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Coming up for Air

Skipping record stutters tunes 
we've heard and refuse to listen to,
bristle to, and grow weary as the familiar refrain remains

Invading the peaceful quiet life afforted
once briefly, but ever fleeting, as the noise
      grows...and grows
Feeding off complacency... 
  torments the only place for me
     that my mind couldn't shred my insides

Is there refuge in the righteous right way I write about?
  Is there a sliver of straight forward in a world turned inside out?
        I can't see the light yet know it's blinding 
           when I find it...
These sound like fairytales to me, a far off land I've never seen
  ....a distant hope I pray could be a slow, yet sudden, reality

I'll breathe more air to swell these lungs,
so they may push my heart to beating.
I'll listen to all the words I've shunned,
so they might set my eyes to seeing.
if the risk I take opening up, is being cut...
then I'll pride myself in bleeding...


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  1. Date: 11/20/2009 1:33:00 PM
    great write!

  1. Date: 10/22/2009 6:03:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/16/2009 8:27:00 PM
    Steve, I absolutely LOVE the last stanza! You've poured your heart out here. I realize I've missed your work over the busy summer. Blessings, Donna

  1. Date: 9/10/2009 4:28:00 AM
    Interesting thoughts put to pen. Sara

  1. Date: 9/9/2009 8:13:00 PM
    I absolutely love this line: "Is there a sliver of straight forward in a world turned inside out?" Beautiful. Poetrysoup has diiiied and you've been gone forever =[ It's good to see you again.

  1. Date: 9/9/2009 5:16:00 PM
    wonderful...wonder full! It sure ain't easy being it? BIG BIG HUG! Love the verse!!!

  1. Date: 9/9/2009 5:02:00 PM
    steve. do we not mean that much that you leave us as you did. i and who thought of you as a friend. to whom could i turn for a fresh male perspective given with your style and grace. i actually worried if you were dead and schemed on how to get the copy rights to your work. but alas your death was greatly exagerated. welcome home son. jhl

  1. Date: 9/9/2009 8:52:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your fasinating poetry with us today Steve. ~~~Smiles~~~ I wish you the best in your writing endeavors. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/8/2009 8:41:00 PM
    feeling everything, your feet on the surface! yes! powerful! Steve!...jim

  1. Date: 9/8/2009 6:05:00 PM
    Wow! Very insightful, Steve. Sometimes it seems "the world is too much with us," but you still take the risk, knowing you may cut and bleed. Great courage; awesome poem! Love, Carolyn