Let's PretendLet's pretend we've never been harmedLet's Pretend2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Never been lost
Never been afraid
Let's pretend we've never been hurt
Never been cheated
Never been alone
Let's pretend that we're on fire
That we're together
That we're okay
Let's pretend that we're not suffering
That we're not bleeding
That we're not ashamed
Let's pretend that the world is ours
That it owes us everything
That it won't betray us
Let's pretend that we are free
That we can see
That we are fine
Let's pretend that we won't die
That we'll live a lie
That we'll keep on pretending
Let's pretend everything will be all right
Let's pretend nothing will go wrong
Let's pretend that we'll forget
Let's pretend that we'll move on
Let's pretend that we'll keep living
Let's pretend that death is gone
Let's pretend to keep pretending
That way when pretending's over
We'll be dead
Frameworkshe tried to realignFramework2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
her spine with vinylbenzene
like she could be a plaster girl &
elegant & automated despite her
she fashioned butterfly wings
out of worn newspaper &
donned plastic tiaras,
bit her silvery split
fingernails & told you,
threadbare girls don't shatter, love,
(they just disentangle).
HeartacheI still believe,Heartache2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
against all odds
that there's a chance
for us somewhere.
Somehow, at some
point down the line,
I'll be with them.
And that will make
all of this pain
HarborShe'll have blue eyesHarbor2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
for the seagulls
because she'll know how it must be
to fly in the salt-kissed air
and only see water for miles
and love it.
she'll want to taste the ocean
in the wind,
a particle of Calypso's tears
for every life lost at sea
and she'll want to save every snail and turtle
she can get her long, pale, fingers on.
She'll never wear shoes
because she'll need to feel the sand
hugging her toes on the shore
the damp ocean water tenderly touching
her bare ankles.
She'll chase after the water-line
more than she chases her dreams
because perhaps a life underwater
is her dream.
There will be something
about the way she stands to face
the Atlantic and Pacific
that will make you think
she stands on twin wooden pillars.
And her smile that will look out
to the fading and shining horizon
will remind you about her
and how every faint sound she makes
is like the slits and cracks and whispers
of the boardwalk.
Navy men and Sailors will ask her
for her na
As a GirlAs a girlAs a Girl2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I want the same respect
The acknowledgment of my intelligence
As a girl
I want to not be
Afraid to be alone at night
As a girl
I want to crawl inside my body
Rip out all the extra ribs
Dispose of all the fat
Yank together the sides of my waist
So they touch
As a girl
I want to burn every magazine
Rip the perfect hair out of every model
Vandalize every billboard
That I can’t take my eyes off of
As a girl
I want my boobs to be smaller
My stomach to be flatter
My skin to be tanner
My legs to be skinnier
My eyebrows to be thinner
My teeth to be whiter
As a girl
I want to eat everything
Not work out
Lie around all day
As a human
I want to be noticed
I want to be praised
I want to be perfect
I want to be loved
Always LostLost in the legacy of dreamsAlways Lost2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The monster reunites with my soul
Will he ever go away
Or will I just sit here
Rot in a hole
Lost in a land of fantasy
Hoping to hide, run away
Lost in the past of tears and scars
Remaining here as a ghost
Run away from pride, it doesn't help to have it
Run away from the past, it destroys what it owns
Rotting in my sleep
Always waking in the middle of the night
My pleasure so meek
My mind so shattered like a broken glass bottle
Will the images ever cease
Or will the cannons keep up their fire
I remain lost the agony of my life
The worthless past I grew up with
A crybaby in the mirror
And a soldier of the fear
Eyes dry, never cry again
Lost in my memories of that broken old place
Forgotten by the raptors who continue to seek out their next prey
Lost in a hopeless world
I'm just trying to get by
All the suffering remains
Thought I washed it down the sink
Thought it was gone, but it likes the game tag
The sadistic personality chases me till I wake
Rotting in m
biogenesisthe nascent stages of efficiency bringbiogenesis2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
sentient cages designed to mute
that dark nerve we just can't seem to breed out
so let's dig it all up
the sharpened itch of molecular shovels
balancing bare knuckles and
in laboratories cooking
classical mutations linked
inextricably to the world being eaten clean
ExpendableI'm supposed to be agreeable,Expendable2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
both kind and clearly affable;
designed to be adaptable
to fit in, be approachable;
to sit there, "be adorable,"
and take it all: abusable.
And I'm easily acquirable,
my agenda is adjustable;
I shouldn't be faultable,
but easily abolishable.
And I'm just a tool, so usable–
but how is this approvable?
Oh why is it acceptable
for me to be expendable?
Broken little birdBroken little bird,Broken little bird2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Don't say another word,
I'll fix your broken wings.
Little bird with ruffled feathers,
Practicing will make it better,
I promise it will ease the sting.
Given time and all my love,
Lovely little broken dove,
I'll teach you, again, how to sing.
YouIn paranoid glancesYou2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and fingertip dances
You're always there
Like a cancer in my heart
One BulletOne BulletOne Bullet2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Don't pull it
Don't pull it
Don't pull the trigger
Do-don-don't pull the trigger
You're killing more than one
Honey put down the gun
Don't pull the trigger
Don't pull back your finger
That gun against your head,
Why do you wish you were dead?
What tore you apart?
Don't pull it
If you kill yourself
Well, that'd drag me to Hell
Just put down the gun
Don't kill another one
There's only one bullet
But two will be dead
Honey, just don't pull it
Well say what's unsaid
Please, I will only follow you
And pull my own trigger, too
Just to be with you
Please, I'm begging you
Put down the gun
Turn away for the path chosen
Choose another one
With a different intention
You pulled it
SometimesI wonder if she could suck the fear from the marrow in my bonesSometimes2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
And replace it with a different kind
And open me up like a book
And leave coffee stains and fingerprints
And write what her definition of hope is
the PlayroomThe hanging white bulb seemed a pacifierthe Playroom2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
the toys in the room dressed with dust.
Her mind repeated phrases hot like fire:
we could... we have... we should... we must.
The rocking chair was waving like a bottle
someone had thrown away into the sea...
no matter if inside there was a letter
no matter if there was a hope within.
The walls were all inhabited by spiders
who hung down from long wires and seemed so free.
She said: "I want to try the same illusion" -
She said: "I wish I was other than me".
Conversations with The DeadWhere is my heart that I hung on a thread?Conversations with The Dead2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
'Little girl, don't you know, your heart, it is dead?'
Then why do I feel such a pain in my chest?
'Because secrets still bury their way through your vest'
Is that why there are burn marks all over my skin?
'They are to remind you of all the places you've been'
And what of my mind, do I still have that?
'My darling child, you're dead! Or have you forgot?'
But what of the blood, will that ever stop?
'Oh no, little one, we don't want you to clot!'
But my eyes, they sting, and my face, it is raw -
'Once you heat up your body will thaw'
Well that's quite alright, I suppose - but I think I'll go home.
'But you have none sweet child. You're a ghost. You're alone'
But why, out of everyone, did you choose to take me?
'Sweet little child, you chose it, you see'
Well that's silly ofcourse! Why would I choose death?
'Because little changeling, your colour is red'
Why?Why?Why?2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Why, in a world so large,
why am I so small?
A shadow on the ground to be walked on,
A pebble in the gravel,
a speck of dust to be ignored,
something to be wiped away without a care.
Why am I here?
There's no place for me,
no little spot to call my own
in a crowd where I don't belong.
I used to feel at home
in this place where i had friends
but they're not here now
was it even real?
Why do I come here?
I know I'm not necessary,
it's not a place I'm needed,
and yet here I am.
I sit in the corner
Ignored and unseen
Things are always happening,
but they go by too fast for me.
It used to be a lot of fun,
back when I could keep up.
always something going on
and someone happy for me to talk
But now this place has got too big
and no one gives a f**k,
if I am there or not
my voice just gets drowned right out.
DissonanceShe could do nothingDissonance2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
counting the stars
outside her window,
one by one,
on her eyes.
in her hair.
in her mind.
distorting her sense
had become her pastime,
distorting her world,
somewhere along the way
she had lost
on the match,
in the snow
beneath her feet.
there's nothing to do
NUMBI thought that the day this happened,NUMB2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I would shatter, fall into a billion tiny pieces,
but I'm not falling apart, and I didn't shatter.
Instead, as I prepare for your leaving, never to
come home, I find that instead of fracturing to
the point of no repair, I have become NUMB.
NUMB, no longer capable of true feeling, no
longer able to care. For Christ's sake, i can't even
cry.....So I sit here, incapable of pain, or drowning in it,
I can no longer really tell...Because you have cut all that
off from me, and made me......NUMB.
ArtlessI am not a child of lightArtless2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Nor am I a child of dark
Just a shadow in between
A point upon the spectrum's arc
Once I danced for innocence
Outward cast, a spell I hurled
Line fell silent, beckoning
Was then you came into my world
You were not the love I sought
But rather were the love I found
Warily, I let you in
Impaled within my sacred mound
Your gestures were all crafted well
Your sentiments in beauty soaked
You sought the light within my shade
For me to make you whole, emote
I sought to give you everything
To heal the hole inside your heart
But you were just too delicate
And I was lacking in the art
My Broken Heart Still BeatsI knew...I saw it coming...My Broken Heart Still Beats2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
From the day I broke ties
with a formerly mutual 'friend'.
You just started spending less
and less time with me...and
now, you have spoken not a syllable
to me in much too long.
I guess I can't blame you....
I guess the other is just a 'better friend',
even though I never did one thing to
earn being shunned in this way.
I just wish you had at least said
'Goodbye'....given closure to
a friendship I was led to believe
was true...Instead, you just leave
me here...hanging in the wind,
slowly dying of the unearned
broken heart you inflicted.
All i will say is this: My broken heart
still beats on....
Poison InkThe poison you force-feed mePoison Ink2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
seeps through my veins
and slips out like ink
from under my fingernails
in the form of verse.
TakeMy sense of self respectTake2 years ago in Visual & Found Poetry More Like This
what i was willing to
what you were willing to