No Not One

Good and bad
have ulterior motives
teaching lessons
as each has
taught us all that
we sometimes need to lean
There are no
Only a team

Each of us is a
team member
Not just one
Independent, as we think we are
we don't really work alone

So if all, do his job
Together, the job
can get done
By ALL, for ALL
And not just by one


The Wait

We are all here

for whatever reason

No specified time 
No specified season
Being positive 

Looking deep
for the beauty within
Knowing not
what to expect
Or what you will get
until you walk in

Because in waiting rooms
you meet different people
Different walks of life
You meet different people
And commonalities
of your meeting
is the reasoning
that lays it to rest
The question of why
you are ‘ALL’ guests
In ‘that’ waiting room




Inspired Writings

About the Author

Hi. I'm PJ Payne and I can remember as a child how freshly brewed coffee started my mother's day and most of her evenings. It is reminiscent of calm and simplicity and has stayed with me ever since.  Now, as an adult, it is in these moments of peace that I am able to exhale, reflect and embrace the essence of my mind and spirit through words.

First thing in the morning before my day begins, I go to my special place of peace, perfect peace: My Coffee and Thee. No matter the environment, the aroma of coffee takes me to that corner of nostalgia. 

 With pen at hand and precious moments of serenity, I express innermost emotions and thoughts in short stories, poetry, and prose; some even sprinkled with my dry wit and humor. My concept: "There is a poem for every situation, prose for every circumstance and a card for every special day and special person."



~PJ Payne


​Can you see
what lies ahead of you? 
Do you know 
the path that 
you will tread before 
you make one move? 
If you said
you do, 
then I beg to differ.

We know not where
that first step 
we take each day 
will lead... 
No matter 
what you think 
you're going to do, 
Or where you think
you're going to go, 
the best of plans
can go awry
Be prudently watchful
Tread carefully
Walk circumspectly.

Set aside
some time today
To recognize
You may have
a busy schedule
But the reward
is next none.


Just the One

You’ll never know
who needs a hug
or just simply
a smile.
A small gift
 or a verbal thank you
could go
an extra mile.
It brightens
as well as enlightens
an otherwise day
of gloom.
Giving positive reactions
and satisfaction
to someone
in the room.



Pay less

Pay more

Pay up front
Pay at the door
Either way, one has to pay
for the wrong they do
for the wrong the say
With credit, cash?
Come what may
In deeds, in 'time'
Nothing's free anyway
Because it all comes forth
It all comes to pass
Truth shows its face
in 'due' time at last
 "It all comes out in the wash"
as many folks have said
All in all
your balance will be paid
--In Full



At the expense
of others absurdity? 
But you handle it
with dignity
though frustration
besets hurriedly
Humility comes in to play
to offset others senility
As you try your best
to be calm n' collect
as unscrupulous behavior
is a reality

So…What do you do
to regain composure
and keep the li'l sanity
you still possess?
Keep your head up,
breathe deep,
ride those rough waves
And Morally
be a success


It's Love

it can pull you in
Almost touch it
in the air
practically tangible
like taste buds
Knowing it's there

Looking so inviting, you've
anxiously felt the wait
In your gut
Because love adds a li’l
sweetness to life
even flavor you’ve
longed for so much!

Okay, here goes…
That very first contact
Anticipation to see
Needing to know
 Breathe, experience this
Embodiment throughout
As you relax
Feeling the flow



I told you
Lean not on 'you'
For I am the One
Who would see you through

I told you
Put your trust
Not in man
But this Man, above

I told you
Cast all your worries
And don’t hold back
I will gladly take your burdens

I told you
I would make a way
You couldn’t see it then
But help was on the way
I told you
That there is a lesson
In all, you go through
There is a blessing

I told you
You would see the light
Don’t give up
Your battles, I would fight

I told you
I told you
I told you
Did you listen?



So…you woke up to a day
with great anticipation,
but expectations got
doused with doubt.
Whatever little optimism
you thought you had
dissipated, as the
bright sun faded out

You thought …
Why isn’t life
just a bed of roses 
smooth, not mixed
with thorns?
You thought someone
had your back
but turn around,
realizing darts were thrown
Does this mean
you have to lie down,
wallow in doubt
self-sorrow, self-pity?
No!  Pick yourself up
Pull yourself together 
 Get a new outlook
and admit it.

It’s still a beautiful day!



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