New Release : Empty Room by Cortney Joseph

I can truly say that in recent months, my art has suffered greatly. However, in that suffering I managed to put together something special.

Unfortunately, it is not my long awaited debut novel, however it is just as important to me.

In my search for words to write and share came ten poems and a letter written to the being that had been my greatest motivation in life.

I formed a collection, and that collection has bought a bit of peace and comfort to me in very time moments.

At this time, it is all I have to offer those who support me as an independent author.

Empty Room, a deeply personal collection of poetry is now available for sale on Amazon. Currently, the paperback edition is ready for purchase at $8 with the Kindle EBook edition to follow for $4.

The title Empty Room stems from the fact that the person who motivated me most will no longer be there, physically, when I walk into his room, and each time I enter I am left with a range of feelings and emotions… A few of which you will find in the collection.

It is my hope that someone else will also take comfort in the few words I have managed to find during my struggle to make sense of life as it is now for me.

If you decide to purchase a copy, please let me know and share your thoughts via instagram (@ MyPenWritesNice) or Twitter (@ MyPenWritesNice).

Empty Room : Poems And Thoughts In A Time Of Grief

“Woke Up In The Sky” by Cortney Joseph

I flew.

Woke up in the sky with the hopes of

Seeing you flying by.

Thought I’d lift the window to catch a glimpse,

Thought we’d have a chance to play among the clouds and skip.

Thought the sun would shine on a crooked smile,

Thought your arms would stretch open with each passing mile.

I flew.

Woke up in the sky, said farewell to old fears in hopes of

One more hello, one to replace that last goodbye.

I flew.

Woke up in the sky to see you.

“Dreams Of You” by Cortney Joseph

We were beneath the tree beside our house.

Me in my little pink corvette, you in your yellow prowler.


We were talking big smack, passing licks and clowning around.

Racing each other up and down the street until the sun went down.


Then you stood, and you smiled.

Your hands rose, you began to wave goodbye.


Tears fell and I prepared my plea for you to stay,

You smiled and said “Sister, you did great. Sister, you’ll be fine.”


In an instant you faded,

And I awoke,

Happy for the dream of a last moment,

Yet saddened there’ll be no more real.




Dedicated to : Sandy De’Marcus Joseph

December 1, 1993 – December 18, 2019

I’ll love you always, Baby Boy.



“Doin’ Wrong” by Cortney Joseph

In secrecy we meet,

dangerously aware of the troubles we greet.

Carelessly giving in to temptation week after week.


To others we belong,

but the feelings shared between us are far too strong.

We can’t let go, no matter that we both know this life we lead is wrong.

“It’s Been” by Cortney Joseph

I find it hard to put into words

the changes I’ve felt come over me.


It’s been scary, but amazing.

It’s been stressful, but empowering.


It’s been bubbling within my mind and soul,

pushing a stronger and wiser woman to the top.


It’s been calming.

It’s been peaceful.


It’s been God.

“At First Sight” by Cortney Joseph

That morning I saw the sunrise in your eyes.

Beautiful shades of pink and gold,

representing love and hope.

Followed by a smile bright enough to light the sky

with infinite hope.

Arms of bliss waiting to wrap around me,

for a lifetime of happiness and joy.