refugethe only real refugerefuge2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
is the one inside ourselves
where nothing can
with the carefully constructed lullabies we sing
when nobody's watching
It belongs to you forever
As long as you never lay claim to it
You can hold it as much as you need to
As long as you never touch it
...and when it's still, it soars
the only real refuge
are the questions we cannot answer
How to breatheTake a step backHow to breathe3 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
And take your time to breathe
Because all you do now is
And that's because you forgot
How to breathe.
WarWar.War2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Begins with a battle.
Starts with a soldier.
Powered by the enemy,
Exterminators that wish you dead.
Fears of your futile attempt at a shot to the head.
That could have been you, staggering at the cold impact of a bullet.
Piercing your temple, or chest or gullet.
You don't deserve a uniform of black and white,
You deserve one of yellow.
Sounds creeping over the horizon, ominous.
This land is so treacherous, so desolate.
Icy fields of shattered mud,
Soggy trenches the troops have dug,
Armies feebly marching through.
For thwe glory of the country,
But at the cost of you.
CountercultureIt's danceable, radio-friendly as well;Counterculture1 year ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
the lyrics are edgy, the vocalists yell
to party, rebel, imbibe and raise hell!
In spite of the martyrly image they sell,
the shepherds of music, drunk off of fame,
will kindle conformity's prodigal flame-
rebelliously meek and defiantly tame.
If fighting the system is what they proclaim
then what are they doing on top of the chart?
Repeating the chorus and dressing the part,
you feel you belong, you think that you're smart.
They suffocate art, and strip it of heart.
It speaks to the beast that is aching to rage,
but all that is borne by the war that you wage
is "order", the reason you're
A Passive Day in Finite OnesInformationA Passive Day in Finite Ones2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Running, climbing, spinning
In my head.
Racing, screaming, manic
Through my brain.
Clouding, halting, moaning
On my mind.
Breathtaking, loving, compassionate
On my face.
Longing, hoping, hating
For a day.
Scaring, biting, hunting
All my joy.
Sighing, crying, sleeping
Running, sighing, biting
Healing, hoping, smiling
Symptomatic, craving, aching
Lives not here.
Longing, waiting, satiating,
Ache.IAche.4 years ago in Typographical More Like This
With every breathe I take
The walls seem to crumble
And your sincerity, fake
With every step I take
The bridges burn
For security's sake
I desperately need to cry
Until my eyes go blind
Every moment I'm awake
Suffering The StormThoughts reborn from distant stormsSuffering The Storm4 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Misery, hopelessness, despair, forlorn
Reeling regret with pain to forget
Pain to pass and rain to mourn
Memories stir the distant clouds
Confusion and anger thicken the shroud
Hate to pass and regret to last
Screaming silently, booming and loud
The storm is clearing making way
For a brighter clearer day
Feeling passed, not to last
Past is where those feelings lay
An Enchanted RoseA rose as redAn Enchanted Rose5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Sits in a dying garden
An abandoned garden
Full of beauty,
So much Agony
Hath this garden
The destruction is
In the barbed wire fence
Set around this evil place.
And hate shows in the
Of the once-beautiful
It is the garden
Which hath caused
The beauty of this garden is
Beheld in this one single
As red as rubies
A rose that she
That Tainted her
Such a beautiful thing,
So many thorns
She had to try it,
She had to
Today We Take a StandToday is the day that the innocent weepToday We Take a Stand6 years ago in Open More Like This
The day the guilty sigh.
Today is the day of the triumph of the weak,
The day for the world to open their eyes.
For today is a day we can change this life-
A day we can praise.
For today, just as in all other days,
We can make a difference,
And stop taking blows in strife.
For right now is the time we must act,
Right now is the time we must not be weak.
Because right now the innocent weep-
For the innocence is slowly dying,
Our humanity is tainting them,
And therefore they are crying.
What say you now to action?
To taking a stand for what is just,
For what we know to be right?
SadnessI can hear it in the voicesSadness3 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
they are light
dull and whispered
they are quiet when they
need to be loud and boisterous
I can hear it in the ocean
and the grass
and in the thoughts of madmen
they are the cries and laughter
of forgotten drunks on skid row
in the eyes of preachers
in rivers and fields
it is loud
it is quiet
it is fact
it is truth
it is full of lies and deception
coated in arrogance
it is what we know in our hearts
avoid with our minds
embrace when we're alone
and revel in when we're surrounded and out gunned
consume it with booze
drink it in with sex
and use both to distract yourself when it sets in
do whatever it takes
Sinfulbeat my breast,Sinful2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and blame myself,
the reason I can-not sleep, t'is mine own,
for I've come to notice, I'm becoming less noticeable,
I'd take a sip of anything just to
I'd swallow anything just to sink,
~slink away from that thought,
everything I do haunts me,
though long forgiven, by the time I forgive myself,
I've earned more marks on the chest,
more sins earn'd, and more years to pay.
blame my mawkish name,
but I could never out-do the harm I've done myself
through the kindness to others,
I just beat, and beat and beat
my heart bears it all!
break my every single bone!
I could never out-do the harm I
inspirationinside may he sleep aloneinspiration2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
forever it feels like an endless stone
may he forever die before
endless abyss he may adore
forever the end may fall
within the shadows stall
alone and afraid he is within
he may be just a soundless sin
endless dying deep inside
a demon spawns from right beside
before he may make a single sound
he is then
eternity ever bound.
Star GazingStar Gazing3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
stars glowing brilliantly
high in the sky
reaching, stretching, striving
toward their twinkling perfection
the struggle's become hard to bear
tears reflect their light
sliding down her cheek
they are transmogrified
becoming jewels, becoming diamonds
suddenly she can feel the warmth
of those stars
no longer just a star gazer.
Where the Demons LurkBurning sleepWhere the Demons Lurk3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
the urge to leap
to melt your problems
and satiate your lustful needs.
But your plan won't work
you will be cast into the murk
into Hell where the Demons lurk.
Never WorthyDeep within Darkness, Surrounded by blackNever Worthy4 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
The world closes like a knife at your back
Condemned for no reason, regarded disgust
Praying for answers why lifes so unjust.
Head becomes heavy, heart becomes numb
Seeking approval, though judged as a bum
Struggling against it, mindless contrives
What did I do why am I alive
Consumed by contention, caught up in strife
Searching for answers, while longing for life
Only more questions, is all theres to find
Praying to God for not knowing why
Realizing to late, the man t
Ozone.For all the wrong reasonsOzone.5 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
When you left your refrigerator-heart door open
for all the cold freon to escape
And pit little holes all over my ozone
Now all the love-food has gone bad
And we will starve
When you took pictures of our train-wrecked journey
to hang on said refrigerator-heart door
And tinted them sepia for the simple sake of nostalgia
Now they're too faded to see
And we will forget
For all the wrong reasons
Did the mailman forget to bring in the letters again today
Or are you really that quiet?
We did all the wrong things
For all the right reasons
And all the right things
For all the wrong reasons
For all the wrong
Your Life is Your DecisionYou control your lifeYour Life is Your Decision6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You choose your path
You make the final decision
In everything you do
Everyday you feel helpless
You cannot control the people around you
But you can control yourself
You alone can change your outlook on life
They are your own
You are in control of what you say and do
No matter what happens
You can choose what your reaction will be
You are in control of every decision you make
No matter what they say
Every move is your choice
You are playing a one person chess game
You move one piece
And you can have the advantage
Or the disadvantage
But it is your choice
You can embrace something
My Insanity, My RealityI see your faceMy Insanity, My Reality6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Staring back at me
Through this broken mirror
Then I realize
The face that I see is mine
It looks as though I am ancient
With all these cracks I must see through
I see my insanity
Sitting inside of me
My biggest fear?
Sitting on the brink of insanity
So many thoughts in my head confuse me
This is me
That mirror is me
The mirror shows me who I hope to never be
The person I once felt I was
The mirror is screaming
Telling me that I am sane
Yet the mirror is cracked
Does that mean my insanity is the fixed mirror?
Or does my sanity lie in the brokenness of the mirror?
Am I perfect, perp
Being DifferentBeing Different6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Alone, weary and frightened.
Others around cannot reach through,
Cannot scale the wall of difference.
This is a curse.
To see the colors of others' souls,
And yet to not be seen.
Invisible, like a ghost.
Lost behind the barrier of difference.
Apart from the world of substance.
Lost, wandering, searching for something,
And knowing not what.
Dreams that torment with cruel hope.
Children on a carousel, laughing with glee.
Reminders of the isolation and separation.
Apart, on the fringes, seen yet unseen,
Here, yet not here.
Always apart, always different, alone.
Can anyone see a soul bleed?
Can anyone feel a sha
I Want to be Alone with YouThis is my firstI Want to be Alone with You7 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Love poem to you
The one I need so desperately
The one I can't imagine how I walked without
The one who says she loves me
But won't even hold my hand.
The girl with the soft brown hair
(yes I can touch that, until you get annoyed)
and the sharp tongue,
"Stupid…Ok, let's go with that…it would be nice!"
A moist idol I long to feel
Pressed so naturally against my own
Not yet. It's too soon.
Wait until next time
That will be the time.
The time when nature unfolds
Like so many cinnamon and parsley scented candles lighting themselves suddenly
When I will know yo
Broken dollsBroken DollsBroken dolls1 year ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
I lay here in the wake of eternal darkness
Waiting for your gentle touch
Your pleasant smile fills me with so much happiness
Is it sin, to find happiness as such?
My dearest, tonight let me sing you a song
Of a doll that loved you so
Here in ruins of a broken dream, I've waited for so long
Cherishing memories I will never let go...
The pain that I feel, within this porcelain heart...
It breaks my very being
Feigning bliss, I'm being torn apart
Your presence is my only healing...
I always thought, your love held no cost
That is until you pushed me away...
Your gone forever leaving me cold and lost
Davaothe equatorial sunDavao9 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
soft-etched on my skin,
there, del sur
the tan lines of shallow-bathing
in your eyes
there is so much time between
you spoil me, featherbreath
do i dare commit my memory
i laugh upon waking,
i did not realize--
i run when i go to you
The Modern Creed"Me, me, me" is the way to startThe Modern Creed2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Your selfish lust the desire of your heart
No mind for ethics, no desire to abstain
The winner is he who increased pleasure for most gain
"Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die"
How many rules you broke will be the measure of your life
There is no use in doing right, there is no fun in that
So live it up and run amuck with no conscience to distract
Consume, drink, devour, ingest
Smoke, snort, swallow, undress
Take pride and join in our debaucherous conquest
For there lies acceptance with us and life in our excess
Forget the good morals that guided your youth
There is no satisfaction in c