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eight winds.

-eight winds come to break u-
..lead your mind astray...
-praise and blame deflate u-
..(but) light carries them away..

-fame and defamation-
..each follows one behind..
-famous for the moment-
..what's left of your mind..?

-gain and loss defeat u-
..both are just the same..
-sanity come to meet u-
..u never knew her name..

-where u going on the morrow?-
..where were u today..?
-recognize joy and sorrow-
..both have something to say..

-four winds come to greet u-
..lead u on your way..
-four more can defeat u-
..blow your soul away..

Copyright © Trevor Houchen | Year Posted 2005

A Walk for Pink Joy

Beauty is a smile, from women dressed in pink
Starts with winners, who fought this evil jinx

Lead all who walk, for those that are at rest
Funding a fight against the demon of the breast

Cancer, a demon that takes those who fed our young
It's a cure we must seek for women's health and fun

Time is the enemy, for those women fighting now
Research must be funded, for us to learn the how





"The Rhyming Game"   contest

Copyright © Tom Larrow | Year Posted 2011



Please Remember You Had Nothing to Say

   Please Remember You Had Nothing To Say
                                                                    By Dr. Tina Medina
I have loved and loved 
I have given and given
I have honored and honored
I have felt something deep in my heart
Yet you ignored me
Woman, wake up! You had nothing to say!

I have poured out my heart and you did not respond to me
What a pity 
You did not see the integrity of the love that was within me
I never hurt you
I never degraded you
I never disrespected you  
I never pushed you away
YET, YOU gave ME no say!
Woman, wake up!  You had nothing to say!

I have loved and loved
I have given and given
I have prayed and prayed

Woman, wake up!  You had nothing to say!
You never listened to me
You never even asked my opinion
on such a serious decision 
Dear woman, wake up!  You had nothing to say!
I once asked you for a lifetime to take a journey with me
I asked you to trust me because I was sincere
Yet I pulled back my offer quickly and decided to switch gear
I made this decision with all my precision
I did not care if it caused your heart a collision

I asked you several times…. are you for real
My love is not a game and it cannot be dismissed at will
Your answer was yes
Yet you walked away and left my heart a confused mess

My heart yearned for justice in the courts of fair play
Why did you do this and decided I had nothing to say
My love does not understand the mistiming and delay 
How could you do this to me without any say

You see, I am the judge and jury
I make the game plans
I state my demands  
I state what is right and what is wrong
I make the decision with all my precision
my logistics, my thoughts
it’s all for me to relay……
Please remember dear…. you had nothing to say
Sorry! The decision has been made, you had nothing to say
If you cry and are sad by the decision I made
Please remember you had nothing to say
You had nothing to say
Your opinion did not count
Even though you have a Ph.D.
I counted you out

Oh, for some reason
Maybe it was not the season

If you were sad
one day you will be glad
You see, the blatant disregard should have made you mad
then I realized your love  for me was not a fad
Yet… you still dearly loved me
and nominated me so my home town could know and see  the successful side  of me
You walked past your pain and decided to still honor me
Even though I caused you a heartache and travesty
God saw your good intention
He knew your motives were true
He granted you desire and everyone knew

One day you may have something to say
One day I may wake up and see differently…it will be okay
I will actually let you…. have something to say

Now the question is, will you be around when my truth is really found
When I know who I truly am and I know who you truly are
Will you be afar

Will you truly  forgive me for my harsh action and neglect
Will you look past the words of gross error and reject
Will you still love me deep down inside
even though I hurt you deeply and your response was totally  denied

For many months, you were so devoted to me
was I so blind I could not spiritually see 
I held your heart in my hand
In your eyes, I was the only beautiful mahogany man



Yes
It’s true
I loved only you

I am so sorry… I gave you nothing to say 
Be it may
It caused a delay
It caused a decay
A decay of something special and good
A decay of something solid made out of rock and not cheap plywood
A decay of a great love
You loved me for what I was really made of
You loved me for me and all  my complexity
and sometimes that it is not easy
I do give orders
I state my demands
I treated you like a soldier because I am in command

Thank God, I have woken up and I have something to say
Baby, you took something dear away
Now,  be it may
I simply have to say
I am so sorry, you took something special and real away

You took away my ability to decide
where I wanted to abide
You never listened to me
You never heard my plea
You never heard me talk
You decided it was time to end what you started and began to walk

How fair was your decision with all your precision
You see I am a Libra and I strive for what is balanced and fair
especially when I loved you so much and truly  cared
I did not understand because you never shared your decision and game plan
I never knew the true reason until this recent season
You disregarded me and left me out completely
on such an  important issue that involved you and me
you made it carefree 
by not talking to me

I am not mad
I am not glad
I just think it is somewhat a loss and truly sad
My heart held onto something that was gone a long, long time ago
Perhaps it could not accept the truth it was really time to let go

Oh, for a reason
There is always a season
A time to let go
A time to truly know
A wise woman could never be in a place where she had nothing to say
A Godly woman’s love could never be taken for granted and thrown away
A beautiful woman’s support can’t be replaced and put on delay
A strong woman could never be silenced and told go away
A mature woman would say this is not the time to play
A smart woman would read the Word and obey
A faithful woman would never stray
A good woman would build a man up and always seek God to pray
A confident woman will move forward and not concentrate on yesterday
A prudent woman would thank God for the lesson learned and walk away 
I just remembered it is time for me to relay goodbye for now because I have nothing to say


Copyright © Tina Medina | Year Posted 2016

Alone Again

Cold rains wet and weary... seeping through the sky, Spectres pass ’long side me... bent, with collars high, My visions are invisible and no one sees me cry. Minstrels of destruction... rapping at my door, Naked anvils aching... heavy hammers roar, Their monodies of emptiness pulse, bleeding through the floor. House of cards collapsing... sagging walls of wax, Deuces in dissension... Aces slip through cracks, The Joker’s lost and lumbers by, alone, along the tracks. Steeple steps dismantled... muted bells below, Ruins quake and tremble... freezing in the snow, Their pains implode within my brain while pale winds cruelly blow. Prophets tumble temples... residues of tea Highways of no entrance... paths of destiny, The phantoms in my nightmare dreams tell tales of roaming free. Foghorns moaning lonely... waves awash in sound Silver schooner sinking... swirling round and round, At midnight’s stroke, the mainsail broke, and driftwood drifts aground. Silent seas misshapen... moonbeams painted rum, Teaspoons sifting ashes... fingers cold and numb An incandescent candlestick impales the sinking sun. Smothered fires smoking... oceans filled with ice, Lightning lashing windows... blades from paradise, Like tongues of limpid laughter licking wounds of sacrifice. Flowing fields of flowers... silent harmony, Rolling river reveries... washing to the sea My love, she was my daylight bliss, she once belonged to me.

Copyright © Terry O'Leary | Year Posted 2012

Inner Monster

Sometimes it unleashes its tentacles,
and tries to drag our blissful spirit
with it, into the nothingness that
is darkness. The monster loves to feed
on our fears, anger, and lust.
Sometimes the monster is fed so well,
that it consumes the soul of its host,
or turns its host into an evil vassal.
To close its portal within us, we need 
spiritual nourishment each day....



Date: 24/12/2015


Copyright © Teddy Kimathi | Year Posted 2015

Trumpty Dumpty

Trumpty Dumpty built a great wall,
Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the Trump's horses and all the Trump's men
Couldn't put the U.S. together again.

Copyright © Team PoetrySoup | Year Posted 2017

Fingernails Ripe With Season

Her fingernails were ripe with season
Upon her hands she displayed a colour of cherry bomb
Long lusterous shiny laquered cherry bob fingernails
Squared off in fashion
The owner had bold yet delicate sensual hands
Long slender fingers
Donning olive skin
Her hands were the bomb
A hand model for the Ones of "The Good Life"
Boasting her laquered nails in fashion magazines
Cherry bomb the colour of January
With lipstick to match
And a love to kiss her fingertips
As the sweetness of her cherry lips blew him a kiss

By Susan Mills

Copyright © Susan Mills | Year Posted 2010

Heaven

His lovely wife is named Heaven
She scolds him seventy times seven
Yet, Big Joe just never really cared
In Heaven he lives happily, hearing impaired!


Stacey Brown 2-6-14
Dr. Ram Mehta contest
Husbands are in heaven
whose wives scold not

Copyright © Stacey Brown | Year Posted 2014

About to Expire

Do you think you could tell if a person was dying?
Would you stop everything to help them?
Fully obliging

What if the pain was impossible to see?
Not able to detect the suffering in her soul
Covered in debris

That girl, who walked the world only as a ghost
All her symptoms invisible to the human eye,
Her body, used only as a host

That girl whose wounds were so deep
Each day a piece of her vanished
Starved herself of love, surrendering to life,
Utterly famished

She may not necessarily be in a hospital,
Hooked up to wires
She's right next to you
Watching life’s clock, about to expire

How can you help her
If she already died
An empty shell is all that remains
The rest departed to the other side

Copyright © Sofia Ra | Year Posted 2016

FOREVER GONE

FOREVER GONE

Would you like to stand by me.
Now that I am no more.
Is it me you long to see .
Since I did more than walk out the door.
Do you miss what our life was like.
Before I hit the floor.
I was on my 3rd strike.
Before the doctors order I did ignore.
I decided to take a hike..
While things for me got real bad.

Drinking my last drink at the bar.
Wasting each and every single buck.
In this hike I did not get far.
My life line had ran out of luck.
Without making it to my car.
They found me behind a dumping truck.
To late to perform C.P.R.
In this coffin forever stuck.

Now I am lost and gone forever.
For not obeying the doctors rule.
On me do not waste a tear.
It was my choice to leave.
While I sat to drink my last beer.
I remember thinking.
I am here because of my drinking.
Maybe in my next life,
 I will see things even clearer.

I.T.
S.K.A.T. POETRY
2 -26-10

Copyright © SKAT A | Year Posted 2010

Time to B poetry contest

Be quiet.

Darkness fell and the stars came out to play,
we danced away in the pale moonlight.
No words, no sounds, just pure silence,
as we gazed into each other eyes.
No need for speech, as our feet grew in momentum,
no words as we danced the night away.
In silence so much is said and understood,
in silence so much makes sense.
Dancing in silence is poetry in motion,
a sense of justice for the mind.
So let yourself go, dance, dance, dance,
so you too can be at peace..

Time to B poetry contest by Casarah Nance.  Be Quiet.

27 July 2015

Copyright © Silent One | Year Posted 2015

Ink and Stone

You, ink t
             i
             p,
titillate the past like
a dead bird’s wish.

Eulogies, accolades, panegyrics,
destiny 
s:cri
p:ts
tomorrow’s sunrise.

You, 
inside and out
like pillows’ feathers
and sweat of 
many nights.

Dreams, stupors, reveries,
a
w
a
k
e
n
i
n
g
s
on paper render sense,
t h e c o l o r f u l s e n s e s.

You, the undying spirits
reborn from archaic mildew
on 
p          a
g          e
      s
of 
living books.

Akin to how we discovered fire
a flame, a light, a sun
reveals the shadow                                         
                            of a pen.

Copyright © Sami Al-khalili | Year Posted 2017

Adieu not goodbye

Why do I grieve a poet without a loss

Did the muse run dry along with the ink,

But to lose this inspiration will cost

literary work will suffer without this link,

how do I fill that lonely empty space

Where we would find those words of wisdom,

blaming myself for being in this bad place

Feeling like a king without a kingdom,

I know I'm not all alone among friend

People with amazing talent,

Knowing that a poets work never ends

The addiction to write will never relent,

So for this lost poet I may weep and cry,

I will always remember it's not goodbye.



Copyright © Roy Pett | Year Posted 2016

Alcohol

Alcohol
Social lubricant?
Laughing, falling, fighting.
Three sheets to the wind!
Drunk

Copyright © Ross Blade | Year Posted 2016



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