When I saw that young muscular man
standing, hand on hip, in the driveway
four flights down from our balcony,
I was instantly attracted before I
realized it was you...my sweetheart,
so unaware of your electric presence.
You were speaking to our neighbor,
and though I couldn't quite hear your
conversation, I heard your laughter.
You were just being your dynamic
friendly self, one of the many reasons
I fell in love with you so quickly; your
passion for life, your willingness to
aid anyone who needed a helping hand,
and a sensual presence larger than life.
All my female friends I introduced you
to secretly called you a 'handsome hunk',
meant in the most complimentary way.
I reminisce on cool spring nights like this
and when you smile or laugh I still see
that handsome young man I married so
long ago when our time was not fleeting,
and we were both in the prime of our lives.
© Connie Marcum Wong
Copyright © Connie Marcum Wong | Year Posted 2017
I lounge lazily on my deck chair
up high in the spacious loggia
loafing the time away, patient, waiting.....
The ocean flows into the small bay
as the sun sets far away over the horizon.
From below electric lights flash on
one by one and guitars are strummed.
The smell of paella wafts up
towards my rumbling stomach,
but I sit on, unmoved, immobile, waiting.
The summer heat is scarcely relieved
by the faint ocean breeze. Salty sweat
runs down my unshaven face,
a welcome taste as my tongue licks
the sides of my parched lips.
The murmur of people reaches me.
She has arrived and the guitars sing.
So does my heart as I behold my wife.
Slowly she pirouettes on her dainty toes,
her skirt resembling a veronica,
like a cape that baits the bull
in a Spanish bloody arena.
I cannot see her red red lips
that taste like lavender in height of summer,
I can just barely make out her silhouette,
her sexual curves, her lithe footing,
her inviting mien, her head held high,
a proud senora dancing just for love.
Soon the dance will end and I...
why I just wait till she'll come to me,
in the dark cover of the night.
with a tequila and a night of love.
15 August 2016
Copyright © Victor Buhagiar | Year Posted 2016
The thing with giving is Expectation...
The treasure of giving is the giving itself without expecting anything in return.
A loan creates dependency, inequality.
and kiss you
while you are sleeping
The fragrance of your
Softness of your skin
rub this balm in the
palms of my hands
to warm it, to give you
pause of sickness
softness without pain
And I lift you against me
Smile in your ear
You whisper soft tufts
of warm air in my neck
You give me the gift
expect nothing in return
I only ask to be here, with
you, I give you my life
to love you
April 4, 2017
Copyright © Darren White
Copyright © Darren White | Year Posted 2017
Sometimes we sit alone,
quiet, trying to figure
out who carried a piece
of us with them, as we try
to put ourselves together again...
Copyright © Teddy Kimathi | Year Posted 2016
Blue moon rising
on a stormy night
I sit sobbing
when we fell out of love
The point of no return,
You broke my heart,
my fragile heart
Now you're gone,
I'm missing you
Guess it's over
Tell me why
Whispers on the wind
A true tragic tale
a single tear
in the moment
carry me away...
The scent of your soul
breath of love
shadows from the past
After the rain
I will survive
Spring is coming soon
a new beginning
Best Titles Contest
Sponsored by Laura Loo
(Every Line used is the original title of one of my poems)
June 11th 2017
Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2017
See it there
in virgin perfection.
Open its pages.
They are so white
that they radiate light.
See the magic pen
sitting by the book
meant just for two.
Each of you - together -
Reflect the pages’ light!
Then with the pen,
you may write
your beautiful life,
for this is
the Book of Love.
March 31, 2017 for the Book of Love Contest of Rick Parise
Copyright © Andrea Dietrich | Year Posted 2017
Giving advice to OTHER men, on women
That's funny ... ironic "funny", I mean, (though I did chuckle)
As if ANY man ever had a clue what women are about ...
But, I suppose, I have learned a few things
Very painfully learned ...
But NOTHING is absolute with women ... nothing is empirical
So, I won't call my tidbits "advice", but rather "observations" ...
That's as close as I can come, (or ANY man that I know, for that matter)
OK, here goes - Firstly, LISTEN ... REALLY listen to her
That is, for me, the key to any relationship
But if you really listen and respond with care to what a woman is saying
Then you're off to a good start
We all tell little lies at times, for the sake of kindness
But strive to be forthright and true, always
Or it will shatter the bridge before it's barely built.
MAKE HER LAUGH ...
A sense of humor will take you a very long way with most females
And it doesn't hurt your OWN well-being, either
To be positive, up-beat, happy, and funny.
Yes, the old-fashioned, hold-the-door-and-lay-down-the-coat romantic
(Unless she doesn't LIKE that sort of behavior, of course).
Attention to little romantic details like your anniversaries ...
I mean anniversaries for EVERYTHING
The day you met, the day you first said "I love you"
The day you kissed, held hands, met her best friend, went to a concert
Every little special moment you can remember ...
The moments that put that "Awwww!!" look on her face
Flowers, chocolates, a four-leaf clover ... be creative.
Be careful with your words ... they hear EVERYthing
And they remember every little promise and special comment
Even though YOU may not think of it the same way.
Find her likes and dislikes, and write them down, if you have to.
PDA's - just DO it!
Hold her hand in public, don't walk in front of her but beside her
Brush the hair from her eyes, give her quick, romantic kisses
Little through-the-day massages of her back or shoulders.
Avoid looking at other women at all costs!
Be valiant and chivalrous, and cook her dinner sometimes
Ask her how her day was ...
Tell her how beautiful she is and compliment her
NOTICE the little changes she makes in her clothes and jewelry
Discover her dreams and make them yours
Leave your arm around her, even if it falls asleep
Know the details of her childhood ...
Don't kiss her ONLY when you want to be intimate
* MAKE LOVE to her, don't just "have sex" *
Don't be satisfied until SHE is, (and learn how to nibble)
Learn how to have mutual climax, (you'll thank me)
Learn the special places on her body that make her crazy
(Nape of her neck, behind her knee, her ear, under her arm, palm of her
Hand, dimples on her back, inside her thigh ... there are MORE!)
Find those places and make love to them with your hands and mouth ...
Tenderly ... write naughty words there in cursive with your fingertips
Make pleasing her in bed your most important job!
LEARN what she likes and doesn't like, and be attentive to it ALL
Learn how she likes to kiss, and do it for hours
Kiss her everywhere ... and savor every inch
Kiss her with some of her hair between your mouths
Kiss her upside-down, (trust me ... it's amazing!)
Taste her like she's the most delectable, expensive candy you've ever had
And then share it with her ... in a kiss
NEVER let her go to bed or say goodnight ANGRY or unsatisfied
Find out what makes up her "Knight in Shining Armor", and BE it
DO. NOT. CHEAT. EVER ...
If you can't be faithful, you should not be with her ... period.
Jeremy Piven once said, "The Fidelity Bank and Trust is a tough creditor,
"If you make a deposit somewhere else, they close your account ... FOREVER!"
Learn it. Remember it. LIVE by it.
Make her smile ... make it be your smile.
Love her fearlessly, proudly, honestly, loyally, and DEEPLY.
Dance with her at unusual times ... even if there's no music or dance floor
BE CLEAN, take care of yourself, wear what she likes to see on you
Be polite and caring, and make sure others RESPECT her
Always, always make her the most important thing in your life
And make sure she FEELS that way
Don't be possessive, but be protective
Don't be forceful, but be assertive
Don't be angry, but be passionate
Don't be weak, but be tender
Don't be crass, but be sensual
Don't act stupid, but make her feel intelligent
Don't act like a loser, but let her win
Don't act indecisive, but let her choose
Don't act foolish, but let her guide you
And most of all ...
Treat her like the princess or queen that she DESERVES to be!
I know this isn't everything, but it's a good start
Besides, I'm still learning ...
And NO ONE will ever learn it all ...
Such is the sublime and wondrous enigma called WOMAN ...
And we wouldn't have it any other way.
* I just wrote this entire poem for the "Men Your Advice To Another Man On Females" Poetry Contest, and then remembered it was for RHYME only! Such are the wages of growing old, lol. Ugh! *
Copyright © Gregory R Barden | Year Posted 2018
You didn't mean to let me in
Could have crushed me like a bug
Instead you caught me
Ogled me through the glass
Then sent me on my way
But a little crushed just the same.
Copyright © Maureen McGreavy | Year Posted 2017
I wish I could tell you
what you've done wrong
But there'd be no point
You'd explain it all away
and say, "Fight, Babe
Fight another day.
Battle scars come and go
This you should know
It's part of the game
fight another day."
I wish I could tell you
What you didn't do
That was wrong too
The hurt, it's just the same
I know, it's love's silly game
I'm done playing
You were terribly wrong
I can't be strong
I got no fight left
For another day
Wish I could tell you...
But, then again
My silence will let you know
I see it all
What you hide inside
But if I tell you
All you'd do is deny
So...let my silence speak
Thought you're strong,
but you're weak
Fight another day...
Fight another day...
Fighting days are through
Yes, through for me and you
I have no words...no words left
So...I'll let my silence speak!
Copyright © Eileen Manassian | Year Posted 2015
Before the abyss, I had it all
Letting go of all I see
My friend, I hope our time won't end
It took a short time for you to notice
Without knowing who I am
We talked, we became friends
Connecting the dots, missing every line
Connect them and figure me out
Randomly it comes your way
Underneath a never known chemistry
Ask me to stay and I may
Grinding your teeth into my way
Cut out my eyes, and store them up
A tongueless mouth, nothing to say
Maybe by tomorrow you will forget
Losing myself in my own conversation
Hiding behind my one big regret
Don't know, Don't care
You had me open up
A book I closed, knowledge lost
No need to see
A mystery called deception
What I am cannot be seen with the naked eye
Along came you using your *ucked* up perception
The ability you miss use
making sense of this connection
A process you carry with your own patterns
You asked, you listened, without making assumptions
A taste to take off my shoulders,
To release an error locked in my Asylum
I myself am enjoying the insights about him
He's got me convince, using his perception
Copyright © SKAT A | Year Posted 2010
You, who are so perfect in my eyes, so beautiful- adorable, and I, so flawed, ugly, damaged and crawling with defects; why do you enjoy my company?
You, who are so sleek and slender, humming with a quiet intellect and a serenity about you, and I, so grossly overweight and pretentiously boastful and nervous; how can you abide my company?
You, who are a paragon of patience, so understanding and self-assured, and I, so insanely impulsive, so myopic and brimming with self-doubt; how do you stand my company?
You, who are so sweet, so considerably kind, so thoughtful and generous, and I, so bitter, so selfish, so self-absorbed; why do you choose my company?
You, who are so self-composed, full of self-control, so sound and stable, and I, so very neurotic, so completely compulsive and verily volatile; how can you tolerate my company?
You, who are so diligent, so driven and ambitious, so achieving, and I, so lackadaisically lazy, so uninspired, so complacent; why do you settle for my company?
You, who are ethical, so moral, so very virtuous, and I, so corrupt, so unprincipled, so wholly wicked; how can you endure my company?
You, who are so normal, so well-adjusted, so conventional, and I, so maniacal, so unbalanced and irrational; why do you condone my company?
You, who are bubbling with charm, who loves unconditionally and is absolutely accepting, and I, boiling with rage, fueled by misanthropy and incredibly intolerant; how can you welcome my company?
That you love and accept me for who and what I am, is a treasure beyond measure. I cherish your company, but why you cherish mine is something I cannot fathom. All I know is that I love you, my dear, beloved friend.
**This was written for two very dear friends: Karen and Tommy :)
***I also love palindromes ;)
*****FREE VERSE OLD AND NEW ENTRY
Copyright © Just That Archaic Poet | Year Posted 2013
I spin, faster and faster…
losing control, I am a propeller rising.
Once, you were my mystery to solve –
my challenge, my highest vista to climb.
You lifted me to your private skies.
Spread out before me on red-winged flights,
eradicated stars came back to life,
painted iridescent by your own two hands.
What could only be crayoned by inferior men.
All aglow, the universe circled my head -
round and round till the dizziness came,
infatuation only to blame.
I spin…slower, rhythmic, scraping.
I am a pinwheel on softest breeze.
memories come…memories go.
With a crystal crown of constellations,
you adorned my flowing hair –
locks spun golden, locks I loosened for you.
I became a glowing body for you to orbit,
a fiery flood of sunlight traveling,
Venus gifted in violet dusk,
auroras of ribbon braided…
I spin…slanting, lower, on tip-toes.
I am a ballerina with an audience of one.
I watched you watch me in light of all things.
I wanted to be center of your universe…
rings of Saturn encircled you and I.
Mercury’s fire blazed through what was us.
Blue-silver splattered moons orbited our sleep.
I kissed the moon rock I named after you.
I kissed you and only you until dawn slipped
between the warmth of our linen sheets.
I caught you in my arms time after time,
clouds dappled with your eyes floated by…
doting, they released scintillating showers
upon a wilting flower.
When it was time for you to catch me,
you were gone…taking with you part of me.
I fell hard…back to earth, stained crimson, star-struck.
Forever is a long time to chase
shooting stars through echoing space.
I trusted you, trusted only you, trusted you with me.
I rusted, no protection from your harsh elements.
We all come back to reality of a spinning earth…
we rise or fall, move or hide, heed the call or lie.
We come to the self-sharpened point of swim or die.
Time rushes by…
I sat next to you, held your hand,
feeling like my own miraculous sky,
regaining my identity…
while you read Hemingway,
a man’s man you’d say.
I spoke of the poem I wrote for you another day.
“Yeah, yeah…Aha”, you whispered…my words
dismissed, a foreign language never understood.
Space and time altered our skies;
below, your lies became our demise.
Our footprints disappeared before my eyes.
In my own miraculous sky, I have slowed my pace,
aware of my mistakes, my fear, my grace.
I embrace beauty, peace, tears I've cried, the ride…
Dawn came early this new day, I drove away,
weaved around a pothole, almost crashed.
The gravel road rattled my faith.
I started to spin again…disoriented, I faltered,
but I never turned back.
I wonder if I avoided my own catastrophe,
saved face, or a little of both…
I remember how I asked you
about the meaning of love.
You turned away,
reading Williams that day,
madness and genius you’d say,
I planted my feet, met your eyes, then marched away.
Head held high, you dimmed under a starlit sky.
I searched myself and found the brightest star…
it led me home.
Now, I brush my fingers lightly across
a constellation on high…
Pegasus, I think.
Only to realize, it’s reflection
mottles in a rippling puddle below...
beauty awakened by my grounded feet.
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders, 4/11/15
Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2015
Obsessed with the thought of you
wondering if it's only me or
if you sometimes remember the sweet things you've said
and if you meant them how I took them
or if I'm just obsessed with what's in your head
Obsessed with your very sentences
Every response I take personal
I know it's selfishness
Have you not noticed my eyes?
They hold secrets that only you can unlock
if you'd just take time to fill the thick juices of my pride
It's just boiling with lust, passion, trust and distrust
and other things I obsess over so much
I find myself writing to free myself from this prison I've created
where only you and I reside
I become confused about what I'm really feeling inside and I
try to rid the thoughts that are highly debated as false and I
begin to cry and
think of casting love spells so that the universe can deliver this affair
I know it's unfair
but I don't care
I'm obsessed with what hasn't happened between us
I'm obsessed with your heart and that the fact that
I don't think you've even noticed my selfish innuendos
and secret undertones that blatantly express my lust
Or maybe you have and you calmly remain in resistance of distrust
If you could only read my mind by simply touching my fingertips,
I'm sure I'd catch you out the corner of my eye biting your bottom lip
I'm obsessed with the passion and thoughts I think you have
Obsessing over an experience that I may never have....
Copyright © humble b | Year Posted 2012
The girl is an ultra-modern scholar,
Belongs with an upper-middle class family.
Looking very nice, smart, gets angry suddenly.
She reads M.A in English at Presidency University.
She is assimilating to the ideas of Shakespeare,
Shelley, Keats, Neruda, Byron...
Fluently speaks English, loves cricket.
Shoulders are shaken by expression.
She cries alone, laughs with everyone....
The girl is very good.
The boy is a post-modern educated son of a lower-middle class family.
He studies M.A in Bengali at Calcutta University.
He is assimilating to the routes of Vaishnab literature,
Ideas of Bharatchandra, Rabindranath Tagore, Nazrul, Jibanananda...
Writes poems, sings song, loves football.
He walks on the high-street and observes people.
He laughs alone, listens to everyone...
The boy is very good.
They are attracted by the opposite personality!
The girl wants that her lover will be a modern man.
The boy thinks that his lover will become as the mind of his.
They are changing silently
Love goes to another address...
SANDIP GOSWAMI, INDIA
Copyright © Sandip Goswami | Year Posted 2014
I’m giving you two weeks’ notice
And then I’m evicting you
From my heart
You haven’t been paying your dues…
Passion laden kisses
And loving whispers
You’ve been trashing the premises
With your careless words
Your childish tantrums
And misplaced anger
Have littered my heart
You have been bringing in
To share the night
Thinking I was unaware
Of the trysts
But this place is meant for you
There has been too much
Way too much
Wear and tear
And so I declare
You are being evicted
Pack up your things
And find another
to live in!
I need some time
To set things right
To make repairs...
The love paint needs to dry
The dream frames need to be hung
The soiled sheets need to be purified
I need to sew new curtains of hope
And wash away the grime from the
windows of my heart
Before I can even consider
Taking in a new resident.
Just enough time
For you to pay for damages
And then to leave
Before I have you thrown out
of this heart of mine!
Copyright © Eileen Manassian | Year Posted 2012
Ink spills purposely on paper
forming letters of certain alphabets
to vowels and consonants.
Though speechless, one puts
forth effort to enunciate and
pronounce aloud the syllables
carefully to articulate loves interest.
Copyright © Pace INK-U-SCRIPT | Year Posted 2013
Somewhere along waxed moonglow,
he is there
like a sweet aftertaste on my lips;
through warm fingers he groans
as silence closes my eyelids...
and even the pang that he leaves
becomes a flame in itself.
And what is compelling
about the musk of this star
is how his gaze can enter into
my universe fondling hidden caves
when he heaves soft love;
raw as touches unbuttoning
my cellar...he conquers me.
A hundred whispers
drape me from the mounds
of my peak that burns like oil in me;
and I am gone, so delirious
into the beams of his arms.
Till the falling of evening,
when again he strokes his laughter
on my hair, to drift there on my trails,
like a winding branch dressing my
skin with songs of flowers waking
our glazed vows... he conquers me.
Greg Barden's The Poet's Fire Challenge
Previously Written for Hotsy Totsy Contest
Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2015
in this place
in the safety
of this languid afternoon
I close my eyes
and listen to her voice
with your hand on my thigh
knowing as I do
that there is no pretense
no need to hide
I am who I am
She assures me
Awash in need
I let my body plead
I care to dare every hindrance
because I deserve
to let the woman in me
be free to feel
Ecstasy makes her appeal:
"Make it REAL"
roles reversed in revelry
the pleaser now yearning to be pleased
the giver becomes the receiver
and all is as it's meant to be
for you and me
I let my thoughts fly
no earth and no sky
forgotten the where and why
no need to be shy
except this build up
sensations born of feelings
this surging urge
for sensual supremacy
knowing it will come
the world will stop
as it has before
wanting it again, once more
pausing at the pinnacle of passion's pride
all things having been played right
as it should be
everything but Ecstasy
who prolongs her stay
I don't chase her away
I hold on
let her play
have her way
in the wake of her spray
on my high
She loosens my hold
and with kisses on my face
she starts to recede
back into the realm
of fantasy freed
echoes of "I love you"
the haze starts to lift
and I drift...I drift
fingers in my hair
my eyes flutter open to see
my life back in focus
there in your eyes
Let it be
Oh, let it be
Ecstasy and you and me
Copyright © Eileen Manassian | Year Posted 2016
My love for you has no
limits or boundaries. It
grows more and more
At first glance I didn't
notice how beautiful
you were. You have a
subtle beauty that took
my breath away.
I'm not that saying that
it was love at first sight.
All I know is that day my
heart became alive.
It began to beat in a way
that was foreign to me. I
desired and craved love
for the very first time.
Baby you made me believe
in love. And for that I'm forever
I came from a life bound by
hate. I had no time for love
or a relationship.
Once I realized how madly
and deeply in love I was.
My heart was in pursuit of
your heart.I wanted our hearts
to become one.
I thank God for you. Because I
know he is the reason that I love
you so.I also believe in God be-
cause of you.
Every time you got the chance,
you witnessed to me. You told
me about God and how he
changed your life.
But what spoke to me the most
was the way you lived your life.
This is why after you finish
reading this sentence. I'm right
outside your door on bended
As the door suddenly swings
open." Will you be my life
partner by becoming my wife?"
Copyright © Alexis Y. | Year Posted 2016
You are the smell before rain
You are the blood in my veins
I need to get you out of my system,
bleed it out by the blade
You are an incurable disease
You are the cancer consuming me
I need to get you out of my head,
but I can only lie on my death bed
You are the ghost of my reminiscing
You are the piece that is missing
I need to come to terms inside
Perhaps we'll cross paths in the next life
Copyright © Kyoko Sasaki | Year Posted 2014
and so you dust the book that's me
right off the shelf called LOVERS
You have found the others not to
be as enthrallingly intense
caressing the gilded pages,
you take a moment to admire me
through the layer of dust
with eager fingers you try to pry my cover
I will not let you open me again
those lines of love and rhymes of passion
encrypted with your name
will no longer be available to be read
consider this book, archaic
Put me back on the shelf
for I'd rather gather dust
then be poured over
by your careless fingers...
fingers that have traced other lines
eyes that have viewed other plots than mine
Leave me alone
for my mysteries were beyond your understanding
a book not for the novice in love
but for the mature
read the other volumes
more slender than mine
devoid of depth of meaning
devoid of passionate climaxes
and intricate subplots
Come back to me
when you hold me as a sacred volume
of love and life
the only sacred writ to fit your needs
then I will open my covers
and let you devour
the secrets of my essence
the mysteries of your universe
you will need no other book
to live by
to learn by
to love by
except this unabridged volume
Eileen Manassian Ghali
Copyright © Eileen Manassian | Year Posted 2016
The truth was concealed with many branches. Countless are the days I happily lingered in the comfort of your shade before passionate winds revealed each of your limbs as too weak to support natural, core growth. Your delusive roots cannot grab substantial hold in earth while fertilized by pretense’s charade. Only hollow echoes resound within your skin of splintered bark and your shadows of nothingness grow ever longer.
Under a warming sun, I joyously gave my heart in open palm to you. At the time, I ignorantly embraced your breadth and sum, for your apparent beauty preceded your tells of long developed and craftily hidden inner rot, sure to disease all love given in deep, steady, heartbreaking spurts. I can no longer tarry beneath your deceptive branches and chose to depart with no thought of ever returning, but I leave behind my tender pity to witness your inevitable withering.
... CayCay Jennings
August 5, 2016
Copyright © CayCay Jennings | Year Posted 2016
Walking on a fine line
Finer than a silky hair
Oops! We are mistaken
Hair is a rope of proteins and
Then a chain of amino acids
Is it an illusion? A phantasm?
Why they then connect
Alike coaches of a train?
Harmony may be the glue
Attaching and sticking them
Together, dashing on the track of life.
I think, the line is nothing but
A series of dots embedded
In the matrix of unity
Come hold my hand, let us
Make a line of life or lifeline
Shun the inconvenience, Dear,
Nature loves symmetry.
Copyright © Malik Yaseen | Year Posted 2014
From a mouthful of this morning’s eggs,
I pull bits of char from yesterday’s breakfast.
‘I had no chance to scrub the pan’, I plea with myself-
But I still smash it over my skull
like a cartoon.
Every morning I wake up
feeling last night’s feelings,
thinking last night’s thoughts,
about what’s happening 10 years ago,
and what happened tomorrow.
If you add up every
I fight through-
just to say:
‘i love you’
It would stretch for longer than I’ve known you,
which is longer than I’ve been alive.
There was no ‘today’ in my broken egg.
No difference between coming or going,
to an automaton in purgatory
who saw life through the pinhole eyes
of a cardboard mask won at a birthday party
I never asked for.
The sky looked like the ceiling of a small, dark closet.
and flowers looked like plastic bargain bin decor
coated in lead paint, the kind left on roadside graves.
I used to count those as a child,
on the way to destinations
I still dread my arrival to.
If I were brave enough to show you my awe and my terror
of loving the one who revealed
the world as something real, all this time-
I would sink face down in dirty bathwater
choking on wet, laughing sobs
until my fingerprints wrinkled away
and tear at my clammy skin
until my soft nails bent backward
and paint red bruises all over my trembling body
that would spell out a primitive language
neither of us had the chance to learn.
This is my best guess:
‘i am just a bad thing that happened
a book of false memories and blind feelings.
You are a very fast reader,
You’ll soon reach the end of me.’
I remember drawing a map in crayon
of every ditch I saw myself lying in
strange, unnatural positions.
Like I'd been struck by a car,
and someone shoved my body away
so I wouldn’t mess up the next one.
Copyright © Eden Kurova | Year Posted 2017
Mind over matter
It seems the mind
is more forgiving
than the matter
Love at first sight
Believing true love could
but anything butt up against matter
Hard enough Long enough
is enough is enough
for matter to shift
Attraction becomes Repulsion
Mind over matter
The mind forgiving
matter not forgetting
Both hoping time will heal the wounds
Copyright © Maureen McGreavy | Year Posted 2017
A solitary piece the diamond
precious rare gem most treasured
by those lucky enough to hold
Once in possession it is rarely out of grasp
Like the gemstone the mother
requires very specific conditions
in holding fast her (family/) childrens love
Treasured forever in her heart
she will go out of her way
to preen and protect them
holding them dear to her
deep within her maternal safe – the heart
closely guarded by the mind
Her infatuation of all treasures to her
are totally understandable
especially when you think to the complexity
of structure and process taken in creation
Just as from the ‘unbreakable’ in ancient greek
this allotrope of carbon
with strength of bonding between atoms
is representative of that strong love
between mum and child
The maternal being could be compared
to the superlative physical qualities of the stone
Even the characteristic luster
of this gem so prevalent from its ability
to disperse light and colour
compared to the many strengths
roles and qualities of the mother
seen by the many she deals with daily
A most high pressured job
versus the high pressured temperature
within the Earths mantle
that forms the delightful rock it gives birth to
Infants delight and ignite the forbearer
just as the jewel would dazzle the room
a mother’s love encaptures the magical luster
of those she’s birthed and nothing
stands inbetween this richest of cargo’s
Copyright © Anna-Marie Docherty | Year Posted 2013
Surrounded by various profession
Business, medicine, soldiership and education
It's heaven-sent and planned for Him to labour
To work manually with strength and effort
True hardships; entails a great man of honor
He picked up woods and tools to craft
From small drawers and tables to houses that will last
An impression of humility and expression of equality
Though He is reverence; a Saviour from heaven
Joseph was the adoptive father
Where His skill of carpentry originated
He worked night and day; perspired with pain
He asked of no demand and with no complain
The name is Jesus born in Betlehem
The only begotten son of our Father in heaven
He could have worked in another occupation
But chose to make a living from down-below
They take the common and make it something to consider
Equipped with right materials they bind things altogether
The reason-being, for us to know He's a builder
Don't you know that we're under construction?
Whenever our hearts broken and the world is all we know
When we pray and call, Jesus is at work
To fix us and forgive; improving mind and soul
No work is greater if hardwork is shared
Truly, Jesus had proven that a carpenter's noble
To help us build our dreams and make the world stronger
"In Him, all things hold together"'.
Copyright © Arden Gopela | Year Posted 2013
The sweetest sounds of burning trees
A gentle stroking in the breeze
The calm has lasted past the storm
Cloudy visions, Satan’s roar
Too many sights have passed my way
A time found only in the haze
The softest screams are running bare
My aching bones creak as I stare
You walk a distance towards me
The fall’s eternal, can’t you see?
I’m a memory in your heart
I whisper to you in the dark
The battle’s started at the end
No one is coming to repent
The sinners grab their wine from prey
No judgment calling here to stay
The sport is reckless to be told
The one is laughing at his souls
It falters nowhere to be sure
The power grows forevermore
Like a spirit in the wind
I have no say in where you’ve been
But cross the line to come to me
And pay the price for ecstasy
You walk a distance towards me
The fall’s eternal, can’t you see?
I’m a memory in your heart
I whisper to you in the dark.
Copyright © John Paluszek | Year Posted 2013
Walking home in the deep purple shadows
Of twilight, her arm crooked in his
As she looks up to his face
With a shy smile and a look
Of trust and innocence, for she feels
So complete, yet reserved because she doubts
She's ever felt this way before while
Walking home in the deep purple shadows.
Copyright © Isaiah Zerbst | Year Posted 2014
I watch your riveting sonatas
Layer decadent truffles
Upon his pupils
Leaking wanton tears
Grasping for serenity
To have epilogue’s slow dance
You latch onto love’s empty façade.
No return flights to your destination.
Where are YOUR wings, angel?
An embedded hunger for him
To treat you like a priceless prayer
But, his knees are too decrepit to kneel in your temple.
Yet, you stay…
Your freedom becomes latched
Onto tortured leeches
It’s the closest you ever
To his flesh
You stare out towards melancholic branches
Cracking in unison outside your bedroom window
Under Gemini moon
A gripping slide of your fingertips
Against convex glass
Craving for encore
Of that night emptiness filled your lungs with lustful whisper
Pandora’s Box is your only translator
Held by the skeletons in his closet
With your name written against necklace’s recycled parchment
As the one they blame
For being a silver medal
When will it be your time to shine?
©Drake J. Eszes
Copyright © Drake Eszes | Year Posted 2013