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A conversation about conflict

A conversation about conflict

A conversation about conflict

A conversation about conflict is a piece that I and this amazing poet wanted to put together to highlight the issues that surround conflict. Issues tend to get in the way because people tend to want to hold onto the way things are. Or they feel like their pride or ego is being addressed the wrong way. But even if those two would be the main reason for conflict to arise, they are still nothing more than a drop in the bucket of possibilities. There are so many reasons as to why people get into a fight that listing them all would be close to impossible.

But this conversation that we had is about how one might be able to solve it. By understanding each other or by at least trying to understand one another, we could avoid a lot of conflicts. The issue with understanding is that it’s often based on the concept of respect. And many people have this basic lack of respect for themselves and thus their surroundings. With that lack of respect for themselves, they still get extremely offended if someone takes a stab at their pride. Or anything closely related to their personal space.

Sometimes people just need to vent and start a fight believing that arguing with a complete stranger will solve their feelings. As if anger placed on top of frustration is the correct way to get rid of those negative feelings.

A conversation about conflict and how respect and acceptance should be kept in your heart.

I truly believe that if any of us want to avoid and or deal with conflict in a healthy way, we should learn how to accept others and their flaws. We should also learn how to control our fear of the unknown by not going into the worst case scenario from the jump. It’s those little things that gave birth to this spoken word poem “A conversation about conflict”.

If you liked this piece I am sure that you will enjoy my poetry book as well. And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel as well.

A talk with addiction

A talk with addiction

A talk with addiction

Imagine a world where you could take your addiction and put him in front of you and have a conversation with him. You could finally be able to tell him all the stuff you went through, and all the pain he put you through. And the beauty of it all is that your addiction would actually get a shot to defend himself. Because at the end of the day your addiction is nothing but a concept born from the lack of something else. And that lack of something isn’t always addiction related. At times it’s the fact that you’re trying to cover something up. You’re trying to hide something behind the pain of addiction.

This is what it would be like if you could have a talk with addiction.

Addiction has so many possible roots, that it’s pretty hard to pinpoint one exact same reason. But the results are usually all the same. An addiction can ruin your life and it can control it to such a degree that your life will stay ruined. And you have to feed your addiction so most likely you will have to keep digging a deeper ditch to keep your misery in. It’s a vicious cycle that most can’t escape unless they get some help from others.

That is what this piece is about. This piece is about letting both the victim and addiction say their piece. Both feel a certain way about the situation and both of them have a certain point. This piece was a really nice one to do because it allowed me to work together with a great poet on creating a really nice piece. Addiction is something that ruins lives and it tears families apart. If we can shine some light on this serious issue then we have done something right.

Here is our Spoken Word Piece called A talk with addiction:

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Parental Pressure

Parental Pressure

Parental Pressure

Life can get hard and it can really put some pressure on you. But the thing is that life tends to start with this concept called being raised. And that responsibility tends to be given to those who gave birth to you. The issue with life is that at times the ones that carry that responsibility aren’t really up to the task. Or perhaps they are but they go about it in the wrong way and that scars the heck out of some kids.

The beauty and ugliness of parental pressure is that they often do it from a place of love. Because so many people tend to carry around regrets from things that happened in their past.  And they believe that if they give their kids the right tools it will prevent the same thing from happening to them. And they will be able to live a life filled with nothing but success and happiness. That’s why they tend to push their kids into positions they feel they need to be in. It could be sports, academics or being straight.

Parental Pressure can create some real scars.

Many parents tend to think that parental pressure is healthy and or normal. They tend to think that it’s just a part of being a kid and a part of being in a family. But kids tend to take that pressure to heart and let it control who they think they need to be. And they feel like they need to live up to expectations. This was one of those pieces that was hard to do but it was really fun to do. I always love to tackle topics that are a bit out of the box and a bit hard to talk about. And luckily I am one of those poets that other poets can work with. I love doing these collabs and this was another good one.

Here is the Spoken Word Poetry Video:

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Sickle Cell

Sickle Cell

Sickle Cell

I was asked to be a part of this great foundation, by writing and performing this spoken word piece. I have been around many people who suffer from this disease. And when those people went into a crisis it was really scary. The main problem is that there is nothing you can but get them to the hospital as fast as possible. And when they are there, the only thing you can do is hope that their body is strong enough to fight the pain. But sickle cell isn’t the kind of disease that allows you the freedom to be free from future crises. Sickle cell anemia is one of those things that stays with you regardless of what you do.

Creating awareness for Sickle Cell Anemia through Spoken Word Poetry.

The most people can do is try to live a life or prevention where they try to keep it under control by evading known triggers. And being commissioned to write a piece about this really made me happy on some levels. Because now I had the perfect chance to write about something I know affects so many. I tried my best to write something that both explained the disease itself and how it affects people.

Not only did I have to research it a little bit to make sure my info was correct, but I also had to tap into the pain of being unable to help. Those two elements created this poem and I love the fact that so far people seem to understand what I was trying to convey with this piece.

If you wish to help those with Sickle Cell Anemia you can donate right here. The beautiful thing is that by doing that you will not only help them but also help future generations fight this disease. If you have people around you who suffer from this disease, please feel free to share this with them.

Here is the Spoken Word Poem:

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ready or not

Ready or not

Ready or not

Ready or not is about death and how people tend to not want to die. And the fear of not dying tends to keep people awake and tends to push people into this mindstate of wanting more out of life. More than what might be destined for them or promised to them. Others just pretend they will live forever and they have all the time in the world to do anything they want. These are the exact same people who don’t mind wasting their life away at a job they hate because they think they have the time to do what they want at some point in life. And before they know it, they are what you might call senior citizens and they have reached that point of retirement and entered their golden years.

Ready or not, here comes death, so fight your fear.

Ready or not is about two poets coming together and trying to divide the fear into compartments. Where logic and acceptance are at this perfect intersection and you just see death for what it is. It’s a consequence of life, dying is a privilege of the living. Ready or not is what you could call the beauty of not running away from death. And understanding that death will come regardless of what you do and that it might visit you at a time you least expect.

Death is also not something that just affects you, it affects those around you as well. The pain of your life ending is but a moment for you, but those who love you feel it for a longer period of time. Time is beautiful as it will help heal the wound that loss creates. But death has this special way of making that wound ooze pain from time to time. Ready or not, is about not being scared of the inevitable but rather using it a tool of motivation.

Here is the spoken word poem:

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Toxic Relationship

Toxic Relationship

Toxic Relationship

Love can be extremely complicated if you allow it to be. Sometimes you don’t want it to be but it just turns out that way. They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions and I feel like the same can be said for love. The reason why love gets twisted at times is that personal interest often tends to get into the relationship and turn it into a thing that can be used for their own gain. It sneaks up on people though, because at times they don’t even see how they are “controlling” or “damaging” people.

A Toxic Relationship is something you should always get out of.

And the one being damaged or controlled often don’t even realize that things are getting worse as time progresses. Usually, love starts off pure and filled with exciting and beautiful promises. But then time and issues step in and people try to adjust accordingly. But since perspective and life tends to be different for people, they tend to take it in differently.

A toxic relationship is often one that is defined as one by other people and not the people in the actual relationship. Because most people tend to get out of a situation if they feel its bad for them. But love tends to flip people into a mindstate that they think that its normal to be in a bad relationship.

Relationships are hard, a toxic relationship is for some a real healthy one because they think that every relationship has issues. And that a toxic relationship is something others go through and not them. Or perhaps they believe that the good old times make up for the current bad ones. A toxic relationship is subjective but if a relationship doesn’t make you happy, get out of it.

If you liked this collaboration I am sure that you will enjoy my other ones as well. And in case you enjoy reading more than listening, you will enjoy my poetry book as well.

She wore a mask

She wore a mask

She wore a mask

This collaboration was fun because it allowed me to step into a totally different space. As a writer or as a poet you have the freedom to create worlds. And luckily sometimes someone wants to collaborate and pull you out from the usual worlds you create to a new one. This one was with Caitlin who is one heck of an artist. And she gave me this amazing video of her dancing wearing a mask. That inspired the concept of “she wore a mask”.

She wore a mask to hide herself from the world.

Women tend to go through a lot from the moment they are born. From society telling them that their worth is based on their appearance. Or men treating them like objects to be used for their own pleasure. I can keep going and going from rape culture to this so-called “glass ceiling”. With the whole #metoo thing I felt that I at least needed to give my 2 cents on the whole thing.

From the first line till the last one I wanted to create a vibe that showed how strong women need to be in this world. We all put on a façade in a certain way to try and be a part of whatever “world” we want to be in. She wore a mask is what I would have said if I were given a chance “Which I kind of was” to say my piece.

So for all you wonderful ladies out there doing what they have to do to be great. For those great women who break through the walls, society puts up. This one is for you, because you deserve the world. So “She wore a mask” is for you.

If you liked She wore a mask, I am sure you will enjoy the rest of the videos on my channel as well. And if you like reading, my poetry book might just be something you like. And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for all the latest updates.

What ruins relationships

What ruins relationships

What ruins relationships

I feel like I have written about this many times. But this is the first time I did it together with someone. Love and relationships and the intricacy of both is a topic that poets just love to touch upon. I am no exception as you can tell from most of my pieces. But this one was special because this was the first time I went to the core of what goes wrong.

What ruins relationships is one of those questions that ring through the ages.

Most people love to think that their relationship is special. And that their problems are unique to their relationship. The problem with that way of thinking is that its wrong. Well not wrong but more so that it’s just a bit naïve. Because most relationships have similarities with others, that’s why most people LOVE to give advice on what they would do or did.

But ok, so what ruins relationships is often the fact that people get used to a situation. They get used to the things that occur and thus take them for granted. Once people start taking things for granted, they start getting bored with it. And once people get bored … they start looking for excitement in different places. And that’s often what ruins relationships.

It’s also a fact that most people tend to keep their frustration to themselves because they feel like bringing their true feelings into the relationship will ruin it. And that will just create this unseen rift that could very possibly be what ruins relationships.

Sometimes the past catches up with people and sometimes others step into the relationship to bring it down. But most of the times its just the fact that the initial excitement of being together has faded. The so-called “love you forever” has turned into “I don’t love you enough”. And that’s usually the biggest answer to the question “what ruins relationships?”

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Sincerely,

Vino Venitas

A look back

A look back

A look back

Some like to say that you won’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. Others would say that the past makes you who you are. Which makes a lot of sense if you take being brought up as part of it. But this poem was about me taking a look back. A look back at all the horrible things in my past that decorate my history like a blood-smeared wall. This spoken word piece was about me running down the road of life and being afraid of taking a look back as well as looking forward.

Taking a look back at the past is healthy.

That is what most people tend to feel like though. Most people tend to want to move forward because they don’t want their past to define them. Some just want to prove that they can move forward regardless of their past. Others don’t move at all and just stay stagnant as that prevents them from failing or facing any real challenges. But a look back is about me trying to face both the past and the future while moving forward.

It’s about me coming to terms with what has been and what will come. Because the road I’m on isn’t for the weak. And since I placed each step into this dirty road I have to take responsibility by making sure I see it all the way through. A look back is about me trying to understand my own mind and what I would like to see happen. This piece was personal and real because I always need to keep myself motivated and to do that you need to make sure that you deal with the past.

If you liked this spoken word slam poem, I am sure that you will like my poetry book as well, so you might want to go and take a look at it. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and stay up to date with all the new vids.

Sincerely,

Vino Venitas

When is it time to grow up?

When is it time to grow up?

When is it time to grow up?

Have you ever wondered when exactly you can consider yourself a grown up? For me, well I tend to try to stay away from it as far as I can. Because “grown up” for me means that you “settle down” and stop chasing dreams. So when is it time to grow up? I feel like the best answer would be when you have achieved all of your dreams. And you don’t feel like there is anything more to do in life and thus you just spend your days with one single routine.

When is it time to grow up and let go of your dreams?

Working every day and occasionally going on vacation. Having a steady income and a steady stream of bills you have to pay. Seeking refuge in some kind of distraction that will enable you to make it through each day. Some start drinking, some start smoking, others just watch TV and others download loads of unique stuff. As for me, I am just trying to figure out the answer to the question “when is it time to grow up?”

And till I reach that answer I will just ponder the question as I try to enjoy life as someone who doesn’t want to spend too much time “wasting time”. And yes, I just called routine a waste of time. Because to me spending every day the same way is what hell is made of. So if you ask me “when is the time to grow up?” I will answer you with a “never”. Because the moment you stop dreaming, is the moment life loses its taste.

That was the thought process behind this spoken word poem. Because lately, it feels as if the world is trying to tell me that I need to stop traveling and build something made for routine. But my drive to be better, to keep growing far exceeds that nonsense.

If you liked this Slam poem, I am sure you will enjoy my poetry book as well. Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel to get all the latest updates. Thanks for reading all of this.

Sincerely,

Vino Venitas

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