OPEN MIC ARCHIVE

up-dated November 1, 2000

DICK & GEORGE
RCE II

Their dim, dawning brain trust pays no interest in mind
Only crepuscular enigmas.
Sun is squinting in terror and is ashamed.
Cheney bent over kneepadded almost fetal
Digging with fingers shadowy soil clawed.
Digging aged ivory, stained bibelots with grinning outrage.
Soon he will beat a drum-thunder boom on earthen hollows.
He kills but means no harm; he harms but wants to know itís OK.
And Bush, he hit pinky; he hammered withered nail and his eyes grew wide
Hissed his teeth to tongue hiding high.
--His dream took him hooked on dandelion seed.
Another cup cake falling from spiral wire but it stuck.
Anger tipped the machine, and crush was deadly.
Cheney he just smiles and keeps on digging;
George, he curses hammers.
Shadow shrinks and horizon rubs neck and kisses cheek. Shadow closes eyes. 
Sun makes love to moon.
George feels cold; Cheney keeps digging.
And the dead dream they are awake.
~^~

Sanctify Self
By Linda E. Kellar


To wake up naked,
under alien sheets
to beat the lover
who's playing the cheat
to fold up the cards
of victory's game
to turn over life
that's never the same
to be the new champ
in your own faded dreams
to taste the ashes
of love now unseen
to be the lover
who's playing to win
to sanctify self
is to love again.
~^~

Carpe Diem, Per Diem, Ad Infinitem
Nils Clausson


The sun lays serrate claws on the startled street.
Wide-eyed as ingťnues the windows stare.
The parched fence leans against he summer heat.
A motorcycle hums into the air.

The movie stutters on at eight o'clock.
The air-conditioning heaves against the wall.
We feel the dropping of another stock
Thud like the Times on Sunday in the hall.

The day before invests the serious mind.
The evening stretches cautiously ahead.
We stretch as well, and, having anodyned,
Drowse through the late night news, then go to bed.

~^~

She let go of my hand
as I slipped on the 
freshly, fallen, snow
ego bruised I bounced up quickly
glancing around
to see anyone had taking notice
seeing no one
I fell back down
She laughed
I pulled her down on top of me
her laughter melted into my mouth
it became a kiss
...and we made snow angels.
Dante Ramon

~^~

The Question
Michael Aschenbrener


I feel your love surround my person;
Your words are more than true;
Without your love, my life will worsen;
For my life is love for you;

You are my white dove of beauty;
You are a string of pearls;
You carry yourself proud, not snooty;
I wait until your love unfurls;

I praise you and your body, your mind, your heart, your soul;
I love you forever until the day I die;
When I ask the question, I may need you to console;
For if you say no, then I know that I will cry;

I take the final measure and kneel in front of thee;
and ask you of this favor... take this ring from me.

~^~

"This..."
by David Koepke


This... thorn torn palm stretched
to the blazing arch of the noon.
This flame fist streaking huge--
rolling through the roof 
of the high desert afternoon.
This... blue lizards slow crawl
across an Inca Idol's
zigzag cracked forehead.
This glass grenade with the strange
tongue end that curls hold the pin--
the neck rotating clicking notches a side
that pulls the pin...
This... explosion of eyes.
This birth... of a universe:
Trillions ... of years like a book swatting
shut in a burst of wind.
And, it is Now.
This... handful of white sand--
grains thinly avalanching from
the index and creating thumb.

~^~

Glory
Isaac O'Bannon


It is for the love of my country and posterity
that I fight in this war- 
not for honor nor glory,
but for those who I have left behind;
for those who have fought before me in battles of years past;
and for those who will read of this one,
and cherish what it preserved.

I know it is right for me to be here.
Whether this war is right or wrong
is not for me to say.
Many men have already given their
lives for this cause,
and whether I will share that fate is left to be seen.

As for the future,
man may point, with reason,
that this war should not have been-
but keep dear to your hearts
the knowledge that these brave
souls died, not with greed,
but with selflessness.
~^~

Forty Plus
Thomas Polese

What the hell was that
It only takes a second
to see the gun pointed at your face

Weapons on my left,
Weapons on my right

The hammer is pulled back
My position is set
I hear the click 
putting down the gun
collect my money
A nice game of russian roulette

~^~

Prisoner's Death
Dark Angel

darkness surounds me
like a blanket of ash
I'd love to be free
but death grows like a rash

I should have seen it coming
but I'm going blind
I should have heard the drumming
but salvations hard to find

so I'll sit inside this hell
until my painful death
I cannot open my cell
so I'll take my last breath

~^~

A World Without Chocolate
Mary J. Kellar


Can you even imagine,
that crazy Doctor,
suggesting, that I give up chocolate.

Donít allergists understand,
It matters not if one is allergic,
Chocolate is a necessity...
Life blood... or at least a mood elevator.

One has to have it,
no matter what, 
it is like liquid blood to the veins,
absolutely necessary,

Until... one goes without it
for a week and discovers,
the scale has become your friend.

~^~

An Acrostic
Quentin Clingerman


Child of promise long foretold
Hidden in a manger cold.
Redeeming men by his shed blood
In obedience to His Father's will.
Servant of Man and of God
Toiling and dying on Earth's sod

~^~

I Thought I Saw You...
Deryn Bates


i thought i saw you late last night
drifting by in the moon light
the air so cold, so blue, so clear
took my breath and pulled me near
too soon you passed and then were gone
my hand reached out but you carried on

i thought i saw you in the park
your peaceful gaze left its mark
you wandered slowly through the grass
with the breeze you let it pass
the trees gave way as you walked by
sun-drenched tears filled the sky

i thought i saw you in a crowd
walking amid a human cloud
but there is only you i see
in every face, even in me
as a sea of strangers wash you away
i stand and wait for another day

~^~

Who Are You?
Ashley Straus 

You are warm yet cold, you are weak yet bold.
At all times you are glad yet sometimes sad.
Who are you?


You died for us yet you still live, you take from
us and you give,
Who are you?

~^~

I am poem
I am a daring guy who loves this girl
I wonder if she loves me
I hear her call my name
I see her kiss my face
I want to hold her
I am a daring guy who loves this girl
I pretend that she is mine
I feel her close to me
I touch her face
I worry that she hates me
I cry because of her
 Justin W.

~^~

The first movement-
A kiss is like a leaf,
swaying and moving hips,
it floats gently to the ground 
upon my urgent lips.
My lips met hers,
upon my cheek a tear,
a cello starts to play,
and a symphony fills my ear.
We kiss until Spring,
and remember of its past.
The Orchestra precedes
with the music of her laugh.
She turned her head to me;
this moment my heart does miss.
Time is no limit to the love we've found,
and the evidence is in this kiss.
This is but the first movement,
the first ripe fruit we see,
and one of a thousand kisses,
with every year to be.

Brian

~^~

EYES BLINDED
Gregory Douglas


With a vision of nothing I race to the line
Against a clock with no hands and against time.
To try and find her and my chance to be free
From the blindness of solitude and I want to see.
Black and white tell the tale of my heart
She blooms in color and makes it all start.
Tears roll upon my cheeks as my eyes burn free
Her kiss is warm on my lips, and now I can see.

~^~

Josie Liked Things Clean
By Eastward


Josie, dancing cherub,
only five,
liked things clean,
but rarely saw it so.

A single Dad, 
full of more anger,
then need to help his child,
sent her to school in dirty dress,
and uncombed hair.

His bottle primary importance,
His ball game, His life,
He hit her only once, he said,
only once.

Josieís was taken
under a clean white sheet,
to a quiet morgue.
Josie always liked things clean.

~^~

What I would do.
chelsea
 

what i would do to prove my love to you , i would do anything anything for you, But I cant show my affection through these ragged keys, I need you to see me for me. Not the italics of my typing. why cant I say what i need to say or do what i have to do to show you what you mean to me. By the time I gets the nerve, you might be gone, taken and I will die.

~^~

Trestle Fetish
By Tom Lawler

Ho hum, ho hum,
Sparks bounce, sparks fly.
Those are authentic sweat stains,
and that is authentic leather,
but that is not legitimate,
because work and reward are,
polar-dimensional.

Sparks bounce, sparks bounce,
off of any kind of iron,
off of the caloused hands
that slip away.

And if those beards could talk,
in between the ho's and the hum's,
they would not ask for sun,
without first asking for water,
because when the sparks fly and bounce,
one of those dry nicotine nests could go,
and so would he.

~^~

Inside Out 
Christhonee Odtohan


you said come in
inside your books
inside
the old songs that line your weary hands
inside the whiskers of a cat
inside the boat in your bottle
inside your old hat
inside your eyes
that change like a snowflake 
every second
inside your paintings
inside your cake
inside
your mouth.
i am no ant that could stay
and follow your sweet trail,
no tree that would wait forever 
for the to come
when its roots hunger for sustenance
i cannot stay in this cocoon -
motionless and hypnotized
for i have freedom wings yet to come.
You cannot let me walk inside you too long
inside
that my fragile feet touch its bottom
you must reach inside and pull me
like a silver dagger in your chest. 

~^~

In dirt dressed faces 
they march through my street
carrying heavy black cases
shiny
and chains on their feet

Speeding like a thick sauce 
drowning the taste from earth
all so very useless because
beneath lies love's worth

I know, I`m lonely so I write
looking for freedom in a word
sex is the only word that is right
but for that you need a bird
ghuijbers

~^~

Words 
are not
meant to
be 
spoken.

They 
are meant
to
be
sung
in the
middle of 
the 
night.
Kit Azogue

~^~

- Sanctuary -
Luke Molver

Chuckles of crumpling newspaper
Drifting across twilight minds
touched
by soft sickles of licking flame
Ashing into delicate kisses
Flaking gently into the comfort of
nothing

A searing behind my eyes
burning holes through pretty-flitting souls
throbbing life into numb thoughts
Leaving
An exodus of
emptiness

A blurring murmur weeps
porcelain tears
through shimmering eyes
seeping the soothings of the lost
Fragile sighs give soft solace to the
tranquil
silence
of sadness

~^~

ROCKING HORSE DILEMMA 
Dan Vesterfelt 

ON THIS HORSE I RIDE, I RIDE, FASTER- -FASTER NO SLOWING STRIDE; MAKING HASTE THROUGH THE QUICK, I LASH THE STEED WITH MY STICK. LOOKING DOWN THE LANE LEFT AND RIGHT, I RIDE I RIDE INTO THE NIGHT. OFF THE STUD I SHOULD DISMOUNT; HOW MANY TIMES I RODE IN CIRCLES I COULDN'T COUNT. OFF THE HORSE I HAD TO SAY POOR HORSE POOR HORSE ARE YOU OK? NOT AS FAST AS I THOUGHT YOU COULD BE, WERE YOU SLOW BECAUSE OF ME? DID I NOT RIDE YOU STRONG AND WELL, IT'S OK YOU CAN TELL. YOU WERE OK, YOU WERE JUST FINE, YOU HELPED ME STAY WITHIN THE LINE. THERE IS ONLY ONE THING THAT MADE ME SLOW, IT WAS YOUR SLOW ROCKING THAT WOULDN'T MAKE ME GO.

~^~

Smile
Tiffany Dunham

I hold the pain inside of me
So no one else but I can see

These hurtful feelings I obtain
Slowly driving me insane

Though I know not what I should do
I do not wish to bother you

I lock my feelings deep inside
Holding tight to foolish pride

They cloud my mind and fill my head
As I lay awake in bed

My tears onto my pillow fall
I do not wish to live at all

But to fool you for a while
Upon my face I place a smile

~^~

LIFELONG
*Dedicated to Peggy Maynard & Ann Orr*
Lori S. Maynard 

I'll remember you for always
Even when your day is done.
For, I know that the night must come
before there can be a dawn.
I will dream of you for always.
Life can't beat lifelong friends.
And I hope, when I awaken,
we'll be together again.
Playing jokes on those around us
and sharing our tears and our laughs.
I wish it wasn't time for you to go,
so, I'll hold our hand
down that path.
Just pause before you reach the end
and look back at me and smile...
So I know that you're not afraid
and that life is really worth while.
When I am down and out,
and wishing for you to be there
I will smile as I remember
all the times that we had shared.
You'll always be here to me,
our times will carry on...
For, I know that the night must come
before there can be a dawn.

~^~

Listen to the spirits of the water
Sirens; they sing to me, the secrets
Of my aging inside
Of the deterioration of the others'
Sweet child of my womb
Leaving me, only for me to cry
For his passing; transformation
He spoke to me about his passions
Stood by the cliff and listened like I did
The spirits sing, they dance, they laugh
Soft kisses he sealed
Ink after ink after ink
He needed to feel that he was special
He needed to know I loved him
Coldness crumbles over me, at the brush
Of my fingertips
Burns as the amorous moonlight
Reaps at his tears
Soiled beneath the magical dream
Heaving stone; carved his name

Helena de ViŤre

~^~

Only the Beginning
Meghan Jankowski 

It's time to walk back home
Staring at the wonders outside
Since the beginning it was never enough
At least to survive the fire

I saw what was needed to know
How things are always changing
Love is enough to let go of all selfishly kept
No one has ever known the truth

Deep under the skin is old
Hardened as years have passed
A heart lonely by the waters
Only surrounded by millions of dreams

Caught in a web of mystery
Shut in a shell to grow back
A tired soul from fighting to stay afloat
I have only myself to blame for what I lost and what I am losing
~^~

The Winter Streak
DANIEL CASTILLO O.

Land of heart has now ran cold, the road is hard and you have stood,
Not just my hear but mind too, could have slept but thought of you.
Heard a cry under the sea, justifying what I need,
Need your dreams to live in mine, said goodbye to a better life.
What was then may be now, it could be with all despite the wives;
of that lonesome king who's heads went down a dream.
Now I wish I had a chance, I really thought I could withstand.

~^~

NIGHTTIME THINGS
Roger Dennie


We hear different things don't we 
in the stillness of night...
Its duplicitous silence
speaks to us in deceitful tones

For the night has flights of fancy
soaring creations
wild imaginings
It exults the freedom of outlandish dreams
It rails in anger at perceived injustice
It damns sins defined only in the darkened hours
It whispers in fear
when the paranoia of nighttime places
invades the soul
It sinks into melancholy
that feeds ravenously on the dark
and lonely time


And when the dawn comes to still the mid night voices
the stage is set for the sane reality of day

We hear differently don't we
in the healthy light of morn

~^~

INTO THE VALLEY OF THE MURDERESS MY HEART HAS GONE.
INTO THE VALLEY OF THE MURDERESS I MUST GO
SHE IS A LIAR
SHE WILL BRING YOU HARM
SHE WILL BRING YOU HARM AND MISERY
INTO THE VALLEY OF THE MURDERESS I HAVE GONE
I MUST FIND MY WAY
I MUST FIND MY WAY HOME
INTO THE VALLEY OF THE MURDERESS MY HEART HAS GONE
SHE IS DANGEROUS-SHE IS A LIAR
SHE HAS CAUSED ME TO SCREAM AND SHE HAS CAUSED ME TO FALL
INTO THE VALLEY OF THE MURDERESS I MUST GO
WILL YOU FOLLOW ME AND PROTECT ME
WILL YOU WATCH OVER ME
SO MANY WORDS -SO MANY SAD WORDS--SO MANY SAD SAD WORDS
I MUST FIND MY WAY HOME
INTO THE VALLEY OF THE MURDERESS I HAVE GONE
I NEVER WANT-I NEVER WANT-I NEVER WANT TO GO BACK
I MAY NEVER BE THE SAME---LOOK AT ME---TEARS ARE FALLING
 RICK SIHLER
~^~

Come sit by my side,
I'll take you on a ride,
Down memory lane.
When the days were good,
And no one was rude,
And you'd had what you wanted.
Where there is no one there,
To tell you no,
Or where to go,
Or say you're only dreamin.
Elizabeth.
~^~

NEVER KNOWN LOVE
Balkys Hercilia Robles


Iíve never known love, but I suppose it must be
Like the sunrise on the horizon, bringing light to the life
That wakes up each day to a new land

Iíve never known love, but I hope it could be
A roller coaster ride, accelerating your heart beats
As your body vibrates in the wind

Iíve never known love, but I heard it can be
A warm embrace with the sweetest kiss
While the full moon begins to appear

Iíve never known love, but Iím eager to feel
Each magic moment and every emotion within
So the next time I write about it
Love will not be so unknown to me.

~^~

For My Son who was murdered in 1990 
Gloria Coohill

The smile has gone from my eye's, the laughter from my heart
I want to laugh again, but where do I start?
The sun doesn't shine as bright, the sky Is not as blue
My world Is so different, I'm so sad with out you.

~^~

"Child Abuse"
Heather Dachshunds

I live here all in my own little world where pain and anger is seen daily. They say I'm not the blame but what do they know I'm afraid to leave in fear of what might happen next if I try to leave. They say they know how I feel but how do they know if it never happen to them. I feel I'm the blame even though I may not be the blame. They can't say they know how I feel till it happens to them. The feeling I feel is that I'm the blame for this awful thing that people don't understand. 

~^~

Now I lay me down to die.
Mandy Spanbauer


Now I lay me down to die, I kiss the world and all my friends good- bye.
As I rest I'll rest in peace, hoping that what I did made this madness cease.
I can only hope that it will, I am now ready, prepared to kill.
I'll see you later once you leave, I don't know why you may.
We'll revenge ourselves till judgment day. 

~^~

WORLD'S GREATEST PAINTER
MALATHI JAGANNATHAN


World's greatest painter-
He took up his brush,
made sky his canvas
and splashed it with colours.

Colours that make one go crazy!
Yet to him it seems so easy!
A dash of red and a jab of grey,
a sprinkle of yellow and an orange spray!

And now for the graphics, animation and sound,
to create a 3-D effect all around.
He waved his wand and lo! presto!
The painter at work I watched spell-bound!

Quietly he vanished, his work complete.
A petty mortal, I watched wide-eyed.
No computer, no power-point,
helps him in his work.

And yet he could create 
A colourful new world!
which is to human eyes,
a joy to behold!

The world awakens to the sound effect
of birds and beasts at their very best!
The rising sun makes animation perfect
reminding me of the day ahead.

~^~

SUNSETS
John Griffin

Evening sunsets die
as most people do...
fighting for every
last breath of light.

Fading color array,
like poker chips
on a brick-red velvet table
in a late night card game...
there to be utilized,
bet and exchanged, 
to be valued 
and appreciated.
Until it is time
to pack them up
and put them away...
whether you are
winning or losing...
and for the players to return
and play
another night.
~^~

distrust is a must for my peers over many beers they talk of days a mess

parents kin have failed the test abreast are fears keep warm and the open mic of emotion towards trust never developed the sense of sight,

black as night the guiness looks and before the day rises the kids play the earlier nights tune again. 
shaun farrell

~^~

Don't Want You Back
Ashley Bailey


I don't want you back
Cause you're so whack
You hit me with a rack
And I could not fight back

Visions of my life was flashing through my eyes
And all I could say were my good-byes
Why did I believe your lies?
Right now I wish I could fly

You think you're all powerful with them mighty fists
While you got me on this floor
Do you want to hit me more?
I wish I could run and have some fun

Does it make you feel like more of a man when you hit me?
Just let me be, I plea, just let me be!!!!
~^~

ALONE
BASHIRI MCCALLA 


I'VE SUFFERED MANY BURDENS, LIVE IN MANY PLACES
SEEN PEOPLE DIE AND CHILDREN BORN
MY HEART HAS BEEN SCORN BY FRIENDS JAILED
HAVE MY PEOPLE FAILED WHEN WE CAN'T GET BAIL
MY MIND FEELING FRAIL,
I THINK I NEED SOME AIR, 
NO FUN CAN'T RUN FROM PROBLEMS 
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I CAN'T SUCCEED
DON'T FEEL LOVE FROM MY GIRL OR MY FAMILY
I SOMETIMES WONDER IF THERE A GOD ABOVE 

~^~

THE DEAD DAWN
Chris Farrell

It's not easy to say
Goodbye to your face
I know what I've lived for
By what you say
And I hide all my pain
That I have inside
And It's not easy to say
Goodbye
What good does it do
To be by your side
When the things that I live with
Hold me down outside
And all you say
Is goodbye

I have nothing
Nothing inside
I will be there
There when you die

It's not easy to be
So kind to myself
And to live with this pain
Makes it hard to stay
What should I do
To be kind to your face
It makes it easy to say
Goodbye
What good does it do
To be by your side
When the things that you do
Hold me down inside
And all you say
Is goodbye

I have Nothing
Nothing inside
I will be there
There when you die

~^~

THAT FEELING OF REGRET
Kat. W.

You're there, in front of me,
And I wish for the courage to express how I truly feel
About you.

Is that an occasional glance at me I see?
Or is that just wishful thinking?
My God you are so beautiful.

Still there, I walk past you.
Come on. Think of something to say.
But what could I possibly say to someone above me?

That I want you. I need you.
That you are my vision of perfection?
The words are stuck in my throat, I could never say them to you.
Why? Because I'm afraid of what you'll think of me.

I turn back again. Too late.
You're gone

~^~

Autumn sunset:
I close my eyes
and still see the sun


First day of Autumn:
already my feet
are used to wearing socks


As the sun sets
a cluster of dancing Ladybugs...
Indian summer


An old friend
promising to stay in touch
knowing that we won't


Jane Thomson

~^~

"Freezing in Summer"
Steve Youmans


Today is
Long
And hot,
Boring like October,
And cold like your cat's heart.
Frost
Bitten
And shivering, I wait for you outside 
Of
The only diner you'll hang
Out in.
I have a car you don't like
and
A life you don't fit in
Waiting
For you to finish that
Burger dip
And the shake you love.
I'm freezing in summer,
Blankets and shorts,
And I'm holding,
Floating,
Waving at you
To finish
Those
Fries
And come outside.
~^~

Summer's Over
Lynette Evans


As summer fades in the cool afternoon
and twilight claims the day all too soon.
Falling leaves of yellow with a hint of rust,
litter the flowerbeds like golden dust.
Drifting aimlessly into the ponds cool water,
long summer nights forgotten as the days grow shorter.
Roses and jasmine, that once held their heads high,
wither and fade into the ground and die.
The evenings grow long and dark and as we whisper quiet goodbyes
the long hot summer leaves us with heavy greying skies.
A cold winter lies ahead, looking bleak and dim,
but winters have a habit, of melting into spring.

~^~

Isaiah
gina wong


moment in your eyes, alone
faint stare, strong hold
and jaded...so jaded
sweet pain to know you so
life beneath your smile, own
voice, you make life worthy
sweet, you make life worthy
in your eyes, be me alone?
who tempts the heart so longed to hold?
that i may lift desires bold
or wane without faint eyes
unworthy still to life
without you.

~^~

Sounds crammed bottlenecked smiles vaulted shut
mine actions broken shining 
what truth were following buried deep under rut
my bow string not true 
a moving target indeed
all pent up aggression
once pent up now freed,
tomorrow comes quick--
revealing stories untold
respect the coin turning, 
what side it unfolds.
it wasn't until hurt
that me felt the world round me,
and flashbacked all today,tommorrow,yesterday, and we,
and reminded me,
that in an hour, 
there are three.
Wake up. 
the sand of your life fades away. 

evilyoda

~^~

A Question of Depression.
dark one24

The dynamic destitution of my life's institution
Is disturbing me to say the least;
Weekly parody of living deathly night time giving
Is pushing me much further from my peace.
I picture visions blinding seeking but not finding
Answers to my daily ritual;
Disturbing thought processes creating mental messes
Starting ideas become habitual.
Masochistic killing stopping am I willing?
Sadistic games i play everyday;
Tortured body and mind painful streak I find
Causing grief in every possible way.
Images and words blended broken mind never mended
Irreplaceable and beyond repair;
Calmly work my job choke back inner sob
And must ask "does anybody care?"

~^~

LOVE ME NOW
Jerome V. Ortiz


Love me now and forever.
Love me while the sun comes up.
Love me while the sun goes down.
Love me while the moon shines bright.
Love me from noon till night.

Cause I will love you 
NOW and FOREVER!

~^~

Never let go
(dedicate to my one true love, A.M.)
Sherilyn Tobin


Frail and sick in mind and soul,
hold me close now and never let go.
Now I am quickly fading away,
hold my head up; tell me Iím okay.
Lies always gave me strength to breathe,
for whatever we both loved would endlessly leave.
Donít think I did it out of spite,
I tried to deal: I tried to fight.
i was weak, chipped at my whole time,
from the start of my life, I was already dying.
Then i found you, my sun through the rain,
You made me smile and dimmed my pain.
But it was too late, it infected me complete, 
I covered it with a smile to show you no defeat.
Sweet memories of our time helped me deal,
My love for you, I shall endlessly feel.
Please kiss me once more before i die,
Think of me happily, & please donít cry
I now know that love is true,
Just because Iím gone doesnít mind weíre through.
Remember the days when we showed no fear,
Flowers a bloom, a sky so clear.
Remember me then, when you see it once more
I am now gone, but couldnít shut the door.
Iíll hold you close if you do the same
For now i get to start over without any pain.
Iím free of my old mind and soul,
But i still need you to hold me close and never let go 

~^~

My eyes
Ron Fox 


From behind my eyes,
I see this world,
From behind my eyes,
I hide in this world.
I glimpse the future, 
React to the present,
And dream of the past.
From behind my eyes,
I tell my truths, 
And conceal my lies.
If only you could see this world,
From behind my eyes.

~^~

TRUE HAPPINESS
BY AMBER SCHREINER

As I watch each day go by, I wonder and ask my self why?
Why, we do the things we do, when most of the time it makes us blue.
Is it the confusion we feel about life, thoughts of never-ending strife 
or the devil playing with our minds tying knots the knots that bind?

All the while he'll sit and laugh digging deeper in your path.
Take all faith, take all hope leaving you hanging at the edge of the rope!
Slowly, slowly he drags you down taking your life to make you frown.
Your dreams will die and fade away, makes you believe it's time to pay.

Open your eyes, see what he is, he takes from you it's how he lives.
Pain and sorrow are a toy, devastation brings him great joy!
All, I say to you my friends, a message from god i come to send.
Life's lessons are hard to learn, take em to heart don't let em burn.

Live each day with hope and pray, and he will surely light the way.
Always gives you what you need, he will make your heart not bleed.
Gives you strength to bare hard times even when he's last in line.
He'll give you everlasting love guide and protect you from above.

Open your eyes see what I see faith and gods wisdom are the only key
To true happiness, love and life no more everlasting strife
Don't fear the truth you see, one day soon you'll feel like me
So reach out take gods hand, he will help you understand!

~^~

ruth
by Nicole Kopetzky


Anger spews out,
thoughtless words that cut to the bone.
The truth is out there, or so I'm told -
but I am damned to live my life blind
to others and the world around me.
I cannot reach out, I cannot break free.
All I know is what there is holding down on me.
Pause to pity me,
but you cannot help my plight.
I wander in the cold of winter,
without any shoes,
slowly freezing from the inside out
'till all the world is covered in snow.
The sugar pills can't help me now.
"Too late! Too late!," the little children cry
as they throw rocks at my windows and I run away to hide.
My life
began
lasted
ended
"Too late! Too long!"
Why can't you see the tears in my eyes
that fall down my face like precious diamonds,
each one never to be recalled again.
~^~

Rabbits
Kate
Rabbits are not native
They were bought by a foolish poms
They brought them here to hunt them
Now theyíre over run

Rabbits destroy everything
Eating scratching everywhere
Messy messy animals.

Destroy them said the humans
Invent a brand new virus
Kill them in great masses
Let the disease spread

They went down to the paddocks
They let the virus go
It was at work but 
Made them all go blind
Instead of killing them as planned

Next one was galessie 
That killed many all around
Spreading all across the land
Rabbits continue to dig and dig
Creating erosion everywhere

20 years down the track
The city falls beneath our feet
We all wonder why
Could we have stopped it
What had done it?

If you want to kill the rabbits
This is not possible

If we keep inventing disease
Were going to kill our selves
The rabbits will find a vaccine 
And weíll all be dead.

~^~

TIGER
REBECCA S.

SLOWLY, QUIETLY, WATCHING ME
A TIGER HIDES BENEATH THE SCRUB
PROWLING, PADDING, STALKING ME
MOTHER TEACHING CUB
I TRY TO RUN AS FAST AS I CAN
BUT NOTHING'S GONNA SAVE THIS PREY
DODGING BRANCHES, JUMPING ROCKS
COULD THIS BE MY LAST DAY?
I LOOK BACK TO SEE THE JET BLACK STRIPES
WHAT HAD I DONE TO CAUSE IT HARM?
SUDDENLY I LOOK AROUND
NOTHING THERE, AN EERIE CALM
I HOLD MY BREATH AND WAIT FOR THE POUNCE
THE END OF ME IT WOULD BE
BUT NOTHING JUMPED, NOTHING ATTACKED
THE BEAST HAD CHOSEN TO SPARE ME
SO REMEMBER THAT IF YOU COME
ACROSS A TIGER TRUE
REMEMBER YOU CAN'T ESCAPE IT
ONLY IT CAN ESCAPE YOU.

~^~

Life is the sunlight
flashing from an arrow shot
(in mid-flight
its tip flash & feathers hurtling)
toward some unknown gazelle
from Cupid's hands
 Alex Yoo

~^~

a loss of a brother
jamie henry 


a year has gone by 
and i'm just realizing he's gone
i thought it was all a dream
the funeral and wake
the burying of his body
the calls from his mother almost in tears
i don't know the feeling of a loss of a son
but i know the feeling of a friend
a friend who i considered my brother
he was my friend from almost birth
i moved here when i was 8 months old
but i knew him from when i was born
my aunt and uncle lived here before
when i was 5 i though the had cooties
when i was 14 i thought he was handsome
when i was 16 he was gone
gone from sight and hearing
he went in to a coma on july 25 
and died on august 11
because of a drunk
and now that i sit here and write this
i know my best friend, my brother
is in a better place 
it just did'nt hit me until today

~^~

When a Tree Falls
maheshtmj

As the chainsaw scorches through,
and the familiar word is heard.
The knowledge of a lifetime is wasted,
in a way that is quite absurd.

As the mighty oak collapses,
the clouds come together to weep.
The bright shining sun loses itís light,
and the tears begin to seep.

As many lifetimes are lost,
and the colossus reaps into the ground.
The sirens of thunder bring forth the lightening,
as the trumpets of war sound.

As the mother of nature weeps for her child,
her fury rages on.
Her battle cries are infuriated,
with the coming of the dawn.

As her war cries cease to sound,
and the sorrow still is felt.
The wound of what is left,
is the stumpÖ A giant welt.

The land is forever scarred,
so that MANíS progression shall not halt.
The life and knowledge is forever lost,
From MANíS eternal fault.

~^~

how can you still believe
your god has been destroyed
to make way for the future
he was only needed by man
as something to compare himself to
science is your new god
creating and cloning
a new evolution 
of human beings
smarter and better
than your god had ever intended
he has been replaced
by computers
and scientists
the only miracles now 
are done by men in white coats
and tortured animals
does your god watch from above
and stand idly by
or has he become senile
in his old age
and think 
this is for the best
maybe its time
for you to consider
that the only true god
lies in the subconscious egos
of human beings
trying so hard
trying in vain
to be
what they so desperately need
jesse

~^~

YOU ARE THE MUSIC, MY LOVE
(for Keenya)
Written by Kimani Shiloh


You are like music to my ears,
music to my eyes and music
to my hands that touch you with
the essence of a soft feathers luxury.

You are the music my love and your song
it fractures my soul into a bittersweet
oblivion of soul wrenching tears as you
carry me away smothering rose petal melodies
into my flesh.

Beautiful ballads beckoning me from the corners
of your smile making me love, Making me 
dance to your rhythm and making me open like an 
infinite field of sunstruck rosebuds.

I am crying for your hand, for your love, for your
poetry, for the liberating dreamer's music you
shake loose from your enchanted ebony locks.

No records or radio, singers or slow jam singles
can forcefully foretell the longings of my soul.

You are the music, my love
pitter pattering melodic toning teardrops 
from heaven with your smile.

~^~

Your tender hands
daily apply the salve
to the coarse and wounded flesh
of my corroded heart
You remedy
the ache
of losses that once
pumped poison through
my veins
Entwined in your soft strength
I am whole again. 
Tania

~^~

Longing
Marlena Green

Longing to be loved;
by someone who will hold me tight.
Longing to be loved;
I get so lonely late at night.
Longing to be loved;
by someone who will understand
Longing to be loved;
all i need is a gentle, caring hand.
Longing to be loved;
I yearn for human touch.
Longing to be loved;
why does heartache hurt so much?

~^~

OBITUARY
anandbose


Dead are looking
thru the periscope.
The waves on Kursk,
clash/ without sound.
Tempests silently whisper,
the presence of the center.
Alive are live!
Heart/ alive!!!

~^~

Connect Your Mind to Mine
William Ware

You've entered the zone
You've entered my world
You've entered my mind
There is no way out
Unless you have a doubt
The deep thoughts in me have been released on to stone
I scribble, and scribble until words form meaning
My mind was to hard to waste
There's is sorrow, anger, and love
And it all comes from the soul, heart, and mind
So now lets get started
You've now connected your mind to mine

~^~

A cluttered, slowly beating heart
Is tore between two lives:
It longs to get away from him
Over and over, stabbed with knives

When would it learn to be
A clear, pure, fast beating self?
To throb individually-all alone
Afraid to be free from him, a cowardly elf

Days turned to a gloomy fog
And nights erased to the mind
No hope for this sullen, bruised object
That now didn't look like a heart of any kind

It eventually lost it's pain
Though it took a great while
But sunlight, one day emerged
To the bloodstreams like the Nile

That once cluttered, beating object
Found better worth through and through
To whom another in despair
Now not just one desperate, but now pure heart-there were two

These two revived, glorious hearts
Shared one another-having no more reason to woe
And found eternal peace and love
All the peace and love that they could bestow.
Kristy Winkel 

~^~

Into each life some rain must fall,
so say the poets of old
There is light at the end of the tunnel,
is one story we've all been told 
We can't have the rainbow without the rain
but how much rain must fall,
Before the clouds go away and the sun shines through
and our hearts can feel the call
of the whispering winds and the sunshine's' warmth
as it touches the broken heart,
When the healing begins and we can live again
then the word we must cling to is start
Where is my rainbow? Will I soon see the sun?
Stop the rain and bring the colors to the fields where I can run
To feel the warmth on my face, and the healing in my heart
And know that God is in his heaven
My heart says "Go" it bids me start.
Terri Berkheiser

~^~

Why can't I say I love you?

I talk to you on the phone almost everyday
I can't figure out why it gets harder and harder just to hear you voice
I think I am in love with you but I don't know how can that be
why is it so hard for me to tell you how I feel
I know I love you voice 
I know I love you smile
I know i love you eyes and ears
even the wrinkle above you nose when you smile
I know everything about you
I know everything you like
I know you won't judge me even when i cry
I know you will still be my friend no matter what happens
I love the way we wrestle around 
and then just talk and watch TV
I love the sweet touch of you finger nails on my back
I love the way you look at me right before I go 
I bend down and give you a hug and smell you sweet perfume
and wonder why I can just say,
"Nicole, I love you."
Micah Casey 

~^~

"Well"
Stephanie Barnett 


Well deep down
Deep inside of me
The storm is coming in
The island trembles with fear
Flooded walls in vain
The walls surround my veins
Feel it gone insane
Wash away the pain
Swinging weathervane
He is able with his cane
Stumbling to the well
Front yard grass wet
Blind no laser can change
Didn't ask her name
Just overfilled her emptiness
Well soaked in acid rain

~^~

It's like you always said,
Can't you just leave it be.
But I just lie here on my bed,
and All my doubts overcome me.

It's like your rain and sunshine
all at the same time.
You, yourself, are a paradox.
But it's my fault, I knew that all along.

And I lay here, in the midst of it all.
Like I can't go forward, and I can't go back
but I want to go both ways.
I know which way you want to go
And It angers me.

The rage I feel doesn't matter to you.
It's like I don't exist
But I did, now didn't I?
We, you and Me, are the ones who know that.

It's not my fault, but it's not yours either.
The knife you stabbed me with, could've been a flower, in a different time a different world. 
As I sink into wonder of that world, somehow I know you feel the same.
But I don't know why.
We know what happens now. It's always the same for me.

We're parallel, never shall we meet.
So let's keep looking out. We've climbed the tower and we can see what was meant to be.

But alas, as I gaze at the beach, I notice something.
I turn back to you, but you're already gone and I see, that all that's left of me,
is a flower lying on the shoreline.
 Carmen Peters

~^~

Don't belong to me
sammy

No matter how hard i try
U will never be mine
No matter how hard i cry
U will never be mine

If i turn away
Will u be mine
If I pass away
will u then be mine

No matter how hard i cry
U will never be mine

~^~

Improvised song 
(for j*)
mat wells

There is no abyss when i smile into my reflection
absorbed i linger for a second on my eyes so clear and red
at the suggestion of hatred from your lips, so full and red
which reduce me to ash in a short burst of vitriol.
Skin scavenged with acne i pain over you
waiting to christen my feelings with your name
live in your heart as a fond memory joyful present and
hope for the future of wealth you deserve.

Now my voice quavers as i must apologies repeatedly 
i sinned against your name and soiled your eyes
forced redemption and paranoia on myself
Sorry. 

~^~

One Thousand Years
Roger Joseph Robicheau


One thousand years, becomes one day
One last hurrah, one last hooray

We live our life, by what we know
This passing time, should help us grow

God watches us, along our route
To see if we, live by our truth

Some die too young, we all agree
But what we are, is all we see

We're judged by time, spent in each day
To help or hurt, it's all our way

We can't control a thousand years
But faith and love, can fold our fears

This life we live, is made of choice
Rise up first day, to just rejoice

You'll love some words, which sound so dear
'Good will to all, happy new year'

And now I'll say, farewell to all
Please frame this work, our curtain

~^~

IT COMES
T SCOTT SMITH

FROTHING AT THE MOUTH, BURNING WITH A FEVER
LIKE RED HOT IRON JUST PULLED FROM A FURNACE
OF EVIL ENERGY, ALL IT TOUCHES SIZZLES OFF INTO
A WISP OF SMOKE THAT FILLS THE NOSTRILS WITH
A BURNING STENCH FROM HELL.....

WAIST NOT A MOMENT FOR HE HATH COME
WALKING AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS, APPOSING HIM,
NONE
KEEP THINE ROBE CLEAN, COMMETH THE DAY, OF
SOULS TO BE HARVESTED, THAT'VE GONE ASTRAY

~^~

"The True Patriot"
Anthony Galdieri

To the pompous patriot and his pixilated prizes,
Which glitter on his uniform in many shapes and sizes,
I say to thee, remove your boastful badges of courage,
And pitch over the precipice the trophies of your age.
Then shed thy uniform that wrongly make men cower;
Throw it to the wolves, and let them all devour.
Now bury the weapons that make you so mighty;
Replace them with plowshares; Show your true piety.
Because you're unclothed, unarmed, and undecorated
Does not mean that you're weak, naked, and underrated.
It means you are me; It means you're we; It means you are just,
And above all this is, it means that you are "In God We Trust".
So to the pompous patriot I give none of my respect
For all the values he upholds, my heart does not reflect.

~^~

TORN
jez kline


you exist on the backs of eyelids
haunting those you've hurt
most beautiful
most perfect
object of everyone's desire
despite my happiness
i remember your perfection
your presence
brings endless happiness
bathing in the warmth of your smile

living with nothing
but my memories
i have my memories
but i don't have you
stop your games
i can't live two lives
one in my heart 
and one in my head

i'm so PATHETIC
so distorted
i can't distinguish
what is real?
so much CONFUSION
and then there is YOU 
beautiful you
so perfect
so perfect

~^~

banished. from her heart where the point she'll say, or admit she loves me.
banished. think I, perhaps better off then in love with a short girl.
banished. she'll take another lover and be kind, unsinnful, maybe I like to be mean, but not alone.
away from her home I feel too tall for the populace. she was in love with me and I made her hate me. it's the correct order.
banished. from her face, I won't kiss anymore or sleep near her skin and wake her when she's upset in a nightmare about me.
banished. 
am I better off without love at all?
she says I am a slut.
I am a slut. I am banished from valencia.
veronique

~^~

Displeased
Star 

My mind is an empty vessel
My thoughts flowing through
My memories destroyed
My soul has fallen too.

Life without the end
Life without pain
Life with the misery
Life still the same

Anger full of hate 
Aggressive and sad
Amongst the fickle
Aside the mad.

Sanity equips well
Sanity in my cell
Sanity from private hell
Sanity like a shell.

Beyond kindness
Beyond fear
Beyond Loneliness
Beyond and near.

Everything is dull.
Everyone is calm
Even I'm dying.
Erased from doing harm

Charcoal bones
Clean and dirty
Crude remark
Clear as mud. 

Perspective difference 
Persecution from caring
Peccadillo falsehood
Peace shattered.


Version of well being and good spirits.

~^~

Starlight Touch 
 Perceptions

Oí how I tingle when I of you do dwell, 
Knowing a loving soul doth touches mine, 
And in the caress of your spirit I spend all night, 
To make our hearts tied, beating to your name, 
Hear the harp, flute and lyre play in starlight, 
With love to sing our immortal song, to grant us life, 
Though distance stands as pillars between our fleshes still, 
From hence our souls death cannot divide, 
With doves to carry our faith that our bodies shall join, 
To that moment I know fate will bring, 
A day beyond the limit of my praise, 
We shall unite with the warmth of our breath, 
To walk in stardust united in whole, 
Our souls to make love in body and divine. 

~^~

Weather Dreams
Mark Djukic

Your mind is an ocean,
And a dream is the gentle waves.
A nightmare is a hurricane,
And a daydream a summer breeze
Fields of Green
Fields of fresh peppers
So green, so plentiful, so what
Winter comes, so long.

~^~
Forest
Jahija

Resting trees in the cool summer breeze
an old broken down wooden bridge stands alone
water lilies whisper, leaves float with emotions
a garden so rich, so right, opens up my eyes
heart beats like a strong African drum, colors dance
capturing this true moment, lasting a lifetime it seems
sad memories drift into my head, from another time
with them, thoughts so pure, soul so peaceful
to find the freedom is easy, to live it will be a miracle...
~^~

your horrorscope (an acrostic)
by Clee A. Villasor 


So-you-think-you-are-free. 
as in a calm november breeze at the sea 
flirting the moon next to my bed. 

huh! 

no matter how you ogle 
at their dance macabre's soul 
you were dead yesterday 

as you tacitly turn sideways you fret 
your bed becomes a flying carpet 

fly! 

you listless, pathetic moron! 
You-are-the-nasty-moon. 

It is evading my tranquility 
you pissed off the grey clouds in this city 
the winds became my nightmare 

but the rain hammered down easily 
Tucking me snugly 
in final, sweet surrenders. 

~^~

INCUBUS
Steven K. Mitchell 

Metaphysical meditations
Psychological aberrations
Reality skates thin ice
Below lie frigid waters

INFINITE
Realization of what we know
Leads us to what we do not know
With knowledge
Possibility increases
Fluidly, rapidly, FOREVER
The frigid waters numb the soul
Reality skates on thin ice
~^~

"On the 'T 'with me"
Linda Mannnke

I take the train 
The ride's the same
Going In or Outbound.
Throngs of people jammed together
Traveling underground.
A trip to the station doth entail
Buying a token for commuter rail.
Red, blue, orange, yellow, green
Choose any one of these
Do not lean against the doors
No smoking please!
Wheels screech and doors open wide
People scramble to get off
While others try to get inside.
I often wonder where they're going
Side by side we sit
Then disappear into the crowds
Without my ever knowing
To an open book my eyes do drop
And stay that way until my stop.

~^~

with these words
i progress
into a life 
i must confess
falling, waiting
upon a wall
wondering when 
i should fall

laughing and dancing
till early morn
watching you lay there
like an unborn sun

crying and sighing
to the end off day
wondering when 
it will all go away

wondering who
will take this from me
wondering why 
this is so hard to say

will you ever know
probably not yet
do you ever think 
off the first time we met

hoping and praying 
that my time will come
to be myself
but not alone...
 logan

~^~

Without You
-Beth


I can see the day going by so fast, 
I know that this moment cannot last,
It is too good to be true,
And tomorrow I will yet again be without you.

When I leave you to be,
I wish you are as sad as me,
I can feel you going away,
And I know all I can do is cry and pray.

I hold my breath,
And sometimes even wish for death,
Not to leave you without me,
But to be able to be set free.

I cross my fingers and hope and pray,
That you will come back to be with me another day,
I will make the day last,
I will not let it go by so fast.

~^~

LIFE SUKS
Chance Budvarson

My mom died last night
her death was cancer induced...
Who cares if i can spell

~^~

the GRIEF
Roger Burger 

Goodnight, all you fooling dreamers
I'll join you all real soon
blow a kiss to the hopeless romantic
count to three - and all howl at the moon

To those of you with more love to give
than the receiver can perceive
don't give up on that heart just yet
it's make believe- what you believe

Getting hurt has become a callous game
all rules are not yet set
dodging bullets of pain is extremely hard
giving all, you just get what you get

Heart ache becomes second nature
to those who live by their words
I'm spending the night with loneliness
still wondering if I'll ever be heard

Fool's gold are the riches of the solitary man
and he actually, truly believes
that this time, is the very last time
he'll put his heart out on his sleeve

Then, how many times can your heart be pierced
before you really start to bleed
emotions run at all time highs
and you've got all the scars that you need

Sorrow and sadness succeed true love
along come the clouds and a raging sea
you work so hard to avoid that fate
but, only so many things in life are free

Cut me with your razor tongue
the words, I need not hear
beg me to gently love you again
and make the darkness disappear

Hang up the shiny armor for today
brush down, and stable your steed
let time heal all your battle wounds
for you've defended al god deeds

So, sleep tight, all you foolish dreamers
don't drown in your midnight tears
someone help up the hopeless romantic
he's fallen over his worst fears

~^~

Through the endless emptiness of the
Ever-growing network
I am screaming your name.
My thoughts are the message,
My mind is the amplifier.

In this vast ocean,
anonymity is my covering,
covering my courage,
those eight bytes my love.

In the end there might be silence,
but can you hear the whisper
with ears so death?

Virtual omnipotence is
Real weakness.
I will never forget that again.

Osiris

~^~

Lifeless
Ali

Lifeless, laying there like a rag doll, lifeless
she lays there, lifeless
letting the darkness pour over her, lifeless
still, where is her joy, her once radiant smile
it seems to have withered like a rose
in the cold, December morning
where is her peace
the happiness and tranquility 
she once brought to us
did it dry up like a stream in the Sahara
it was like the Grinch stealing Christmas
from her now, lifeless body
taking with it our hope, our joy, our dreams,
our friend, our Amy
what was once will be no more, as Amy lay lifeless on the floor.

~^~

I Like you for You
Amanda 


I like the way you look at me
how special you make me feel
i like the way you talk to me
and how your lips are always sealed
i like the way you comfort me
and tell me not to cry
i like it when you're honest 
and i like the way you try
i like the way you sing to me
and how you let you feelings show
when you put your arms around me
and hold me really close
i like the way you hold my hand
and listen to what i say
i like the way you kiss me
and say you'll never go away
i like the way you stand up for me
whenever i'm in a fight
i like it when you say you love me
and how you say goodnight
There's one thing that i won't forget
and when i start to cry
the thing i will hate most of all
is the way you say goodbye
i love the way you laugh
and i love your smile too
but the very biggest thing of all
is that i love you because you're you

~^~

NATURE AROUND ME
©Jude Adebosoye Ogunade

I looked up at the scattered sky with swimming cloud flakes
I saw the hung ocean with its blue rivets and silvery glaciers
I admire the flying fish gliding above its linear waves
Indeed there is wisdom hidden within the deep in the sky.

How I wish I sleep with summer and wake with spring
How I wish I can climb the tower of Babel to touch the sky
Indeed, the green grass seduces me to lie and take a rest
Only the beasts can enjoy the tickling of its prickling blade

Only the leaves can dance to the rhythm of the wind
Whether from the west or even from the sunny east
Rest is never for the leaves for they must continually dance
To the beats of the winds with its numerous silent chants

Whether they dance in slow synchronization or in rapid reluctance
Dance they must to the silent sound of the magic wind
And from the sky to the ground even to the hanging vacuum
Such is the way of life the way of earth and its nature
So rich and so common like the cockcrow to every clime. 

~^~

Red Love
 jjkf

The cool night air is shielded
from my pale warm body.
The flames wrapping around one
another as the coals 
glow blood red.
The trees are towering over my
forever lonely soul. 
My thoughts are the touch of two
bodies embracing tightly.
My cold bare skin against hers,
as my infatuate finger tips
get tangled in her long red hair.
She softly touches my hand, the
silence grows she kisses my soul goodbye.
The fire dies down an I'm left alone,
naked, cold, and far from reality. 

~^~

Too late that I love you
Justin Park


I don't know how you did it, you lit up the sky.
You were so beautiful to me, I never wanted to say goodbye.
But I had problems then, please understand.
I always wanted you Valerie. I always wanted to take my hand
and brush it through your hair,
Then look in your eyes and tell you how much I care.

I don't know why I did it, I shut the door.
You went off your own way, back to the same place you been before.
I never meant to hurt you, forgive me, please.
You're gone now Valerie, and I'm crying, down on my knees
Telling myself this can't be true,
But I realize too late what you mean to me, too late that I love you.

~^~

The Way We Felt
 Sara 


The love we shared through summertime
Will last so many years
The time we spent on sweet warm nights
My eyes begin to tear

I'll never forget the way I felt
When I looked into your eyes
The way the light shined upon your face
From the pink and purple sky

We watched the sunset from the bridge
The stars begin to shine
This feeling grows inside of me
In this happy heart of mine

September rolls around so fast
I wish there was more time
But I'll always remember those summer nights
In my heart, my soul, my mind

~^~

You look alien to my bed 
Where you came all over me like a sheet of lead
We don't compare
We don't comprehend
We never understand what is seething in our heads

I sway my hips
I curve and hiss
My own seduction can bruise like my fist

A loveless kiss
Our mordant tryst
What we are
From love is far
Desiree Rodriguez

~^~

If I was blind
I could still see Right
through you
Tyler Brown

~^~

after the end
Charlie Drummond


Holding on to the past
is tearing my heart up,
so many cuts folded in paper
weighed as a thousand nights alone
when I still sleep on my side
each morning is a splinter
but every day it grows less
scarred over as the fingers
of memory slip knuckle by knuckle.
now love has to unpick 
what it stitched
deep as a well 
in me.

~^~

"Breaking"
Travis Ray Cole 

Solo turned to wah
sliding across the mike stand
as bending the neck 


"These go to Eleven"
Travis Ray Cole 

Flange with fast chorus
feel ghost guitars play themselves
stomping foot pedals


"Crunch"
Travis Ray Cole 

The tubes are to cold
unless the amp is driven
my leads don't sound warm
~^~

A Wedding Gift
mmorgan


When you hear the wind chimes sing
May you be reminded of all the joy you bring
For all the stories of new and old 
And all of the memories we hold
We each have old traditions we love from home
And soon new ones we will make of our own
May you always know how much we care 
As a life together we will begin to share
So listen as the wind creates a song
And simply remember......
Our love for you is forever long
~^~

~Falling~
 Leneť Fausnaugh

Totally alone
stepping forward inch by inch
desperately alone
Falling back fathom by fathom
Contemplating alone
Life's values diminishing quickly
walking alone
misty sounds of solidarity
Feeling alone
Silent cries heard by one
Just alone

~^~

"LET IT BE"
Robert M. Hensel

Let it be, that I may someday touch the stars.
When all time for me has expired, and the soul
begins to part.
Guide me through the heavens, where life one day
began.
A perfect creation molded right out of our fathers
loving hands.

PS. MAY THE WORDS THAT FLOW BETWEEN TWO LINES, CONNECT US
TO A WORLD OF PEACE!

~^~

The Last Question
Jim Iholts


And I might ask, "How do you know?"
To which you might respond, "How do you know I know?"
With anger, I might retort, "No fair!
"Do not answer my question with a question.
"I ask again, how do you know?"
Sheepishly, you might offer, "Look, I just know, okay?"
Demandingly, I might probe, "I am sure you have some notion as to how you know.
"What is it?"
Having the last word, you might say, "Woman's intuition."
"Oh?"

~^~

A Winter Storm
Steven McDonald


It snowed last night, big flakes
Peering out through frosted glass
Nose pressed against the pane
I saw the white desert of my dreams
Anticipation, excitement, no school today
And the stillness, deafening, pressing to my ears
Crisp, unmarked with crusted top hiding the softness
And reddened cheeks so cold, yet warm
A runny nose and wet woolen mittens
Swooshing back and forth
Rising so as not to disturb my perfect angel
Only to trample its imperfection
Crunching through the white, waist deep
Cardboard sleds shooting down the hill
Careening, speeding, faster and then
Stopping inches from the road
Standing at the back door
Gnarled nodes melting
Toes numb and tingling
Warmed by the fire, I slept.

~^~

Drifting
michael giordano

You never seem to give a damn about me, not even making an effort.
My perception of reality not what it seems of this ill-fated rapport.
For a moment I must have lost my mind, I thought you really cared.
Just a facade, you were being kind, my patience could have been spared.
But somehow youíre still stuck in my head, no matter how far I run.
Pondering over something you said, or the times when we had fun.
Your name came up in a conversation, just the other day.
Remembrances of my old frustrations, visions of your face.
How am I supposed to forget you? You naively play with my mind.
The things Iíve said and done for you, but your response I never find.
Just seeing you made me happy, but I had no effect on you.
You became a common fastening, and you played me like a flute.
Canít help but second-guess, was it me who messed up?
You turned me into a mess, but I kept on getting back up.
You say you donít have the time, but still I try to fight back.
As if my love was a crime, but it was my heart you attacked.
Could never tell me my time was wasted, the countless hours lost.
Investing in stocks that faded, and my love; it was the cost.
And now I try so diligently to put you in my past.
Harder than you effortlessly chose this spell on me to cast.
Just seeing you makes me cry, if you could only feel how much I hurt.
It makes me want to hide; all conversations about you are curt.
Now I turn my head to the sky, now I see all of the stars above.
Now I ask the question why you came to me and stole my love.
~^~

moorings
jayajit

sliding through the sun
with
moorings and perception
and remaining emotions.
think i was melting the mist,
like an austere atheist
or like a sober somnambulist.
living with you dear,
calling you in whisper.
sometimes in the anticipation
you will be a companion,
picture perfect.
i liked your metal rings
tattoos and your crispy hair
tainted with hope.
smelt you, melted in you
perhaps lived with you.
i know i liked your metal rings
the one with silvery hue
embracing your naval ceaselessly.
but i wish you had a ring inside too.

sliding trough the sun.
living in a secluded panacea
think i was melting the mist.
creeping in occasional dreams,
probably in enthusiastic screams.
probably you, probably you.
probably a squirm on your lips
did it. a blink on your eyes
reaped it. or probably enigmatic
me gulped it.
but i really wish you had a ring inside too. 

~^~

FATE
Jenny Alsbury


dreamlike visions
of frantic eternity
wind blows hot
like sweaty whispers
from the sun.
from ethereal eyes
fate beckons
tempting me.
Who am I to deny him?
~^~

Everyday Reality
By Matthew Timmons


Life goes by everyday, everyday.
Pain everyday is what I feel.

People complain about what I say everyday,
but all I can do is keep it real.

You never know what to do until the moment comes.
A shot of adrenaline....then the pain numbs.

A temporary silence to what goes on in my heart and head.
Wish it would disappear, be forever dead.

As each day passes and time goes by,
the pain will return no matter what I try.

So all I can do everyday, everyday,
All I can do is keep it real.
~^~

*TEACHINGS OF CHILDHOOD* 
Melanie Bryant 

Was it a freudian expression that claimed 
'What your parents lived becomes you"
For all my experience I agree it must be true.
How do you show concern,
if no one showed you care?
And why would you stick around,
if no one was ever there?
Could you learn value in compromise,
if you were never given a choice?
How can you express emotions,
if never given a voice?
We can only teach what we have been taught,
and we only think what has been thought.
So don't look at me as heart-less or cold. 
I can only do as I am told.
~^~

PONDERINGS ON LIFE
Miss P S.B.Preece

Such is life...
yet what is life?
moments of happiness?
moments of sadness?
tearing each other apart?
putting each other back together?
is it crying and sighing or
laughing and smiling?
accepting the good times along with bad
life is so many things
so many different parts pulled together
unpredictable and fun at one point
dull and boring at the other
surely we should just take it and live it as it comes.
Life is a ours for the living
for getting on with and having fun with...
making the most of it day by day! 
~^~

ELEANOR
Troy Edison Yaw


Eleanor is the name of my sister
Yaw Eleanor Theresa;
She gets angry easily so don't piss her
Her fave food is pizza!

She's fat
She loves to ask money from mama;
People could say she's a brat and spoiled
Though she is not that close to papa!

~^~

THE GOOD OLD DAYS
Darryl Steiskal

Do you remember the day,
when everything went your way?
Was it way back when?
Do you think of it now and again?

Where you a football star?
Did you drive a fast car?
Or were you a beauty queen, 
everyone's dream?

Well its not who you were 
or who you are,
and its not the things you do.
What's important is who does them with you.

The best things in life are shared
with someone who cares.
Chose the right friends
and the good old days will never end.
~^~

Why do things change before my eyes?
Or do I change instead?
I can't grasp an identity.
Because there aren't any left for my soul to fit into.
All I want to do is be.
But that's not good enough anymore.
The only thing I would be is nothing.
So why do I keep trying? 
Because that's all I have left.
My sanity ran off with my heart and I'm left with a sense of kinship
to the word bittersweet.
I just want to drift with the current.
I'm tired of fighting everyone.
Maybe I should be alone.
Maybe I would belong then.
I know I can change, but why?
I could slip inside myself and find my meaning, my definition of self.
So how do I keep my cool you ask?
I locked the door so no one else could come in.
Misty Valentine

~^~

Why people cry at weddings
-CSridar


A weeping woman in the front pew
Often mocked worse than a shameless shrew
Shedding tears on such a happy day
What's eating her anyway?

Two people so much in love
Pledging life before the Lord above
A memorable moment shared with kin
Doesn't dim the smile - Should crack a grin.

But little is evident of the changes brought
To family and friends, the couple and the lot.
Everyday lives turned upside down
So many compromises for the Wedding gown.

A chum broods alone having lost a chessmate
Stares at the fire wondering "Call or wait?"
A buddy takes the boat out without the crew
With only sail and water for a lousy view.

A mother thinks twice before a visit
Should I intrude in a room dimly lit?
The doves welcome all to share their cup
Allies decide to let them live it up.

Friends and family alter their lives around
To accommodate the newcomer with joy profound
They bear the loss of a dear friend
While warm wishes to the blessed they send.

There are no rules.

~^~

Left behind...
Lone Wolf 

Once again I find myself
Left behind
With no idea of which direction I am heading
Just wanting to find my way
Through this life
Hoping that I will get it together
Once and for all
remembering all that I have lost
Needing something to hold onto
To give me the strength to carry on
So still I sit here waiting
Waiting for something to come my way
Yet I am still destined to remain alone
With only my pain and misery to keep my company
Looking towards the unknown
And hoping for something different
Wanting only to find a love that is finally true
Needing a rest from this heartache
So that I can regain my strength
And face this life head on
Maybe then I will no longer be 
Left behind...

~^~

Have you ever
Christina Mosley


Have you ever missed someone so bad that your heart quivers from the pain,
Know that apart of you has moved on
Each time you take a glance at their photo,
Teardrops fall as raindrops fall from the rooftop.
Slowly your mind wonders into deep silence.
As the music plays your soul can't help but venture
Into a phase of emptiness, of the heart
Your heart goes pitter-patter and all of a sudden
Have you ever ÖÖ
Each breath you take feels as if it was a snowy cold day 
Why you ask over and over again
But the answer no one knows but the man above
You pray daily to ask if it its you or is it just a illusion
Taking over your soul
The darkness seems to come so fast, and the light is so dim
Have you ever wondered if it was that was the last kiss, hum?
What I miss. . .

~^~

Him
by Lori Eskamo

Do I know him?
This boy sucking on my neck
He kisses me harder
I feel something inside me jump
His lips move down my neck
Do I trust him?
His tongue dances on my naked breast
His face buried in my flesh
I feel my heart rushing
My fingers dig into his back
His mouth travels down my torso
Do I like him?
My body heaves with pleasure 
He goes to undo my pants
"No."
"What?"
"I'm not ready."
He looks down at me and smiles
"That's okay."
I smile back and pull him closer once again.
I think I do.

~^~

WHERE YOU ARE NOW
Rae Burton 


Whenever you were close the world was a better place to live in
when you were near to me so much love in your heart you were giving
Although i hope we will meet again somewhere, somehow
i just want to let you know i hope you're happy where you are now.
I can still remember every single moment of every single day we spent together
when all else fails those sweet memories will last forever
Even when we parted a part of you stayed inside of me
and you shall live in my heart for all eternity.
I could never love another the way i loved you
so to live alone is what i have chosen to do
With so much beauty and kind hearted words you always gave a one-sided row
i just pray that you have found all you ever wanted where you are now.
There were to many obstacles in our path including the hands of time
i will grow stronger each day as long as i have you pictured in my mind
All those things against us that we couldn't change
love had no meaning before i met you but my way of thinking you rearranged.

~^~

What's this life for?
By Justin Park


What's this life for?
Why do we live?
Is it so we could take more
Of what people give?
Or is it to love?
Or just to die?
Why do we pray to God above?
Why do we lie?
Why do we depend on hope?
To make us feel strong?
Why do people mope
When they do something wrong?
Why do we live?
What's this life for?
Is it so we could give
To people who'll take more?
Or is it to hate?
Or just to thrive?
Why do people wait
for something that might never arrive?
Why do people cheat?
So they can get their way?
Why do we treat
Other people bad each day?
What's this life for?
People need to know.
For some might close the door
And let it all go.

 

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