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Creating original poems isn’t easy, but Lurine Barnes creative High-Level poetry can be used for a unique circumstance, special event or that special someone. Contact Lurine to have your poem created today! Click on the tab below to view a sample of one of her recent poems titled, “Broken Heart.”

Sample of Poem

I’ve never asked anyone for anything

(She said)

I worked hard

Yes, hard to make my living 

I remember scrubbing floors

Washing pots, scouring pans

And my hands

Though calloused and hard,

Almost unbearable when I touched another

They’ve held out

They worked hard

Oh yes!

I remember the time when all four of them wanted to go to kiddie land

Saying no, was hard to do

So, I stayed on an extra hour at work

I did the windows

And gained an extra dollar

So, all four could be happy

I tell you

(With tears in her eyes)

I worked hard

I got them through grade school

I got them through high school


And they then got to talking about college

I wanted the best for them

College I’ve never seen the inside of until they went

Oh yes!


One is a lawyer in California

Another a nurse in Ohio

One is even a doctor in New York

And one a secretary in Connecticut


Ambition they all had

They’ve made it good in life for themselves

It’s been ages since I’ve looked at their faces

They’ve sent letters which my eyes failed to read

And they’ve spoken words on the phone 

Which my ears failed to hear


And one is a secretary to type my will

Another a lawyer to administer it to me

And the doctor will say “yes, she’s expired”

And my nurse will get my body ready for its journey


But all I wanted was to make them happy

Because they’re a part of me

I’ve loved them well


They’ve always had clean clothes to wear

And shoes for their feet

I’ve never asked anyone for anything

I’ve worked hard

But this is where I lay

Within unfamiliar surroundings

Faced with unfamiliar faces

And broken hearts

I’ve worked hard and now I’m tired

All four have had a good societal education

They’ve forgotten how to be real

To come and say to me “I love you” and to give a kiss

For now, I die

My face wrinkled with age

My bones weak from time

My body trembling of fear

For now, I die of a broken heart

Because they seem to forget how to care

Frequently Asked Questions


Born in Jamaica West Indies, Lurine Barnes has always been interested in singing; humming in the house and singing while playing outside in the yard. Her parents migrated to the United States and Lurine and her siblings followed thereafter. 

WHERE DID SHE GAIN HER strength AND knowledge?

What was/is significant in her life was her father being a minister and her Mom, a minister’s wife. Both parents worked full-time; Dad in the banking industry and Mom in the health care industry. When her Dad became a Pastor and her Mom a Pastor’s wife, Lurine and her siblings were the choir within the new “start up” church. The family’s on-going desire to improve in life, personally and economically, while not ignoring the spiritual, always remained front and center. 


During the early part of her singing experience, Lurine led various singing groups, sang solos and became a lead singer in the school choir as she attended college in Westchester County. 


Singing was in her blood, her veins, as she majored in the sciences and other disciplines prior to completing her Master of Science degree, with a focus on Marketing Communications. She also enjoyed “jotting” down her thoughts that sometimes evolved into short stories and poetry and further provided insights into expansion towards a book and other ventures while she pursued positions in the corporate world. 


Her drive towards success was evident as she took risks throughout her career. If she envisioned it, she did it. This included acting within community theatre, becoming a local jazz performer, band organizer and manager and of course her base; a gospel singer and songwriter.  

One might ask the question, why wasn’t her career solely focused on the Arts? Well, she stated it best:

“When you migrate from the Islands and become the first generation to pursue higher education that your parents did not have the opportunity to complete, you take advantage of the opportunities that are presented. Education was a critical requirement that my parents emphasized, encouraged and supported”.  

Lurine is an authentic performer who sings her original songs that showcase realism of her experience and her feelings.  Her voice complements her stage presence, it’s sultry and demands the attention of her audience.  Unless she announces her original songs as such, one assumes it was a “standard” played in the past by many.

Trevor Sealy

The song that really resonated with me, was “Jah”.  It has a nice jazzy beat that flowed with the lyrics.

Anthony Bradley

Lurine depicts her feelings on paper, showcasing candor and truly taking the time and the risks to be an open book via her poetry. Reading her draft manuscript has been enlightening, as it’s something that I couldn’t do, but I admire her for taking the courage to be sensitive and share with others her authentic self.