Ascension (2007)

This is the very moment I’m aware of my crime
This is the very second I’m left behind
This is the very moment I’m happiest to be alive
This is the exact second I choose to simply shine
And what you say about me
Who you turn against me
How you will slander me
Won’t keep me from rising

Above your hate
My miserable mistake
Won’t make me break
I will never be
Anyone but me
I will succeed
Far from your greed
Breaking the mold you set for me

This is the very evening I crawl out of my grave
This is the very morning I denounce this frail frame
This is the very moment I know that I’m alive
This is the very second I know I can survive
And what you think about me
Who you take away from me
Roadblocks laid before me
Won’t keep me from rising

Above your frown
I refuse to back down
I will never be
Anyone but me
I will succeed
Far from your greed
Breaking the mold you set for me

-Kortney Marie

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The End (2013)

You can’t stake claim on my heart or soul
Because there’s another you refuse to let go
Can’t take what does not belong to you
Swear our love was perfect and true
When you’re in someone else’s arms
And I am left alone
While you’re cozy at home

So don’t beg me for more time
When you’re not giving me your all
‘Cause you’ll only feed me more lines
And you won’t catch me when I fall

Another love never built to last
Heaves its final sigh and becomes our past

-Kortney Marie

Whatever She Needs (2012)

Desperation burns beneath passion
Buries beaches of reservations its wake
Amid pleas made in the sweetest fashion
Breathless want, flushed cheeks, and hands that shake
Whatever she wants, however she needs it
Just to feel her a bit longer
Whatever, however she needs it
To feel a little while longer

She’s got you wrapped around her finger
All giggles and smiles, knowing gazes that linger
But all you hear are those pleas of passion
Recall tangled limbs, delightful whimpers of satisfaction
Whatever she wants, whatever she needs
Just to feel her a bit longer
Whatever she wants by whatever means
To be near her a bit longer

-Kortney Marie

Surviving You (2012)

I think that there was a moment
We both knew it’d never work
And if we would have owned it
I might be past all this hurt
But we did what children do
Beat a dead horse, put the blame on the world
Who knew that surviving you
Would metamorphose a woman out of this girl

As the nights grow longer
I feel a little stronger
It gets harder to remember
As we get closer to December
The chill will find me afraid and lonely
But so much braver that when you owned me

There came a moment when I knew
I had taken on too much
I could never forgive you
Cringed at the thought of your touch
And I did what the desperate do
Licked my wounds, prayed truth would remain unfurled
Who knew that surviving you
Would metamorphose a woman out of this girl

As the nights grow longer
I feel a little stronger
It gets harder to remember
As we get closer to December
The chill will find me afraid and lonely
But so much braver that when you owned me

The nights, they’re getting longer
And I am so much stronger
Who knew that surviving you
Would metamorphose a woman out of this girl

-Kortney Marie

Becoming the Breeze (2009)

I float with breathless ease
Arms outstretched, eyes centered on the sky
And I’m high above all the trees
Carried by the wind
…They said I couldn’t fly
So I’ve become the breeze
That wanders the beach
Graces your party on the patio
Becomes your sweetest relief
On these still summer days
Whose memories are set in stereo
Moments we’ll never forget
Mistakes we said we’d never make
Our safest and most risky bets
And the fly on the wall can tell you the rest
The fly on the wall knows my story the best
They said I couldn’t fly, so I set out to prove them wrong
And even my failures were set to the sweetest song

-Kortney Marie

What You Missed: A Star (2009)

A photograph
A smile so bright it hurt my eyes
A moment so close to perfection
A half second that I shed my disguise
And you asked me who I wanted to be
All I said was that I wanted to be free

A video
A laugh so pure it was a melody
A blip of real life in real time
A second of comedy in a tragedy
And you ask again who I want to be
And all I said was that I wanted to be free

A song
A voice so clearly pitched it seemed like a dream
A moment that my eyes closed so that I could see
A line that meant more than it might seem
And you want to know who I want to be
All I know is that I wanted to be free
And I will be a star
…The dream really isn’t so far

These are the things that you missed
While I was busy growing up
While you were busy playing house
While the world was turning
Mornings turning into evenings
Days turning into weeks
Weeks into months
Months into years
I faced most of my fears
Found my drive, learned what it takes
To pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes
And now, so lucky, so proud, so free
I just hope that you’ll still know me
Because some days, I can barely recognize myself
So maybe I should take that volume off the shelf
Read it again to remember how I got here
How I got through, how the path became so clear
Laid out before me, and all I have to do is walk
Stay on the line, stop being sidetracked with talk
From people who’ll never be as big as they say
People who I will out-run and outshine someday

-Kortney Marie

Chameleon Kids (2012)

It’s the beauty in the secret
The thing that no one else can know
It’s her chatter when she’s nervous
Sparks that fly when you’re alone
The quick transition from lover to friend
And back again

Chameleon kids with their array of colors
Wanna play at being lovers
Wanna play at being lovers
Playing pretend under the covers
Chameleon kids with their array of colors
Playing pretend under the covers
Wanna play at being lovers
Wanna play at being lovers

It’s the twinkle in her eyes
The way you’re lost between her thighs
It’s the pattern of a ceiling
On an afternoon that leaves you reeling
The quick transition from lover to friend
And back again

Chameleon kids with their array of colors
Wanna play at being lovers
Wanna play at being lovers
Playing pretend under the covers
Chameleon kids with their array of colors
Playing pretend under the covers
Wanna play at being lovers
Wanna play at being lovers

-Kortney Marie

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