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I've lived my life,
By throwing up walls,
That anyone could see...
I've hidden all the passion,
Hidden all the blame,
Hidden everything that makes up me...
It used to seem...
That I was always hiding...

Hiding from the world,
Hiding from the shame,
Hiding from tomorrow,
And hiding from today...

But if you strip away my armor,
If you strip away my pain,
If you strip away all that I've lost,
And leave me all I've gained,
I am all that remains

I am all that remains...

I've taken all I could,
Even when I knew it would,
Only hurt you and me...
All the love that I've felt,
Had been so disguised,
I felt forced to deny...
And it seems...
That I was always denying...

Denying the world,
Denying my shame,
Denying tomorrow,
And denying today...

(And life...can't be lived this way...)

If you strip away my armor,
If you strip away my pain,
If you strip away all that I've lost,
And leave me all I've gained,
I am all that remains

I am all that remains...

All that remains is me!
(Is me!)
And everything that I see...!
It's all, so much more clear!
(It's clear...!)
All that remains is me!
(Is me...!)
And that's really all...
I've ever wanted to be...

(All I ever wanted to be...)

Is me!

So if you strip away my armor,
If you strip away my pain!
And strip away,
All that I've lost!
And leave me all I've gained!
I am...!
I am all that remains!

All that remains...

I am all that remains

jlp August 19, 2009
An intensely honest piece, a reflection of a period in my life.

I chose right, to be myself.

It is the right choice for anyone, after all, we can only be who we are. :heart:

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I was sinking in despair,
With my lifeline right over there
It was just out of reach to me,
'Cause I was too proud to ask,
So I could never receive
I was drowning in,
My own tears,
Submerged by the pressure,
Of my own fears,
When suddenly,
My eyes blinked

And it became so very clear...

I was!
Faithless among the faithful,
I was quitting when I was able,
To stand up on my own
And I was!
Faithless among the faithful,
So it's time to turn the tables,
Or else risk living life alone

(Faithless, faithless, among the faithful)
(Faithless, so faithless, among the faithful)

I was sitting down,
At a feast for ten,
But for some reason I just,
Couldn't dig in,
I was starving myself of more,
Than just food
I lift a glass,
To drink my fill,
But the only thing I can do,
Is slowly spill,
The drops of my life

All across the room...

I was!
Faithless among the faithful,
I was quitting when I was able,
To stand up on my own
And I was!
Faithless among the faithful,
So it's time to turn the tables,
Or else risk living life alone

(Faithless, faithless, among the faithful)
(Faithless, so faithless, among the faithful)

I don't need a fork and knife,
To get this job done,
'Cause if I'm not willing to get my hands dirty...

Then this battle can never be won...

I will still be!
Faithless among the faithful,
I will be quitting when I am able,
To stand up on my own
And I will be!
Faithless among the faithful,
So it's time to turn the tables,
Or else risk living life alone

(Faithless, faithless, among the faithful)
(Faithless, so faithless, among the faithful...)

jlp May 22, 2010
Never lose faith. :heart:

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I am a vortex
chaos colored in a void--

I am deconstruction
with each board wrenched enjoyed--


I struggle to explain to you,
I am undefined.

and across my blaze of open view
not one thing is more fearfully divine

than the moment that two beings intertwine


the back-bend soft-scent songs of human skin
to me hold the miracle
of the bloodwine in your chalice,

I say this wide-eyed as a newborn
far too far for judgement, shame
or malice.


and humble as I stand before
the soil I will become,
the earth that gives,

I fingerpaint this floor
with fingers green from loving everything
that lives.
and she said: let there be light and shadow.
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i am fighting with dragons
when i try to spit out any
semblance of reason. the
moment i try to start i am
overcome with what i once
thought was a shortcoming
but i know now to be ghosts
of what i used to value (life)

i am a death
hidden in the
leaves of your
favourite novel

i am honestly bad for the health
of any traveling bard or passing
soldier. i am a plague. i am your
sickness.  i am an anaesthetic.

i am a vaccine against
polio/heartbreak/colic
or was is jaundice?
i'm yellow-skinned,
i'm yellow-bellied and
i'm yelling to the sky
like i can't hear the
sirens.

I JUST WANT TO SPEND A DAY
IN YOUR (SOMEBODY'S) ARMS
LIKE I BELONGED, LIKE I WAS
A PART OF THE FAMILY.
APART FROM THE FAMILY.

i can't help SCREAMING because dear
i don't know who "you" are anymore
and nobody is listening to this but
the static is thinning. i'm still the
mountain of broken toys i was
assumed to be so long ago.
i'm pulling my guts out.
i'm pulling my ears.
i'm listening but i
can't hear you.
i'm just head-
banging to
my own
beat.
I WOULD PROBABLY BUY MY WAY OUT OF THIS TOWN
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Goodbyes said in too much haste,
with regrets in shades of grey.
Repressed anger and frayed emotion
with promises broken, for reasons only seen
through rose-coloured glasses,
on the faces of nameless people.

Days in monotone,  clouded with desire and
the hope of disquise, given by the marionette
with no strings.
Screaming the answers we need to hear, but
still the lonliness is felt, in a room filled with
bodies with no souls.

The acrid smell of desperation is so potent, as
to take away our breath, and leave us gasping
for the very air we breathe.
Saturated in the belief that torment is all encompassing,
and our free will is locked in a Pandora's box,
struggling with ego and self pity.

Too much to deal with, and set aside in rows
of matchbox cars, and only played with when
allowed.
Life is as sudden as a tempest on the horizon,
or as drawn out as a mindgame of chess, with
too many pieces in all the wrong places.

Suddenly,  is what I feel and suddenly,  is how I
will react when finding where I need to be.
Done so with optimism and the regularity of
a cocks crow in the morning light.
Suddenly as a babies first cry, to the last sigh
we leave this world with,  sugarcoated with
moments forgotten and the surety that
we will live on.
Another unusual piece but one I thoroughly enjoyed writing. I hope you enjoy it too......:iconhrtplz:
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"you can see babies kickin' to this ultra-sound"
stupidfunny.
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  Before You Sleep

In the pain of my silence,
I'm about to break!
It will end with violence,
Because this is more than I can take!
The pain is like a fire,
Rolling right through me!
The pain is truly blinding,
I really cannot see!

You, (you), did this to me...
With your selfishness and greed,
You put your wants,
Before my needs...

So I am taking!

I am taking...everything!
Everything you hold dear!
I am breaking...everything!
I want to reduce you to tears!
I want to be!
The last thing that you see...
Before you sleep...

The anger in my heart,
Is fighting to get out!
And I don't know where to start,
But I know I want to break you down!
The pain is like a fire,
Rolling right through me!
The pain is truly blinding,
I really cannot see!

You, (you), did this to me, (to me, to me),
With your selfishness and greed,
Why did you put your wants,
Before my needs?

And so I am taking!

I am taking...everything!
Everything you hold dear!
I am breaking...everything!
I want to see your tears!
I want to be!
The last thing that you see...
Before you sleep...

Before you turn out the lights,
I will be there!
Before you close your eyes,
I will be there!
Before you can dream,
I will be in your mind...
And I will not be kind!

Because I am taking!

I am taking...everything!
Everything you hold dear!
I am breaking...everything!
I want to reduce you to tears!
I am taking...everything!
Everything that you love!
I am breaking...everything!
Everything that you think of!
I want to be...!
The last thing that you see...
Before you sleep!
              (sleep!)
               (sleep!)
                (sleep!)

jlp  May 20, 2009
The final finished version of a piece I've been working on for a long time.

I hope you like it. :)

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