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                                     i am with the roots
                                     of flowers
                                     entwined, entombed
                                     sending up my passionate blossoms
                                     as a flight of rockets
                                     and argument

                                     Charles Bukowski,  Penguin Modern Poets 13 



I chose toile wallpaper
in muted blues,
a pastoral scene 
that refused to budge.

Pick that, girl,
and you get nothing else

I stood my ground. 

Our ninth move
and I only wanted 
the repeating pattern
of that old mill.

It’s wheel
would never turn.

Homes revolved,
doors slammed 
and nothing was ever still.
my mother lit sticks 
of maniac dynamite 
which drilled holes in walls,
and drilled holes in my father
who lost 
more chunks of himself
every day

Afternoons shuttled me
into corners 
with Bukowski or Plath,
love with lesions,
heavy bloodstones,

Evenings, too, never settled,
the wind stayed up,
tippled glasses,
ripped pages from 
my books

But when hell 
shifted even the dark into fester-reds, 
I crept into pastels...
as untouched as the core of flame,
as motionless as Wedgewood.




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  1. Date: 4/13/2014 10:17:00 PM

    Cyndi, a really enjoyable poem to read that was effective in its case.. Congrats on your win!
  1. Date: 4/11/2014 9:44:00 PM

    Nice win, Cyndi.....PD
  1. Date: 4/11/2014 6:32:00 AM

    Congratulations on a fine win in the Bukowski Contest, cyndi
  1. Date: 4/11/2014 3:06:00 AM

    Cindy, well done in defining the genius. Congratulations on your win. VerlenaEK
  1. Date: 4/10/2014 8:25:00 PM

    YUp me too agree YOU are genius also GOD [motionless as wedgewood!] Congrad's #1 for me! 7 & fav Light & Love
  1. Date: 4/10/2014 7:50:00 PM

    Yep, you are a genius, I've no doubt Cindy, thank you so much for your comment on my Virgin Mary poem, you set my heart aflame with your comment, luv xxx
  1. Date: 4/10/2014 7:50:00 PM

    I like how you did this. It feels like a conversation. Congratulations on your win.
  1. Date: 4/8/2014 11:57:00 AM

    I agree with Chris.......this will garner a high will his own !! Yours, and his.....are remarkably "genius" !!!
  1. Date: 4/8/2014 10:22:00 AM

    P.S. -- If doing it my way causes me not to place in the contest, this is cool with me, especially since it would reinforce the theme for me even more. Regardless, the contest inspired me to try a 'Bukowski'-esque poem .... something I am not entirely keen on emulating too much because I strive to maintain my own voice when writing, but it is something which I've wanted to try for some time now, so I am very thankful for the contest inspiration. I think that you have another 1st place winner.
  1. Date: 4/8/2014 10:19:00 AM

    Hey, wot's with the flower quote, I named mine, "flowers for Chinaski", first!(the quote delves into one of the layers of my theme). Thems are fighting words, for sure! :D -- Cyndi, you did fabulous with your poem, tying in, paralleling some of your own personal experiences. It makes for a strong effect. I noticed that other entries I have previously read, added biographical details, and/or, "I think this, I think that." .... I didn't exactly do that. Are we supposed to for the contest?