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Frozen Noose

Anxiety    (The Worst Noose In Town)

-- like flooding waters, creeping in
I count 30, seconds, holding my breath again
Drowning in agitation, overwhelmed by fear
I try to hide the pressure in hopes I don't pass out
My pores are soaked, from all the perspiration
I feel the pins and needles pushing in
My skin is ruined from all the peeling
At this point, I can't seem to win

Washed out by dead hope and desire 
My soul is lost searching for a shore
leashing, grasping and ripping the chest wide
I count 40, seconds, once nausea can't be blocked
Everything about this moment is driving me mad,
I need to escape, however, my knees are too weak
I tremble while losing control to the emotional distress
My knuckles are pale, detached from reality,
wounds forced with further embarrassment.
Guaranteed failure surrounds my day
Numbness strikes my very essence - I can't move!

Lost in a room, 
Therapy - even so I feel singled out


HAPPY VALENTINES (it can get the best of us)  
---------------------------- love Linda


Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2016


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A Man Under Stress, A collaboration with Francis Crasto

My appreciation Francis Crasto for allowing me to collaborate with you as your 'psychiatrist' on ‘A MAN UNDER STRESS’- A great sequel to your recent poem on your page ‘DIG DEEP’. 



Hello Francis, how are you today?
       Silly Question!  
            A moment please, while I set this clock                                 
                      We charge by the hourly rate here
                                You’re aware of that? Just checking
                                                            ‘TESTY’
                                                 Breathe in...Out…in…out…
                                                         Anytime you are ready dear 

Talking about clocks Doc …Hate them every morning Beep Beep Beep, another broken sleep Tick Tock, after a night of booze I hit the snooze on the darn clock. Wondering who I am at the tick of 3am Thinking I better get to work or I'll get docked a dime Can't wait till knock off time So I can grab some ‘grub’ and hit the Pub drink some booze and start rambling with the blokies Sink and lose after gambling on the pokies!
It’s a bit dark in here Don’t mind me … just turning on this light Do carry on please
Too many lights, I feel like fainting I just might with this picture I'm painting When I get home… I think where did it go? Ohhh! I've got a rough sore throat and vertigo Ears are itching, pain and stitching, as I'm thinking I'm getting old, I need a massage got a sore back Got an urge for my bowels to act!
Do you think you can hold on a bit? Still goes on the clock you know
I'm just a modern man under stress looking to indulge, just to forget I need a dozen cans and some hot wild sex
Go to Kings Cross where there’s plenty of that
Just to forget ~ just to forget Need to relax, just need a rest ~ but just can't sleep Feeling homicidal, feeling suicidal ~ emotions run deep Ohhh dear! My arm's gone to sleep!
There, there …Not long now THANK YOU GOD!
Feel the need to stretch my feet Just need a rest, but feel rough in the chest Body is burning and I'm thirsty with chills always working, but can't pay the bills A new day is dawning, but I'm still yawning
Well… yes I can see that…
Can someone lend me some money, so I can spend some money? I'd better earn some money, so I can burn some money I'm just a teary eyed joke with a fear of going broke!
Just as well I ran your credit card through before you started the session
Just need to relax a bit and take a laxative The cramping and spasms are prominent But all this aside I feel confident If I could just get past these impediments That's my plan, under duress Cause I'M A MAN UNDER STRESS!
Indeed you are Francis This may take many sessions There’s that clock Thank you for your visit Same time next week? *Grub is slang for food or a meal


Copyright © Maria Williams | Year Posted 2018


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I Need Your Help Daddy

I’m tired
I’m Physically and Emotionally tired
I don’t want to be the strong one anymore
I can’t this time
I don’t know what to do Daddy
I need your help down here

I can’t get back in control of my emotions 
I’m having a hard time dealing with your absence
I’m having a hard time standing by myself
I need your help Daddy

I’m broken and lost without you Daddy
I need your will to want to carry on
I need your strength to over come this
I need your strength to stay standing
Your courage to fight back again
I need your help 

Please Daddy I’m at a loss
How am I suppose to do this
I need your guidance 
I need you to guide me back
To whom I was before
I need your help Daddy
I need your help








Copyright © Sabrina Niday Hansel | Year Posted 2013


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Halloween Birthdays

Halloween birthdays compare to no other
Preparations begin at the end of summer
Leaves change color, a chill is in the air
Outdoor decorations appear everywhere

Talk of ghosts, goblins and big black cats
Songs about monsters dancing ‘The Mash’
Porch Jack-O-Lanterns grin from ear-to-ear
October 31st every town any given year

Bobbing for apples at Halloween parties
Hayrides to haunted houses to hear scary stories
Witches cast spells on those superstitious 
Eating cake, opening presents, all the best wishes

Shadows and full moons... spooky lights
Costumes and candy on ‘Trick-or-Treat’ night
Great celebrations in many fun ways
Halloween is the best time for birthdays

Written October 23, 2015


February-10, 2016 -  Birthday Party Contest
By Nayda Ivette Negron
Third Place


November 4, 2015 - Birthday Party Contest
By Kelly Deschler 
Second  Place


Copyright © Susan Gentry | Year Posted 2015


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No time

Off goes the alarm, I continue to sleep
I wake up flabbergasted, my brain takes a leap
The milk boils over, I run amok in vain
The newspaper is wet! Thanks to morning rain!
The headlines read in bold, 'Another gang rape'
There's no time to think, as long as I am safe.
 
Loads of pending files; deadlines stare at me
Clinic is worse than home, there's no time to pee!
The boss calls for me, when I am not in seat
And when she sees me, she finds me sipping tea!
I see a battered girl, 'Help me Doc' she pleads
No time to think, and luckily not my kids.
 
I drive on pothole roads and find the tire flat
Me and my friend Jack, wear the mechanic hat
I race against time, and lo! A traffic jam
Accident on the street, I do feel alarmed!
I see splattered blood; a man fallen from bike;
But, No time to think, bikes I  never like!

Homework and assignments, craft and revision
I spend some time with kids, enjoy progression
No time to clip nails, no time for hobby; game
A spat with my hubby, puts my eyes to shame
I hear my maid complain; beaten- black and blue
But, no time to think, it's never me, but you!

Weeks are cramped with work, with so much stress to cope
Weekends come and go, with nothing much to hope
My life is only me, myself; family;
No time for others, and that's the irony! 
Will I wake up to, the call of human kind
No time to think, even as life set to wind.....

Off goes the alarm, I continue to sleep.....


Copyright © Uma Kulkarni | Year Posted 2017


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Bittersweet

So bittersweet is this creative art of writing thoughts through words of poetry. So many say how peaceful is my heart that it can shape a verse that's part of me. They never see the bitter times of stress my mind goes through for every perfect word: the hunting down of them to bring success, so thoughts within my heart can then be heard. But when I reach the mountaintop, complete a gem that tells my mind it met the goal, the stress dissolves into a joy so sweet, and peace envelopes me, my heart and soul. Sandra M. Haight ~2nd Place~ Contest: Bittersweet Sponsor: Kevin Shaw Judged: 09/11/2017


Copyright © Sandra Haight | Year Posted 2016


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- BuBBles -

Lovely foam bath and lots of bubbles
Who knew it would lead to trouble

A luxury for wounded muscles and joints, with quality
An oasis of calm and peace became a comedy

A glass of wine, rose petals and candles
Oh so perfect, naked just wearing my bathing sandals

In five minutes everything was turned into a real mess
My three dogs had a bubble party, all I got was stress



21.08.2017
Sun :) - A-L Andresen :)
Copyright © All Rights Reserved


Copyright © Sunshine Smile | Year Posted 2017


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Never Surrender

I'm a grit teeth beginner breaking out the cage,
growing strong and fitter with wit coming of age,
squeezing letters out of lemons got me in a rage,
but this bitter will get better and steal the stage.

I'm out to lay a new way suitable to a renegade,
angrily squashing this yellow fruit into lemonade,
using the skin to pave a golden route in the trade,
writes rooted in the age of this transitional upgrade.

No scourge can submerge the courage I preserve under the surface, 
that purrs with an urge to hand carve words with power and purpose,
this marvellous occurrence undoubtedly surges to resurface, 
and repeatedly emerges delivering perfectly superb verses.

Attempts to pull curtains on my spirit,
only teach knowledge that I inherit,
I react and catch before impact to my merit
and you can't collapse the soul of this poet.

Everyone falls but my core's impenetrable,
and my mental resilience is unbreakable,
they can't remove something unshakeable,
trying is a mistake that'll make you miserable.

I've learnt to benefit from attempted attacks 
aimed to prevent the way that I vent and act,
catching the weaponry and adding to my stack,
I've a determination that I'll never let crack. 

I'll elevate as I stimulate with flow
and levitate the audience to show,
I'm able to continuously demonstrate
that my work is something to celebrate,
even though my opinion will make them hate.

Coming back is what I do,
don't make me come back for you!


Copyright © Nick Trim | Year Posted 2018


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i will not fail

You want the truth
There are people out there 
That just want to take away your youth
There is nothing we gain
But the fact
We carry around a lot of pain
I beg god please
As I grab the rope
Looking for relief
There is no hope
They say they know the road is long
But you'll turn out to be so strong
I will not fail
I know there will be grief
As my face turns pale
I had no where to go
And no one to call
So I kicked the chair 
And let my body fall


Copyright © tia himes | Year Posted 2017


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Expectations

Wondering if you see the good in me?
its there but do you expect much more?
Ah tell me would you then want to be free?
Those expectations have yes killed before

You see in this life none can be that good
As in life we learn from each mistake
Ah to be that good I wish I could
As I am true, I've never been fake

Are our expectations set way to high?
What if its i who cannot measure up?
Sometimes I sit as I wonder and sigh
Does self doubt overflow my own cup?

What if I'm not as good as you think?
Would my tears then become my own ink?


Copyright © Brenda Chiri | Year Posted 2018


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Regretless of Yesterday

**the lyrics in parenthesis is family-friendly rap without piano**

Fretless…
For your sake of distress
Regretless…
Of our lives' endless progress

(I stay inside my own space 
Stray outside with vast grace)
If I stay here without a trace, 
I will wish to go back to my place 
(Honestly, we don’t know what to do
With this turbulent trouble we can’t undo)
But, with everlasting and loving Him,
Our delighted-hopeful lights are not dim

(Fretless, regretless, regardless
Of your lack of hope and happiness)

Replace it
With hope and faith inside
With love, abiding by our side
Inside..
Inside..

(Regretless, fretless, regardless of what happened yesterday)

A perfect fit –
This is where we don’t subside
This is where we truly reside
Reside..
Reside..

(Happiness, hopefulness, joyfulness will be our future sway)

Regardless…
Of your hopelessness…
Felt sadness...
For your hated uncanniness

I stay inside my own splendid space,
Wishing you a piece of my vast grace
There is a monster to fight inside our brain
(Run this radiant race 
Never, ever hesitate)
Get the negativity out of here, minus the pain
We are in our troublesome state, 
(But it’s never really too late, give it a wait...
Just wait!)

(Fretless, regretless, regardless
Of your lack of hope and happiness)

Replace it
With hope and faith inside
With love, abiding by our side
Inside..
Inside..

(Regretless, fretless, regardless of what happened yesterday)

A perfect fit –
This is where we don’t subside
This is where we truly reside
Reside..
Reside..

(Happiness, hopefulness, joyfulness will be our future sway)

Fretless…
For your sake of loneliness 
Regretless…
Of our lives' endless gladness

(Never wanted to feel wretched sadness
Never needed to go through our madness
Never, ever, ever 
Never, ever, ever
Whatever happens, happens
Whatever happens, happens)

(Our trials doesn’t mean nothing at all, at all
We have nothing else to say or do this yesterday and today
Waiting for His healing rain to come and fall
We might stumble and give up, but tomorrow is a new day)
But, keep fighting with our might
Peacefulness is a flight away, alright?
Come back to our vital state of mind
It’s a state that doesn’t leave us behind

(Fretless, regretless, regardless
Of your lack of hope and happiness)

Replace it
With hope and faith inside
With love, abiding by our side
Inside..
Inside..

(Regretless, fretless, regardless of what happened yesterday)

A perfect fit –
This is where we don’t subside
This is where we truly reside
Reside..
Reside..

(Happiness, hopefulness, joyfulness will be our future sway)

Regardless…
Of your hopelessness in excess…
Felt sadness...
For your misunderstood uncanniness

(Normality is an awfully mere delusion 
Eccentricity is our marvelous mission
Vanish away the angst and wicked fear
Deny the lies of yesterday's regret-mare
There’s woe inside my lonesome heart
There’s sheer hope in my mind's stride
If we kept this in our hands, we will not fall apart
There’s fearless cheer I cannot clearly hide)

(Fretless, regretless, regardless
Of your lack of hope and happiness)

Replace it
With hope and faith inside
With love, abiding by our side
Inside..
Inside..

(Regretless, fretless, regardless of what happened yesterday)

A perfect fit –
This is where we don’t subside
This is where we truly reside
Reside..
Reside..

(Happiness, hopefulness, joyfulness will be our future sway)

(Reside by our side – a smooth, yet bumpy road
Tomorrow's positivity will be our sing-along ode
Subside from our abode and abide in us for life
Unhappiness will fade as long as death do us strife)

If I had your trouble in my single, strong, yet delicate hand,
I wouldn’t know what to do at first – I’d seek to understand
I would surely come to know that I am good at trying hard
To discover the aftermath of letting go and troubles won’t discard
Us with God's help…
Us with God's joy…

~~many lyrics sung by KAP and written by JW Earnings~~


Copyright © J.W. Earnings | Year Posted 2018


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The Color Missing

The Color Missing
Red, black, and blue are the colors of our work pens. Red is the color of the blood we spill on other people’s mistakes.  Blue is the color of the songs we sing on tax forms or pay stubs- every page has a secret melody. Black is the color of the streets we fear most. Black is the color of our signature of approval. Black is the color of our death.

‘But what about the Green pens?’ I ask. They say ‘the ink is too hard to see.’



Copyright © Jacob Reinhardt | Year Posted 2013


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New Road

In a new road,
Rain will fall,
Wind may blow,
Swifting our woe.

The road forever on and on,
Many paths to choose,
Many paths to take,
Home behind,
World ahead...

Through the shadows,
Through the night,
Clouds going by,
There we will lie,
Very deep,
Seeing shivered land,
Seeing the dead seas...

Through the edge,
Miles to go,
Singing by,
Darkness rising,
Vanishing light,
Hollow flourishing,
Going by,
World ahead,
Home behind...

Rain may fall,
Through the nightfall,
Through the twilight,
Through the dusk,
Through the dawn,
Beyond mountains,
Beyond stones,
Standing strong,
Wandering lost,
World ahead,
Home behind,
Paths on and on,
'Till the road comes along...


Copyright © Ruben Alejandro Hernandez Diaz | Year Posted 2013


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Her Masterpiece Is Her Story-part two

(please read "Her Masterpiece Is Her Story" before reading the second part. It'll make more sense and probably be more enjoyable!)

The girl who has beautiful scars,
And the boy with marks of strength,
Are now separated by distance,
And that is causing some teenage angst.

The girl wonders how the boy is doing.
Her paintbrush calls her name.
The two can't talk right now,
And she feels she's to blame.

The girl's best friend is lonely,
And she isn't much better.
The only way honesty is revealed,
is through a heart felt letter.

Her scars are fading away,
Everyone knows her secret, so she can't add to the art.
She's wishing she could draw more cuts,
At night the voices in her mind take over her heart.

Her masterpiece is disappearing,
Her artwork is going away.
"What caused you to do this!??!" her family asks.
"I...I hate myself." is all she can say.

She's trying to be okay,
If not for herself then for her friends,
If there's one thing she can't take,
It's their fatal ends.

But she doesn't know how the boy is,
She doesn't know his feeling,
Her mind is going crazy, 
Her sanity is reeling.

Since she doesn't know how the boy is doing,
Her anxious mind is filled with worry,
Her demons have told her something.
They're telling her the worst horror story.

Her masterpiece is fading, 
I've told you this before.
Her scars are going away,
She wants to make more.

But she doesn't make any.
For the sake of those she loves.
She restrains from her paintbrush.
Even though it fits like a glove.

Her story is continuing, 
Her painting isn't dry.
But her canvas is even more,
down upon her thigh.

Maybe she'll erase some drawings.
She's trying to be okay. 
She actually doesn't want to get better.
But what am I supposed to say?

Be honest and say she doesn't want that?
Be truthful and say she doesn't care?
Because in her life right now,
Having no motivation? She wouldn't dare!

She misses the life she had before.
She didn't mind hiding her own part of her life.
She would just cope her own way.
She'd cope by using a knife.

Maybe one day she'll draw on an actual paper,
Or paint with an actual paintbrush,
But right now with her anxiety,
She feels that there is no rush.

Don't worry about the girl.
She just cries every night.
But she has to keep going,
Her best friend is in near sight.

It'll be alright everyone,
I'll keep you up to date,
The girl's painting will continue.
If that's the artist's fate. 


Copyright © Madison Marie | Year Posted 2013


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LOVE, ANGELS, and MUSIC

LOVE God is always love Forever seek the kingdom; Praise the creator Keep giving what you can give Please endure until the end ANGELS Beautiful Heavens Protecting the meek ones earth Watching over us Helping us to cope with life Comforted with hope and trust MUSIC When you find rhythm You find your hearts inner core Celebrate the times Make them better than before Reminisce and dance all night


Copyright © humble b | Year Posted 2013


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Stressing

Stress is starting to overwhelm me;
It’s certainly wearing on my health.
To many stressors all surround me:
Lack of time, lack of wealth,
Adult children always sponging off me…
Are pushing me into early death.

My landlord is not helping;
He’s forcing us to leave.
The mess my children made
Is something nobody would believe.
I’ts too late for cleaning.

I’ll be changing occupations
If interviews go well.
The uncertainty amplifies frustrations…
Certain Purgatory, uncertain Hell.

Hoping for tomorrow,
A better day…
Beg, steal, borrow.

I’m stressed.
I’m stressed!

Help!



Copyright © Mark J. Halliday | Year Posted 2014


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Ana

She writes her songs and her poems,
not one person know 'em.
She listens to the sound of her music,
she's stuck to it like a tick.

If someone took the time to listen,
her true colors would glisten.
She's put on a mask,
and hid everything when someone asked.

She was the type of girl who would always laugh,
making you wish it would last.
She was the type of girl who would smile the day away,
too bad it is no longer that way.

She is now the girl who is depressed,
I bet you're impressed.
Since no one could tell
that she was going through hell.

Everyone thought she was happy, 
when really, she felt crappy.
Everyone thought she was having the time of her life,
who would have guess her best friend was a knife?

She spent her days alone,
she seemed to do everything on her own.
Never once wanted help.
Thought she could do everything herself.

Then the day came,
when she lost the game.
She fell apart,
and everyone saw her broken heart.

They saw the way she overreacted.
Oh, if only you saw the way she acted.
She bruised herself, scratched herself, and made herself bleed,
no one knew what it was that she needed.

They saw her tears,
and that was what she feared.
They found out she wasn't okay,
oh, she hated that day.

Everyone found out about her secret,
and she wish they'd just forget,
but she knew they couldn't,
and that they wouldn't.

She left that town and started over,
no one knew she went undercover.
She said she got better,
when really... something else occurred. 

She secretly hurt herself,
and walked away from help.
Everyone thought she recovered,
when really, she was undercover.

She secretly wanted to get worse,
no one knew of course.
No one cared to ask,
if she was wearing her mask.

Now it's too late,
she locked the gate.
Killed herself,
everyone had forgotten she needed help.

Goodbye cold world,
this was a story of a girl
who once loved everyone
then feared who it was who won.


Copyright © Ana Jusino | Year Posted 2013


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TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW

Heard through the office grapevine the boss will now resign. Have to beat the deadline or that position won't be mine. I need to work and sacrifice no sleep tonight, a wink's just nice. Your Red Bull in my coffee I drank, now look at me! Thank you Lyric Man and FJ Thomas for the inspiration. Reminds me of those days of endless coffee and antacids. :-) Acknowledgment to flckr for the image of a Philippine tarsier Kim Patrice Nunez 26 June 2015


Copyright © KP Nunez | Year Posted 2015


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The Effects of Stress

Stress
My hearts pounding
A steady thrum
That's drawing closer
A pain in my chest
With every single breath.

Stress
My hair is falling,
It pulls out in my hands
I cry as it wraps
around my fingers
with every strand.




Copyright © Jay Loveless | Year Posted 2014


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Seed Of Friendship-A dedication

L-iving in a world of vast 
souls formed from 
another voided world,
E-ntering thru portals 
from their world to earth.
O-ozing spetacular smell 
and wail when the chips 
are down.
N-urtured from cradle to 
adulthood-independent
entity with a new world 
to face.
O-rganizes oneself for the 
task ahead,passing thru 
hurdles of life unabased 
and unabashed.
R-eaps the fruit of labor 
with joy or heavy heart.
A-ge sets in,mission 
accomplished or not will 
dawn on the entity.

I-n retrospect,he thinks 
about his childhood and 
how life was to him.

L-iving in confidence or 
shame,he bows his head 
in victory or defeat.
O-nly the taste of time 
will tell the durability of 
his achievements.
V-oid of preference the 
aim result bears the 
foundation for his lineage.
E-njoyment or lack lies 
with the works of the 
man,for there is no food 
for the slothful.

Y-oung ones,a stitch in 
time saves nine,make 
haste while the sun 
shines.
O-iling your lamb always 
like the ten virgins is the 
key to success.
U-rging you to shun peer 
pressure and focus on 
the course marked out 
for you by fate,so a 
fulfilled life you shall live.





An acrostic for you 
Leonora Galinita.


Copyright © Ifeanyi Bob Ekechukwu | Year Posted 2013


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THE LAST DAYS

The days seem to go by so fast. there is a void in the air, the birds have lost their vibrant beat, the ocean has lost its luster, the soil feels solid and dry.
 
My soul feels as if it has left my body before my death, my dreams haunt my day, the tears stain my steps, my doctor says that it is depression, I say that it is reality, I am intoxicated by society,I am numb by perscriptions.
 
Why do I feel so isolated within myself? is there no one in my painfully tight shoes? can anyone understand my pain? can anyone melt in my sorrows? why am I this way? why is the world so cruel? why can't I be normal?
 
Wait! I am normal, what am I saying, I know now, the veil has been lifted, humanity is my enemy, the sins that drip from their sweat, the dread that follows their shadows, their souls of black, their intentions of greed pull a shade across their eyes.
 
They are destined for doom, they will not be saved, they will not find salvation, they belittle me, they curse me, they shame me, but they are right about one thing, I am different, unlike them, I will be saved in the last days.


Copyright © stephanie hanvey | Year Posted 2013


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A Perfect-

A perfect crime.
The paper the victim,
the weapon a pen.

A perfect time.
The thoughts in my head,
a prayer, I say, amen.

A perfect day.
The mood is right,
it is time to begin.

A perfect way.
So I write, Father please,
forgive me for my sin.

A perfect start.
The liquid poison,
slowly kills the page.

A perfect heart.
Slowly breaking,
from all the rage.

A perfect death.
Please go in peace,
Your soul to keep.

A perfect breath.
For it's the last,
please don't weep.


Copyright © Sienna Ethylpen | Year Posted 2013


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MY ANXIETY

I look at the calendar Check the date and time My appointment looms Just three days to go I light a lavender scented candle And inhale the soothing scent It calms my nerves Only three days to go I dread the though of the mammogram machine Squeezing and squashing my breasts Will my lump turn out to be cancer Or just a benign cyst Just three days to go Just three days to go And then I may know Anxiety Contest Sponsored by Lewis Raynes 02~25~17 I discovered a lump in my breast and my mammogram is on 28th Feb which is Shrove Tuesday or pancake day. I have to see the humourous side of it … it sure will squash my breasts as flat as pancakes.


Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2017


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Relieving one's self of stress

There are so many things we like to share
And bring love in to take away care
The best way to relieve stress
Is to remember the good times and happiness

We hear the words of grief and trouble
And we know that we can halve it and not double
We have been given the gift to see the funny side
With laughter and smiles so far and wide

Sharing our stories and  kind words from the start
And the pleasure we bring will melt every heart
And help to heal loneliness, fear and pain
Then as we leave and please come again


Copyright © Vera Duggan | Year Posted 2016


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Don't Stress Christmas

The northern skies are turning gray -- 
Seems the sun just doesn’t linger.
Christmas is just a month away, 
And the nights are getting longer.
That Thanksgiving spent with family—
A briefly pleasant holiday—
Was forgotten all too quickly 
By pushy crowds on Black Friday.

Our gift checklist seems like old Saint Nick’s, 
But our staff is lacking Elves.
Shopping trips cause daily panics. 
I wonder how we’ll feed ourselves.
We must buy more decorations, 
So the yard looks like it’s snowing.
We fall deeper in depressions 
As our credit keeps on growing. 

Lord forgive commercialism 
For ruining every Christmas.
Lord forgive consumerism 
For dumping on us all that stress.
December is a dreary time, 
Even when little angels sing.
The irony of Christmas time 
Was that Christ was born in the Spring. 

While standing in the checkout line, 
Remember what the carols told.
Think of how Bethlehem’s star once shined, 
As Israel’s prophets foretold.
Think of the awe of the shepherds 
When they saw angels fill the air.
Coming to the stable, entered, 
To meet the Holy Family there. 

Instead of spending all you have, 
Next November and December,
Spend time with all of those you love, 
And teach them what to remember.
"A Savior born in Bethlehem" 
Should bring us joy and happiness;
And “ Peace on Earth, goodwill to men” 
Should set us free, not bring us stress.


Copyright © Mark J. Halliday | Year Posted 2014