The BanyansA hollowed tunnel formed,
Surrounded on each side.
These trees they stand so tall,
Heights of strength and pride.
Their large looming shadows,
Menacing in the dark night.
By day, they are graceful dancers,
Pulling away to take flight.
Knotted for an eternity,
Held back by roots entwined.
Wanting to break free,
Beyond the roads that wind.
On the whisper of the winds,
Gentle breezes through them blow.
Fluttering their webs of leaves,
To touch the ground, they grow.
Find me where I wander,
Break these vines that bind.
Caress me in your silken cloak,
Release all worries from my mind.
Look up to see the sunshine,
Dappled on the ground below.
Feel the warmth of love,
In my face, the truth will glow.
©2012 Carol Gregoire
The Whispers"Torn, twisted, brokenThe Whispers6 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Hurt, flawed, hopeless"
All these little whispers
Meant to destroy me
Hold your head high
The whispers are wrong!
Someone would care if you died
Fall down, no one cares
No one sees me cry
The little whispers tell me
Nobody cares if I live or die
Tears fall, blood drips down
The whispers call to me
Over my steady scream I hear
"You know how to end this"
Hold your head high
"You have to give in"
The whispers are wrong!
Someone would care if you died
"You're breaking down"
"No one will ever dry your eyes"
The Game of LifeThe game of life.The Game of Life1 month ago in Free Verse More Like This
To hear the name, you wouldn't think much of it.
It's just like any other game, right?
Just a pawn you move around the board.
What happens is just a draw if a card,
A roll of the dice,
A lucky or hapless series of events.
It couldn't possibly mean much.
But it's everything.
One choice can send you high in the sky
Or sinking straight into the depths.
And you're either waiting for the fall
Or tying to crawl your way back to the top.
And we like to believe we have some sense of control,
That our decisions matter.
But it's all random,
Nothing but luck.
In the end, our thoughts, our decisions mean nothing.
Because one day, the world's going to come to a rushing halt.
We're all going to die.
And everything we've ever done, ever lived through, won't mean a thing.
Death of A MuseWhere are all of the words?Death of A Muse4 months ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
They used to come so easily.
Corralling them now like wild herds,
Instead of floating in quite peacefully.
Now, I am left in this vacant void.
A mindless drifting out to sea.
It was not me being paranoid,
Drowning in the lies you left me.
Numb and devoid of real feeling.
My heart is broken wide open.
Inside from pain I'm still reeling,
Not even a splinter left for hoping.
Love so fleeting could never be real,
Dismissed without even a thought.
You can't even tell me what you feel.
The lies sold to me not what I bought.
So easily you lie, talking a smooth game.
Only for your convenience or your gain.
Mark my words, you'll remember my name.
Darkness will come, and so will your pain.
You cannot treat me like I don't matter.
What you give out will find you threefold.
When the words ring louder than chatter.
As your life of lies spins out uncontrolled.
For you were once my everything.
Your whispers of love filled my soul.
But you aren't worth the pain you bring.
WallsI've never been one to let people in.Walls4 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
I built up walls, my defenses against society, to keep out the pain of life.
I've always kept to myself, creating a wary distance between me and the world.
Having been crushed so many times, I didn't want to hurt again.
But here you come, you with your cheerful smile,
Your eyes that could light up the room brighter than the sun itself,
You with your kind words shining through the foggy gray of life,
Acting as a beacon of hope to those buried too early within their graves.
You came to me, treated me as an equal, a friend.
You made me feel human again, made me believe I was worth something.
You defended me against those who were hateful, made me hope for a better life.
You made me open my heart to you, showed me how to wear my feelings upon my sleeve.
How easily you fooled me into thinking that you cared.
I was just a project to you, a broken toy that needed fixing.
It was all just an act you put on, a play for the world to see how magnificent you we
RE: Meet Me Halfwaybefore we start dancingRE: Meet Me Halfway5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
i should probably let you know
i only asked because i wanted to chill with you for about 3 minutes and 27 seconds.
im not some smooth guy coming to sweep you off your feet.
i might accidentally trip you while were dancing though, if that counts for anything.
to tell the truth, i dont even know why i asked you to get up.
i cant even dance, actually.
before i ask you out,
i should probably let you know
you shouldn't expect too many presents and stuff like that.
im broke, to tell the truth.
plus, i'd much rather make you something anyway,
maybe a poem, or a song.
i dont want to give you something someone else made.
that guy in china who made that little trinket doesn't even know who you are.
so why should he be making something for you instead of me?
i mean, im trying to earn your love, not bribe it out of you.
before you ask if i prefer cats or dogs, pizza or salad, natural girls or girls with makeup,
i should tell you i'm an animal lover, not a dog or cat lover.
The crown and the abyssAt the sound of the horns and rode symphoniesThe crown and the abyss7 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Walked and marched like a king on earth
A king who controls every little thing
But while walking distracts me with the little things
Pulled away from the true path
It is dangerously approached the abyssal depths
Abysses where even the highest and desperate cries out
At each step I take I feel the crown weigh
Carry no more a crown but a burden
I'm about to fall into the deadly depths
In every step I take I approach more
At each step I isolate myself in a fantasy world
A world where I will be the eternal king, every little thing that controls
A world impossible , unrealistic , unattainable
Serving me only refuge from reality
A reality that increasingly falls
Falls on me
And pushes me toward the abyss
Less and less lucid
Close your see a future of glory and honor
But are you close your lie
One misstep and fall
Caio depths that I created myself for me
I feel forced to skip
The LonelyYou were once everything to me.The Lonely1 month ago in Free Verse More Like This
You were my world,
The one person I truly cared about.
You were more than a friend.
But you abandoned me.
I invested so much into us.
I loved you more than I loved myself.
And now I don't know what to do.
I'm on my own.
I've never been by myself before.
You were always there for me.
But now you're gone.
There's nothing to replace my thoughts of you,
Nothing to distract me from the hole in my heart.
Now it's only me,
Me and the lonely.
Choices , hard choicesEven loving you so I can notChoices , hard choices7 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
There are a thousand reasons to accept
There are a thousand other reasons for not
I'm afraid to hurt again
I'm afraid of making mistakes as before
I'm afraid of wasting time
I'm afraid that we can not work
Maybe my choices do not lead anywhere
Maybe destroy my life, our lives
Perhaps right choice
But what is certain today
But my fear holds me
Lonely, forever lonelyAround are empty shellsLonely, forever lonely6 months ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Rotten and still bearing gold
Replaced by robots
Cold that even pretend to be what they are not
All false, but one day the mask will fall
All hollow, one day, who knows
Will fall apart or be completed
Does it matter?
Would truly love?
Love these frivolous and false machines
I feel alone in a crowd by taking
Discouragement, and the mistakes, the past
i swore i'd never write a love poemi once knew a girl with golden curls who would laughi swore i'd never write a love poem5 months ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
whenever i told her they reminded me of angel hair
see, she believed herself to be an angel in the
same way lucifer was
cast out by the lord and fallen into blasphemy every
second she dared to breathe
but the sun had forgiven her sins and
offered its light in coils to frame her face
a constant reminder to keep a warm smile
the same one that could make the most guarded hearts
u n f u r l
trying to reshape into a pattern to fit in her approval
the last night we talked away she told me how she
wore the dark circles under her eyes to hide bruises
because she had been knocked down so many times
she’d all but given up trying to get back into the ring
i didn’t have enough strength to carry the both of us
i was not your jesus, and you were not my cross
but if you had l
The Song of DeathSing, little children, the song of death,The Song of Death4 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Words whispered upon your final breath.
Write the notes in tears and blood.
Let your thoughts poor onto the page in a flood.
Your skin is the sheet. Your knife is the pen.
You add one more line when you cut again.
The tune becomes more erratic. The world senses your stress.
Scream out to the world all you wish to confess,
How your life has no meaning. You've been fighting so long,
But everyone tells you you're doing it wrong.
Your friends have all left you for they can't understand
Why love and compassion you just can't comprehend,
Like you were dropped on your head when you were but a child.
Since that fateful day, your thoughts have been wild
With grief and despair, with hate and with pain.
The life you've been living has driven you near insane.
So you beg us the question, why keep pushing ahead
When the future you see fills you with nothing but dread?
Your days dressed in darkness, cloaked with Hell's red,
That begs you to join all tho
Something RealFaster, faster, gaining speedSomething Real6 months ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Stop me I can barely breathe.
Blackest darkness all around,
How much farther to the ground?
Pushing, pressing, caving in
Screaming in this freefall spin
Rushing, racing, clutch the air
I can’t hold on anywhere
Help me, please. When will it end?
This darkest trip down pits of wind.
My lungs are dry. Can no one hear?
I’m falling faster than my tears
When will I see, when will I feel,
Or catch a hold of something real?
Pillowed to a sudden rest,
Gathered to a loving breast,
Brighter, brighter, living Light
Surrounds me ‘til there’s no more night.
Rising, lifting, shooting out,
Breathe free air and give a shout.
Flying upward from the deep,
Cradled softly in His keep.
Water pouring over me,
All around now like a sea.
Brightest colors fill my eyes,
Wash away the vicious lies.
Caressing me, I start to heal
Oh, my Savior, You are real.
her name is marigoldhair like dwarven gold,her name is marigold1 month ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
spilling recklessly along her white shoulders
she has skin like fresh cream
and as soft as a kitten's paws
her eyes of sapphire shimmer
in the heat of the day
piercing you through your soul
and clasping your heart to her bosom
her rhythm beats a vibrating tattoo
in your arms;
the wolves that raised her
are tame compared to the wilderness
that pursues her steps --
she can melt into the shadows
and engage herself with the rock cliffs of yore
better than any creature
the maiden of marigold,
call my nameIn your last dayscall my name4 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
you must have called my name
a hundred times,
You needed me so much.
Now I´d give anything and everything
to hear your voice
call my name again,
just one more time.
by Suzanne Karbach august 2014
Star VoyageCan you hear that sound,Star Voyage4 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
That trickles through my head?
I looked up at the moon,
And all I could see,
It seems like,
It's been forever,
Since I've heard your melody.
I looked up at the sun,
And I felt the burning touch,
From where your hands used to be.
It's been a long time,
That this has been coming.
But I can't stop the wheels,
Can you hear my voice,
When I call out your name,
In this vast array of stars?
We were tied together;
Bound in gravity.
And my only.
When I dieWhen I die, a certain angel, who I have known nearly half my life, will spread his impressive feathered wings and fly down to meet me and pick me up.When I die4 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
Our souls and the whole world will rejoice at the heavenly reunion.
We´ll spend two, never ending, wonderful weeks together on holiday at the same place we met all those years ago.
The warm sun will be good to us and will tan our youthful skin. We´ll walk hand in hand together along the sandy shore into the slowly sinking sunset without a care in the world.
Our love renewed, our hearts beating as one, our world once again in unison.
Peace will reside once more.
by Suzanne Karbach 09.09.2014
Boulders and PromisesMountains grew between us;Boulders and Promises4 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
A barrier bestowed.
You were my heavens,
The sky I gazed upon-
My solid rock,
And my only comfort.
But in this valley,
Of doubt and assumption,
A mountain grew,
With a peak of lies.
With a taste so sweet,
That promised of fresh life,
In a pasture so green.
You ask me,
Do I love you?
A chasm has spread,
Widening the gap,
That lay between us.
I long for that,
Pasture of green,
That promises of fruit,
So sweet to eat.
The encounterI do not know if we rightThe encounter7 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Just know that when I saw you I felt different
My fear and shame disappeared
As if by magic
I thought it could be better
And it was
This did not feel very well
I felt renewed
Beside him felt important
Talking with you was amazing
You kiss was wonderful
I've never been more excited
You are everything I expected
Could never imagine someone so amazing to me
Someone so fantastic
Your kisses so soft and exciting
Really wanted to be with you now
Why are we so far?
Why can not we live closer?
When you finally found you became my sun
You became my world