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Thu Oct 9, 2014, 5:28 PM


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I want to get a few things off my chest.  I have been on dA for six years now, although I've been writing for a lot longer than that.  I originally began writing as a young kid and it was an escape for me.  I could create the worlds I wanted to live in, I could have the friends I wanted to have, win the girl, conquer the enemy.  I discovered poetry in my early teens and it quickly became the area I wanted to focus on.  I've never been so optimistic as to believe that I was going to make some sort of a career out of it, although that is a dream I wish I could construct into reality.  That being said, I lost the purpose somewhere along the way.  Poetry was, for me, this ultimate way of expressing all of the chaos inside of me, my views on the world, my experiences, my dreams and my fears.  It was as much an extension of me as anything else could be.  However, I slowly found that I was beginning to write words that didn't connect the way that I wanted, that didn't say what I wanted, and out of some necessity or compulsion, I continued to post them here.  Yes, there were some diamonds in there, but there were also some lumps of coal.  I don't feel a poem I craft has as much power or purpose if I don't feel it screaming inside of me, fighting to get out.  So, I wanted to take a step back.  I took a lot of my work and I locked it up in storage and my gallery is fairly empty.  Eventually, I'll unlock a good portion of them, but I wanted to edit them and sharpen them and though I may never be a famous poet, I'd like to see some grace the pages of a book someday.  That being said, I'm not going to fall into the trapping of perfection anymore.  I want to make mistakes, write some bad lines, adjust, and learn from it.  I want to continue the evolution of my style, to learn new methods of expression, to experiment with different forms and see what happens.  For a while I was worried, like I had some reputation to uphold and as such I had to stay inside of a box.  Well, I'm not going to do that anymore so you're going to start seeing some very, very different things from me.  Some you'll like, some you'll hate, and I'm sure I'll feel the same way as you from time to time, but I want to expand and I want to be more of the poet I dream of being.

I needed a break, and I took it over the course of the past week or two.  I needed to recharge, to find myself, because I was lost.  Yes, I've got some things going on in my personal life that can be both uplifting and damaging, but this is the man that I am and I no longer want to try and be something that I am not.  Whether that is good enough for the people around me remains to be seen, but to be true to myself is definitely good enough for me.  I am a confusing guy and I feel lost more often than not, but I know a lot of who I am.  I love deeply, I fight for the things I believe in, I refuse to surrender in the face of overwhelming odds and I find something beautiful even in tragedy.  I don't know that I am enough for some people, or that I could be, but this is the man that I am and I have to believe that if I cannot add up in someone's mind than I am just not a part of the equation that they're interested in solving.  I feel sort of like a kite set adrift on the wind, tied to a tree with no hand manipulating my string.  I dive and I whirl, I swing and I soar, but is the person I'm trying to fly for even watching?  Time is going to tell, and I am going to continue down the road that I have chosen.  Ultimately, it is an inherent belief of mine that you cannot walk away from the things you truly want in life and there is no better way to tell whether or not someone wants you around than to see if they actually have you around.  Dreams are sweet, and wishes are wonderful, but action that solidifies the truth and intention of words is progress and progress is what is necessary.  So, if you want me, take me, and if you don't, then I'll see you around this big blue marble sometime.

Maybe it doesn't all make sense, and maybe I don't either.  However, new things are coming and I am going to live my way, write my way and no longer be afraid to pursue those things which I've always believed to be just out of reach.  For those of you who know me, read my work, talk to me on a personal level, don't be too shy.  I always enjoy seeing someone reach out.  It's nice to feel wanted or missed.  It's nice to feel.  It's nice to be where you want to be while being where you are also wanted.  So, here I am.  Show me something and I'll come a little closer.

I have not taken a vacation since April 2013.  I have gathered so many PTO hours at my job that I am pretty much in a place where I have to use them or I'm going to lose more than half of them when the year ends.  So, I've finally scheduled to take one.

I'm driving up the East Coast with my final stop being my old home state of New York.  Along the way I'm planning to make a few stops, see some friends, see some sights.  So, I'll be passing through several states.  Primarily I'll be in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey for the long hauls.  I'll pass through a few others along the way.

After arriving in New York, I'm going to take a side trip up to Massachusetts.  I'm going to head into Amherst to see the Emily Dickinson house.  I've always wanted to go there and I figure, what better time than now? 

I'm going to take this trip in early August, tuck it in before I head back to school in late August.  Either way, I'll probably pop onto dA when I get the chance and for those of you who keep up with me through other sites, I'll probably post a lot on them.  I get bored on these long road trips so your entertaining messages are appreciated.
As some of you may have noticed, I moved almost every deviation I've ever submitted into storage.  One of the reasons I've selected to do this is that I want to work my way back through my gallery and sharpen up, edit, change around and rework a lot of my stuff.  Some things I'll probably leave as is, but I know there are some pieces in my gallery that I'd like to sharpen up or bring them closer to what was intended.  Not all of these changes will be dramatic, and some might not even be all that noticeable.  That being said, when I do select to redo one, I am going to release the original version from storage and then post the new version with the word "Redux" added into the title.  I'll then link them together.  In addition I'll add a "Redux" gallery folder. 

I think it will be fun to go back through six years worth of postings to see what changes and what doesn't.  I don't know about you, but for me, my poetry is like an emotional time capsule.  I can read something I wrote three years ago and I can immediately feel what I was feeling when I wrote it.  I'm curious to see how that all affects me as I go forward with this.  I will still be posting some new writing along the way, as I have been hitting my notebook pretty hard as of lately...

I've gotten a few notes and comments asking me whats been going on, where I've been, why I've been so quiet.  Etc.  Let me boil it all down for now, and later I'll go into further explanation.  Over the course of the past two years I've been through a really complicated, emotionally draining relationship experience which during some days left me so tired and drained I didn't even want to move, let alone talk to people or write poetry.  I assure you, the complications I experienced were complex and strange enough that I am, in fact, working on a book about it all.  There was some good, but mostly bad.  However, like many things in life, the bad experienced can lead you into good places.

As a result of all of that chaos I finally began seeing a therapist, and I'm very glad that I did.  I've wanted to see one for a long time, especially considering that I am a Psychology major.  It's interesting to experience it all firsthand and I think it's teaching me a lot about myself, and about what I need to do to be in a better place in my life.  So, it's sort of all about new beginnings for me right now.  I'm hoping that the adventure of this life starts becoming more of what I want it to be.

For those of you who have been wondering where I am, drop me a note, send me a message, I'll definitely get back to you.  And for those of you who want to keep up with me outside of this place, you can find me in a few different locations:

Instagram
Twitter
Facebook
It's a fascinating thing, the way that we so often put ourselves through hell when we know better.  There is a battle waged between the emotional brain and the logical brain, and although logic seems black and white, the emotional side begins to fill in shades of gray.  I have a habit of doing this.  I tend to put myself into the most difficult, painful, complicated situations because I can see that slim, sliver of a chance that things can work out.  I am not sure what you'd call it, but I have a kind of complex where I always believe that something is possible.  It's infectious, to some degree, and it eats away at me.  I try to take the world onto my shoulders, I try to guide people through dark environments where I will lay myself down for all of the pain, as if I can take it away from them and bring it onto myself.  Sort of an emotional "Green Mile."  I push my own feelings into a corner, I box myself in, and I allow myself to get broken down piece by piece.  I don't do it because I enjoy it, because it's pretty goddamn miserable.  I do it because I want to help, I want to take someone's pain away, I want to be able to shake that person and tell them the truth in a way that they can recognize.  It isn't always easy, because most people will ignore the truth even if they know it.  They will push it down inside of themselves and pretend that things are not as bad as they are.  They will pretend that they are happy because it's easier than accepting that they are miserable.  The thing about it is, I never wanted to live a fake life and I never wanted to lie to myself.  We all do sometimes, it's unavoidable, but I'll take truth over bullshit any day.  Give me pain, heartbreak, anger, but give me truth regardless.  You know that infectious thing I mentioned earlier?  Some people call it "hope."  I'm beginning to believe that it is one of the worst things in the world.

So yes, I'm pretty unhappy at the moment.  I suppose I've been unhappy for a little while.  Some of you reading this may remember a previous post of mine where I discussed losing this person that I loved.  Well, I've lost her again.  Actually, "lost" isn't the right word.  That implies that I misplaced her, or that I did something to result in her absence from my life, but the truth of the matter is that I did everything I could to keep this person.  Maybe that was my mistake, haven't figured that part of it out yet.  Regardless, I've lost her.  Which brings up an interesting question:  did I ever really have her?  I'm not sure of that answer.  For a while, I believed that I did.  I saw the look in her eye, her body language, the way she smiled at me, touched me, kissed me.  The way that we made love, the way that she fell asleep draped over my body.  Maybe she did and it died, or maybe she thought she loved me but it was just heightened interest.  Maybe she does in fact love me, but finds herself unable to be with me.  I'm not really sure, but I've reached a place where I feel like I've done and said just about everything a man can to show love, to give love.  My therapist had an interesting thought about it:  what if she doesn't actually want love?

You have to understand, without revealing too much, this is a woman who has spent her life feeling as though she is not worthwhile and she has learned to find comfort in the familiarity of miserable and mistreatment.  Treating her well, giving her love, these things cause greater fear in her heart than the misery that another can bring to her.  I am not, and I never would, allow myself to treat her poorly.  I love her, and yes I do still love her, and I wanted to give her whatever I could, but I don't know now that she could have been then, nor is able to now, accept love and trust it.  It's sort of like a set of lines from my favorite Emily Dickinson poem:  "I like a look of agony / because I know it's true."  I don't know that this is the case, but I do know this one simple fact:  When you love someone, when you truly love that person, you find a way.  I have bent myself into all manner of shapes to conform to the world as has been necessary to be beside her.  However, she has proven to be less flexible than myself.  I am unsure if this is a result of her not loving me, or her loving someone else more.  Couldn't say for sure, but it hurts all the same.

It's been a difficult year.  Yeah, it's been a year.  I have fought and exerted myself.  I have bent and cracked and fractured.  I've risked my physical safety, had my life threatened, surrendered my emotional well being and, in a sense, allowed myself to get thrown aside.  It is inexplicable, the feeling of being tossed away like you are meaningless.  No matter what someone says, if they are not with you or working to be with you, than they don't want to be.  It's that simple.  It's difficult to see the harshness of the truth, but to have your emotions telling you that it isn't true.  Not because it isn't, but because you don't want it to be.  As someone who adores truth, I have been denying myself that very thing.  People will give you all of that bullshit about love, you know, how if you let someone go and they come back that it is meant to be.  That isn't really how it works.  Sometimes, when you love someone, you let them go and you do so not because they are going to come back, but because they are not going to come back.  Sadly, by letting go of her, I am giving her the freedom she so craves, but she is going to sacrifice that freedom by returning to the vicious cycle of abuse and neglect she has experienced at the hands of this other person. 

She can't see it.  I wish I could show it to her, but I've got enough knowledge in this field and experience with her particular situation that I can make a pretty educated guess of what is going to happen.  And it makes me sad, and it makes me angry.  It's so difficult to watch someone you care about, someone you love, allow themselves to be treated in this way.  However, you can't save them.  They have to save themselves.  This is a very difficult lesson for me to learn, and I'm not sure that I fully accept it but it does seem to be true in most cases.  How do you break someone out from a prison cell that they choose to go back into?  I guess you can't, you can just watch.  Maybe it's like dealing with a child - sometimes you have to let them fall down so they can learn.  Maybe I need to let her fall so that she can learn to lift herself up.  I worry, however, that she'll just stay on the ground resigned to the life that she has selected to follow.  She's a woman who ties a lot of anchors to herself and finds it incomprehensible that she can't swim across the sea.  She just doesn't see the anchors.

But I can't change her, and I can't save her, and I can't live her life for her.  I can only be here, as I am, and that puts me in this complicated situation where I have to watch the woman I love slowly sink into the dark.  I have to believe, I have to have some faith, that she will pull herself out of it eventually.  And if she doesn't, I have to ultimately accept that there is nothing I can do about it.  People come in and out of our lives, and some stay in our head forever.  Some stay in our heart forever.  She is someone who will be with me forever, and although one day she may exit my life and I may never lay eyes on her again, I know that she will always be a part of me and I will always worry for her and wonder.  Love... is not ever that easy.  I love her, and I have to let go and hope that she makes it ashore.  I don't know if she'll ever read these words.  She used to visit this page, to read the poetry I was writing about her, but lately she's doing her best to put up walls between she and I.  Maybe, one day, she'll be curious enough to look.  I hope that if she does, she'll know I cared and she'll know I tried.  If not, I just hope that she can make it through all of this. 

Beautiful things are corrupted and destroyed every day.  The love that takes a lifetime to give, can be crushed in such a small amount of time.  The spirit that is broken over time can take a lifetime to rebuild.  She is one beautiful thing that I truly hope survives because this world will be lacking one of its brightest lights if she never finds a way to shine again. 
I'll just never understand. 
Life doesn't always make sense and no one ever told me that it would.  People have told me a lot of things which have turned out not to be true.  I've been told that there is a reason everything happens, that we have to fight through it all, that we are never given more than we can handle.  I don't know how much of that is true.  I don't find it easy to accept that there is a reason that everything happens.  Sometimes things happen that are just bullshit and there is no reason. 

I met a woman a long time ago.  I fell in love with her, completely.  I felt ways about her that I have never felt about anyone.  I thought things about her that I had never thought about anyone.  I imagined a future, a family, a marriage.  I dreamed of spending the rest of my life with her and to this very moment I am sitting here still thinking of all of those things.  She, apparently, didn't share my views on all of that.  She appeared to, she told me that she did, but something happened and I can't make sense of it.  She seems to have slipped away from me, or more accurately, she seems to have shoved me right out of her life. 

I know that this isn't a unique story and I know that many of you who are reading this, assuming anyone is reading this, have been through it before.  For me, though, it is somewhat unique.  I've been left behind, but never like this.  I've never lost someone for apparently no reason, I've never been left here holding all of these dreams and wishes and hopes.  Normally, I'd see it coming.  This came out of nowhere, this came for what I can only imagine is no real reason.  I cannot make sense of it, I cannot make sense of anything right now.  All I do know is that I am broken... but I can't quit.

I believe in something, I believe in someone and that gives me this drive to keep pushing forward and to keep trying.  I cannot accept that everything is gone and I cannot believe that a love like this has faded away so quickly.  My heart is leading me, and I am following it, and even if it leads me to a place of total destruction I will follow it because I have to know.  I have to know that, at the end of the day, I did absolutely everything I possibly could to regain this love.  I cannot give up on this.  I cannot give up on her.  I cannot give up on us.
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Fifth Annual Poetry Screams Prompt Contest



WINNERS

:pumpkin:    
This was the fifth year I have run this contest, and a hell of a year for so many different reasons,
some good and some bad.  That being said, this is the longest it has ever taken me to post the
results and I apologize for that.  However, I thank you for your patience and support during this
troubling time in my life.  With all of that being said, it is incumbant upon me to announce
that this will be the final Poetry Screams Prompt Contest I will host.  I have thoroughly
enjoyed hosting these contests and reading your amazing entries.  Now, on to the fun stuff:  Winners!


:pumpkin:Winners:pumpkin:

:pumpkin:  1st Place
 by brokengod--veins
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:pumpkin:  2nd Place
 
as lie the deadautumn was a throaty rattle
that swung in slowly
on summer’s back.
stars cradled
the drifting days
as they slipped
from hothouse-hazy
to apple-crisp,
and every pale sunrise
arrived wreathed in a shiver
of mist.
we shrugged into
our layers and
huddled closer,
crackling leaves the color
of brazen blond
and blood-red billowing
around our feet—
fallen soldiers
curled against the cool earth
as lie the dead.
on a wolf-howl moon
we wavered like wraiths
into the night,
walking without fear,
corn husks scraping at the sky
as the stars
pirouetted overhead.
the wind pressed
a cold kiss
to my neck,
then your lips followed,
and you whispered
you would love me beyond living.
heart leaping,
i hung your words
on the hollow hands
of hope.
but winter crept in
without notice,
a thief in white silk
and black bone branches,
and buried
our fragile dreams.
still, your voice echoed
in the silent void
and somehow
i found my way back to you.
why then, do you
tremble and turn away,
twisting your prom
by Pailei
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:pumpkin:  3rd Place
 by NearlyInvisibleMind
Custom Poem Russianbear09
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Congratulations
to the winners and everyone who was involved with this contest.  I am
extremely grateful for your support, donations and promotion.  Most of
all I am supremely proud of being a part of something which resulted in
the creation of so much magnificent art.  Check out the winners as well
as all entries and give them some :+favlove: because they all deserve
it!  You can view all of the winners here:
Fifth Annual Poetry Screams Prompt Contest Entries

If I am being honest... I don't really know who I am right now.  I lost myself somewhere, I think I lost myself inside of her.  I'd name her, but I know she would rather that I didn't and for reasons beyond comprehension I continue to honor her wishes.

If I am being direct... there's something wrong with me.  That isn't a search for a compliment or the desire for an explanation.  I've known this for a long time and it's something that I have to figure out, not something you can solve for me.

If I am being intelligent... I would walk away from all of the things that are dragging me down and find a way to pull myself up, but I tend not to do that.  I mean, yes, I am intelligent, but I feel like I have to keep falling until I hit the floor because I need to find out what the floor feels like.

If I am being optimistic... I think now is the time to turn everything around.  To find myself, to find my future, to reach for what I can.  Tomorrow I am going to take some steps that I've been afraid to take for a long time and we will see what happens.

If I am being me... than I need to be who I am and not give a fuck what you or anybody else thinks.  I need to be this guy that I keep hidden away, the one that I truly am inside, regardless of whether or not anyone likes me.  I'd rather be alone and true than popular but false.  So, hell, this should be interesting.

As a little add on here, I've received quite a few requests for the results of the Poetry Screams contest.  I know, it has taken me longer than it should but try to understand I am a full time retail employee working the holiday season while simultaneously a full-time college student going through finals and doing projects and on top of all of that I am a human being who is emotionally and physically exhausted.  I hope to have the results posted early next week so... bear with me.


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immobilityA long, tedious winter is lodged in your spine,
and every day that goes by, you see less and less of familiar faces
until you are alone, in a place you didn't consciously walk to.
The wind blows in the wrong direction
and the ocean is battling the surge protectors and this is when
you realize that everything is changing but you;
everything is forceful and confident and independent
while you scamper and forage for the pieces of your identity,
lost in the brambles of a forest you stumbled through on one of your
drunken escapades.
And when you finally feel like the world is at peace and
your heart has regained stability in its pace, a stammer through your window,
one you hadn't heard in so long, wakes you
and drags you back to a place of accepted discomfort.
Pursuitsthrough wood modestly thawed
deep, shade, its margins
and the moon
enter can-opener
technician, distributer
of jerky, assistant saran-wrapper
slash professional
tender of fires
that smell like spam
tent-er of trees next to trees
their beast could have tented
sleeper of hammock,
flannel, others’ arm,
others’ arm in flannel
reminder of axis
often forgotten
by the scientist
disposer of map and
stringer of cellphone lights
like buoys, bobbing on path
pursuers of bigfoot
don’t have to find him
but if they do
they’ll clink glasses
over the warmest pile
of verified bigfoot scat.
PristinityThe withering heart is
The fabric dissipating off
The designer’s dress
Your passion being torn off
A beautiful creation
The pain doesn’t feel the tare
It feels it landing on the ground
Abandoned and left alone
He won’t pick you up
Because you can no longer serve purpose
For the flow of pristinity.

Love Note.Your roaming fingertips whisper desires, I crave each and every touch,
Your lips never say enough while your flickering circles catch too much.
Eyes forever a-light, your nervous hands entangle in your falling hair,
But it's your beating chamber that I'm after and I don't plan to share.
The darkness falls upon us, we become two shadows of the night,
Yet as we sink closer together you still glow in the faint moonlight.
Let me comfort you like the ashen sticks; breathe me in if you dare,
I'd gladly raise you up from any pain that, all alone, you can't bare.
You favor grand and vast landscapes, wild arches of the unknown,
Hold onto the many friendships that you have humorously grown,
Childhood pleasures, they stay forever chiseled within each palm,
When I find my world in chaos, you are the greatly needed calm.
You crave routine in your cup yet adventure behind the car wheel,
Fight with the wrath of hells minions in battles that aren't even real.
How long I await the smile of victory, whe
Simple pleasuresEvening drew its cloak around the earth’s shoulders, creating a gust of cutting wind which drove through the flesh of the few stragglers. Its bitterness was surpassed by only one man. He scuffed his boots against the cobblestones lining the Venetian causeway and sent a rogue, black cobblestone skittering off the path and into the canal.
“Ungrateful Moor. I almost gave my life to save his life from the wretched Turks and he promotes Cassio. That man is but an old woman, he knows nothing of war. I should be Othello’s lieutenant, I who has served so faithfully.”
Iago paid no heed to the wind which continued to tug at his clothes like an insistent lover. He stood, forlorn. Wooden shutters banged against the windowsills of the humble houses. The only source of light on this treacherous night came from a lantern in the house at the end of the cobbled causeway. It spilled onto the ground, pooling and flickering, draining into the path like the blood of a wounded animal
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Merely StarsAll that we thought was lost is merely stars,
Burning brighter still than moon or sun;
But far, so far we cannot call them ours,
Waiting out of reach and never won.
This twilight drives an arrow through my soul,
Clinging to the dust at end of day.
Never to regain what bounty stole,
Driving all we ever were away.
You will always be my summer weather,
Warm and pure in ways I'll never know.
Gently in the blades of grass and heather,
'Twas you who held my hand and wouldn't go.
How far we've come and oh, how far apart--
So bright must burn the stars that light our hearts.
the starthis is the gospel of you:
i lay there,
naked and mortal and
starry-eyed,
and you,
crouched with large dark pupils,
you,
a nymph and a priestess and a vision,
you,
my muse who breathed soft wonderings,
baptized me
on a bath mat
with a plastic yellow bucket.
you poured the water over my breasts and collar bone
and it was holy, holy, holy.
8My darling, we can make
moons out of park lamps,
say this puddle is the ocean,
say we are the only two lovers
to ever have existed at all.
There is only getting caught
in the rain with you at midnight.
There is only me tracing the veins
in your hand with my thumb, the feeling
of your face burrowed into my chest.
Summer has left us and
the clock has resumed its truth telling,
but we are a magic all of its own.
It only takes a late night walk
through the park to realize-
we are the only lovers
to ever have existed at all.
There is only my hand stroking
the soft muscles of your shoulder
beneath your wet wool coat.
Everything else is only a dream.

WreckageI don't write love songs
because I fear I'll lose them
amongst the paper wreckage
and half-assed poems.
So instead I'll write tributes
to the insides of your thighs,
concrete things that I can touch
and press my resolute kiss to.
EscapeI wrap myself up in fantasies
Trying to escape this world while
Reality crashes down around me
Life spinning out of control,
Slipping from my hands
But fantasies don't help when it's my own mind
Killing me
Thoughts I want to run away from, I run away to
Escaping one niggling thought I don't want to face
Just to embrace another
And slowly, I become entangled by my own thoughts
Suffocating me
Where is my out? I ask
Just to realize
There are no outs in life
Why I stay1.
every day you wake me
with a gentleness
I did not know you possessed
every day
you are waiting at the door
like clockwork,
stamping your feet
on the frozen ground,
smiling grimly
with your bone white teeth
2.
there is a restlessness going around,
something I think
borne of this winter air
I am filled with a longing
not lustful, nor painful,
but rather like a constant
pulling
from every direction
3.
as if the particles themselves
that compose my body
are becoming detached
tired of the tension, the constant
push to shove
necessary
to deserve your love

Recycled SoulRecycled Soul
I spent my life living
with a recycled soul
looking young but feeling
much more old as if I had
lived many other lifetimes
than the one I now have
what other things could
I have once been or who
what names and professions
could I have been known by
I know not the answers
but yet I have always felt
as if I have been living
with a recycled soul
finally now I'm reaching
the age where I look
as I have always felt
so perhaps it is true
that a man can live
a distant lifetime
and return in another
who knows all of the answers
that exist in the universe?
but yet I live on and on and on
i haven't named thisi’m eighteen and you’re eleven
and there’s not a chance
in your small world
you’d ever doubt a word i said
and then you’re eighteen
and i’m twenty-five
and i know for sure now
how little i knew then
and you’re too quick to tell me
how little i know now
and it pains me to know
that i know enough to know
that you know so much less.

Leaping For Salvationi. i've been dangling off a cliff for
   the past year.
ii. if i don't jump to my death -
   i'll die waiting for him to
   save me.
iii. if you don't kill her,
  iv. i'll just have to take her to hell with me.
C'est la vieAs these days pass, I'm always by your side.
Each day, you wake and greet me with a smile,
one that shines so brightly and stretched so wide,
and I continue to stay all the while.
You never needed me so much before,
making me do things to keep me around.
Your mind keeps flying in and out the door
with a happiness now before not found.
For decades time, you never knew my name.
Together we're now, not broken apart,
and with that, you gave me your one last claim.
For some reason, you trust me with your heart
These days don't compare to years on this cord.
With my pull, you'll say not another word.
paint until there's only positive spaceI am the street artist; rough clothes and thin visage
you are the city, vivacious and loud.
Night after night, I find myself in dark places
spraying colours on your faces just to talk to you.
Have you ever tagged a train?
The art I envy is like you –
making waves at night to leave the landscape brighter in the day.
You are the cause I just want to connect with:
fresh, something different, something new.



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Conversing During Work At Sunset by wolfwings13K 3F Memphis by srefislimitedAn autumn morning by Tazunee
P(l)ayoff by von-selAutumn 2 by sylverfaceRebecca by BlackRoomPhoto
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Pretending It's Spring 5 by MordsithCaraPink haze by LanzieBridal lingerie by AshtrayheartRomina
Hong Kong Night by RichteralanStephanie by silkesmoothIn the mountains by Hell-o-Z


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All That Glitters by cyndavalleBeatrice by DamienWormNovember 4 by nokeek
Losing the Way by nstoyanovDangerous travel by hitforsaAutumn Wind by AnnMarieBone
That spring by StasushkaATLA Azula by 0KiWi0Balcony Lights by Rus-Lev
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I am by no means a magnificent poet.  I doubt that I possess the talent to live up to my idol, Emily Dickinson.  She had something I can't seem to grasp, she had this quality that flooded through all of her poems that spills from the page and sinks into your skin.  The goal, though, isn't to be Emily or to be like her.  I used to look at poetry as a literary device, a style of writing.  That is where it began for me, in the mechanics.  Trying to determine the proper place to break lines, to employ rhymes, to use crimson instead of red.  A lot of people tackle it that way, and to each their own, but for me... that wasn't going to work.  I found it frustrating, trying to find my voice through this tangle of rules.  Yes, rules.  Everyone told me I had to follow rules, I had to adjust my meter and I had to sharpen my rhyme and I had to use better language.  Then, I began to get it... none of that really mattered.

Sure, there are poetry purists who consider all of that to be the most important things about it.  I don't fault them for that, again, to each their own.  For me though, that isn't what poetry is all about.  For me... poetry is an art and you cannot constrain an art within a box of rules.  So I threw them away.  That doesn't mean I decided to spell things wrong or not capitalize my I's (I still don't get that), but it did mean that I wasn't going to throw a poem out just because it didn't conform.  My emotions don't fucking conform to the world around them so why should the written extension of those same emotions conform to a damn thing?  They don't, they can't and they won't.

I write what I feel, what I think.  I take the thing I want the most and I try to show how incredibly desperately I want it.  I take what scares the hell out of me and I try to turn it on its head and see what it looks like from that angle.  I try to express exactly what it felt like, smelled like, looked like, tasted like.  I don't try to do that for you, though.  I try to do that for me.  If you read it and it speaks to you and it touched you and you feel what I feel or you understand what I am thinking than the poem is good.  No further work needed.  If you read it and feel nothing and think nothing than I suppose that the poem failed... for you.  It didn't fail for me.  I don't love all of my poems, but all of them are a part of me and I am not going to throw them away because others dislike them.  I have said what I wanted, and that is what mattered.  I have taken the overwhelmingly complex things going on inside of me and put them on the page.  That is my job as a poet.

Lately a lot of people have been asking me what is inspiring my recent flood of work.  Yes, I am writing a poem a day.  Well, she is my inspiration and she knows who she is.  If you read the poems and they speak to you, if you feel them, than I am so glad because that means that you have experienced the love that I am currently experiencing.  If you read them and have a sense of longing to feel that, I assure you that you will.  And if you read them and you're one of those "blah love poetry" type of people... you'll get over that.  I used to be one of those people until I discovered why love poems are so common:  love is one of the most powerful things in this world and when you find it you want to explore it, share it, tell it.  I know love, and I know her, and I love her, and my poetry shows it.  Outside of my own expression, what really matters to me... is what she feels when she reads it.  Hopefully she feels what I do, or even more so.

Regardless of my personal thoughts on it... poetry is whatever you want to make it.  Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it, and don't worry if you can't find your voice and don't get caught up in the tangle.  You can, you will, you are free.  No one knows what is going to happen tomorrow.. so write and say and do what matters, express what needs to be set free because you might not have that option tomorrow.  Leave a legacy of poetry and don't give a damn what the world thinks because, most of the time, the best poems are the ones that people didn't particularly get back in their day.  Or maybe even like my idol, Emily Dickinson, nobody even read until years and years later.

Write and be free.

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Fifth Annual Poetry Screams Prompt Contest




The deadline has come and gone, all entries have officially been received and accepted. 

Now begins the truly difficult task of determining a winner...

Results will be posted as soon as decisions have been made, but I wanted to
thank all of you for your hard work, your amazing poetry,
your donations, your support and your continued interest in what has become
one of my favorite Halloween traditions.

Winners shall be announced as soon as possible so keep your eyes open
for the announcement article when it comes out.

Thank you!


Year III - Issue XVII
Volume CXXI
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Final Hours to Enter
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Eternitywhenever i lay awake at night
looking up at my starless,
shadowed ceiling,
i always catch my mind wandering
to the questions i can't fathom;
what is life?
why do we exist?
where does it all begin,
and where does it end?
they say all is endless,
time, space, the universe,
but
how can we
comprehend
if all we know
has boundaries?
earth is simply a planet,
locked in a solar system
enveloped by the endlessness
of the universe,
yet
what surrounds the universe?
what is beyond the borders
we can't see?
that question haunts me,
torments me if i let it,
i may not be a scientist
or a number crunching mathematician,
still, i can not let it go,
i know i am simply a girl
who loves words and beauty
and unsolved mystery,
but the biggest one of all
will keep me awake at night,
like today, and many hours more,
till my eyes flutter and close,
and i dream about
eternity.
6.47for so long you were the colour of my blood
mixing with water on the bathroom floor
the smell of winter air, staining my bones
with bitterness and shame and the sound
of cries in the night, unheard and unanswered
i longed for you like the moon
longs to bask in the sun's warmth,
like the captain holds his breath
for the horizon; interminable and
almost unrequited
-
canapescanapés
people devour
all-you-can-eat buffets
undeterred by the grease
and excesses and after the binge,
they stick a toothbrush
down their throats.
note to self:
emotions are just as fattening.
at the rate we are going,
i fear you will tire of me.
so please love me in bite sizes,
in portions to sustain us
through birthdays and christmases
and in servings
where you savour me
the way i savour you.
© november 1, 2013  :house:

hauntingi am a ghost
an apparition of emotional attrition
dimly lit, fading bit by bit
disappearing into the past
where the living moves on too fast
the passing of decades….
so malleable… so insignificant
for I am now just whispers of air
on the exhaled breath of loved ones
sadness is jaw clenching
this slow sinking is my everlasting curse
i carry it heavily like I used to my shadow
as I stand in my kingdom of purgatory
tear drops rain down
to wish this storm inside would pass
is to give up and forget
that I used to be alive
turbulenceMy mind eats thoughts like they are a scarcity,
like one day my brain-mush
will disappear altogether,
like there will be a famine soon.
It gnaws on the bones of dreams
with fangs and lips red with love-sick juice.
I feel more insane than my mother’s
downward spiral circa 2008.
She sleep-walked through the seasons.
The lights did not come on all year.
I wonder if I can wake up,
if I can jostle myself from the delirium.
I pull the blanket through the thin skin-webs
between my fingers,
pretend it feels cozy when my arms touch my thighs,
when my fingers intertwine,
miniature bludgeons on my waxing stomach.
I wonder if I’ll ever be a quarter of my bed,
an eighth, a sixteenth. I wonder how long
I’ll keep measuring myself in loss.
I wonder if I’ll wake up soon.
Wake up soon.
Perhaps sleep is
the only thing I can be enough for.
My black-bottomed dreams love how charred they are,
flowered coal,
darkened pansies with corn-husk mouths ―
don’t tell me to

virgin birthin the mind of my special comatose
    violets,
i am a desirable hung-over afterthought;
in the eyes of my warm & lovesick
    voyager,
i am the incense of my mother’s
    alcoholic aftershock
watch the consuming stars as they
    break
along my paper-thin atmosphere’s
    ribcage
my trachea is a channeled beautification
in between your restless lips & teeth,
biting down & tasting the ginger
    daybreak,
rainwater over my planet that bleeds
    solitary
let the music of our hungry duplicity
    flourish
along these histrionic flowerbeds that
    beg for beauty
i am a shadowy & intoxicated timepiece
amongst the wreckage of my jupiter’s
    anguish;
& i will dangle my head as my eyes drip
    sore,
listening to your undying words
    twisting my maxilla
206 bones holding this war-trodden
    framework,
& not a lone soul rests between my
    ragged lungs
<da:thumb id="403247999"/> THE QUEER MUSICA queer music was heard inside a beehive
announcing war and poverty on the earth;
-a mad folk begun to give up hope
butchering the last calves they found alive.
A few old bards quieted all this strain
taking an abbot bound by a strong rope:
-they killed him and played soccer with his brain…

P a i n t i n g Her r o s e s R e dI remember that girl
In the autumn dreary all those years ago
Where a heart beat was the drumming of rain droplets
And a smile was the burning tongues of maples set ablaze
I remember how a beautiful smirk died slowly like the fawn lilies
And how a copper stare could rust
How baby's breath grew breathless
And how the ribs poked painfully like the jagged tree branches
I remember birch stripes on her wrists
And yew on her tongue
How her flavor was of hawthorn
A bitter comb of honey
I remember how a pall of fog was her dressing
And how climbing ivy was her noose
How she pushed daisies
And caught only cobwebs
I remember the violets on her sides
And the weeping willow in her eyes
I remember how her roses weren't red enough
And how she slid tiger grass along her throat to paint them
Tunnel at the end of lightSeeking a parallel in quietus
from the smoking fields of nebulae
where I could see all there is,
while reality floats,
its distance doubling with the
passing of each second.
To discover there are no grasslands,
there never was a serenity
and how lonely I am for that.
Only the tundra of planets
with equators untouched
by their inner engines
in an existence unchanged through
the fish-eye lens of light years,
with tilted skull caps lined up like dominos.
LuminousWe lie together in the dark
the pale shape of you sleeping
rising and falling in the heat
I run my hands over the curves of your form and the walls
the curling corners of posters and
the four poster bed.
naked except for your shirt
the sound of the floorboards creak
in the hush under the soles
of my feet.
stopping to smile
at the faded play on words I can make out in the dark
"lettuce be"
outside the window
(and in my mind)
rain falls
soft
on wood.

to bid your heart to an elephantshe practiced the art of dying with heart half open
slipping words full of sleep and nascent of lilies
burdened on a windowsill unlifted. first:
reaching to touch the moon (to all its brittle bones)
she folded inward to a place of pale
and fullness and all what lies between the no other
kinder starlessness blossoming
chaos of flowers.
-
Cheekbones align to an array of mix-matched things forgotten (makeup, a smile) but 206 pieces come together to a thing of beauty in the void of parabens and laughter. So at 32, 2 kids, and 2 lips that only ever smiled for the lover which, also, was the time when she came to terms with the sticky thing of womanhood (too late.)
-
I quite like to think that I am something other than human.
Not for the thrill of knowing,
the greater shamefulness and kindred of breathing in (in)differences.
I guess I am odd in that sense, but I would fear those who don’t succumb to the oddities of the human mind.
-
there is a boy on his body as the fat moon pulled
The DulledThis dream is bursting
from the confines of my mind—
imagine my disappointment
when it was
you were throatless like the rest of them.
Entrails folded neatly under the bed
where you daren’t peek,
I make a nest of hands in my lap and give patience a try—
though, I balk—
nothing I can say could be meaningful.
i writei write for the feeling of maybe-kind-of-acceptance
because everywhere else i look, i feel lost in myself.
and there's the haze of a bonfire i shouldn't of gone to,
filling my mind with things i thought i'd pushed away
(but apparently i didn't
because the smoke in my lungs -
it brought it all back).
i write because maybe once someone will read it
and maybe just once i'll have accomplished something
meaningful. but of course i crammed for that test
and failed at the last minute but who cares right
(since it's not like
i've ever been good enough
for anyone).
i write in hopes of being able to stay stable long enough
that my internal fractures won't shatter me like broken mirrors.
when the one day i actually feel okay enough to smile,
the effort was washed back down the drain by your cruelty
(but, you know, it's
okay because i've learnt now
that you live only to die).



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dream by stevenfieldsNancy by tristan69rainy afternoon by cookieowl
20130802 Ivy156 by MickleDesignWerksGolden tide by Orain-seinnPandora- Roswell Ivory by Roswell-Ivory
Autumn journey pt.XI. by realityDreamHistory of India 2 by felixheruUnknown Germany pt. XLIV by TheChosenPesssimist
_Amelie III. by BloddroppeHeaven and Earth by WickedStar7Chun Li cosplay II. by EnjiNight
Return of a Friend by clippercarrilloProsthetic Make-up by Pavy-CreationsQuiet ballade by sylverface


Halloween by Last-ValentineWicked Glasses by DrKujoPsyche by gabrielleragusi
Nocturnal by RaiechaWhat am I ? by ignacio197Wraith by Kodaic
pluto by TanyaShatsevaAbbey Clancy Painting in Photoshop by PackwoodWatercolour Still Life by NastiaSer
Uh....Norm? by DevineScribblesTree of fire by XtranuRhaegar Targaryen by inSOLense
Old Hong Kong by rainbowtseLet us play! by Aurora-SilverLunatic by Vasylissa
Lulu by SoraNamaeinsert name by SiljaVichClassic Scorpion by taylorweaved



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Volume CXX
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tangled in heartbeats, tangled in youstay with me through nights of uncertainty and hand holding.
stay with the loudest parts of me, the ones that are filled with shimmering wonder and make-believe,
calm me when i am caught in the stupor of what was last year, when i am drowning in sorrows that i have created.
please love me as though i'm not living with fierce and unforgiving conditions, love me as if i am so much more than my hurt.
promise me we'll watch the stars again as they peel across a sky bearing a hearty moon, under blankets we were meant to "share", promise me i can run my hand over the smooth acres of your chest and stomach.
promise me we won't be typical, promise me we'll last longer than our bodies will allow us.
i want our love to be a legacy.
promise me we can sleep in the same bed every night, so that i can collect your heartbeats, so that i can leave kisses to your shoulders and neck, leading up to rest on solely on your lips.
let my breath move among yours now and forever, let my hands wander through ev
taxicabs for ghosts.gypsy cabs pass through
the clumsy and gritty
los angeles streets
coldest shoulders, and guns for mouths
but there's stars under this thick muggy pollution
the angry factories pump hot air and disillusioned hope
we'd all climb out, if we could only find a rope
here I am, trembling through
the backalleys with a somber face
while they're asleep marching
through the streets, apathy
inside the morning coffee
intersections and streetlights
could never really make the people meet
cigarettes and my guts firmly clenched
in my teeth
and here it is, the ebb and flow
the traffic packed, the freeways
look like clogged veins
where the fog resembles the confusion
and the tears resemble the rain
and sometimes it's so hard
to be dreamweaver
when all your dreams
only keep you awake.
FirefliesDespite the austerity dealt you in life;
You remained sweet.
I fell in love with your broken-winged smile
And the fireflies in your laughter
Along with the shy confidence and loyalty in your heart
The true hardship?
You  and I are never meant to be.

1.36tell me -
at what point did you stop meaning it
when you said that you loved me?
and where did you wish you really were
on those nights you couldn't sleep?
what was it, really,
when your eyes glazed over
and you looked like you
had forgotten your own name?
between those moments
of wanting everything
and nothing,
what was it,
really?
and what did you think would happen
when you placed a painting
over a hole in the wall?
the colours are pretty
but the wind is cold
and i'm tired of chasing, and
loving what cannot be loved
i've taken a page out the book
you wrote with my blood,
i've given up too
tell me -
what does that mean?
meanwhile, statesideheat in the darkness
your pulse in your fingertips
thoughts of distant skin
Part One ~ DownhillSmoke clung to the air like a lover. The rain tapped on the roof and peeked inside wherever it could.
God, my head was pounding. Broken glass, bottles and promises littered the floor while I tried to regain my memory. But the darkness that swallowed life had struck again. Bitterness lingered in my mouth together with the many tastes of liquor. I searched my pockets only to find that last joy, a cigarette untouched by the mishaps of my night. The flame burned bright in the darkness and only then I saw my misadventure. Three men, face down in pools of ruby red. Shattered glass had chipped away at their appearance. The fumes took my mind down into a quiet alley. I focused, how did I end up in this ruin?
The cig burned up, always too quickly. “Such an exquisite taste, and leaves one wanting.” I said to the room. The rain seemed to agree with my decision of awakening. The tapping had made its way for waves of water that seeped into this rat hole. Barely a light was lit. I crawle

<da:thumb id="407986724"/><da:thumb id="380032410"/> Lost Spacewhat is this pain that shadows over my heart
so cold
yet on fire
lighting me up
as a christmas fire 
my desires
they are tied to this wire 
link to my fiery soul
aching 
to be free
as i wonder lost 
scrounging through the trees

He is my sinHis blue navy eyes keep me sidetracked,
As we walk side by side, along the far-off road
Nothing on this planet matters anymore, 
Except this wooded fragrance of his
My mind into the seventh sky, 
My body strays into his comforting arms.
Crystalline surface of this lake, swans are lazing

Our bikes resting on the alabaster sand

Lost among the aging greenish hills
Only the moon is looking at us.
So many sweet words are coming out of my soothed throat
Former lioness. His curved grin... I'm a kitty.
Lying - on the grass remains the shape of our promises
The taste of his tepid lips is a prohibited commodity.
I wish I hadn't lost so much time fooling around
A bright future will bloom from my former miserable life.
Jealous birds are mocking our terrestrial innocence

Daisies loudly whisper "passionately" to my ears
Mother Nature is painted admirably, our kisses fly away through sneaky twilight.
DepressionI tend to keep
a smile on my face.
I fake it for you
but that's not the case.
I hold everything in
because I can't let you know.
I'm not afraid,
just can't let the fear show.
I stand so tall,
but inside I'm ever so small.
I seem shy,
but that's a cover lie.
It's not that I don't want help,
I just don't want to look weak.
But if I tell you...
This secret you'll have to keep.
I hurt on the inside.
I fake it for you on the outside.
I want off this coaster ride,
but I can't make it to the other side.
I want to tell you everything.
Want to tell you all.
I want to let you know.
But I'm afraid of the fall.
RenovationsThey will come again, and when they do, the others will hide.
Mr. Brown will curl up in his hole in the eaves. The Wife in the crawlspace, and I'll be here, clutching my dear ones close. I'm wrapping my legs around them, and I can hear them fidget against the soft sac, their little tremors not unlike the desperate throes of flies, but warm, beautiful. It won't be long now. Now is the tender time. Soon I'll wear them on my back, and we can leave this place. But not yet. Not yet. Now is the time when a swift strike would kill them, and me with them. I will not leave.
I can't leave. I've hidden as well as I can. A small shadow between the braces under the mantel, where their lights don't penetrate. At least not yet.
Too much light. Too many sounds. They come with their sounds, with their fangs at the ends of their legs, shooting explosions into the walls, toppling everything. They are giants. They grumble at each other, tear up the floors, rip down the lights. Destroy everything that has

A Tragic SinA selfish desire plaguing the entirety of my being -
I want you completely; fully; indefinitely; earnestly.
A rose of pure budding innocence so lovely
Once captivated this heart so fragile, so fickle.
But I could not accept the bitter shock bestowed
As I witnessed my beloved fall to blackened ashes -
I lament; I lie in angst; I grovel on stinging torture,
For how could such a change occur without warrant?
In many endeavors have I defied the cruel reality
In hopes of claiming all that I have miserably lost -
(Circumstances are not so kind, need I say.)
Acrid tears burn my flesh as they fall,
Reminding me of the chaotic travesty I must suffer:
I am enslaved to you, forevermore and into eternity;
My love cannot die, even if you have long not been mine.
The disappointmentThe disappointment
In being exactly as disappointed
As I anticipated to be
In being disappointed
I can't stand losing you again
So losing you now
I might let it be the last time
I lose you
A Boy's Broken Wingsblack-eyed-boy,
just stop,
silence your
tongue,
negativity
may flow through
your veins
delivering that
burning ache
of depression
to that thing
you call
your heart,
but not all
of us thrive
on charcoal
souls,
so, i beg you,
please lock
your own ideals
away,
leave me be,
before you
break my
wings
like you did
yours.

Dreams: A Gateway DrugA grief-stricken moonset--
burning clouds for the sake of silver linings--
captures
the secrets of fireflies.
Under the bed,
hindsight
keeps a close watch
through the dark.
Morning CoffeeHe only wanted to love the moon again
And have her afterimage swirl around in his mind;
Like sugar, she was sweeter than air,
And he wanted her to be the atmosphere he breathed.
When he reached up in the night he felt oceans
Swell like light into his waiting arms,
And when he let go and fell back to earth
He saw the stars in his morning coffee.
confessions of a compulsive liaract i
tongue tasting of metallic and
words as sharp as knives.
i know my way around. 
it makes you look like
a fool. 
i can't remember the last time
we talked but it must've been the 
last time i cared.
you used to be carefree and kind.
now you're another paperboy. 
yes, im not one to talk. 
i haven't been as real as i 
claim to be. 
not since the summer of 2012,
back when the world was my oyster
(and you were all just merely background
characters that i hoped would die off like
those in Harry Potter)
you haven't stayed around me for
much longer, instead it's with that
faux brunette
was it something i didn't say 
convincingly enough?
act ii
ive addressed many letters to you
with blood for ink and tear stained
parchment
i like to play pretend that we drifted.
i know you couldn't deal anymore. 
its funny how you would always find 
a way to put the blame on me.
you were always perfect.
but achilles, i will be the one to stab



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Overthink and Poetry Screams

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 13, 2013, 6:28 PM


I've been told, often, that I over think things.  I know that to be true, but I continue to do it anyway.  I figure it is better to over think than to not think at all.  That being said, despite all of the thought I commit to things, I still don't understand a whole lot of myself.  I understand the world around me a lot better than I understand me.  It's amazing how you can spend countless nights laying in bed trying to figure things out and nothing comes to you, but one night sitting in a crowded bar with a few shots a vodka in your system and things become clear (as other things become a blur.)

I'm told I am unapproachable / intimidating.  I can see that.  Normally, when people hear these things, they think "Oh I should fix that."  While I, I think "excellent."  I'm not exactly a fan of... people.  I tend not to like them and they tend to complicate things.  I'm more of a lone wolf, although I do have some, ahem, needs and desires that are harder to satisfy when you are alone.  (Although it may seem like it, I swear I didn't use the word "harder" to be the play on words it has turned out to be.)  That being said, I'm not sure what this says about me.  I have friends, I have coworkers, family, ex-girlfriends.  Obviously I interact with people, it'd be hard not to.  I suppose I just... generally have a distaste for people and want to be alone, but I do crave company at the same time.  It doesn't make a lot of sense, but neither do I.  I also don't think people like me which may ultimately be at the crux of my antisocial attitude. 

I sometimes wonder if I am losing my writing abilities.  I'm unsure if I am blocked, losing it or in a state of transition where I'm reaching for new things, new words, new styles, new expressions.  I know that I hate not writing as much as I could, or at least as much as I once did.  However, working full time, going to college and having a life in general are certainly contributing factors.  I'm working on it, I assure you.  Maybe one or two of you will have some thoughts on it all...

The Fifth Annual Poetry Screams Prompt Contest has launched.  I would love for you to enter:

I can't believe this is the fifth year I've run this contest... doesn't feel like that long ago.  Anyway, send me some entries!  I want to read more.




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WantI'm drunk on
wanton poetry;
each morpheme
on key.
I can not see
straight anymore;
is he the lamb,
or me?
to refine by nature (is to love by night)it is a fever, a gasoline wet dried and drowned in drunkness
and then, she
a grenade in the process of being pulled
and caught in the perspective of saving but never
quite wanting
;
there is a tongue-tied mess reeling beneath the cacophony of lover’s sheets.
peeling down the nanoseconds to the first kiss
they drowned in the taste of the ocean cry of never matching collarbones
to the fat of her neck and the hearth of her belly
like she was licked with the moon
with the touch of wine-stained kisses,
a well-mastered disaster
loving and loving
and…
;
“just tell me what you want.”
lungs shiver into the December nights
their hands folding into each other’s
like papered wings of birds.
she’s never been a musicality,
falling off to the trains of thoughts of her inner mind
but her cheeks are dabbled in sun-flecked freckles
and unfinished dreams
stolen words.
she’s listening with a heart wide open
and ears closed into the shiver of night.

“you
10.22it was all pale blue
and raw honesty;
tangled limbs
and heat
i said it was like the titanic
and you didn't understand
that's the crux of it

SnakesWhen I washed my hands
of her, my arms came back
bloody, but I already have a dirty
reputation so I don’t know
what she was trying to prove.
I look younger without her too,
like a small angel; I even smell
angelic. My tongue is more saintly,
but still tastes like a snake.
My baby girls love the way it
slithers, and how I only wear black
or nothing at all.
I may be heartless, but I still
have twice as much heart as her;
and I may be scarred, but that’s
nothing a new love can’t fix,
one with a wrong name and
a beautiful face. The rosary
swings from her neck,
right below my bitemarks.
We like to pretend we
will get into heaven,
but the thrill is that we know
we won’t.
pollenwasp-waisted beauty
pray into my collarbone
let your snake tongue slither
with the syllables.
i wish for soft-chested nights,
and the trickle of champagne down crystal glass.
poppy-lips, lull me to sleep,
nurse my coiling tongue with yours;
tap my scalp like a silent drum,
and wind my hair in between your fingers
like broken guitar strings.
(serenade me with the buzz of pollen in your kiss.)
O sing, museI fell asleep once with my memory caught
in tadpoles and roses and water and light,
in the mausoleum where bloodshot eyes
And paper meet (where ideas drop from nubby pencils,
to splay, stillborn, across a sea of white).
My pen bled circles
through my desk that night.
When I woke, you were standing
on the edge of my sight,
your eyelids trailing ink.
I watched your hands fold in and out,
The smell of words too strong to think.
You smiled at me and let me fall
into the promise of your face.
There I read snowflakes, sea-foam and angels;
flashes of of glory and splinters of grace.
I asked you in, and your words behind -
'Sing, muse, of roses and water and light,'
I was fool enough to call them mine -
My pen bled circles
through my desk that night.

9the man with the
cigarette
doesn't blink
an eye for you,
never looks away.
the moths in his
lower abdomen
dance salsa today,
praise your subtle
being
until night disappears
into the sun.
her dark-walled homei weep,
though in the name of her prosperity
and her fortification,
still her pupils escape rainwater,
and her blood pleats around promising gashes;
i am afraid,
i am alone,
and though my eyes deny the actuality,
my muscles seep empty ashes at the hilt of her throne –
her happiness is my righteousness,
and her falsehoods are my scriptural notions;
“you can only appeal for the truth,”
she says –
but now there are fleapits in my bullet wounds,
and there are mouthfuls of veins in my warmth;
“but i strain for you,
as i’ve never strained before,
yet you glorify my shame,
my fault, and my pain;
declaring that you will continuously loathe,
and that you are afraid,
you are alone,
and though you know the truth – “
“i will ignore my feelings for you”
i weep,
in the wake of her self-inflicted euthanasia,
“i was sworn to protect her,” i will beg and doubt,
but the placid answer
Shattered EquilibriumThe foundation of me slowly deteriorates
             By the words that you say.
My equilibrium is that of a shattered mirror.
I’ll forever see myself as
b
r
o
k
e
n  . . .

Can I Be Cain, and You Be Abel?You've never starred in one of my poems
but so many times you've crept into my dreams,
crept is the wrong word, you've barreled in,
steam-rolled this safe place, planted yourself,
tendrils reaching into every corner,
unwilling to let me grow
away from the watchful suffocation of your shadow,
always leaving me hollering, antagonising, defending,
screaming, retching, yelling,
for you to only listen.
I dreamt I tried to explain to you
how my eyes got their blue,
I told you about how there was no special pigment
that gave them this hue,
that their colour was but a trick of light
in the exact same way the sky forms
that yours, so brown, were made of the same
just more,
thicker, denser, darker.
That I was just like you,
just a different view, a different light,
that there was no need to,
no need,
to shut off, to fend, to fight,
to dream so often of
a throat scorching stand off,
so I can just feel that I can just be,
without apologising for so much blue.
Dream worldI am painting one picturesque dream world in my mind,
a place so fragrant and colourful, you'll never want to leave.
With ease you can breathe there, it is free of every lie.
Closing my eyes and opening my psyche, am I not naive?
When a dream kisses your temples, the brain feels no pain.
All gets better when you are floating in the river of blissful rest.
Got your secret dreams? What are you hoping to attain? 
Enjoy thoroughly the night, tomorrow comes yet another test!
Good night, may your dreams be blessed!
~Petra
A Collection-I-
I heard his agony through the door
This burst of emotion, of blind despair that exists only through his heart
How many hours has it been?
How many days since he said he loved me?
Since he
Touched
Me?
I was confused
Tormented
Afraid
Of someone who I held so dear
But those three little words
When they slithered from his mouth
I knew this was not the tune of the lonely man seeking light
Rather, all he wanted was another piece to his collection
-II-
I have a reason for all of this
The need for the ropes that burn the skin
The need for the lock, the secrecy and greed
No, ‘tis wrong
I hold no greed, rather, this is
Necessity
I need her
Only a manner of
Hours, days, months
Years
For which I will care for her
And she will begin to care for me
She will pity me
Confuse loneliness with madness
LOVE me
No harm meant to her
I love her, you see?
I meant no death
No ill thoughts escaped me
When she left, she did not know

my body's slave is my mind.it's barely summer
but i've forgotten how to breathe;
i fall in love with strangers
before they even speak.
it's like i'm
entangled
within the pulsating crowd
like a fly trapped in a spider's web;
questions are spun
all around.
inferiority screams in my ear
& consumes all thoughts
until i can't hear
all the questions that are caught
between threads of my insecurities,
weaving around
& around
the fabric of my being -
tightening its grip
with everyone seeing
me
choking.
it's barely summer
but i can feel
winter's chill:
each pump of my left ventricle
is an exertion against will,
& leaves me cripple
& frozen, still -
but feeling like i could run
before you could catch me.
i watch the moon
trade places with the sun,
racing against time,
but my day
has still not yet
begun.
Not that She Would Love Me BackThe way she looked at me
was as if a million galaxies
had occupied her eyes and mind,
making her the owner
of a higher form of wisdom.
She smiled, her eyes lost,
longing for something
withuot a name or color.
"Why are you smiling?",
I asked.
"Because I know something
that you don't know yet."
"And what could that be?"
"That you love me."
A lightning ran down my spine,
burning my fears, my desires,
my hopes, and reaching my mind,
leaving me in a thick haze
of stardust and heavy perfume.
Deep down I knew I loved her,
but not then and not there.
The feeling only materialized years later
when she no longer loved me.
I didn't hate her for that-
she only promised that I would love her one day,
not that she would love me back.
roadsi always did like the way i swing around narrow curves,
how i glide with the center lines, never crossing them, just following their lead.
it's kind of beautiful when you think about it. that is,
if you can find beauty in that sort of thing.
most people don't find beauty in driving.
fuck, most people don't find beauty in anything.
except maybe themselves or some overrated celebrity in designer jeans.
one of my past boyfriends said he didn't trust me behind a wheel.
"woman drivers" was his reason.
fuck him.  
i almost lost my virginity in a car. truck, rather.
didn't happen though. i was too afraid of us getting caught.
we were parked on the side of a secondary road. it was nighttime
but cars were going by with their bright headlights,
and with my luck some kid riding shotgun would've pointed and said "look, mommy!"
and remember for the rest of his life the boy and girl
who were wrestling with their shirts off
in the truck sitting on the side of the road.
plus, a cop could have dri

Golden Eyeshe sits
          waiting
golden eyes staring at the still shape
         patient, she lurks
just until that one moment until 
   the time is just right
             i place the can on the counter top
         all my weapons of choice lying next to the plate
i know she stares, waiting patiently, silently 
   i crack open the top, the smell wafting around me for a few seconds
       i grimace and scoop it onto the plate
and i can imagine her licking her whiskers 
   intently waiting for the moment the plate connects
          with the concrete
bells twinkle in sudden succession 
    and claws dig into flooring 
             as she skids into the plate
knocking over the water bowl
  and a quick rush of water floods my feet
  &
crash and burnas a pilot, you are brave,
but reveal yourself, let honorifics slip
off kamikaze shoulderblades
and where the body should be
there's an opalescent blur: unknown to yourself,
you.
the black box harbouring your contents
is a phantom. somewhere on the plane, it hides
the bit of context that could break paralysis
and let the curious hydra head rise
regnant. so won't you seize the impulse? crash; crash casually;
they might never see for
there's no chance of grasping
the butchered birth cord, no hope
of survival known. but you're a brave one, after all.
so don't tell them. don't let the scribes take you down
and don't let scrawled clones become flowers on the grave,
your grave approaching.



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The Hunt by shauntiamodelSunset. by knooserosenlicht by SYNTHPROJECT
Autumnal Velvet by FlorentCourtyCloser But Closed by hugodeathyBlue Lakes Sundown by KseniaMaytama


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<da:thumb id="275296860"/> WavesI cannot control them
When they come for me
I fear I cannot tell you why
They are a mystery
These feelings they roil, twist and churn
Until my insides there is nothing left
The ruins they leave in their wake
Are nothing compared to the ache
In my heart
Caused by so many confusing waves
That you leave behind
They tell me I can stop it
But how can I?
When you are the one to have caused this
You did this
You broke me
And I cannot help these feelings I am having
Because in the end
I am only a victim
To my own heart’s waves
The Figure in the Shadows                      I'm basically just the figure in the shadows,
                      when I try to talk to new people they look
                      clueless..almost like I'm a ghost. When I
                      try to talk to my friends it's almost as if
                      they have their own circle,but of course
                      sometimes excludes me. Sometimes I
                      regret being so shy..
                     
                     Whenever I'm in the classroom,I rar

temporaryperhaps home is never close enough,
because i've been watching stars through frosted glasses
only to realize i see more hope than there actually is.
and all i want is to hold on to arms
that keep my fragments in one, solid shape, so i can get
just a little bit of sleep.
home is not close enough, when my heart is lying, beating,
on a road i haven't traveled yet.
though the nights wrap me in a blanket of sunset-tainted skies
and distant thunderstorms,
enclosing me in the envelopes of peacefulness, tinged with chaos,
i find myself wishing for a home that has no due date.
fetishizingsupposedly it's beautiful
to cry at the crack of dawn
when the world is still sleeping
and cannot see your pain
you have to grieve
at a specific time for it to
mean something more
as if being heartbroken
at midnight
is something worth it
but it doesn't make sense
because sometimes it's
three pm on a wednesday
when you feel the tears
prickle behind your eyes
because you miss him
so much
it burns in your bones
and this has to mean something
too.
That SongI remember city streets and a song, and
I remember laughing and singing along.
I remember the fountain of pearl white, and
I remember it bathed in the sun's light.
I remember the melody and the words, and
I remember that we thought no one heard.
I remember finding the secret place, and
I remember how it disappeared without a trace.
I remember the phantom applause, and
I remember the cheering from behind curtained windows.
I remember so clearly, the details of that day, and
I remember now that they've all gone away.
I remember crying when I thought of the start, and
I'd rather not remember how we drifted apart.

immatureI am in love with you
in the way that children
are in love:
incompletely, sporadically,
self-consciously.
you appear to me
as every adult appears
to a child:
faultless, omniscient,
unendingly generous and honest
and kind.
and, as must happen
to every child,
I will lose my god:
the slightest human error
will cause you to
fall
PresenceMy mind would love to touch you, but you are out of reach.
The lips of mine long for your passionate and fruity kiss.
You are the dreamy presence I so deeply love and miss.
What if you are only a dream? Scared, my heart beseech...
Please, be of this world, and your honest love for me preach.
~Petra
Broken Sleep, Red LipstickI am only an insomniac when it rains. The pitter patter of the raindrops reminds me of the pitter patter of cat paws.
(He liked to sleep at my feet when I could barely think, just to make me feel better. I think you used to tell him to.)
I wish I could wrap your memories around my spine and wear them as a backbone, because they are stronger than the arch my broken spined back seems to have developed of late.
(Spines are oddly brittle, and a lot like wrists. Easy to break and forever to heal.)
But I cannot depend of any of that anymore. So I wear red lipstick and high heels and go to parties and tell strangers how amazing they are to be wearing red lipstick and high heels and how different they must be to come to this party instead of the other one.
(All because you would hate parties and think nightlife is so stupid.)
It is what I do with my insomnia. Because my spineless back, the memories of you incessantly looped in my sleeplessly addled brain and the raindrops

Love's SchisimYour beauty has a fragility
that can be painful to look upon,
because it tears me in two,
achingly all I want is to reach out and touch you,
to clutch you close, and be your shelter from the world,
yet I fear you are so unflinchingly perfect
like Eurydice you will disintegrate before my very eyes,
and then I will be left stranded in this world alone
without you, and all my beautiful words will mean nothing.
But still, that delicacy, like the membrane of a butterfly wing
caught within the sunlight belies a vitally warm strength
which transudes through your pores, gives me new faith,
and suddenly you become my stronghold, my hold-fast,
it seems impossible now that you are capable of combusting.
my straw manmy straw man
between the green
and the grey-brown
shades of autumn
and pemberly
falls ever-after
a romantic's grave
by long-dead waters
never to rise but
i will wait
beside them
even if
you never
come
The Reasoni am dead 
because you put love in my head
promises of a better life
my ends would be tied
you lied
as you silicon cried
i tried
i was pushed aside
the forgotten
to be an others burden
for a certain
you hid behind the curtain
waiting to pounce
bleeding my back
every ounce

let it all go.let it go.
i will never stare at fountains of dreams
because mine isn't in there.
the fountain holds wishes that were blessed to come true--
i never put mine in that fountain because..
mine wasn't meant to come true.
let go of your dreams.
come on, now.
i shall never wish on stars at the brink of dawn,
because the dawn holds invisible falling stars
that are not supposed to be wished on.
those stars hold too much power, and it would
burn my intelligence if i begged for something to hold--
to hold in my heart forever.
i will never fall asleep with my chest on bottom,
because i know it cages my heart under my shadows.
if i ever do, it will not free my sorrows and pains,
all the lies and fears. i will never, ever cry on
my diary, because there are too many tears in it already.
please.
i saw you clawing and tearing your hair, because it wasn't
"beautiful" like all of the other people's hair.
let me tell you this:
let your dreams go, let them fly away. let them be free.
dreams are stressful
ObsidianMelancholy fields of thin fingers,
sustain Mother Nature's sense of touch.
Stars die above us, a supernova symphony,
listen to them fade, listen to them end.
Something today died inside,
but only the stars could see.
That the fear inside,
created a tomb in me.
Asphyxiate the Amygdala,
let it turn blue.
Kill the parasitic fear,
that dwells within you.
As the stars die in time,
I will as well.
But they know my secrets,
but I'm not worried,
because the dead will never tell.
GOD DELIVERS PIZZAToday God is a pizza delivery boy,
You call him to place an order,
You want this but not that,
And expect it to be hand delivered.
Today God is a hired assassin,
You live in fear of his wrath,
But quick to call upon his services,
To strike down your enemies.
Today God is a street hooker,
You want all your desires fulfilled,
And in the moment of passion you love,
But then you turn away in disgust.
Today God is a servant boy,
Like a slave at your command,
You want everything done for you,
But will do nothing for him.
Today God is a cleaner,
He scrubs your polluted home,
But you smear dirt on the walls,
And place the blame on him.
Today God is God,
You could ask for truth and love,
But instead you want pizza,
And definitely no olives.

The Clouds Never SpokeThe clouds never spoke. Even thunder claps and blinding flashes from a storm without rain in late summer had nothing to do with the lack of words.  Exchanging this brief life for the view of a pinpoint universe in the belief, with that same view blocked from my aspheric vantage, that I was being observed, never suspecting their indifference. Yet for all the muteness in their constant rebirth, I recalled how awestruck the sight of the slow majesty of clouds redefining the summit of a distant range was, than the lidless glare of a day's clear sky sitting featureless on an endless stretch without a single rise.
never to meet
the same cloud twice
in a lifetime,
they never acquire names
the way a strong wind might
memoirs of a mother
memoirs of a mother ;

a cuddle every time you cried
my ear, in which you can confide
those tiny arms can link around
this now stone cold old neck
a kiss upon your silken cheek
though you endured my long critique
i only ever meant
to keep you secure for our eternity
i bore you for nine long months
you held my hand for many moments
i carried you within my heart
for as long as i can feel
i wish that i forever could
protect you like a mother should
if only things weren't as they were
perhaps we'd be together
but a mothers love is very deep
like a mountain it is steep
it's tried and tested countless times
it's torn and betrayed with tiny lies
it's a heavy burden to bare
when your child will leave from there
and fly the nest or so they say
but you're just waiting for that day
when baby bird will flutter back
tumble through the door like he once did
covered in filth, big grin on his face
but those days are over
for she is a mother
she was a mother
waiting for the bab
Last GoodbyeI opened my heart;
I put it in your hand.
I trusted you
to take care of it
just like I wanted
to take care of yours.
There it was, shivering
like a timid bird
willing to be tamed.
But your heart was closed
from the very start.
I gave you my all -
you gave me nothing:
closed doors and empty windows,
silence and no explanations.
Cold in the dark
I called in vain;
you only saw your own pain.
I gave myself to you -
you threw me away.
Why do you keep knocking
on my door again,
only to disappear
every time I open it?
Why do I keep running
after the shadow of a hope
that I no longer desire?
This was the last time
that I wrote to you,
the last time you didn't reply,
the last time you made me crawl for you.
This is the last good-bye.



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Fifth Annual Poetry Screams Prompt Contest




:new:  Due to several requests, and a conflict with my personal schedule, I have decided to extend the contest by one week! :new:

New Contest Deadline:  11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time)  November 8th, 2013

Introduction:  Another year has fallen into shadow, yet the sun rises still and the wind refuses to fade.  We find ourselves caught up in the funeral dirge of nature as all that is green does not become gold.  The time has come when the shadows begin to grasp more of the world within their darkness.  Nature surrenders herself to the first hints of Winter's bitter embrace and the world begins to change.  The earth rattles as dead leaves rain from the sky and the harvest gives way to the wicked pursuits of the rising dead and we are bound to witness the cycle of life and to remember those we have lost along the way.


Expiration:  11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time) November 8th, 2013.

Contest Guidelines:  Choose one of the following prompts and write a piece of poetry based upon it. Allow your mind to stretch the words out as far as possible, be creative and have fun. In fitting with the theme I have chosen 10 prompts for you to experiment with.

All entries will be displayed in the Poetry Screams 2013 gallery on dreamsinstatic's page.

Prompts:
:pumpkin:  The Colors of Change
:pumpkin:  Shapes in the Void
:pumpkin:  The Ones I've Lost
:pumpkin:  Shedding Skin
:pumpkin:  Autumn Kiss
:pumpkin:  The Devil Inside
:pumpkin:  Nightdance
:pumpkin:  The Persistence of Memory
:pumpkin:  ...And the Stars Screamed
:pumpkin:  To Love Beyond Living


Rules:
:pumpkin:  Poetry only.
:pumpkin:  Submitted pieces must be posted to deviantart after October 1st, 2013.
:pumpkin:  Three submissions allowed per deviant (you can use three different prompts or write three poems for the same one.)
:pumpkin:  Please send a note with the link or thumb of your entry to dreamsinstatic with "Poetry Screams" as the subject and including the prompt you've selected
:pumpkin:  Please post a link to this article in the artist's comments of your entry.
:pumpkin:  Visual Poetry is accepted.
:pumpkin:  Poems cannot exceed 75 lines.
:pumpkin:  No restrictions on content, though if material is adult oriented please apply filter.
:pumpkin:  If you have any questions please comment below or send a note to dreamsinstatic

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Check out the entries so far:  Poetry Screams 2013 Entries


Poetry not your thing?  Check out Memnalar's All Hallow's Tales Prose Contest:  Frankentales.

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RoutineI washed my face with the hottest water I could stand,
thinking afterwards that the pink in my cheeks looked attractive,
but not really sure what I was trying to accomplish.
I decided my hands are more delicate than my face.
As I brushed my teeth, I paced the bathroom floor,
running random numbers through my head but not really counting
the white tiles I thought I should be doing something more than staring at.
So I was careful to step on all the cracks because maybe I'm an opposite.
I left the bathroom unsure of everything, vision blurry with glasses in hand.
At least that made sense to me.
The only clarity is his echo in my head:
"It's rare; most people never find that."
--
9/24/2013
Copyright © Jen Fowler 2013
All Rights Reserved
Delusions of SocietyMy bone-dry mouth whispers "We are free." and I silently nod.
But my bloodied, mangled fingers grapple the pencil...
"We have failed."
YOU.
You have glorified your poisonous diatribe
to create "equality" for all.
But we continue to be chained
with indestructible clasps of malice.
Many are oblivious to the shackles that
dig into the ankles of the naive.
But not me.
And not them.
I see the selfish, inflated perversion
of your empty words.
Lackluster and void of sincerity;
Full of superiority.
Guaranteeing your protection is all you desire
Your heart is black and covered in rust
And when you reach the top
That darkness will consume the last bit of you
And you will cast your whips and chains upon us
Forever holding us down.
And they tell us that we are free.
"We are free."
IntensityI dress in broken greyscale,
In walls of smoke-charred glass:
The paper-lined abysmal veil
That glistens as you pass.
I live in boxed enigmas,
Counting star-drenched seas
Until the etched out sigma,
My breath a sour wheeze.
I am the tattered sailboat
Among your wispy words;
I dip and fly 'til I can float
Beside your past, lust-lured.
My ceiling is a blanket
You wove with mirrored stars
And set upon me, "take it",
And carved my fledgling scars.
My body is no canvas
But the artwork that you make
Within the winds around us
And the watered earth you break.

the way i close my eyesthis is the way i close my eyes
while lying in the dark chill
and huddled under blankets:
shakily, with shivered hesitance
and a frosty breath of nostalgia,
with a will to turn the clock forward
and cheeks yearning for
the warmth of the sun.
this is the way i close my eyes
while sweating under the heavy air,
bare-skinned and bare-boned:
with resignation, wearily,
as if a hundred thousand years
have eaten away at my skeleton,
fragile as bird wings,
and the aching desire for another soul
to lie broken beside me.
this is the way i close my eyes
while trembling in a cold sweat
in the dead of the night,
too terrified to glance behind me:
with forced whimsy and
a manufactured, prepackaged diorama
constructed behind my eyelids
of your presence next to me
and a soft breath pressing
against the back of my neck,
an everlasting reminder that
i am not alone in living.
BreathMy reality;
Scattered like dandelion seeds
Caught on your breath,
You laughter in my ears-
Dreams just as fragile
Sent spinning adrift...
No shelter.
You bring the wind,
Your bring the storm,
You bring my destruction
With your careless romance.
NostalgiaMy life is made up of brief moments of intense magic.
You were one of them.

true affectioni.     sometimes she felt like a coin,
old, rusty,
flung down a well and
sinking to the bottom, surrounded,
but unable to touch.
    and while she was looking at lights
she didn’t know were turned on, a
blue bird laid an egg on her
pillow,
and when it hatched it was just
sunshine-colored seawater.
ii.     he was a pair of earbuds,
tangled,
stuffed in a pocket and left to be
washed out, lost
on a train station bench, waiting.
    he felt like a crooked picture frame
no one bothered fixing,
a burned-out lightbulb
on the back porch that
never gets changed.
slowly, and then all at onceand for once, he slips on his wedding ring, to cure the monotony.  it slides over his knuckle, a perfect fit, and in the morning release of sunlight the silver gleams at him.  it glares, calling him a liar: she is not a whorehouse and you are too broke to own her, you harlot, you.  he buttons up, tucks in his shirt tail, and buckles his belt.  the clinking of metal parts is the only sound in the room besides the dusting of her breathing beside him.  and when he's gone, the only thing he leaves behind are the bruises on her collarbone.
-
you find him because you're lonely, (well, it's actually the opposite.)  he finds you because his wardrobe is black and his shoes are scuffed and he asks you where your castle is.  you're the only princess he sees 'round here.  the rain soaks into his shirt and he curses it, grinning.  and damn girl, you follow him, because you think you see some kinda warmth in his ice blue eyes.
-
it takes you days t
I think I thought I saw you try-- a big bang
      was what I was left waging on top of a Russian roulette bed  
      the night the world collapsed upon itself unto
      my staining inkblot eyes and your fading g-clef footsteps
      hissing noises in a background of waxen black, white, and red.
-- polytheism
      I spat out every tongue in strife-striped breaths
      to every statue upon every monument I had collected like stamps
      at the back of my burning head, all the while my pennies
      grace new penny cases as I plead with them to plead for me.
-- monotheism
     
      almost-rabid sea spume and monsoons rave of the oneness
      in particles of posthumous composition, fragrant with notes
      of skyscraper blinkers and helipads not forgetting that of
      pesticide cans approaching us intravenously in a coating of
                    (I) dre(am) (a)nd be(lie)ve.

splintersi can’t stop thinking about you.
i know you were not a lover. you were not someone i spit silly words at over soup and telephone-air. you were not someone i admired from afar, wishing i could craft my words into something that wouldn’t come out in stutters. you were not a best friend leaving me, not a sick parent whose limbs i sent off to heaven, not a lost animal whose please return if found poster i kept as a sacred artifact.
they told me you were a mentor, a counselor, a listener, and if i was lucky, a friend. i suppose i was lucky, because most people i know wouldn’t pull your phone number out from under their tongue just to hear the rhythm of your speech. most people i know wouldn’t dream about sending themselves back to a place where the only way they could reclaim identity was to eat, already just so you could make them feel properly untouched. most people i know have thrown shoes and books and the roots of their worst nightmares at you, hop
Poem from the PavementThere are stony faced facades
imposing judgement upon my daily viewscape.
They clutch a fence to them like cards
as if to hide their poker face behind.
I am a step away from them
behind festivous displays of success
the pride of the University plathered
over hardnosed metal.
On this side, between the rock
and the green space,
I hang a yellow satchel from my self
and paint myself with painkillers and Prozac
as I try to find the perfect place to be.
Somewhere dreamy by the lake,
under the wise eyes of a beloved castle.
In the clutches of a tree cluster
in the shadow of a fallen oak.
With hard edges and cornices,
bright colours and Tetris windows.
With lush grass, reality's stench presiding,
I search for my place.
On the inside, between a rock
and a hard place,
I strangle down my anxiety and fear -
paint myself with painkillers and Prozac
and try to be the person I always wanted to be.
Denouement                 The meadow beneath us slowly
            sprouts from sand, scorches earth
    like wildfire. Its tendrils drink in dust
               until it mirrors the curvature
             of our bodies lying on a horizon,
        clinging to each other with the power
                   of a thousand setting suns.

His life, His art.Your hand moves like an elegant dance 
on a barren canvas
Slowly changing hollow nothings 
into sweet perfection
Your sweeping gestures 
tear into bountiful colors
Making a creation 
all of your own
You take no waste in time, 
yet your hand seems to portray a pace of its own
creating life 
out of color and imagination
Were ash and night 
form a creature of beauty
Coming together 
as if one
Your masterpiece, 
its bloom, 
is most magnificent
And absolutely timeless
DepressionI am suffering from depression.
Every stitch I crochet is a sad thought.
These chains last for miles.
I often sell them but the money doesn't help the depression.
Some chains are created from suicide thoughts.
I keep crocheting chains to hopefully fill the hole in my heart.
But alas, material objects cannot fill holes.
One day, a goddess comes by to admire my melancholy creations.
Her eyes are of emeralds.
She asks me why I am depressed.
I just simply put a finger to my mouth and say shh.
People will usually walk away when I do this.
But she follows suit.
I am shocked.
Finally someone who understands.
You can continue to be depressed and I cannot cure that.
She cuts off a piece of her gorgeous hair.
However, use this hair for your next creation.
She put her finger to her lips and shushes again.
I do the same and we exchange goodbyes.
She leaves and I take a closer look at the shimmering hair.
I know exactly what to make from it.
Arming myself with my hook, I start crocheting away at th
ElectricMy touch is electric to her sensitive body.
I run my finger along her collar bone,
she breathes heavy on my hand.
I caress her neck,
her breath catches.
I kiss her,
jolts of pleasure coursing through.
I pulse at every lip bite.
We spark at the touch.

HotlineThe first time I dialled your number I felt a skipping in my chest
the skip that comes with talking to strangers
the skip that tells me that I’m strapped into the rollercoaster, ready or not for the ride.
You answered, and your voice was like a cave,
deep and warmish and mossy
with echoes trapped inside the dark spaces
like a cave to keep me safe from the storm.
I spoke to you and my own voice was like cobblestones,
cracked and scattered
strewn out across a much-trodden road and kicked into the gutter,
like cobblestones with missing bits, crumbling from the elements.
You told me that things would get better from here on out,
that I’d made the first step and
that you would talk to me for as long as it took to get me from one place to another one
or longer, even.
You spoke to me about large things
responsibility and Ferris wheels and distant nebulas
you spoke to me about small things
garden mice and sub-atomic particles and how many spoonfuls of sugar you take with your tea.
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