My Hourglass FigureUnsure and stuttering
you ask me
ask for everything
ask for too much
I refuse to take your pleas
to look at those desperate eyes
overflowing with pent up emotion
Leave me be
watch your reflection bounce back at you from cold glass
I have no time left to give
that's what you want, isn't it?
time, time, time
The sand in my hollow body has just about run out
leaving me empty
with false hopes that I might be turned over
giving me a few more hours on the clock
I used to be a work of art
now only cracked glass
wishing less life was wasted clinging to falling sand
I can give you other chances
if you help me
Fill my cracks with sincerity
repaint my chipped edges with bright smiles
I have yet to be fixed but I know it's possible
only then can I give you the time you seek
DreamThere he stands,Dream2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The man simply known as Dream.
He's different now, fallen from grace,
And risen back up to it.
He was a joyous man, but he was beaten,
Torn and scarred, starved and tormented.
How did he get past it all they question me.
I know the answer, only because I asked him myself.
This is what he said to me,
"You can only be broken so much,
Eventually they stop trying,
Then you take every scar,
Every fracture and shattered piece,
And turn them into strengths and advantages.
Since they can't hurt you anymore,
You have nothing left to fear."
He turned his tortured soul into flawlessness.
That is who he is now, a happy wounded soul,
A perfect little broken Dream.
I Am AddictionI’m past it,I Am Addiction2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Don’t need it,
Don’t want it,
But what am I without it?
It’s still part of me,
Tattooed for all to see;
Little lines of pain,
Worming into my brain.
My only friend,
Will be my sweet end.
I need definition,
What makes me myself?
I want to be put on a shelf;
Just define me by my actions,
My scars, my abstractions.
Show me who I am,
Who you want me to be,
My old comfort,
My old joy,
Red itching scratch,
And the sentiment I attach,
Dragging me down
And making me fly;
Making me laugh
And making me cry.
Is it addiction?
Is it compulsion?
Is it wrong?
I know it’s not right,
But if I ended it tonight,
Would it really matter?
I’ll never be past it,
Always need it,
Always want it,
Because what am I without it?
Place inside my HeartI've loved you from the startPlace inside my Heart2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I love you now
I will always love you
Cause you're forever in my heart
You've always been there
Helped me through it all
I am so glad to have you
Forever in my Life
You have taught me so many things
Helped me to believe in myself
You say things to me
That no one ever has
I will always Love you
Through the worse times and the best
Cause my love it is very true
That you will always have a place within my Heart
A Poet's PrayerWith peace instill this poet's soulA Poet's Prayer2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
whose open eyes and heart
do see the one who makes the whole
and graciously imparts
a voice by which the song is sung
the heart that beats in time
with one who lacks a poet's tongue
but pens the metered rhyme.
A Season's Echo of PassingRows of dried corn stalks bendA Season's Echo of Passing2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
with the wind that
thirsts for rain
that will only come when it has died
and the ears of corn cease to rattle.
And the thunder's distant laugh
will chase after the snakes
heading for their mounds on higher ground,
their husks abandoned-
the flash floods may yet pass them by.
The VowsThe Vows2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
We stood at the altar
In the fresh aesthetics of spring
You took my hand in yours
And slid on that fateful ring
I wore a fair dress
Clothed in a flurry of white
The poison smile
On my wedding, the only blight
So beautiful it was
My dress stained red
Our passion unbidden
I took off your head
We promised love
Till death do us part
And it shall
For your head, take my heart
My dear, my darling
Forget me not
Honor our righteous vows
And love me till I rot
We vowed forever
Let my love
Bury us together
Let it beLet me whisper words of dark honey and wine.Let it be2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Let go of your world and be free within mine.
Let me sip nectar no flower dare drip.
Let us discover each other as the ultimate trip.
Let no one dare speak of what limits exist.
Let all that we do become such a sweet tryst.
Let I be the paramour you privately yearn.
Let you be the one who makes my passions burn.
Let all that we wish be allowed just to be.
Let nothing destroy this great bond that is we.
Dark LullabyRaven come to me tonightDark Lullaby2 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Take me to where there is no light
As darkness falls, and shadows bloom
I bid thee welcome to my room
Perch upon my little bed
Rest your claws upon my head
Cast your spell, to make me sleep
And carry me, into the deep
If I should die, before I wake
I grant to you my soul to take
What scares you, mortal?What scares you, mortal?What scares you, mortal?2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
What defines your basic human needs, your average quantity of normal?
What potions spill your nothingness,
What skin builds up your exterior?
What makes you rise up in the morning?
What tears you open in the night?
What secrets, promises and wishes compose your inside fright?
What dance do you dance when others tremble,
Under your disillusioned romance?
What tongue do you speak in your steady sleep,
What habits do you have warped around our toes?
What makes you smile and quiver and tremor, all at once?
What reality do you pursue, if it's a reality at all?
What dreams do you dream when you're not even seen?
What might you be, or where or whom?
Where we you born, and were you're from,
Are all inadequate for me,
What and who and whom and whose
For the slightest of intrigue
For I may be a dreamer,
But I know I'm not alone,
And you might be a mortal,
We all die when they are bored.
The gods of lost and fate and pain, still shape our natural decay
And you shall fall,
A Night of CrowsSoul dark her eyes bleed obsidian, like a fever of liquid-shadows,A Night of Crows2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
seeking her lover damned…
And a myriad of talons will seed the sky — a primeval calling
of necromancy and lust untamed
Upon her breath, I whispered softly in winged-caress:
"cast thy nightscapes unto the ache of gossamer streams"
So she closed her eyes and her demon lover hungered long..
— Forever the Crow — shimmering in her darkest dreams
— Arthur Crow © 2012
It was writtenPoetry is inscribedIt was written2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
in the soul
long before it is scribed
to the world.
Live Through WordsA poet is a strange person,Live Through Words5 years ago in Open More Like This
They live through words,
Words of love and fire,
Words of pain and tears.
You won't find them with your eyes
You have to use your ears.
They may be quiet, they may whisper.
They may be loud and raucous.
But if they truly are
A poet, they all have
Important to say.
They are a morbid collection
A collection of bleeding hearts,
The saddest flower of all.
So often passed by.
They gather in the shadows,
Won't you take them home?
The rejected ones,
With an archaic pastime.
We are the lost love language,
With our words on fire.
We are still here,
And we have more to say.
More to say than flowers,
More to say than chocolates,
More to say than hugs or kisses,
When we say, "I love you,"
It means more,
Live through words.
EnigmaMystery is the element that bounds the unknown to realityEnigma2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Something new to what we know
A world filled with secrecy to make it so
Mystery is the puzzle before the answer becomes clear
The silent riddle to discover
A hidden message to uncover
Mystery is words we hide to keep oneself unique
Those whispered words that no one hears
The fear of not knowing reappears
Mystery is what keeps us intrigued
The enigma itself remains in you
as it does in me
Stay this way... Stay unique
As this way there will always be something new to know
Even as we speak...
emptier than my lungsall of my sadnessemptier than my lungs2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
is in the cool ceramic curve
of this jade-colored bowl,
where a terrified question lies still.
Love Has ExpiredI never thought I’d see the day where it happenedLove Has Expired2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
The world should just look away in shame
They always make it sound like love makes the world go round
But they know that it’s already expired
So why do they keep trying to look for me?
This world is filled with so many liars that it’s simply unreal
But nobody cares that most of them get into power
And people only care if they take away their rights
Or if they take away something that they either need or want
That’s what the world is always like
I’m surprised that it took this long to see the truth
That the feeling love has expired by the time you’re in your teens
You think that you know what love feels like
But only because you’re getting what you want
And most of the time all you simply want is to have sex
Unleashing you into the world that is filled with desire
I bet that a lot of fathers are worried about their daughters these days
Since rape is so popular amongst the greedy bastards out ther
The Art Of Falling ApartIf falling apartThe Art Of Falling Apart2 years ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
Was a type of art
You'd be the Picasso of all pain
Beats the finest tapestry
Woven from a raging flame
The tears that you cry
Outshine each star in the sky
And the blood that runs through your veins
More red than the most brilliant rose
It runs from your head to your toes
You have scars where your skin met the edge of a blade
But like words in a book
They need not be overlooked
They tell a story in a way of their own
All the blood that you shed
All the times you wished you were dead
They speak of despair and they speak of sorrow
So now you've mastered the art
Of falling apart
Now you're a canvas of black and blue
Using a blade for a brush
And for one final touch
I'll put a stroke of love in you
Empty MemoriesA resounding silence takes up the spaceEmpty Memories2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
rebounding off unfilled walls
gliding through empty halls
nothing more than empty memories
Your incessant talking interrupts my thoughts
wearing down on my paper thin tolerance
Trying to stuff the void I left open
the quiet I hung there ripped down
torn up by your noisy complaints
My vocal cords are rubbed raw
by words waiting to be said
stuck in my throat
they can't be pushed down
but can't be forced out, just yet
Allow me to go back to my unforgiving memories
silent betrayers of my tired mind
unkept tendrils of forgotten knowledge
brimming over the sides if my head
pouring onto ungrateful lips
Can we keep it quiet
even just for a little while
Sonnet XXIWho can bemoan these barren, bitter daysSonnet XXI1 year ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
When he who loved once spoke and heard her vows
Which were but words upon which passion preys
Until the breast from a dream does arouse.
And tacit, tamed truth sends forth honest odds,
Still he uncovers that twinge trickle spring,
Still she does worship her twice fallen Gods
To find tonic herbs in winged Cupid's sting.
How trite, how vain my liege it is to keep
High pearls of eyes bereft the sheen of cheer
In dungeons deep, or thorny towers steep
On lambent clouds that rove the drifting sphere?
For rue remembers joys, charms, bonds of air
And forgets years of mirth once lay elsewhere.
burned from both ends.we'd been burning from both ends.burned from both ends.2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
nowhere for us to run.
nowhere else to end up.
the one you once chose to turn to turned into one to turn away from.
i lose myself understanding how
how at one point we had no end in sight.
how we sat among the stars that stretch on forever,
bound with the blue that refuses to end.
how somewhere along the way we dropped.
everything we did couldn't wouldn't go our way.
how every word could taste so wrong.
how your voice could ever be irritably foul.
my eyes peel into the distance,
tirelessly puzzling our broken pieces together.
we showed we could be unworldly,
together we redefined 'potential'.
never would i have guessed you'd be a lesson to learn from.
Broken Me.When my heart starts to break...Broken Me.2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I try to convince myself these tears are fake.
That I’m playing for an audience.
But I guess that simply makes no sense.
I’m sitting here alone, again,
And yet every tear I’m holding in.
Maybe my hearts being punished.
But I just need you to miss...
I need you to miss us
Who we were besides the lust
Who I am... when you’re not here.
I’m weak now... just full of despair.
I have so many questions to ask you.
If you saw this poem... would you care?
Do you love me still?
Will my heart ever heal?
I have no answers, so can you tell me.
Am I nothing? Is that what you see?
Am I just a passing thing...
Just a mark of previous sin
I will always love you.
But to my heart I can’t be true...
If I never have you?
What else can I do?
I will sit here alone and wait.
Be in this half and half state.
Because I know I can’t mean much...
You’re not even here to feel my touch.
Just a few miles away,
Yet you can never stay?
Empty Nestand as your sepia-saturated voice fades into the nightEmpty Nest2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
you will remember all those dreams you woke from,
weeping, for the conversations you'd never
have and the people you'd never get back
you will remember the flock of birds that used to
reside in your chest, pounding against your
ribcage, crying to be free (and you will try
to remember the day their wings went silent)
as you hear the leaves hum and the sky pulse,
you will try to fall into cadence with the steady
music of nature, but instead begin to believe you're just
you will tell yourself, in your needly, narcissistic
way: you are a falling star, a withering celestial
being- you never quite fit in
and it will mean that the words you had engraved in
your ceiling (the last thing you see before you sleep)
about how one day, you'd mean something, you'd be
something, you would finally morph into a person
beautiful and magical and worthwhile
came to be another poorly told story,
and as your whispers die in an unwelcomin
Nothing to LoseThere's nothing to loseNothing to Lose2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
When no one knows what you going through
There's nothing to gain
But the days don't seem to change
Deep in my heart
Its an endless spiral of pain
Don't you know what I am fighting for?
When it's not worth to go through all this pain
When you feel you are don't know where to go
When walking on the path on broken glass
Feel like that something from your life is drifting away
Is it worth to try pull it back?
It's just a slap to my face by reality
Slammed the door behind me
A dozen reasons ran through my mind
Standing there, crying
Wondering if it could have gone better?
All I need is a second chance
There is nothing else for me to lose
I already lost myself in my turmoil
What have I done? This is not what I planned
Now she is gone, I don't want to feel my heart is breaking
I have blood on my hands
Her blood, dripping...
Why why, this knife in my right hand and my left hand on her throat
Doing the one thing I would never do
Harm the one person I truly loved