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Defying The World; Embracing Eachother

Poem written by Schronda Williams



Hey there, beautiful souls!


Today, I want to share a little something special with you all. It’s a poem that I wrote for someone who means the world to me — my amazing boyfriend, Ryan who everyone calls Haze.


It’s an heartfelt story of our love, a story of resilience and unwavering commitment. Our journey began in 2012, but due to personal struggles I was facing at the time, we decided to part ways in 2013.


It was a difficult decision, driven by my own fears and the desire to protect myself from the repercussions of a previous relationship. Little did I know that this separation would only strengthen our bond.


Despite our physical distance, Ryan’s love for me remained steadfast, and we nurtured a deep and meaningful friendship.


Even when he found himself in the company of other women, I always respected their relationships and maintained a sense of integrity. Ryan faced his own set of challenges during this time, but our connection was unbreakable.


To expound on his challenges, Ryan, is currently incarcerated for vehicular manslaughter. Life has a funny way of throwing unexpected curve balls at us. One moment, everything seems to be going perfectly, and the next, our world is turned upside down.


That’s exactly what happened to us. It was a tragic accident that changed the course of our lives forever, but it didn’t change the way I feel about Ryan.


Now, let’s be clear I’m not a professional poet by any means, but when it comes to expressing my love and admiration for Ryan, words seem to flow effortlessly. I’ am however, definitely an emerging poet and journalist. I am currently working on my Bachelors degree, studying Journalism & Media Communication at Los Angeles Film School. I previously attended New School of Radio and Television.


I have more than 7 years of professional experience working in news stations, and digital and print organization.


You see, Ryan is not just my partner; he’s my rock, my confidant, and my biggest supporter. He’s always been there for me, especially when life throws its challenges our way. So, I wanted to capture that unwavering strength and resilience in this poem.


Defying the World; Embracing Each Other:

“I love you, even if the world turns against you,

Just as I loved you when the city was on your back.


Through thick and thin, my love will remain,

In your darkest hour, I’ll still be the same.


No matter the storms or the battles we face,

My love for you will never be erased.


When others doubt and try to bring us down,

I’ll stand by your side, wearing love like a crown.

In the face of adversity, we’ll stay defeated

overcoming every obstacle, demonstrating them deleted.


For our love is pure, unwavering and true, A bond that nothing can ever undo.

So even if the church turns its back, I’ll hold your hand, never losing track.


Together we’ll conquer, side by side, In your love, my heart will forever reside.

Through the highs and lows, we’ll rise above,

United in a love that’s bound by love.


No matter what challenges may come our way,

I’ll love you fiercely, every single day fear not,

my love, for you I’ll stand,


With you, I’ll face whatever life demands.

For in your arms, I’ve found my home,

No matter where we go or where we roam.

I love you, my dear, with all that I am, In your embrace,

I’ve found my truest jam.

No matter the world, no matter the strife,

Forever and always, you’re the love of my life.”



Photo of Ryan still incarcerated


"Our love story is not about the mistakes we’ve made or the challenges we’ve faced."


Meaningful Truths

These words may seem simple, but they hold so much meaning for us. In a world that can sometimes be harsh and unforgiving, Ryan and I have chosen to stand tall and face whatever comes our way together. We’ve learned that it’s not about avoiding challenges, but rather about embracing them and growing stronger as a couple.


Our love is an unbreakable force that binds us together. We are inseparable, united by a bond that surpasses any obstacle that comes our way. Our relationship is built on a foundation of trust, loyalty, and unwavering support. We cherish each other unconditionally, knowing that our love is irreplaceable.




The Present

Now, in the present, Ryan holds my heart and I am committed to him for life. I vow to never leave his side again. He is not just a part of my world; he is my world. My love for him knows no bounds and is not dependent on his love for me. I was willing to wait for him for as long as it took, even if it meant waiting for twenty years. The moment he won his appeal, relief washed over me, knowing that our love would continue to thrive.


Overcoming Life's Curveballs

When life tries to knock us down, we refuse to let it define us. We rise above, hand in hand, ready to conquer whatever obstacles may lie ahead. Our love acts as a beacon of light, guiding us through the darkest of times. It’s a love that gives us the strength to keep pushing forward, even when the odds may seem stacked against us.


Ryan and I have faced judgment, scrutiny, and countless sleepless nights filled with worry and uncertainty. But through it all, our love has remained unwavering. It’s in times like these that you truly understand the depth of your love for someone. It’s when you see their flaws and imperfections, yet you choose to love them even more fiercely.


Holding Strong To Love

Our love story is not about the mistakes we’ve made or the challenges we’ve faced. It’s about the bond that we share, the unbreakable connection that has only grown stronger amidst the storm. It’s about the way Ryan has taken responsibility for his actions and is actively working towards becoming a better person.

Standing by someone who is incarcerated is not easy. It requires immense patience, understanding, and a belief in redemption. But I have seen firsthand the transformation that can happen when someone is given love and support. Ryan is not defined by his past or his mistakes; he is defined by his courage to change and his determination to make amends.


It is also a testament to the power of forgiveness, empathy, and second chances. It’s about looking beyond the surface and seeing the person beneath, the person who deserves a chance at redemption and a future filled with love and happiness.


This journey has taught me the true meaning of commitment and the power of love to overcome any adversity. Our story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the strength that lies within a deep connection. Together, we have weathered storms and emerged stronger than ever.


In Retrospect

As I reflect on our love, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to share this extraordinary bond with Ryan. Through our love story, let it be a reminder that when two souls are meant to be, nothing can keep them apart. We are blessed to have found each other, and we will continue to cherish and nurture our unbreakable love.


To My Love

Ryan, my love, you have shown me what it truly means to be resilient and to never give up. Your unwavering support and belief in us have given me the courage to face my fears and pursue my dreams. With you by my side, I know that we can overcome anything that life throws our way.


To anyone reading this, I want you to know that love doesn’t always follow a straight path. It can be messy, complicated, and unpredictable. But when you find someone who truly sees you for who you are and loves you unconditionally, don’t let go. Stand by them, support them, and believe in their ability to change.

Ryan and I are still writing our love story, and while the current chapter may be difficult, I have faith that our journey is far from over. Together, we will overcome this hurdle, and our love will shine brighter than ever before.


To My Audience

Thank you all for listening to our story. May it remind you that love knows no boundaries and that true strength lies in standing by those we love, even in the face of adversity.


Remember, dear readers, love has a remarkable power to conquer all. So, hold onto that love, cherish it, and never shy away from facing life’s challenges head-on. With love as your guiding light, you can triumph over anything.


Until next time, stay strong, stay resilient, and keep spreading the love!

To read more of my writing head over to Inspire My Life,LLC, an motivational & local news blog that documents stories in Baltimore, the DMV and beyond.


Inspire My Life, LLC was registered and founded in Los Angeles, California.


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