Poetry & Art


Forbidden by any other

But not forbidden by me,

Even if I have to walk a million miles

I know that we must be.

Forbidden for me to touch

Forbidden to even kiss,

Forbidden to hold me in his arms…

What kind of torture is this?

I’ll walk across the desert

I’ll swim the deepest sea,

Only if it is promised

That he will be set free.

If he is forbidden to me

Then I am forbidden to breathe,

In this world I’d have no peace

What meaning would my life be?

To forbid my love for this man

Is forbidding the sun to shine,

How can you forbid something so beautiful?

I am his and he is mine.

This love I have in my heart

For he that shall go unnamed,

Grows stronger by the minute

Every night and day.

I’d rather you cut out my heart

Before giving up my love for him,

Without him here with me

My heart would cease beating.

Why take dew from a rose?

Why take music from a song?

Why take love from the world?

Why take me from where I belong?

A million times I love thee

A million times I care,

A million times I swear to you

That I will always be there.

If the sun should refuse to shine

If the sky should sit still,

Nothing can change my love for him

I do and I always will.

No longer forbidden to love

Because I have broken the bond,

No longer forbidden to touch

The day I touched his hand.

So cast me from this world

Tear my soul apart,

It matters to me not…

The forbidden one holds my heart.



Author: Nicole Townsend
Email: [email protected]
Author Bio: I am a writer from the island of Jamaica, I mainly write poetry, stories and song lyrics. As an art student in high school, I knew writing was the career path that I wanted to take, but it was in grade school that I discovered a book that led to my love for poetry, and I keep falling for it day after day. I have a creative mind, a special love for writing and dedication to the craft; I can write about anything and feel so at ease doing it because of how much I truly love words and playing with them.
I have already published my first book on Amazon titled “Serenity: Poems for the Mind.” This accomplishment has left me feeling really proud, but I know that there is more work that needs to be done writing so for that I do not intend to stop. I find myself to be a well-rounded individual who loves life and who is passionate and dedicated.
Link to social media or website: https://www.instagram.com/lizabethcole/


by Nicole Townsend

Nicole Townsend is a writer from the island of Jamaica, she mainly writes poetry, stories, articles, and song lyrics.
She has self-published two books on Amazon titled Serenity: Poems for the Mind and most recently Thoughts Of Me: Self-Helping Yourself. She has had multiple poems published in Harness Magazine and also has been published on Page and Spine. She has been awarded the second-place position for the over eighteen age group in the Caribbean and Americas region in the Common Wealth Youth Council’s Unseen and Unspoken poetry competition for her poem titled Stagnant. Most recently she has been awarded second place in the Tales of Autumn poetry competition. She is a well-rounded individual who loves life, is passionate and dedicated.


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