Wednesday, August 29, 2018

After Thoughts, a Series

it was in the midst of everything
that suddenly I realized
and stepped outside myself
you were never real.
I was in love with a ghost
and like this lonely lemon tree
I will find the will to survive


Monday, August 27, 2018

After Thoughts, a Series

I want to say the words
but your heart knows,
I feel its beat
each time we speak


Sunday, August 19, 2018

Loose Ends

it wasn't supposed to end like this
with so many hanging syllables around certain
random questions
you know what I mean,
the ones with multiple answers
and we don't even have one
never accepting, 
only to find out it never was

so, where do we start or have we lost the beginning
trapped in a maze of unfettered steps,
right here at the starting gate
although it's been years now
and no one, but no one dares

and me
here I am, still anticipating
for what, exactly
wondering at times, 
if I've lost the ability to see
stuck in this canundrum
paradoxical dilemma,
trapped in a loop
that never returns ...


Saturday, August 18, 2018

After Thoughts, a Series

I have loved you for a thousand years
and yet,
each time I hear your call
my heart skips two beats...


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

After Thoughts, a Series

I miss our conversations that stretched
into the next sunrise and beyond,
never ending.
finding laughter and so much more
how could I have known
it meant nothing to you,
as I stand here 
drowning in this pain...


Saturday, August 11, 2018

After Thoughts, a Series

you blew into my life like a hurricane
knocked down my defenses
within the first week.
soulmates, love hard
always be your baby.
jack knife
splattered hearts,
and you call me crazy?


Friday, August 10, 2018

After Thoughts, a Series

I still find it so hard to believe
that you behaved like that.
Hot to smoldering
and then evaporate,
without a trace
after I called you out
after I wouldn't take 
your inducement...


Let's Learn Manners

Mommies and daddies
Around the age of two,
Teach your children
To say, 'Please' and 'Thank you'

From: Let's Learn Manners, a children's book. Coming soon. Illustrations and story by: AlisaJs

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Let's Learn Manner's .. rough sketch

Make time in your day and take your nap. Listen to the melodies, such a beautiful cat.

 Rough sketch from Let's Learn Manner's, a children's book coming soon. Illustrations and story by: AlisaJs.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

After Thoughts, a Series

It was somewhere left of heaven
the last time I heard him speak
his voice, like an angel
how my heart broke in pieces that day.
still processing thoughts of betrayal...

Alisajs (c)2018

After Thoughts, a Series

and just like that, he was gone
a deafening silence.
where there was once laughter 
and enticing anticipation
demoralized is too nice a word...


After Thoughts, a Series

He promised me forever 
and like a fool, 
I ran to the end of the rainbow, 
certain to find him waiting
next to the pot of gold
like he said he would...

alisajs (c)2018

Monday, July 23, 2018

Manufactured Dreams

his words were carefully chosen
emotional overload followed
future faking 
constant attention 
love bombing
all strategic, all part of an overall plan
for those dear hearts who still believe
hopeless romantics, 


Sunday, July 08, 2018

Mirrored Lies

I found myself outside myself
in the middle of a silent scream
where black is white
up is down
and you,
are nothing but lies

I told myself 
this could never happen to me
for I was far too advanced
to be dissuaded by deceit

lackadaisical linguistics ran right through 
and captured our dreams of forever
and always,
there could never be another
for we had found our other half

all we had to do now
was believe.

my first mistake...

© 2018 Alisa Js


and for a time, we were alive again
singing in the rain 
soaring past the pain of remembering
those cold, dark stares
that brought to the forefront
blades that somehow found their way
to splice a throat to no longer speak
the truth

laughter came easily as the wine flowed
and how we bowed
once the struggles slipped
beyond our grip and once again
I began to believe,
this could almost be

until the demons 
creeping around each tortured smile
the lies began and I knew, 
it was over

broken ties
mismatched lies that never quite fit
timelines next to impossible
and still you expected me to believe

in the face of high improbability
you continued with the farce
and then, I knew 
you were nothing more 

than tasteless ...

© 2018 Alisa Js

And So It Goes

and so it goes
along with everything we thought we knew
everything I believed 
all the things I loved
all of them
not true

the energy has lifted
it's so bright in my world now
serendipitous sayings you shared
all of them lies
all of them, 

how could I have fallen
how could I have been taken
there must have been something 
you saw,
some weakness in me
my glaring naïveté
in trusting everything you said

and like a vulture 
with a condescending smirk
over and over again 
you lied

until I almost believed...

© 2018 Alisa Js

Monday, November 28, 2016


how could there be another
when you are all I see
wistful scenes upon this heart
filled with memories...

alisajs(c) 2016

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Reflections from a Wounded Heart

another romantic poetic collaboration by alisajs and T. Owen Stark

Available now on for free!  Please let us know how you enjoyed this book by posting your customer reviews on

Also available is: 'Reflections from a Lover's Heart' available now on   Coming soon to

Saturday, September 06, 2014


the angle of the outburst was of particular interest sudden. sharp. thrusting upward and then turning around blasting through unexpected and unannounced fields butterflies wrangled for breakfast and cheese walking back to my seat, I fell down letters for lunch choices for a lifetime no one tells you they could be the wrong ones would you have listened would you have dared? curious, I looked back and wondered the I-9 went south and not west as I recall candy was sweet roses were red after all...

© alisajs

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


am I derelict
knowing now what I was uncertain of then
stuck in slow motion, pressing on air
tasting the promise
we both knew
somehow refused to pluck from the tender bloom there

dancing on snowflakes
I slid
straight to the center of something less than ten
steps to nirvana

meet me in elysian fields
where we'll dance with reckless abandon
run across the midnight moon
all before daylight
all before the sun begins to hide

that is, if it's still summer
springtime is passing
and winter is near,
stuck in slow motion
holding back tears


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thoughts on a sunny, spring day

Here's wishing everyone had a Happy Easter!

Here's to a sunny springtime for all.  

Ever wish your life was as happy as the picture above? Wouldn't it be grand if all you had to do was think it and it would appear?

Interesting question, isn't it... for in that question is the answer as life is all about perception.

Just some thoughts I thought I'd share on this sunny, spring day.

alisa ;-)

Monday, March 10, 2014


last night, we met as before
during the second summons of our winter sun
beneath the moonless canopy
in the designated season
where dreams live and breathe.
we had to race
far from the chatter of listening ears
or views from curious eyes
we sat and shared as we pressed our way
shadows cared and watched above

there is this place if you believe
where we can be
undisturbed and quiet, dear
we will remember
and live again
the spaces between the imaginings...

© 2013 Alisa Js

Monday, July 29, 2013

10 Things to know B4 U file an EEO Claim

Wordsmith Publishing Company takes this opportunity to announce a new e-book available soon on, titled.

10 Things to know B4 U file an EEO Claim

Author: Vernon 'Duke' Johnson
Editor and Illustrator: Alisa Js

Sunday, May 26, 2013

'Penny Penn' available for free on during May 25 to 27, 2013

Penny Penn (a story about what matters most)
by: Vernon Johnson and alisajs
Illustrations: alisajs

Available on,  free during May 25 to 27, 2013.  Please leave a customer comment and let us know your thoughts after reading.

Thank you!

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4. Download and enjoy
5. Please leave us a customer comment if you enjoyed this book and its message.

How God Plays Billiards Free May 25 to 27

How God Plays Billiards
by: Vernon 'Duke' Johnson, Sr.
Illustrations: alisajs, Margaret Thrower

Available on for free during May 25 to 27, 2013.  Please stop by and check it out.  We invite you to leave a customer comment afterward to let us know your thoughts.

Thank you very much.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Let's Learn Manners- Hello and Good-bye

Let's Learn Manners

The best way to start each day right
is with a cheery ' good morning'
and end with
a heartfelt 'good night'

*A page from 'Let's Learn Manners'
a children's book
coming soon!!!

Written and illustrated by:
alisa js

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Final Cover Decision for Penny Penn

After looking at alternative covers, we have decided this will be the final cover for Penny Penn.  Thank you again for all your suggestions, especially to the children. 


alisajs ;-)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Working cover for 'The Adventures of Penny Penn'

This is our working cover for 'The Adventures of Penny Penn' scheduled to be released in April 2013.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Onion Patch

I am here beside this onion field
peeling back layers I see and feel 
no one knows and yet, everyone bleeds
a length and width and sense of need

he sat there
with his head bowed low
quietly anticipating
no need to show

like those feelings I used to know
when times were full of uncharted troves
oh, how the road beckoned before 
and we, ready to burst with hopeful imaginings 
jumped inside with nerves of steel,
steering toward some silent summon
over the uneven asphalt sea

when did the dream deflate
and shackles bound
wrapped round your life 'til you can no longer breathe
freedom remains some distant memory
a desperate haunt
of where you used to be...


Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Adventures of Penny Penn

 Coming soon!

A new children's book for children of all ages.

The Adventures of Penny Penn

A story about what matters most.

By:  A collaborative effort by Vernon Johnson, Sr. and alisa js
Illustrations by: alisa js

Thursday, March 28, 2013


I wanted this to last
late night talks, laughter till noon
the fascinating sense of time standing still
whenever we appeared

I need to remember
for the rest of my days
and endless nights, too

we were like sugar and sassafras
mischief and licorice sticks,
obliviously entranced and mystically matched
no one else mattered, not that we cared.
for all we could see was


Tuesday, March 12, 2013


I am here
under this midnight obsession
alone with these thoughts
so quiet, it's beyond eerie.
the chatter has moved
marched right through that open floor board
next to the dark spot
that leads to new worlds

what do you do
when your macrocosm starts to plummet
reality removed and
where is the next leap
set by another
whose imprint not known
except under the salty brine

there are no words here
only thoughts
dark images slide
blowing whispers spent,
what do you place in the spaces
now empty
filled once with memories and dreams...


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Never Ending

this dialogue in my head is continual
strung together with heartbroken sleeves
torn from the karma
twice removed.
memories surface
powder puff imagery
I can barely see
and yet, you are there
you are there always
front and center
silent in the front row,
do you remember me...


© 2013 Alisa Js

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


I keep hoping to find a way to
run into all your Fridays
hang around until the sun cries out
or when we decide it's time

shadows follow with every second step
lingering around the sudden smile
where hope resides.
my anguish isn't in the trying
or attempting to
or even inside your beautiful words
pressed between sullen flashes of gut wrenching flares
from the underside.
it's where you reside
and I've come to accept it.
accept you.
even when I don't want to, I find myself back
beside the same old track
and we go again
like pebbles and fine wine

I have always desired a love so rare
true love.
the kind we watch on the big screen
listen to with eager ears
not meant to be,
not with me.

the seeds of dysfunction were planted ages ago
before the smitten could rise
before the pattern was set
before rhythm had rhyme
and all I'm left with are these Fridays...


Saturday, January 26, 2013

How Could We?

How Could We

I desired to unravel the mystery of you
along with other forbidden thoughts unspoken at the moment,
could we have tasted that almost unattainable fire
stepped into the flame and survived
known by those who enjoy and bespeak

Had I met you before those watershed events
what would our legend be?
Before your life treasures and possessions had consequence
could we have made it to this day

the promise awaits, still
sweeping along midnight's hushed wishes
yet, how could you abandon your now
relinquish all ties
renounce all commitments
surrender to me, alone

yet, impossible is all I hear
unreasonable attempted disasters,
vexation's delight
double cross where none should exist
debilitate the obvious,
emotional molester with a twist...


Friday, January 11, 2013

Dream Lands

maybe we didn't have to end up like this
hopelessly waiting on opposite ends
maybe if we gotten past the unbroken bridge
or crossed over the landing
we'd see

the agony of the ecstacy
leads from within
screaming for another attempt,
but why

strolling among yesterday's scenes
we stumble,
unable to discern
between those from another time
and this day
left back against some distant hillside
along side a forgotten road

we hiccup,
suddenly aware
it's cold out here and the weather is quite dreary
where did the sunshine run to
where are those singing birds in spring?
did we forget it's still winter

the hypothetical looks most attractive now
leading in points next to reality,
placing a distant third

we loved and laughed or thought we did
the lies were smaller then
now, the landscape lies bittersweet
between fruitcakes and marmalade ...

© 2013 Alisa Js

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


the captured thought inside the mind petitioned to be heard
given a platform
too long denied
almost forgotten

those plans made and counted on, waiting
lingering, even now in the ether
on the sidelines

countless hours spoken and discussed
how could you forget
and yet, I almost did
until today.
those moments exist in the stillness between seconds,
and we can travel there
be as we were
all is as it once was
life squared, plus two

© 2012 Alisa Js

Friday, August 26, 2011

Promise Me

I want to believe
in the dream
I want to hold fast to the idea of me and you,
for the best of all endings
to the truth that
your love is right by my side
as we journey along life's high roads
celebrating our song
around those dark corners
where the light's not so bright and the path is uncertain,
comfort me as we lie
with nothing between us but hushed whispers and candle light
show me you'll always be true
table for two
me and you,
champagne and strawberry kisses.
make me believe I'm your only one
together we'll see the setting sun

promise me forever...