Monday, April 17, 2017

#MicropoetryMonday - April 10 - 16, 2017


I've made it past the halfway point of NaPoWriMo! I'm having a blast and every time I think I'm losing steam, I write a bunch more. I hope everyone had a great holiday! I had a great time with my fam in law on Saturday and enjoyed "Couchella" all weekend. :D Enjoy this week's micropoem collection! Thanks so much for all of your love and support! I've got some published work that will be released soon so stay tuned! 


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The heart monitor looms over us
 a countdown
 a stopwatch
But it's not stopping, is it?

It's prolonged suffering
We know
Still, we keep you


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We're outcasts
but isn't everyone?

We destroyed the mold
so no one fits in anymore
anywhere

Now's our time
to swallow the night


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Just a shower
to cool down fiery tempers
Just a sprinkle
of good sense to set you off again
This storm is what we make of it


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Keeper of windblown wishes
reigning in butterflies with broken wings
only so they keep direction,
never to keep them contained


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He played a song on a cello all for me
He called it The Owl's Wing
He was a stranger, but an angel still
Bringing healing to my hospital bed


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My uncle & I had the same dream
We saw the ghost of a forest
outlined in smoke
We could hear the trees calling us
from another time


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There are still
jagged bits of you
coursing through
my bloodstream
for you are poison
making fragments
of me toxic & diseased


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Nude brain, full frontal lobe
Exposed, ripe for the blackbirds' pickings
A cerebral stain
on bare memories
We could not look away


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Coming down
could be more of a rush
than the high

You
lo-key
lock eyes with me

I
lose myself
to hypnosis

Up here
unlocked
I chose this


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It's one of those days
where Michigan memories haunt me
& Eddie Money makes me cry

That apple looks plastic & I wish I were in the treetops


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The box held murder, greed, terror
The stuff of worst nightmares
They urged us out
but nothing changed
when we looked away
All was the same


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Birdsong, take me away
The buzzing in my brain
is affecting my heart
I'm so heavy
Dragging myself
through rain
It's just a day
I'm torn apart


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So artful,
hiding your true nature
behind being so kind
I was foolish once
I'd smile, shy away
My heart would be near bursting
with warning


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She dances on clouds
Flower beds turn their heads
They smile with understanding
Her worldview changed
Through the eyes of new love


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Scrutinized lives

Clouds of darkness
under a microscope

They give no hope to the misanthrope looking for a silver lining


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It's dark where you are, isn't it?
I'm envious
The light in my eyes makes me dizzy
& I see things all askew
I'm not in those stars
I'm in you


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I didn't ask to be born
or sign up to be your burden
No one told me to embrace my shine
I just stay in your shadow
where I belong


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Dried petals pressed between pages
of your old books

I'll read them someday,
when my heart can take

the fragrance of your hands
on my face


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You can be brutally honest with a flame
Suffer the scorch, take the blame
Soften a blow with cool indifference
Hell baby burns upon deliverance


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I find fine quality
in an average day,
no matter how mundane
Grasping good
before it slips
through cracks
never to be found again


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Claws sharpened,
I heed the call of night

All day anger bubbles
inside of me
waiting for the safety of darkness
to break free


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the aftermath
left us reeking of smoke
& debauchery 
you blink dust away
with lovely lashes
& laughter escapes 
gnarled throats
under
pink moon


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I saved the napkin memento

after midnight, mixing magic
you wrote love lines on it

some superficial sonnet
I knew wasn't written
for me


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Lilac sails across
starry marble
allows a dewdrop
glimpse of a life
well lived
Pick a partner pretty flower
A new bloom
for the Spring fling


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Daisy chains, novocaine
Your presence numbed
I chased Bohemian bliss
through streets of mist
Fell flat in Elysium
from one kiss


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I watched you unravel from too far away
I want to time travel
to save you
I want to help carry your burdens
but I tarry
& lose you


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How do you say goodbye to a tornado?
A cyclone who picked you up
and landed you right in the center
of the closest thing to perfection?


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Unmasked marauder
I uncover
Your monster heart
Malicious
Vicious
I battle your demons
Now I'm torn apart


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He had an admirable dedication
 to learning yo-yo tricks
Push, pull
Back, forth
He had me
on a string
I broke his concentration
He let me go


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Prepare a place,
make a way
to a fresh field
where we'll lay in,
play in,
put watercolor wildflowers
in our hair
Imagine a life
without care


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Morning mountain mist is my comfort
I am wrapped in a stranger's sweater
on an unfamiliar front porch
This has to be a dream
The sun taunts


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You were gone
before I could utter a greeting

Hello

I was wrong
we could have done without this meeting

Goodbye


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Dizzy from tidal waves
that break upon me
& smooth me over

I am a stone cast
into a raging sea,
born of anger


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Waking up screaming
because I'm still here
in a body not my own
anymore
In eternal sleep,
with silent dreams
Untouchable
by the pains of day


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The view was ruined
by a skyscraper

The majestic mountains
behind it roared
for the spotlight
causing the earth
to tremble


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Never learned
the ways of mercy
Taught to push pity away
I'm kind, believe me
There's just nothing to forgive
if no one's sorry


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Nature
Her unpredictability is beautiful
I wont complain of rain
or call her actions disasters
I can only wish to be that free


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What to make of a still night
When firestorms rage all around
Other places aren't so fortunate
Other places can't find quiet peace


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Backed into a corner
a connection/rejection
reverting to a
strange unearthly thing
Fear & self doubt
No myth,
a fulfilled prophecy


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A tapestry of turbulent
Emotions
Center streamline
I find my footing
Keep grounded
Take caution
to the wind
& keep soaring


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No matter how cosmically distant we are

I'll still feel

the heat from your amaranthine aura

the warmth from your indigo glow


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You said,
wait until you were camera ready

I couldn't,
not when the moment before then

was when you were at your most beautiful


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The muse pours poetry into my mouth. The sweet honey nectar sustains
me for another day. Suffering & sustenance. Pressure, pleasure, & pain.


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I need a break from myself
so I'm going on an escape

I'll leave myself
& my shadow at home

Impossible, I know
but I'm still giving it a go


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I am blessed to be on your path
Our life circles entwined form infinity
Many beginnings & endings
 we'll endure together
Forever


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The owl floating toward dusk
You took my feather hand in yours
Steel & porcelain
Wise decision to trust
Sanctity of our union


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Burgundy jacket caught my eye
Sittin' on the street corner,
strummin' a banjo
& guiding me home


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April busies herself
Still never finishes
all of spring's workings
on time
She's on her
own time
Planting
isn't her duty
She nurtures blooms


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Worlds apart
we sit
side by side
I tried
to pay visits
but you slammed
your door
in my face
Can we find
space to meet
in between?


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Mid afternoon dandelion daze,
hottest point of the day

The mists of former lives
float above the pavement

Making waves
as we wheel along


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He promised me everything
under the sky
I didn't want all that,
just him, forever by my side


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Presented, a gift
We were led to believe
we were so blessed
Presently, a divine disaster
Another wolf in sheepskin
like the rest


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She was impossible,
 predictable
A gorgeous, spaced out sunflower
 who showed a sliver of heart once
& that was enough
 for us
It was enough


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Liberation, a weapon she wielded
In five years
are we strangers?
Your changling voice
is not you
No fear like the fear of what you don't do


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Floor space lined in green machine bolts
Dry ice capades
We melt into each other
Clashing colors
Blind
Incandescence
in the bobbing of curls


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Shiraz under cinder block chandelier
Industrial strength stars,
 blackberry sky so clear
Clumsily, you spill
sweet magenta secrets
in my ear


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I feel my heart liquefy
when whimsical clouds surround
the room with a view
you chose
from a catalogue
a lavender scarf
catches tears
of May


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We return
to the early daze
of the new millennium
w each throwback track
& I can't take plummeting back
to those wild house parties downtown


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My wild soul
feeds off summer rain
Every day refreshers
washing the heat of bad days away
Cooling break from
running with the sun


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Strange sounds surround
Wicked winds
No bounds
Whipping emotions around
In shape, shoved in a pocket,
A crushed violet
saved from the ground


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Butterflies circle around us

We hardly notice
through flurries of fluttering kisses

Beauty surrounds
and is found
within us too


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Spinning circles like it's a theme
& it's true
I'm tired
of running around
I'm trying to lose parts of me
that are holding me back
& I can't


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An open door,
this wedding ring

I ran right through,
right into you

A delicate reminder,
makes our hearts sing


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I compromised
with your fondness for oceans
I braved rivers to find
the beauty of a beachcomber,
a teardrop sunset as your backdrop


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Courtesy of Brooke Shaden 




Her head of blue swallowtails
made him closely examine each of
her passing thoughts
He pinned her wings
& collected all she forgot


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They infiltrated
with a promise of
a new life

We insisted
we were fine
with the old one

They're still
killing it out of us anyway


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Behind the dismal door
the quiet culls me
I'm one of many, cursed with bravery
I enter your tomb
& choke on the smell
of rotting rose petals


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Elvis, with gospel on his lips
joined the dark side with a swing of his hips
Up at the top he had it all,
but even kings fall

#clerihew


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I don't believe in thoughtless

There's no way a mind
is so empty
it can't process
an inconsiderate act of wrongdoing

Come on,
really?


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Left his heart on the highway
He'd visit the same intersection
Year after year
Going home once, he found it
Still makes the trip


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Pouring coffee in the morning
Gram in the orange glow
Creases in her cheek,
streams she crossed
Harshness,
the life she knows


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many moons
lined her palms

she had
a bad habit

of holding
on too tight


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Inhale the rhythm
Our music making  Connection
of snippets of favorite lyrics
to make a new song  We'll
      overplay this one too


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Those happy girls
always pushing me to choose
my favorite flower from the bunch
I loved them all,
& way too intensely
They knew it
& smiled


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Now that you're free
will you still
spin in kitchens,
dazzle us with
fantastic anecdotes,
& make sure we
say goodnight
to each other?


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Little brother,
I don't want our pain to be shared

In fact,
I'd take double the burden

So you
can live a long life of peace


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I knew it was going to pour,
and it hasn't even started raining yet.


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Blurry transitions
The timbre of your voice
 makes us thankful
Bless your hot pink highlights
Bless the pinky nail you painted
 so we'd know


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You are bliss
with a guitar in your arms,
beads of your travels
burden your neck

You smile my way
during certain songs
& I die


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We can move along
The shell of me is right there with ya
My burst mind
might take time
to catch up
or squeeze in
'cuz you blew it
to pieces


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Paint me moonlit
with eyes of amethyst
& a garden halo
of daisies & twigs

Color me in silks
that won't scratch
& fix my smile
so it's true


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Getting caught up
in the wrong kind of energy
Can't we see
waves of bodies dancing
& not oceans
of people swallowed up by
 jaws of injustice


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Desperation deems devices doable
Dust off
Distance yourself
Red lights draw out the dilemma
Deep in your attic
Demonizing all damnable deeds


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I love this ruby girl
Red lipstick used to terrify me,
I found it intimidating
Now I see the power in pretty crimson lips
Crooning rose hips


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Sweetness in starlight,
face shining like Orion
I was the only one
who saw the blue comet
The rest had their eyes
on the fire


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Chalk it up to a

m     r      g
      i      a    e

What else could
look so beautiful
in this desolate,
succubus space?


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Bouncing around the buttercups,
taking what I can get
to calm my scattered mindset
Wallflower friends
pull daisy heads
out of magic pockets


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Girl was nightshade
Purest & prettiest poison
Tawny haired temper tantrum
But she stood up for me
for everyone
She wasn't the one to fear


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Pulled in by the violet,
we became the stage
Little boxes, little plastic
frames Hypnotized by
monolithic encasement
musicians Wailing rage


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They sucked me in
to their sunny world of huge sunglasses,
music festivals,
top down on the interstate,
& Polaroid pictures to plaster walls


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A trail of whispers
led to the murky glen
The pond spectres looked on maliciously
There is no wondering here
They've made it clear


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Down so low,
but he knows
I'm here
to pull him out

Life of doubt,
but he goes
to show
everyone he's got things
to smile about


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Plant on windblown soil
so seeds will have
experienced unknown
lands before it sprouts
& its blooms will lead a
lost soul home


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Dim the spotlights

The star blinds the audience
with one breath
without them

Her silhouette
alone is a vision
curing sore eyes


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Our kisses
spell happiness

Reminders
that we're here
for each other

Until the
very end
of this beautiful
roller coaster ride


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Gear up, she said,
her voice sweet with the taste of freedom
I would never be ready
for a world that didn't want me
Still, travel on


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Rose crown,
because all they teach about you,
& all they do in your name isn't true

I'm taking all they put on your precious head, making it new


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A recurring dream
of an emerald gleam
in the eye of a keeper
of fire
I dance;
the flames roar higher
in the circle of my ancestors
in trance


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You're being attacked
by birds at bus stops
I'm starting my springtime suffering
Battling myself
Breaking the barrier
between rest & the pen


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Hot       air       balloon

is                           pure

 Happiness taking us
            higher
               &
            higher


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Nicotine stained fingers,
soup can curlers in her hair

An off base paradise,
her drummer brothers stir up signs
of quality of life


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I didn't fear the forest,
its supposed ghosts, the dark unknown
I secretly discovered, on my own
an abundance of rabbits, at rest


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Sleep
to the tune of mad ramblings
Haunted
you are & your bedtime stories are
Webs
where black widows wait for wonderland
to fall


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Crackling garage radio
unlocks the yearning
for a fire pit surrounded by empty chairs

It's home
where a seat always waits


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We woke the whole slumber party
with our laughter
A laser light show, flashlights
under that ratty afghan
We missed stars
So we made our own


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Literary lioness
nurtures
a wild love
for the kind of poetry
that cuts through glass
She surrenders
to woeful words
her power


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Spent so long
learning to fly
I never
noticed when
I was up there
soaring over mountains,
azure oceans,
and becoming
one with
sky




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Mermaid with a velvet voice
takes the stage
I blink in the ice blue,
embrace oblivion
to the point of no return,
& drown in her ocean waves


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Cue the comeback,
no, the resurrection

The first time around
was a packed punch

Here you are again,
pumping us full of anxiety


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Haiku:



Rough talker sure did
smooth out situations with
his sensual hands


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When they all speak the
same language but can't agree
on what the words mean


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VSS (Very Short Stories):


"Coffee"

A love of coffee is
definitely in my genetic makeup.


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Those poems you read
that make you smirk in
public & the more people
around the better.


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You're a galaxy of wonderful stories
& you allow us to traverse your
outer space & we are so grateful.
You bring us along for the journey.


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Beaming, Jim accepted the trophy.
He set out to win his precinct's Halloween contest,
& the donut costume was a surefire win.


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That dude & his acoustic guitar.
Let me tell you, he stopped wars with that thing.
His music brought the worst of enemies together, singing.


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What he saw was an assault to his frontal lobe.
There was too much red in the room.
Her face was frozen in horror.
Too still.


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"Friend"

They're wrong. A true friend
won't stab you at all.


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The world was ok when I ventured out into it.
Perception is everything.
I didn't forget about the awfulness, I just kept the darkness at bay.


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Photo Courtesy of David Lucas



My brother & I,
stunned & disheartened to learn of the ocean's end,
gasped in salty air.


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After the blizzard, he spent his nights reading Yeats by a painted fireside.
He had moved to where winter could never reach him again.


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I hate this holiday.
Uncle Lou pounds at the
out of tune piano keys
& provides a symphonic disaster soundtrack
to this glazed ham lit scene.


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"Cross"

What's left unsaid must wait
until our paths cross again.


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I trusted a bandana more than a promise.
He knew what he was doing when he gave me something to hold on to.
Something that reminded me of him.


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WIP (Works in Progress):

"At what point will you realize you're too old to really give a crap what anyone thinks?"
"Today. Right now."
"Well, good. It's about time."


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"Any other interests?" The interview was going better than he expected.
"Well, I love poetry," She looked down, & whispered, "and you."


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"This band is confusing."
"You dragged me here."
"It's just--I don't know what decade it is right now. Look at that dude's pants."


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"Did that sign say 'No Tribal IDs'?"
"Mm," Uncle replied. "It's just a fancy, legal way of saying they don't want our kind here."


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I stuffed little notes everywhere.
Hidden spots.
When she came home she'd never feel that low or unloved again.
I'd make sure of that.


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"Let the girl speak!" It was here. The moment to let them all have it & my voice was a glacier in my throat. My mind screamed doubts at me.


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"But when will it be my time? Huh?" It was childish, I know.
The old man shook his head. "Only a fool believes time belongs to him."


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"I'm an incredible liar. If you're going to be incredible at anything, why not lying?"
"I suppose it could come in handy."
"Damn right!"


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