Get Your Premium Membership

Best Poems Written by Derek Chos

Below are the all-time best Derek Chos poems as chosen by PoetrySoup members

View ALL Derek Chos Poems

123
Details | Derek Chos Poem

Farewell, Year of Turmoil

How innocent can we begin?
How icy cold can we get?
Thousands of miles away
Yet my story remained static

As I lit a fire up in the night
I set fire to my foes
A true monster hunter
With a heavy load to bear

And as we fell deeper into despair
And grew stronger as a team
I reached out for a sign
That never came to be

I left my teenage years behind me
And emerged lonelier than I'd ever been
The world began to slow
And the end loomed near

The guillotine fell 
And severed all we believed in
I gripped onto the idea of hope
Though the rope sliced into my hand

The world slowed down
As I watched my past repeat
You flew across the country
As disease claimed my friend

The summer sun shone eternal
As we embraced the time we had
Cool waves against warm air
As we burnt ourselves against each other

I took my first steps in a strange land
The nights were lonelier than ever before
The days passed completely alone
And I found solace in an old habit

Summer's last onslaught of heat
Drenched my clothes as I carved my path
A sea of wyverns cast its waves upon my shore
And I let my socks get soaked

I severed my past for a new future
I'd truly thought it was correct
I lost out to lust one last time
Before I let the reaper make his call

As regret washed over my sands
I chose to fight the best I could
But the world of autumn colors before me
Fell victim to complete gray in time

I'm spiraling through turbulent winds
And stealing each moment I can in the candlelight
I'm clamoring to rebuild what I destroyed
In the hopes that an answer will become clear

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2015



Details | Derek Chos Poem

Question

It’s easiest to hide behind
The written word
Typed data
Ashes strewn across the pages

Through the rhythm of the keyboard
The scratch of pencil on the sheet
Thoughts come out from deep within
Don’t leave quite yet, just listen

I’d sooner state it face-to-face
But the sight of you eliminates
All the courage saved within
Standard teenage fears, you know.

I realize it may sound odd
And sudden
But hey…
What fun is linearity anyway?

To summarize, to condense
I think back to whence
These thoughts emerged
And the question I pose…

Is the same one I asked all those months ago.

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2011

Details | Derek Chos Poem

Despair Trigger

I'm thinking I have a disease
Despair has gripped me by my feet
Dragged me down to the cold floor
And used me until I couldn't take it anymore

I found a cure to eternal life
Slower and longer than a rusty knife
But it hits me just the same
Cauterized with a smoky flame

My throat is burning
Fingers turning
Over a lighter and a smoke
And my brow is soaked

How long til something finally breaks?
How long until it's more than I can take?
I'm too exhausted to even talk
I'm being worn down like the smoothest rock

I try to strike the match again
Burned my fingers and my smoky brain
A sudden fear comes back to me
Won't you come help me lose my memory?

It's getting easier
To fail to please her,
My addiction to despair
Is stronger than for air

I'm a victim of my own design
I am my own executioner
I'm a victim of my own design
I am my own worst enemy

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2014

Details | Derek Chos Poem

Entering the Real World

I'm well aware that you all are my partners
I'm well aware that you all are my friends
But the times are changing and fate is so cruel
We'll never share another word once we're done with school

At best we've got three months before fate splits us all
Humanity cannot hope to resist time's call
The shock will be great and I'll dearly miss you all
The sun's setting soon and our shadows are tall

And I don't ever wanna feel like it was all for naught
Twelve of my grandest years, these battles that we fought
And I don't ever wanna feel like it was all for naught
Even though the end is near, is this what I sought?

It's hard to believe that it's almost time to
Leave the ways I've only known my whole life
But the halls have grown thin, is this what it's come down to?
To leave this place behind and move on with my life

But I don't ever wanna feel like something's been left behind
Everyone I know and love, imprinted in my mind
And I don't ever wanna feel like I never said good-bye
When everyone I know and love go by like fireflies

Entering the real world now
Leaving the womb I know

Entering the real world now
It's time to start the show

Entering the real world now
No time to question why

Entering the real world now
It's time to say good-bye

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2012

Details | Derek Chos Poem

I Don't Owe You Anything

So many days
All passed in a blur
With all my thoughts
Focused all on her

It was no way to live
Trapped within the past
But now today
I can say at last

I'm sorry for
Everything I put you through
But you put me through things too

And I don't owe you anything
What's done is truly done
We hurt each other so many times
But it's time to run

Those days were nice
Back when you still cared
I really did
But I was really scared

It's been a year
Since you killed our hope
I suffered all these days
Tangled in your rope

I'm sorry for
Everything I put you through
But you were just as bad

And I don't owe you anything
What's done is truly done
We hurt each other so many times
But now it's time to run and

I spent a whole year trying
To sort out what you left
And now I've finally got it
You didn't leave me so bereft

You helped me find
The man beneath the boy
You helped me grow
And learn how to destroy

Apologies
Don't mean a thing anymore
You've already made your choice

So I don't owe you anything
I'm glad it's finally done
A year of atonement ends today
The time has finally run

Out, the sands of time caress
My face as clouds give way to rain
We're even now and now I can walk
Without my heart in pain

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2013

Details | Derek Chos Poem

Breaking Away

Heard whispers float around
Sacrifice your peers to live
All driven to the ground
Why would I stay?

Even if they are friends
It matters not at all
Means justified by the ends
The scars all multiply

Left an outcast
Among the freaks
Safe within
My mask of indifference

Alone I stand against
The constant warfare
I smile freely 
As they fight all the while

I'm breaking away from the life they serve me
Leaving to die those who don't deserve their
Lives

I'm breaking away from the fighting and lying
Political waste replicates in their dying
Eyes

I'm breaking away from what is defined as
Normal, I find it's all a great waste of 
Time

I'm breaking away from the curse of society
Outcast among outcasts, no one to me matters but
I

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2012

Details | Derek Chos Poem

Vaccine

It all seems so simple
To load up the vaccine
Bang
Cure this world of my existence

Every problem has a solution
Now matter how bad you screw it up
It can all be fixed
In one concentrated flash

Everything's gray
Everything's spiraling gray in this world
Every shade between void white and pitch black
So, so dim

Take it all, I don't want it
Show me the way
Boom
White as snow, my consciousness fades

Down, down this spiral
The bottom is rushing to meet me
So that I may kiss it
At breakneck speed

Everything's gray
Turning darker as time goes on
Nothing mattered then
And nothing matters now

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2012



Details | Derek Chos Poem

Death of an Innocent

Light came shining through
The broken trees around me
Before so many were awake
While my music played

I had spent the months before
Fighting war after pointless war
Inside my head and with another soul
I had no idea where the future would go

Then a cold breeze rolled in through my window
Chilled my fingers, then my body then the rest of my soul
I let my voice echo across the expanse, ever wide
Praying this would be the year that I died

Light came shining through
The heavy snowflakes across the street
I kept my hands held high
I kissed the night goodbye

I spent the rest alone
Shibuya 104 was my home
I blinked and the year had passed
I pulled my twisted self out of the blast

I embraced the cold breeze coming through my window
Chilled my fingers, then my body then the rest of my soul
And I kept on shouting to whomever could hear
"What will I find at the end of this year?"

Light came shining through
The cloudless blue sky above me
The ground was too far to see
On this mountain high above the trees

I had come so far
Burning from the morning star
The heated air forced it all to bend
I wished those days would never end

And now a cold breeze rolls in through my window
Chills my fingers, then my body then the rest of my soul
And even to this day, I'll shout as loud as I can
Saying "Did those days serve to make me a man?"

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2014

Details | Derek Chos Poem

Some Things Never Change

Shirtless and nervous, I sit at the edge
Of my bed, all alone, my courage I dredge 
From deep within in my heart so long gone
The matters of heart can't by solved by pure brawn

I hear her getting ready and my heart won't slow down
Just like the first time, its pace is abound
And it slams to a halt as she opens the door
As she walks to me, I feel it drop to the floor

I take her in my arms and hold her close to me
Inhaling her scent as she presses close to me
We both fall back hard, her lips pounce upon mine
As I taste her sweet breath, I lose track of time

The minutes slip by as we return to roots
Scents more intoxicating than the sweetest of fruits
At the end of it all, we fall back with a grin
Some things never change, that's how it's always been

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2012

Details | Derek Chos Poem

Snow Clouds over a Volcano

Snowing
The wind around was blowing
Long after the shining sun would
Melt these days away

Again
The second round would begin
Pressure from the months before would
Bear heavily on me

Going
Little streams are flowing
Endless piles of snow vanished
In the blink of an eye

Quiet
Gone are all the riots
Gone is all the endless noise
From the crowd I used to know

Ending
The summer heat was rending
The endless gray clouds from the sky
To shine some light on me

Shining
No more silver linings
All that once was ensured
Is no longer that way

Sighing
Everyone is crying
Nothing's as it once was
And that terrifies us all

Alone
Look at how we've all grown
As snowflakes cast from our cloud
Into this volcano underneath

Copyright © Derek Chos | Year Posted 2014

123