In the beginning stages of my writing, I just wanted to mimic the musicality of the artists to improve my writing abilities. With the help of other writers, I learned to get the best out of your writing by tapping into your emotional capacity to discuss different topics you’ve experienced.

The Weeknd proved to be very influential in discussing things such as heartbreak, pain, sadness, etc. The track, Die For You off of his album, Starboy, tapped into memories I had during my late teens and twenties that I used as a time of reflection recently. Through these experiences, I was able to learn more about myself and now I can take these lessons into future relationships.

Die For You (inspired by the song of the same name)

I felt this emotion once or twice

A third I could say but it’s not the charm

What all of those situations did

Was cause both good and harm…ony

I’d say I’d plead the fifth

But all of them would sing in harmony

But I’m a take a walk on the wild side

Go at this solo a la Normani

Should’ve realized some of them didn’t really want me

Wanted to give my all to quick

And all I did was drown in the sand

Another I gave too little

She wanted me to go at her command

One time we were just too young

Too young to understand

Sometimes it has me wonder

In what ways, could I’ve been a better man

Even though we went through it

I had to prove it

To myself

That my self love is wealth

Self care for my health

Since sabotage is stealth

As I’ve learned over the years

Parts of me died for you

Again and again

Again thinking it’d be a different outcome

There’s no alternate timeline

No what if’s, we only have one

Now I sit back and relax

Wonder what could I’ve done

Got so much love to give

I wonder who will have some



Reggie Johnson (he/him) reigns from Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of 9, he found a love for writing while on summer vacation. His rhythmic style of writing tells his personal story.

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