Long poem by
Christine Phillips | Details |
Fall tumbles relentlessly on our door steps
young winter birds inducing provoking sounds scamper in trees
Watching winter crawling slowly under our feet.
The night rain wet the ground with sadness
washing away the environmental stench
purging the atmosphere of its infectious dew
And I could absorb fresh air in my lungs again.
I fell into a deep sleep shortly after nine but woke up
by my next door neighbor bustling activities.
Nice showers clean fresh air is the perfect night to
be drenched with sleep but instead I was on my knees.
An unknown burden overshadowed me, disturbing my spirit
raising my curiosity, causing me to ponder over unknown mysteries
unexplainable matters that doesn't concern me, yet they troubled me.
I soaked myself in prayer seeking for a plausible answer
And after praying I fell asleep again; a sleep that
I thought would be peaceful but here I am again
on an unannounced journey to the Far East.
I mysteriously found myself on a university campus in the Far East,
no paint, no color, everywhere was deserted, no one was around
except for dry leaves spreading out on the troubled ground
and dull trees astoundingly lingering in the autumn breeze.
I walked propitiously through the front door along a bare corridor
in search of a toilet to ease my body pressure.
A desolated corridor whose hope seemed to be diminished with the passing of time
a million feet must have trodden upon it, feet in search of freedom ,
feet looking for peace, proud feet, dirty feet, bloody feet, stubborn feet.
Feet looking for revenge and feet marching to the destiny of doom.
I moved anxiously from door to door but every door that I opened I saw
Asian toilet embedded deeply in the ground and clean water flooding all around.
I opened another door and found a western bath filled with clean water
I kept walking along the corridor but all the Asian toilets were flood with water.
At the end of the corridor I found one that was completely dry but there was no toilet inside except for PVC pipe fittings planted firmly in the ground.
I tread along the opposite side of the hallway still searching for a toilet
but only rooms whose doors were removed and leaning helplessly
in front of them occupy the other side of the stricken corridor.
I anxiously left the building and a slim young man in his early twenties
wearing shaded glasses ran behind a reception area outside the campus ground
and pretended as if he was at work, but that was only a deception.
As I walked passed him he tried to reached out to me
He complained about someone who has treated him badly
and pointed to a friend who was instrumental in turning his life around.
A sizable crowd gather around him as he illustrates his painful story.
He and his friend took me to the other side of the campus where
a larger crowd of young people had gathered for a wedding
some were sitting under large beach umbrellas
While others congregate in groups all over the campus grounds.
I walked upon a platform where the wedding ceremony
was about to take place but daylight suddenly exploded in my face.
©2014 Christine Phillips
Long poem by
Vicki Acquah | Details |
The Nature of Things
Birds ATE Worms,
Worms Tilled Soil,
Frogs ATE Flies,
Bees Made Honey,
Fish ATE Worms,
People ATE Fish,
Cats ATE Fish
Butterflies and bees
Grass Grew, and the
al aroun' all aroun'
and Were Welcomed,
Life was simple back then.
Preying Mantis fought.
Snails made slime.
And the green grass
Still grew sublime
The trees bowed in dignity
and neutralized the
Pollutants in THE AIR...
Then gave US the Oxygen
and the red clover grew
all aroun' all aroun'
Even the rocks did their part ,
Filtered the water and trickled
it down,to well up Into Springs...
Purified...and the red clover grew
all aroun' all aroun'
That was the nature of things...
when men loved naturally.
Until the disorder.
Who ordered the disorder.
If you if you do not know now.
I won't Tell --To bad for us all.
All I know, It was not that long ago
OK, I Will Tell ..it is
M o N S A N TO...Monsanto !
Now what we gonna do,
wait for our Karmic potion?
What goes around comes around...
and the red clover is
no longer all over-
and the green grass no longer grows
all aroun' all aroun'..
"Round up I would say.
"Agent Orange", the other nay
Every dog will have his day,
stay out the way
of other peoples karma .
Always ring the
alarm when you see
or smell harm
believe in your Intuition.
This is my last poem
In which I will speak
of times past,or will
I speak of blue skies
and babbling brooks.
I will tell you that truth
was written in books.
I will speak of air raids,and braids.
I will tell you how we went from
Empresses and Queens to slaves,
and from Stewards and
Kings to our graves.
I will inform you that people need
to get back on the right tract.
Will ask you to find your
dignity and take it back.
I will ask you to be vigilantes,
and stand up. Before we all fall down.
Before no more green
grass grows allaroun', allaroun'
I would ask you to draw lines and never
let anyone cross your boundaries.
I would tell you that the
herbs and the vegetables
were our medicine,study them
and get to know them again.
I would implore you to
You are more than able
And never follow the crowd.
read the labels
We use to have Songs like
Black and Proud, or War by war.
War (uuugh) "What is it good for"
I would say so much to you
and send this hug to you.
Today I might be dead
and gone, but call on my spirit
and I will come.
Blood Sweat n Tears sang
"there will be one child born...to carry on"
Know that this battle can be won.
And no matter what
stay true to the real you,
whenever in doubt
Shout...the ancestors out ...
We are only a dimension away.
And that my friends is...
"The Nature of Things ".
Long poem by
John lawless | Details | . You can read it on PoetrySoup.com' st_url='http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/i_cant_breathe___a_rant_625520' st_title='I CAN'T BREATHE - a rant'>
I CAN’T BREATHE
I am being suffocated by causes.
Will we march Quixote-like
enraged by the spinning of the windmills?
We protest the wars carrying placards
while expecting others to carry arms,
praise God and worship Jesus while
condemning all others to eternal damnation.
How many would offer to abort – an abortion –
by offering to adopt the child at birth,
feed the hungry at their own kitchen table,
stage a “die-in” in the lobbies of academia
demanding they empty their cash filled
endowment accounts – and give to the poor,
clothe the naked, drill wells for the thirsty.
In our effort to “Celebrate Diversity” are we
selectively excluding those who are just
too diverse for us? Must we sacrifice our
history and culture on the altar of inclusiveness?
Perhaps, in time, our exhalations will become
toxic to an environment devoid of trees to
balance our co-dependent existence.
Why are the rights of the 1% minority less
important than those of the 99% who claim
to be in the majority. Are not politicians corrupt
by the very nature of the political power structure?
Should we vote blindly because we do not
listen – only hear what we want to hear,
sit in the eye of the hurricane of apathy
warning all of the dangers outside of it,
tax the poor to fund programs for the poor,
subsidize farmers to grow less to keep the
prices high, rail against compromises in
the privacy laws while posting our lives
on Face Book, twitter, and u-tube.
Have we forgotten the cries of the oppressed:
“No more genocides, no more holocausts”,
turned our backs, averted our eyes
lest we see the horror we negligently condone.
Will we black out all our bumper stickers,
discard all of our tee shirts, assist the
elderly shopper in reaching the high shelf,
pick up after our pets – or even more
spiritually – pick up after someone else,
speak to the disheveled panhandler –
if only briefly - to say good morning,
contribute more than money and
three cans of tuna to the food drive,
assist voters to the polls regardless
of their political leanings, allow those
who do not see our concerns as having
any real value their opinion. Will we(I)
be their when the marches are over,
the media bored with the cause, the
placards torn and faded, the enthusiasm
waning as work, school, exams, life –
and the living of it – move us back to
the eye of the maelstrom, the safety of
conformity, the “peace” of acquiescence.
Or will we scream each morning
“LET US BREATHE”. Let us breathe
life and passion and power into our
day, reach out and “BE CAUSE”,
stay the course lest the ship lose
it heading, run aground on the shoals
of false satisfaction at how involved
we were, how much we accomplished.
Will we breathe the breath of truth,
of freedom, of love, of peace, of unity
across this land reaching to the shores
and forests of our world, reaching to
touch the hand of that stranger
who lives next door.
John G. Lawless
Long poem by
Nsamu Moonga | Details |
It is a Sunday morning.
The day before was still,
yet eventful and surprising:
sacredness met in holy places
and inspired persons.
Petrified trees and slave traders’ bedrooms;
cattle grazing and the ancient one sleeping.
The quiet sounds of lit boats by night,
and the sounds of men returning home
to meet with the people they love –
those who love them.
They sing and dance around their catches.
The wind carries the sounds miles on end,
conspiring to bring home love never possessed.
The one who loves me never says goodbye.
I am lullabied by the twinkling of the boat lights,
an assortment of colours.
I am awakened by the voice of the one who loves me –
The one I love –
in the sound of the waves of the lake;
the colour of the lake speaks primordial presence.
‘Good night’ and ‘good morning’ are not words any more.
They contain the eternal call to
being still and knowing that where I am is eternal Presence.
I am here to learn how to be human as if for the first time.
I am drawn back to the place
where I learned to walk and talk;
the place where I learned to love and laugh;
the place where I learned to live and leave;
I learned to query and question;
search and never be satisfied by little.
The one who loves me – the one I love –
has known this journey even before it began,
long before I imagined it.
It began in eternity and ends nowhere.
I arise to the awareness that love is
not for the knowing.
It is in the little awe at the
sight of the vastness of a lake;
hearing the sound of the morning wind,
the sound of the waves knocking on the
door of the lake;
delighting in the brightness of the colours of the birds;
in holding on to the fear of otherness in
animals we call wild;
in the cuddle of the one who loves me –
the one I love;
in a mother embracing her child to security;
in the fright due to a sinking boat;
in the courage of a night-time fisherman;
in the drunkenness of a dreaming young man;
in the playfulness of a kapenta seller;
the closeness of a child on mother’s back;
the silences of the winding roads;
the inquisitiveness of a little child;
in the confidence of a babe;
in the enjoyment of song and dance of a grown-up man;
in the pleasure of friendship;
the communion of family;
the embrace of loving spouses;
in the laughter of young lovers;
in the trust of daring divers;
the sacrifices of trench diggers;
the freshness of cold drinking water;
shared dreams and fears;
the strength of the dam walls;
trusting the bridge will hold you;
the welcome of the shrines;
the generosity of those we love;
the daring of the swimming child;
the warnings of crocodiles and hippos;
the heat and the sweating;
the savour of food and drink;
in the beautiful places and the ugly;
the contrast between pools and the lake;
the pain of returning to business as usual;
the tear on parting…
The one I love –
and the one who loves me –
truly never says goodbye.
Long poem by
Louis Borgo | Details |
I never want it much but manners when it was due
Recalling of yesterday wind
Collectively bargain as I may call it as a rapper that was honor into the hall of fame
That said he hope his rap would care over into the next generation if not then his legacy
Collective bargain as I may recall it as another rapper he said yeah it's cool
What today rappers are doing woman and money here today but it will be gone
Tomorrow but what about the two wars we went through what about the economic once more
This was not my words but I took it deeply to heart So a man heard what I said so he let me
Break in line so I look a little bit closer and I seen the manger discounting of discounts not once but
Twice and not even once but twice in same week of my grocery
Im think to myself still today computer had a
But my mom said it happen to her not once but twice in the same week that's
"The City Im From"
Onto the notion of word of mouth it has it on hall of fame we call
"Word On The Street"
And looking at life coming from the country with just a address and not a home at birth
That I was told of
My parents no matter there reconcile install into me the value of education
And it was something that no one could take from you and I thought to myself that
There are few legitimate ways to make
Money, demand and supply, advertise for commercial, and the barter
With that come the notion of the understanding what is
Loyalty, respect, and power
You cant make every one respect you, power is a conflict of interest going back to conquers,
a reign is a reign no matter the king or queen bless it be the thing about loyalty
You cant buy it and you cant fear into respect
Can one have loyalty, respect, and power is it possible-
Cause as a man you notice only what you see and sometimes it not you it's the environment but when do we choice to wake or is
Awaking dawn apond our eyes
I yield to maturity and ask
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and
suddenly you are doing the impossible".
Young brother young brother would you like to hear my full story-
But the integrity thing is you could have a million views or
A thousand votes
But it only take one somebody to notice you and it is live changing thing and that
Somebody may not be a celebrity or even a house hold name and for me
Money was never be my intention but usually good deed due become of rewards
And that somebody that had a impact on me
Im start to see what a woman worth
Is truely about I never reallie understand why girls now that are woman like me so much was it reallie a cruel joke?
And the phone rings hangs and click again
And where she goes he will follow
And the breeze steadily picks up on a winded blue night
To insult my intelligence is to insult your intrigue why most you feel so inferior-
Long poem by
Poetryof Providence | Details |
A thousand myriad voices scattered on the wind
decry the human suffering questions will it end
tents in desert dustbowls waiting upon the rain
lives molded in emptiness how long can they sustain
Pandemic the diseases a viral biology
man himself constructed in tubes technology
outpouring chemicals no plant life can escape
pillaging our resources our planets incumbent rape
The corporations interest aim profits in their greed
a force it must maintain your pocket book exceed
desires that are mercenary have plans to you expunge
trash outstrips the landfills the poor in countries plunge
The maintenance of property with empty homes in rot
homeless children hungry sleep in a parking lot
media insinuates you need be owning more
earning of the dollar the dream you're living for
I have seen starvation exists a different kind
a famine of affection to others needs be blind
hedonistic pleasures force decisions to ignore
repercussions down the road contaminates hardcore
The disappearing species on land and in the sea
ones we've not discovered may know them never be
chem. caused deformities in humans also plants
cancer causing agents saturating our advance
Facilities explosions toxic substances are spread
how much can nature take before our planets dead
we all have mankind's mind we know where this will end
to destruct this machine on man we can't depend
Aspartame and PCB's nitrites not a few
pollution of the food supply detriments not new
the really scary thing as this accumulates
greater will its impact be if prevention waits
As mans wars continue a plan for our demise
we barely see the surface that our governments disguise
there's a conspiracy our morality to drown
if you hold to virtue their aim to take you down
In streaming videos what's immoral implant
willingly absorb them its profession is extant
the onslaught overwhelming the pressure to conform
if you don't run with them you aren't considered norm
The barrage of information to absorb your time
new gaming now is free to keep your mind online
even I use this tool to reach inside your thought
every truth you hear is seeking to be caught
here little there little every piece in place
to clean up our planet must destructive thought replace
errors inclination mans programming like a map
where is the intervention to spring us from this trap
COPYRIGHT © 2012 C Michael Miller
Via Duboff Law Group LLC
Long poem by
Carol Eastman | Details |
The HR person called me in… I was turning gray… Was he even twenty-one?
I wondered if the interview would go well, as he did fung shui the chairs around.
Offered a caramel expresso mocha late decaf, I told him I took my coffee black.
Alas my friend, it got progressively worse, this: our proverbial generational gap.
He asked me to explain, how I’d be the best personnel fit, for this illustrious job.
Ah! Experience I had in abounds, as I pulled out a 100-page resume, neatly bound.
That question, had me off and running, but I knew, I was in some trouble when…
I saw his eyes glaze over, and he ask me, ‘Have we made it into space yet?’
He smirked, when he ask, about ‘Recent’ applicable education, in the last 5 years.
I condensed my course certifications till he nearly fell off, his crazy chair, my dear!
He ask the projects worked on, unfortunately, all were government secret classified.
So I added some of the numerous skills, that had been applied, till he almost cried.
I started with the job descriptions, but he didn’t like… that the names were so long.
And the abbreviations normally used, in this line of work, almost blew his mind.
Though I also got the feeling, he may have thought that I’d finally, lost mine, since…
My accomplishments had scads of stuff he’d never, ever, be able to comprehend...
You know, ‘things’ about the job, HR doesn’t care about or bother to be clued in.
Luckily all was saved, before the interviewers’ jaw, hit the floor around his chair.
Using a power point presentation, illustrations appeared, giving him a better clue.
I even gave him a burned DVD, set to the music of ‘Live Free or Die Hard’, too.
He ask about items, he’d never heard of, you know, from way before he was born.
But got the feeling he’d be more attentive, talking about a computer game going on.
I didn’t lie about a thing, it’s not my fault some Companies are now closed down!
But I felt things were somewhat a success, as security finally came to lead me out…
Unfortunately, in the end, they hired a young one, and I couldn’t understand why.
He was a quiet, little, studious kid, who didn’t say a thing, but had stars in his eyes.
He didn’t understand any of the work involved, but his pay would be next to none.
But that's whom they got: until that company closed for work that couldn’t be done.
All because the HR Department didn't help them get the workers they did need.
I became self-employed, developing computer games, all the rage! Oh So Sweet!
Yes, I became a millionaire, with my own company, without HR, anywhere seen!
Now, we develop rockets to go into space, where I felt, that HR person should be.
Dedicated to all those Middle aged people stressed out after looking for a job.
Wife and Hubby Collaboration
Long poem by
J Eliza JAMES | Details | . You can read it on PoetrySoup.com' st_url='http://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/natures_single_dads___the_australian_emu_372914' st_title='Nature's Single Dads - The Australian Emu'>
Nature’s Single Dad:
The Australian Emu :
The first 55 days
Emund is busy
partners who’ll put
him to the test.
His pedigree line
has proven with time
that it is now his
turn, to be best.
He hears them emerge
from the bush as
they gather in
answer to nature’s
They dance, and then
go away, they know
they cannot stay;
there is not enough
food for them all.
They dip and they
weave as they mingle
that each has a
With his reputation,
there is no
he is ready to join
in the dance.
‘Bonk! Bonk,’ comes
the sound of another
Emulena!’ he says
with a grin.
Others move to the
side as he leaves
to greet this dancer
as she flounces in.
rhythmic movement of
hips she fluffs up
her boa, it bounces
He matches her mood.
His movements are
as they twist and
twirl in their
He does not fuss
about who takes the
lead, he follows and
their dance now is
With steps that are
light he glides to
he meets her, bows
“Sorry, we cannot
stay longer, we all
must find paddocks
It matters not
whether we all stay
we trust you to know
what to do.”
As she speaks, they
deposit their gifts,
and he hears, as in
chorus they say,
“We know you’ll do
magically, what you
to deliver these in
your own way.”
After completing her
task, Emulena stands
tall and she fluffs
up her feathers once
They follow her lead
in twos, and in
and promenade across
the dance floor.
Left all alone, he
goes back to his
duties and looks
closely at each pale
He checks all for
defects. He sees
they are perfect,
so with care he
covers every one
He sticks to his
task for fifty-five
days in sunshine,
strong winds and
He values each
treasure and tends
them with pleasure
as he, turns each
egg every three
Through his long
lashes he sees
danger coming. He
drops his neck down
like a log.
Feathers flying on
high and red fur
he needs to fool
both bird and dog.
The shells have now
turned a dark bluey
green, there’s an
infertile egg in the
This egg will be
food for his hungry
but he won’t eat or
drink, ‘til they
Each day he looks
up, and turns his
head to the sun as
it rises each
He’ll sit day and
night until the
He knows, that time
to be continued...
Long poem by
Olive Eloisa Guillermo | Details |
TO THE FLOWER
Your scent beckoned my weeping heart to painless flight;
amidst a garden where God dusts His pretty love.
Spring tints are pure and fragrant, free of guise.
Your hues painted another sunrise for my eyes;
when once I failed to catch the pledge of morn.
A seed of hope was born to white petals blush.
Though there are silhouettes of bitter yesterdays
must all the phantoms of illusions fade and leave...?
Your floating aroma stirred and shot my nerves;
inspiring a nightingale to sing some joyous laments;
It swayed with grace to dance on wind's despotic beat.
among the rustling leaves which hug the earth below;
So like the sun, which from distant horizon smiles;
it roused the sleepy world to begin the pen of baby prose.
The unfolding mystery of your petals brought
my bewildered mind to peacock's reflection.
Alas! All was transient. These eyes probe beneath
but were blinded by the intrusion of some stray shine;
Ambitions which from afar are building sprout;
t'is that which let this self to irksome doubt.
Lovely blossom of the wild, this sojourner nigh
to tame your perfume's sweet stinging scent.
A restless soul by some wicked, destiny pokes;
someone called--- but pity, I couldn't tell a note.
If by magic, a butterfly I could become;
Let it be over my being slowly span.
Then with you
(though the specters in our midst are fierce),
I could jet fly though miseries without fear.
But am just a mortal of faith that blows this wish
for only covenants call for my journey still?
I cannot be forever the one who would share your sweetness;
(Harken, fairies of blooms, this wilderness is not my lair.)
I shall not want to witness you wilt as no time left to stay.
Never again will you see me at day-break's bloom,
save something special for others to experience you.
This fleeting apparition I so adored;
promised me burgeoning petals.
"Be not afraid as seasons change,
beyond today, I won't be here to see that no harm
be done with all intentions to your sacred charm.
I leave you to Mother's Nature tender care,
for I must go to some greater musing-- heaven's ground.
Wilt not, as soon the rain will dash, refreshing you my dear.
If I return someday--
will your sublime scent still be here?"
Inspired by Susan Seddon Boulet's painting:
© Olive Eloisa Guillermo
October 20, 2014
Contest Name Free Verse, Prose Poetry, haibun
Sponsor Debbie Guzzi
Long poem by
Timothy Hicks | Details |
If the world were a soccer ball I'd be mighty tempted
to kick it high to kingdom come.
After what I learned today I feel ripped off,
feeling the sparse warmth of a dimmed out sun.
Pray tell who gave such power to these mad men in high places.
Stop *****footing around and give it to me straight. I want the down-to-earth basis.
Why are you poisoning the precious skies with aluminum particles?
You claim it's to stop Global Warming. Far be it for me to call it impractical.
Do you not see that it is killing the crops and infecting the oceans?
Call me what you will, but this is indeed no silly notion.
These artificial clouds are filtering out the sunlight itself.
And it's only a matter of time before we all melt.
We all know it's happening for it's written up there in the heavens.
And it's not just on occasion. It's going strong 24/7.
There's links in the chain that it all leads to weather warfare.
What's next animal mind control by means of radiated air?
They call me ludicrous with names like "Conspiracy Theorist".
A nice way to say "freak of nature"... my apologies for being a life purist!
If I could I'd grab a needle and thread and sew up those Ozone holes.
I wish I could laugh it off, saying "I got you good!", and let go of all the legs I pulled.
But this is it... there's nothing much I can do but state figures and facts.
Treating these issues as "untouchable entities" is going nowhere fast.
There are human beings behind the curtain. A stage no one sees.
Please, grab this floatie and together we'll leave this darkened sea!
The promise of safety lies ahead, swim towards it!
"Ignorance is bliss", so said the men who are destroying the planet.
Autism and Alzheimer's rates are skyrocketing
While men behind closed doors are surely profiting
Contrary to popular belief, zigzagging lines across the skies are not natural!
This experimentation comes at a high price when life as we know it is the collateral...
NOTE: This is about Geo-engineering (what some might call "chem trails"). It's a serious issue and something that shouldn't be taken lightly... I've watched a lot of videos on it and how (for reasons unknown) people are PURPOSELY spraying aluminum particles into the atmosphere. There's much more to it that's even more disturbing... but I just wanted to make everyone aware of it.
After reading this, I realized that a certain word is blocked out. It's an unusual word, but it's NOT a swear word. The word means to move catlike with stealth and caution. Just think of Tweetie saying Putty Tat, and you'll know the word that's blocked out...