to my doom
don’t want to be the only one left in the room
once you’ve decided my time is up

© 1979 Daria Johnson. All Rights Reserved.



the only think i can count on
is time
and even time conspires against me

funny how an infantry of seconds
can lodge itself between then

making yesterday
seem like yesteryear
and as if tomorrow
will never arrive

his promises remain
on the tip of my memory
constantly beckoning me
into his grasp

but my faith hasn’t healed just yet
and i believe these scars
will prove evidence enough
to the local authorities
and he will be captured
before the night’s end

© 1979 Daria Johnson. All Rights Reserved.

sound bites


I once heard someone say that “money is something you have to make in case you don’t die.” Think of things that we need money for: food, shelter, transportation, medication. Imagine what you’d if you no longer had access to money? Where would you live? How would you get to work? How would you feed your family? Sure, living month-to-month is fine when you’re working – but what’s gonna happen after that? I don’t know about you but I’ve laid awake at night on more than one occasion wondering how to make ends meet now. Can you picture what your life will look like when you retire?

People are having to work longer because we’re living longer and living longer means we’re going to need more money. It’s just that simple. But where is this money coming from? Retired seniors are having to return to the workforce because they’ve failed to plan properly. According to AARP, the median income earned by retirees is only $25,000 a year. 85% of people 65 and older receive Social Security while others rely on public assistance or government programs like veteran’s benefits or medicare. Pensions are becoming a thing of the past causing more than half of retirees/that same population (63%, in fact) are having to dip into their savings for post-retirement income. Many of us will have to liquidate our assets to afford any semblance of a comfortable lifestyle unless we begin to plan our futures now.

Planning for retirement doesn’t have to be hard. I can show you how to beef up your existing nest egg today with a little bit of effort and a little bit of know-how.

There are obvious things you can do to prepare for your future. Start by advancing your career. To save more money, you have to MAKE more money, right? Ask your boss for that promotion. No room for advancement? Find other opportunities that offer competitive salaries so you’re getting paid what you’re worth. Once you get the job, stop! Most people make the mistake of increasing their expenses after a raise when they should be increasing their savings.

There are apps out there that can grow your savings for you, making it even easier. These apps take a only few moments to register and can be downloaded to your phone for 24/7 access.

  • DIGIT makes small withdrawals based on your spending habits, placing those funds in a rainy day account. That money is accessible at any time and can be deposited on the next business day whenever you need it.
  • ACORN invests your spare change in the stock market by rounding your purchases up to the nearest dollar.
  • BETTERMENT and ROBIN HOOD invests similarly to ACORN but with more latitude in the freedom of selecting which stocks to include in your portfolio.

…and all of this can be done while you sleep a little more soundly at night.

I hate to say it but the world is nothing like it used to be. It’s advancing technologically while declining economically. Some of us may not be old enough to remember but in 1950, the average household income was around $4,200. The average cost of a brand new house was $8,500. A new car, $3,200. We’re not afforded the luxury of having one paycheck carry a family of four anymore which makes it easy to understand why single-income households are seriously struggling to provide fundamental necessities. My father didn’t have this type of information at his fingertips when he was a kid. If so, I can only imagine the type of freedom I’d be afforded by starting my nest egg in my 20s as opposed to my almost 40s. That’s why it is important to me – and it should be important to all of you – that you understand why making money work for you – works for you.

We can’t continue to do things the old way. To be financially successful, we’ve got to try something new.


all growed up

if it’s a game you want
then it’s a game you’ll get

let’s play pretend:

let’s pretend that you love me
that seconds are the carriers of our affection
and each other is all we have worth holding on to

let’s make believe that the sun rotates around us solely
and we generate our own gravity
that hugs create multi-dimensional solar systems
and eclipses are the only publicly visible sightings of our kisses
that us being nude does not necessarily contribute to our being naked
and vulnerability invades only our dreams

let’s imagine that we are friends
and you pick and name stars after me
and i?
i’ll act as if i know where each one is
should you ever ask

let’s count snowflakes
and mini marshmallows in our hot chocolate
sing happy birthdays and christmas carols
watch television over cold pizza and flat sodas
till slumber discovers us

let’s conjure oceans of strawberry scented bubble baths
novels of cartoon strips
and champagne of orange kool-aid

let’s envision that telephone call conversations
are just us two holding hands over whatever distance
is between us
that we tuck each other in every night
and kiss each other every morn

or better yet…
let’s first pretend you
know my name

© 1979 Daria Johnson. All Rights Reserved.