quietI am a virusquiet6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
cutthroat and silent
believing my self-propagation
and send souls to Osiris
seek me and
meet with an ending
of sweetspeaking violence
this is the stab
in the silence;
believe me you'll bleed
but my being
you will weep as I triumph
One Last GoodbyeWriting one last letter, saying one last good-bye,One Last Goodbye8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
My blood falling to the floor, as if coming from the sky.
"You told me that you love me, but we could never be,
I cannot live without you, so I'm doing this you see."
"If we cannot be together, then I don't want to live,
I've got nothing left at all, nothing left to give."
I close the envelope softly, seal it wish a kiss,
Turn to look the other way, and wait for my dismiss.
No EmotionsSometimes it's easy,No Emotions8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Sometimes it's not.
Sometimes it's cold,
Sometimes it's hot.
Sometimes I smile,
Sometimes I grin.
Sometimes I lose,
Sometimes I win.
Sometimes I pout,
Sometimes I frown.
Sometimes I'm up,
Sometimes I'm down.
Sometimes I'm sweet,
Sometimes I'm nice.
Sometimes I laugh,
Sometimes I cry.
And then there's those days...
I want to die.
No AtlantisBeneath the mossy bones of the ocean deepNo Atlantis4 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Great spires of stone stretch their fingers high
While weaving angels wrap each rocky keep
And strands of strangling seaweed scratch the sky.
Descending deeper in the waiting dark,
Where sea-bound corpses hold a hollowed hall
And gnashing teeth trace their bloody mark,
The rotting planks of piracy that fall.
What mortal man whose breath could sway this land?
What lung could draw in words to speak its part?
The cruel soul of the sea won't spare his hand
To those who've earned his wrath with silent start.
Can souls find sleep in such a strangled thrall,
Where the waves find rest and stop their ceaseless crawl?
Where the waves find rest and stop their ceaseless crawl,
Raking salty claws in sandy shores,
A vain and panicked grasp before they fall;
The home of homespun hypocrites and whores.
The moon reflects in heartless pantomime
A silver orb of glowing innocence
That mocks them as they're punished
I ChangedTrying to cover the tears, trying not to show my fears.I Changed9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Why do I keep it all inside? My pain getting harder to hide.
I used to be cheery, it used to be real.
But now it's different, and they're making some big deal.
Saying "Why are you so sad?" and "You look depressed."
Can't you just leave me alone, let it rest?
So maybe I've changed...what's that got to do with you?
Just because I've changed? Well maybe you have too.
The WarA young girl.The War8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Broken and torn.
On the verge of tears.
Keeping it all inside.
She's laughing and smiling.
So you assume she's all right.
But deep down she isn't.
The war rages on.
The battles are fierce.
But no tears are shed.
No matter what happens.
Everything she tries.
She loses every battle.
And the war continues on.
"Best Friend"You left me here,"Best Friend"8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
alone in the cold.
I can almost see the wind blow.
It brings back memories,
memories of you.
The way you used to smile,
you know, back we were two.
three musketeers minus one, "best friends".
The warth of your hug,
and those silly jokes you told,
while trying to cheer me up, force one smile out of me.
I opened up to you, telling you everything.
& now thinking back I realize...
you told me nothing.
Nothing worth knowing, anyway.
Whatever happened? Did you just get bored?
I'm not always cheery, not always interesting,
but I thought best friends was more than that.
Maybe I was too eager,
eager to believe I finally had someone,
some to call my best friend.
you were the closest to it,
almost the closest I'd ever had.
now you're just every other "friend" in the hallway.
MisunderstandingPitter Patter, goes the rain.Misunderstanding8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Her cry, filled with pain.
Where is he?
Where did he go?
Didn't I see him? Just a minute ago?
He was here, and now he's gone.
And now a thought begins to dawn....
He's left her, he's moved on.
She loved him, he loved her too.
Or so she thought, and in her mind, a plan begins to brew.
She'll get back at him, oh yes!
She will, she'll make him pay.
She'll even kill.
He took her heart.
She took her life.
And now that man has lost his wife.
He didn't leave her, he hadn't moved on.
He was too late....and now she's gone.
Pitter Patter goes the rain.
And now his cry is filled with pain.
If The World Is a Book I Want to Read Every PageIf The World Is a Book I Want to Read Every Page2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
If The World is a Book, I Want to Read Every Page.
Let me memorize each dotted "i"
of moonlights freckled face
Trace the silver ripples
of a seashores wrinkled page
Count the auburn stanzas 'tween
the depths of trembling trees
Ride upon the vessel
of a sun-kissed simile.
Open sky-stripped windows
to the sigh of cursive clouds
Shuffle through the metaphors
Awaking through the ground
Slant the sails of poetry
toward continents of sea
Deep into the jungles where
the verses lace the trees.
Catch the winds of free verse
Or the open waves of rhyme
Sift through ocean ballads
where the sunset greets the tide.
Study drops of scripture
as it clicks against the street
Sleep between the pages
of departed poetry.
Sorry.I'm sorry for the things I do,Sorry.9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
sorry for the things I say.
Sorry that I talked to you,
sorry that I'm this way.
I'm sorry that I trusted you,
and sorry that I lied.
Sorry that I laughed at you,
sorry that I cried.
I'm sorry that I hated you,
I'm sorry I loved you too,
I'm sorry that you broke my heart,
and that it still belongs to you.
Tides of Earth and SkyTides of Earth and Sky3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
And the ache of soul carried the torch of dreams into the sky
Upon scent of mortal thirst destiny whispered in myriad
rapture of folding tides..
Lo the mythic shore, where I — a phantasm of love bleeds
into the ether of velvet sky & ocean hymn...
Lost in the wine of omni-dreaming, for our passion tis but
the humble audience of eternity
In jeweled horizons the Goddess feasts; her gaze I cannot flee
I have crossed oceans of time & drank the song of worlds
My spirit forever slain in the beauty of her immortal sea
— Arthur Crow © 2012
Tell me, WhyTell me, Why3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Tell me Why,
Why must things be this way,
You were the only person,
The only person who I could,
Truly open up to,
Now I am hesitating,
Just not sure why,
Unable to make eye contact with you lately,
Unable to speak to you clearly,
Unable to act cheerfully,
As I always have been around you.
Why must things be this way,
I may have no one else,
That I can open my mind to,
I may have no once else,
That can comprehend my thoughts,
I may have no one else,
That may be able to tell,
That I am not being, my usual self,
Why must I feel this way,
When clearly I am not sure why.
What exactly is going on with me,
When I am around you lately.
What is making me feel uncomfortable,
When I am around you lately.
What is making me waver,
When I am around you lately?
But until, I figure out why,
I can only, Stay away,
Away from you,
Even if, I don't wish to,
AnxietyYou've killed my heart and soul.Anxiety3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Now I have no home.
All I do is sit and cry
and my heart only wishes to die.
I lie awake shaking in fear,
No one will wipe away my tears.
I can't breath and I can't sleep.
Why isn't this the end for me?
FishermenFishermen3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
from tiny boats,
sampans and coracles -
red sails threading the sky
like poppies in the autumn sun.
Whales slip through waves
hunting silvered krill
and the spiny dusk
of urchins clinging to the sand.
And they wait
for lines to pull
their hands under
glistening with eel
hauling the afternoon
back to market
in hempen nets.
Invisible Girlshe's the girl who doesn't talk,Invisible Girl8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
too hurt to say a thing.
she's the girl who misses you,
seeing you makes her heart pang.
she's the girl who hardly cries,
she wants to come off tough.
she's the girl who fakes a smile,
you'd never know her life was rough.
she's the girl who you put last,
but say you love her most.
she's the girl who'd cry & cry,
if you became a ghost.
she's the girl who messes up,
she can't do anything right.
she's the girl who gives up first,
no, she won't win the fight.
she's the girl who'd give everything up,
just to be with you.
she's the girl who needs you most,
the girl you look right through.
fox firessome say the northern lights are dancing maidens or torchesfox fires1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
lit by the honoured dead, or charged particles
colliding with atoms in what could be the most
beautiful lovers' dispute known to man, sun, sea, flora and
fauna. some tongues whisper that a magical fox is sweeping his great
tail across the snow, spraying it up in to the sky.
the fires of a fox could be myth, legend, anything, but even so
if you're wandering around in december and see red foxes scampering
through sleet, wish that they'd sweep it up into the cosmos
and craft you a perfect lovesong.
when the winds are roaring outside and the rains are knocking at my window
i'll think of winters gone and winters to come like any half-sleepy soul at
fourteen minutes past three,
spewing stories from chapped lips in frosty breath, fidgeting uncomfortably in
leather jackets, hair crusty with sky-fallen crystals
or pink-nosed children excitedly breathing out,
fingers to their mouths, pretending they were
exhaling cigarettes and carcinog
We Are The Fallen LyricsWe Are The Fallen Lyrics3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Wishing hope would just abandon me
All my love is lost
All my hope is gone
I suffer through the shame
Watching you sleep for so long
These aching memories still dance around me
I can feel your fingers when I close my eyes
When the moonlight sings
Cause you see the shelter as the storm
Under the ash and the lies
Fear in me
All my questions get no answers
Hating all I am when lying by your side
I'm lost in you tonight
You were everything to me
all my tears won't drown my pain
The darkness brings me back to die with you
and everybody's gotta breathe
My heart is waiting and breaking to return to burn with you tonight
Only to tear the whole world down
Fear Defeating Mother + ChildOnce I remember streaming through the lightFear Defeating Mother + Child5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
As the reflection of time shined heavy through the clouds
Where far became closer-
And understanding grew distant-
What harmony had begun
Failed by cheating sons
For all their light in passing day.
Mother's words echoed promisingly-
To lay beside her and watch her eyes rest upon
What gift she had given- would soon end before her own
Bleeding internally from his birth...
-There was no sound
As every heart in the room, couldn't carry blood enough
To keep the tears from falling down;
"I knew- what had become my own
Would slowly disappear into thin air
To be alike in one home
To have two souls and then have none
God was raising disaster.
I tried to pretend I couldn't feel
The sharpness of the wind
The change in season-
Will racing death
I belonged to no one,
I had become an envision in your dream
Left alone to encounter the destruction-
Of my world, the only life God gave me.
Her goodness remained in us all,
The life in arms held,
ElysianUpon our deathElysian7 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
join me in the
where we shall reign
as our spirits embrace.
...and even though
life is gone,
we shall never part...
May 15th, 2006
A Little ThoughtThere was a little thought in my headA Little Thought1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
A tiny idea with outlines undefined
But it wasn’t long before its roots spread
And it crawled in every corner of my mind.
It whispered things that I pretended not to hear
Then it made a mess of my already deluded brain
And led my actions as a skilled puppeteer
With thin threads stronger than an iron chain.
Soon it showed itself in its whole beautiful bipolarity
I dug my nails deep into my lips to chase it away
But after a few seconds gone would be the painful clarity
I’d lure it back, staring at the lines and observe their play.
It’s the thought that sings soft lullabies until the dreams come
And you continue to haunt me even when I’m asleep
So when I wake up my heart plays like a drum
Nothing I do seems to scare this confusion so deep.
I both hate and love the power you have over me
I’m terrified of the feeling I’m getting, that I am incomplete
I feel as if I need a mind wipe to once again be free
But then I wou
kerosene and lightsi am sure, my dear,kerosene and lights6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
that if you were given the chance
you would cover the world in gasoline,
your clothes reeking,
your hands slick,
and then you would light a cigarette,
casually, leaning against the wall,
your eyes dark.
you would stop at smoking it, though,
because youd always hated
the black taste of it
even when it was on someone elses tongue,
and anyways you would rather rebel
with more class.
you would look up into the sky,
and the blue would overwhelm you.
you would turn your face up,
seeking the sun because
heat is life, and
maybe it might have saved you.
your face would be wet
with gasoline or sweat or tears,
but even the tears would not be
enough to stop you
from throwing the cigarette
Out of PaperSo gone -Out of Paper2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I have so
out of paper
filled to the
What a Sad
run out of
fairgroundsfairgrounds4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
We make our farewells at the fairground, and the ferriswheel spin of our days and nights grinds to a cold and silent halt. But, you promise, we will have one last ride. One last day to ourselves. One last day to remember.
And in the crushing golden haze of summer's dying days, we leave our regrets with the sullen ticket sellers, the sullen customers, the sullen children squirming in the heat. We laugh past them like the summer breeze and pretend to be happier than they could ever be.
We enter the raw cacophony of it together. Our brightly pasted smiles belong instantly, wholly, to the savage relentless pursuit of amusement that ebbs around us. We are drawn inescapably into it, absorbed by the press of hot hungry bodies. In the crowd your hands find me as they always have, but a couple slides snakelike between us and you slip from my side. The people swallow you, accept you as only another booth in their endless milling quest for fulfillment, and in the glow of their shining faces, I lo