Category Archives: Poetry

Jumble

I have more things to say than I can put into words. My thoughts are jumbled, random, unconnected. I’m soaked in confusion, amplified by world events and streaked with fear and anger, and muddled by beads of hope so small … Continue reading

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Pendulum

The bob of our pendulum is a razor sharp disk, cutting the air with its long swings before gravity and time curtail its trajectory, when it cuts our ties with time and severs the cables that bind us to this … Continue reading

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Envision

Constraints exist only in one’s imagination. Possibilities have limits only in the mind. If a person can conceive of time travel, he can travel forward in time, carrying a notebook in which to record his reality. Circumstances impose boundaries only … Continue reading

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Ode to Edward

A is for Arnold who choked on his ego. B is for Barney killed in Oswego. C is for Carmen who fell off a bridge. D is for Dennis who got locked in a fridge. E is for Everett burned … Continue reading

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Art Critic

Acerbic in her praise of the fruits of your labors that flowed like rivers  of blood from your fingers, she spoke of the promise of your efforts, the potential in your art, as if promise and potential were words of praise, rather … Continue reading

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Seeking

We long for connections, intersections, kisses; spaces between our fears and acceptance, between the unknown and the richness of knowledge so deep we cannot comprehend its wingspan. We long for beauty in the absence of truth. Modesty tells us to hide our … Continue reading

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Regret by Another Name

I miss the kiss, the cuddle, the squeeze that told me the world didn’t matter, but I did. I miss the way the world slipped by without notice, the way reality meant nothing and mattered less. I miss the casual … Continue reading

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Friends

Make a friend. Share ideas and dreams with your friend. Be there for your friend, no matter what. Be the shelter in rough weather. Be the anchor in angry seas. Be the celebration when you’re the only candle; be the friend you’ve … Continue reading

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Used to be

I used to be strange but now I’m just normal I used to be casual, but now I’m quite formal I used to be smart, but now I’m dense as a rock I used to be as timely as an atomic … Continue reading

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Unclothed

Turn around and see the remains of wishes, withering and melting in smoke and ashes, transforming desire into unfulfilled dreams. There, on the floor, the clothes of hope wallow in despair, restless in the realization that desire is clad not … Continue reading

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Refuge

I walk through walls of hatred like they were fog banks, smashing bars and barriers of iron and steel as if they were but ribbons of smoke, skirting the edges of one dimension and grasping the fringes of another. If this … Continue reading

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Your Love

Breaking the rules doesn’t always translate into thuggery. Sometimes, it’s simply an expression of fear. Or anger. Or wishful thinking so soulful and painful that anger is the only relevant and meaningful expression. I wish I broke the rules. I … Continue reading

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Revelations in Raw Reality

Kisses hide broken promises and muddled dreams, working hard to muffle life’s little detours, roads down which no one ever expected to travel.

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Ambiguity

A light breeze washes away faint sounds of leaves brushing against the sky, spent whispers urging, in hushed voices, gentleness and purity. But the dead leaves on the ground and the humus teeming with ravenous creatures bent on sating their appetites … Continue reading

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Truth versus Perspective

I may attempt the 30 poems in 30 days for April this year, as I did last. But I might not share the poems so widely. I’ve already written one for today, but I’ll share something less gripping (;-) in … Continue reading

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Stronger Than I Thought

I’ve broken out of my dry spell, discussed just two posts ago, I guess. First, it was the roadrunner, photos of which I posted earlier today, and now it’s a memory that haunts me and touches me in ways I cannot … Continue reading

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Evidence

Evidence is merely a hindrance to alternate realities offered as facts, an obstacle to be overcome in search of support for bias and lies and ill-will in the name of power. Evidence gets in the way of highly developed incompetence, the sort … Continue reading

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A Song for You

If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn, they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem. Who, on reading or listening to those words from Leonard Cohen’s Sisters of Mercy, … Continue reading

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Forgetting

Long swaths of my life have gone missing, experiences unremembered in my rush to attend to the next exuberant undertaking that will join the other forgotten ones in the chase toward the unwanted end. Do we all fail to give sufficient attention … Continue reading

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Our Own Collective

A poet would know how to craft words that sooth the soul after a crushing defeat. A poet would possess the unique ability to plumb the depths of our depression for something magical and healing, a precious kernel of knowledge … Continue reading

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It Is My Nature

It is my nature to be as hard on myself as I am on others, as roughshod as my callousness will allow; and my callousness will allow copious roughshod judgment before it softens around the edges and attempts a too-little and … Continue reading

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Generations Hence

Sprained egos drag themselves over self-made walls, edging ever closer to places where fences never kept courage at bay, but tried. Certainty, in dire need of atonement, spills into pools of doubt, as time erodes the barricades built of false … Continue reading

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Photograph

The boy I was, looking earnestly into the camera, could not have known his passion would melt, after a thousand defeats, into painful indifference. That hopeful lad, barely in his twenties, knew nothing of failure. He believed intellect could take him … Continue reading

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Broken

Redemption is a fallacy, a wish without reality. Mistakes are not corrected, they’re simply patched and painted. Atonement comes through action, if it ever comes at all, penance is a token, a souvenir of all that’s wrong. Forgiveness is just … Continue reading

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That Little Piece of Serenity

That little piece of serenity you think you hide from view in the privacy of your own brain, that little kingdom over which you believe only you hold everlasting dominion, broadcasts through your eyes, its secret spilling into the air, … Continue reading

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