Cry of the Banshee
I heard a wailing so soft and low,
through the trees I spied an eerie glow.
As the night wore on 'twas louder yet,
I laid there silent, did moan and fret.
To what did the lonesome cry portend?
I shivered to think 'twas near the end.
Could the reaper of darkness be nigh?
My answer soon came from up on high.
"The men who dress in those long white robes,
who spread their lies all across this globe.
See there! Many who are dressed in red!
Their godless decrees fill men with dread.
But the one who holds that staff so tight,
the one who's conquered with all his might,
was he that someone for whom she wailed,
or will they all be unmasked, unveiled?"
The sound did fade as the dawn did break,
I turned on the news, barely awake.
Lo and behold! The city had fallen.
The faces of many had now grown sullen.
Never again will her voice ever rise.
Never again will she give out advice.
Never again will she preach for a price.
ButterflyButterfly3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
A warm summer breeze blew you into our lives;
we knew not from whence you came.
Your flight was delicate - your colors vibrant!
You entertained us with your smile and dance - the dance of life!
Flitting hither and yon, free and without care; now with broken wing.
But 'twas not the season for healing. The darkness came and took
you away from us, and we beheld your face no more.
'Twas a warm summer breeze that brought you to us;
'twas a cold winter chill that took you away.
And so we long once more for the summertime; in the paradise
of God will we see you again! The darkness will nevermore take
you from our side. We will delight in your presence. We will sing
together the songs of Jah. We will bask in the glorious light of life,
and forever enjoy our society of friendship and good times.
Until then, sweet butterfly, you will rest. You are gone, if but
for a moment, but you are not forgotten. You made our lives brighter,
better. You taught us how to live and how to love.
SupranationalCome take my hand and we'll walk in the parkSupranational3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
We'll play in the meadow and stay until dark
Come now my brother, there's so much to see
So much to explore for you and for me
Come take my hand and we'll lay down these guns
Let's show our resolve, let us be the ones
Come now my sister, we'll exit this place
We'll show them we're all one big human race
Come now my friend, you're no enemy mine
Agape love transcends both space and time
Together we'll stand, divided we'll fall
True brotherhood lives, for one and for all
Come now and see, a paradise at hand
For love and for kindness we've taken a stand
We'll never tire of that peaceful new world
It's coming is soon, or haven't you heard
ReconciliationHey...it's you.Reconciliation3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
You had forgotten about me, hadn't you? I can't even recall the last time there was something between us. At long last you remembered whom you'd vent old emotions with, only to create new ones afterwards. Whatever your mood was, I was ready for our little games. Remember?
Now...don't expect everything to be the way you left it. It's no secret that you've been out there spying other couples, and whenever you got motivation to come back to me, you set it aside, favoring mundane pleasures that didn't take long to die.
I forgive you.
For all this time I've done nothing but think of your return.
I’m here just for you.
Of course, you have to start doing your own part, and you better put effort this time. You can start by telling me what you're like nowadays. What have you done lately? What dreams, ambitions and fantasies are still there from the old times? Do you still have that peculiar vision of life, which got us together in the first place? From that moment, there w
Milky WayMilky Way3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
As I lay on the ground and look up at the stars,
crickets are chirping their songs from afar.
From my home on the hill the view is sublime,
such heavenly scenes inspire many a rhyme.
As I gaze I soon wonder what life's all about,
hatred and wars sometimes cause me to doubt.
Yet surely this cosmic dance high 'bove my head,
was created by someone whose heart for me bled.
This I am sure of and yes, this I believe,
that the "Someone" who made us wants us to be free.
Free from the pain and the sorrow and guilt,
free to seek peace on this planet He's built.
For now such things, too wonderful for me,
have made my head sleepy, it's time for my tea.
Time to get moving as the dawn has approached,
I'll ponder yet later this quandary I've broached.
Masquerade at Windsor HallMasquerade at Windsor Hall2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Gallant sirs and debutantes arriving at the ball.
A masquerade on friday night, down at Windsor Hall.
Cocktails flowing, band is playing, winner takes it all!
By the time the party's done it's on the floor they'll crawl.
Silk-laced gowns and three-piece suits and faces that are masked.
Homely Archduke's daughter's there (surprised that she was asked!).
Woodford twins arrived at ten (weren't asked and so they crashed!).
Gals of Downton also came, in adulation basked.
Truth be told, behind the masks and costumes made of wool,
are rotten chaps and spoiled debs who suffer not a fool.
And if you think these words of mine are harsh or mean or cruel,
reflect that if they had the chance they'd drown you in the pool!
My Darkest HourMy Darkest Hour3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
My Darkest Hour
I've become lost
In my sundered reflection
I've finally crossed
The line of desperation
I sense something sinister
Something that is beyond cruel
My tears seem to hinder
Ready to break down soon
The darkness is always waiting
To rule / To conquer
To swallow / To devour
To return / To overpower
The shadows are always lurking
As I cry / As I weep
As I beg / As I plead
As I fall / As I grieve
The blinding fear is consuming
My anxiety-infected veins pour
I'm beyond weak
I don't want to be afraid anymore
Let me bleed
This is the only way out
A perfect exit for a coward
No longer am I bound
I couldn't survive my darkest hour
What do you want from me?The smile on my faceWhat do you want from me?2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The confidence in my walk
The happiness in my voice
You took it from me
The Love in my eyes
The courage in my heart
The meaning in my soul
You took it from me
The friends by my side
The good memories in my mind
The soft hands i held in mine
You took it from me
That smile is now a frown
I walk slow and alone
My voice is low and quiet
You gave that to me
The love turned to hatred
The courage turned to weakness
The meaning has been forgotten
You gave that to me
The friends turned into enemies
Good memories turned into nightmares
The soft hands have abandoned me
You gave that to me
All of these things I have lost
And all of these thing I have gained
You have taken all that I was
What else do you want from me?
The TravelerI'm still not deadThe Traveler3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
yet I am always dying.
Not alive either
but at least I am trying.
This farce is tiring me,
putting me to sleep.
But with my eyes wide awake
it's my life I try to keep.
It is near the mountains they say,
There lays the key of life.
I walk towards it in my dreams
playing the forest maiden's fife.
In my travels I find others
quite like me.
They tell me stories of who they are
and what they plan to be.
With some I travel,
some I forget,
I cross paths with some
I have not yet met.
I find the end of my road with no soul in sight.
I am indeed very old when I finally reach my goal.
And yet again come fairies who tell me in delight:
It is your journey that makes your life whole.
Bodies of WaterOne more dropletBodies of Water2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
falling into the blue sea-
that it’s not all about me.
I’m a body of water
at the end of the day.
These tears of blood
tainting my tired brown eyes
are drowning out
all my failures to rise.
I’m a body of water
at the end of the day.
in which conflicting currents
a whirlpool of torments.
I’m a body of water
at the end of the day.
One for my tears,
one for my fears,
one for the pains
of all my peers.
The taste of salt
rests on my lips,
and a pool forms
where my heart rips.
And at the end of the day
I meet my fate
and these bodies of water
*Mask*Tonight hearts will beat*Mask*2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Identities are concealed
When we masquerade.
Behind flamboyant disguise
Recognize those eyes.
In The RainfallIn The Rainfall2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
In The Rainfall
Dripping with blame
Bound by hate
I felt your anger
I held my pieces together
I always wait for the right moment-
To finally break down
I need the pain to flow perfect-
To let it all out
I'm reaching for my tainted core / I won't let you corrupt me anymore
You will not be a part of me / This is not how it's going to be
I always wait for the oncoming storm-
That's the only time
Endure it all until the promised calm-
Just to call it mine
I am myself again
You're gone with the rain
I am my own protection
I can rise above the destruction
Happiness is... the sun in the skyHappiness is...3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
the clouds puffy white
the wind in my hair
the scent of a rose
the moon up above
the stars all around
the sound of the ocean
the salt on my tongue
the top of the peak
the green on the slope
the soft grass beneath
the smell of the pines
the house on the hill
the glow of the fire
the bread in the oven
my soft feather pillow
Shadow EchoShadow Echo2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I'm just a figment in the glass
My tears reflect the shattered past
I hold the death of a future in my hands
Knowing it can finally be over any second
Don't waste a precious thought
On what cannot be seen
None of my failures were caught
As I continued to fall free
I cannot be considered lost
Because no one paid heed
Suicidal soul / Tragedy foretold
Fate controlled / Heartless evermore
Silenced sold / Destiny gambled
Grown cold / Bound nevermore
I turned off the switch in my mind
So let the end have its way
This will be the last time I close my eyes
I'm relieved knowing everything will soon fade
I waved good bye to the light
But my last smile was feigned
I'm transparent like my sorrow
Downfall after downfall has kept me below
But now I will shroud over the ignorance of tomorrow
For I am nothing but a shadow of an echo
In sanityThese voices that i hearIn sanity3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
May not be really real
But i still hear them
Whispering to me
Speaking of life
And how it should be.
They say i'm nothing
But flesh and bone;
They encourage me to go further
To climb upon my throne.
They scream to me
They beat me down
Then whisper words of love
And on my head they put a crown.
They spit and shout,
They growl and screech;
They kiss away the sadness
That is always within my reach.
They are my desires
and they make me sin
They are what makes me human
And what makes my head spin.
Just Because...June was the month I first met my love,Just Because...3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Upon first sight, a gift from above!
Soft was her voice like that of a dove,
Twas God on our hearts a tapestry wove.
Before a year passed our lives were one,
Ever so many nights we had fun!
Children were planned, before it was done,
Angels were born, two girls and a son.
Ups and downs and soon they were gone,
So here we are, our work is now done;
End of a chapter, and yet we sail on!
The Power of LoveThe Power of Love3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
The sweet little girl, just this side of ten,
had a wisdom beyond her few years.
Her mommy had been with so many men,
she'd seen pain, fear, and so many tears.
Those pretty green eyes had witnessed so much,
horrors that they should never have known.
Barbies, teddy bears, and soft things to touch,
these are the things that a child rightly owns.
Then one day, when her mom was away,
the strange man to her did come near.
Her screams could be heard a mile they say,
the officer held her as he shed a tear.
In less than a year, when hope had grown dim,
a nice couple took note and did offer.
She glanced at the lady, then looked up at him,
as they promised ne'er more would she suffer.
From that day forward her life took a turn,
sweet things would now always pursue her.
Barbies and teddys and so much to learn!
She was loved, happy, and forever secure.
The Dragon and the ButterflyThe dragon and the butterflyThe Dragon and the Butterfly2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Met so spontaneous, yet righteous as well
It was in a magical place
At a magical age
Under the stars and away from time
Two different creatures
One Mystical, One real
One gorgeous, One grand
At the birth of the night
The two became acquainted
Telling jokes and stories
Having laughs and cheers
All ignorant innocence, just waiting to be sheared
Through the middle of it a true connection could be seen
Their eyes would align
With hearts getting near
They would dance in the air
Under the moon in her glory
Singing songs of taboo
Congruent to their love
Near the death of the night
Things began to settle down
Excitement lowered and Hope heightened
Two creatures entangled under the stars
Hoping for the future
Hoping too far
At the death of night
The two had to aside
Both telling each other that their time together hasn’t ended once in for all
The dragon, in the morning, already in nostalgia
He progresses to find his butterfly
But sadly no wings in air but his
Heart: The DestructionHeart: The Destruction2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I'm left dreamless
Every single night...
I remain sleepless
With bloodshot eyes...
You race through my mind
Images that I can't stand
And time after time
You're depleting my strength
A plague of mixed emotions
My tears act like quicksand
I'm torn in every direction
By these encrypted feelings I don't understand
I wish my heart would stay hidden
And so far away from you
To confess would be forbidden
And everyday I would barely get through
I've fallen so low / Into the darkness below
By the sorrow of my soul / It's consuming me whole
There is no escape
From whats bottled up inside
My desire for you won't ever fade
And it's something that I'm failing to hide
I continue to yearn for you so much
Even if you're right here beside me
But I can't let our friendship be crossed
So this dilemma will never let me be free
Summertime!Oh joy, oh bliss, old man Winter is gone,Summertime!3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
and the Spring has passed like a storm.
Summer's now here 'tis my season of fun,
for this I have lived and was born.
We'll laugh and play, watch our cares fade away,
and at night we'll sleep out of doors.
My animal friends will come here to stay,
we'll chase shadows out on the moor.
When Summer is gone the memories sway,
and help me get through the next Fall.
When Winter comes around I won't dismay,
next Summer I'll again have a ball!
O' Child Not MineI hear your cries, o' child not mineO' Child Not Mine2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I sense your anguish and despair
your shattered heart whispers sad songs
your crushed spirit yearns for release
a world gone mad in a universe of madness
chilling tales told by old women
the rantings of useless and wayward men
what can be done to save a soul?
who will speak for the downtrodden?
who will listen to the desperate pleas?
I reach out to you, o' child not mine
your broken heart I shall mend
your silent pleas have touched me deeply
places concealed have been exposed
chaos reigns among the created ones
claims of godliness are circumspect
the trumpet blows, demands an accounting
who will teach the little ones?
who will take up the cause?
what will it take to move the hearts of men?
I am here for you, o' child not mine
with songs of love and tranquility
wings of protection are mine to give
freely I do give them to you
yes, freely I do give them to you
Sonnet no. 1A haunted chanting seeps through my mind's wall,Sonnet no. 12 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
sings tales of the rotten Crimson Marquis.
“Your world is killing me –
your words are filling me!”
My mind is torn apart with this last call.
I am churned by visions of blazing clefts,
of hollow words, deceit and dreadful dreams,
of demonic herds and torrential streams;
yet the voice mocks the bit of me that's left.
It consumes my thoughts, seeking for freedom.
“They get their way, I fade away –
Oh God, my mind, it fades to grey!”
And finally, they have killed my reason.
Dreaded by their blasphemous contagion
I say: “We are many, for we are Legion.”
Blood Stained VanityAlone,Blood Stained Vanity3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Shaking calmly in a cold sweat,
Cross legged on bed, head in hands,
A stuttered breath:
Nails begin scraping flesh and bone,
Hair tearing to get at the thoughts,
Biting lip to bear the pain, and stop the tears,
Yet a part wants it to continue,
Wants it to grow,
Until there’s nothing left.
In the dark sat in utter loathe,
Blood stained vanity and silent screams,
Tearing mind from inside out,
Until it shows upon flesh.
Breaking words only to self,
No desire to burden others,
Facing it alone,
Or at least,
Apologies to all of caring heart,
Inner conflict never a quick war,
Peace though found in your comfort,
Great peace, and happiness,
A resolution only found in self,
And until it is and mind settled,
Nights of terror and pain will sadly occur.
Dead in WonderlandI knew so much back then. When life was at chaos. Every strand and detail being warped into new images, spiraling out of control, just at my command. Speaking words to the clouds to see if they understood, and knowing the trees' names, and counting them one by one. Climbing atop the twisted ridges and shouting at the top of my lungs to see if anyone would care. And they cared.Dead in Wonderland2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
They all cared.
Each and every distorted little glitch in the fabric of being was caring for me every waking second, and in return asked to feed off me, not as a parasite, but as "life-support". I trusted them for the longest time. I trusted them on the moons and stars, and they cared. Unlike everyone else they had denied, they cared a whole ton. But they day they left me came fast, and my euphoria became a nightmare quick as light. I was alone in there. So alone. I took to the extremes, yelling gray colors at the most vibrant flowers, making them suffer with me. Quicker and quicker, my
The Elevator ManEight hours a day, five days a week, for forty-one years he had pushed those buttons upon command. His place of employment - The Jansson Grande Hotel in New York City. It was one of those hotels that had five stars for everything; suites, service, food, entertainment. Quite simply, it was the "best of the best."The Elevator Man2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Nevertheless, no one ever seemed to pay much attention to the little man who operated the elevator, the main one located just off the lobby. Occasionally he was even mocked or laughed at. Few ever spoke to him with respect, or treated him with dignity. From the time he was a child he was viewed as someone undesirable, someone that you would and should avoid. He was smallish in size, nervous around people and quiet as a mouse. He never looked anyone in the eye, always kept his cast to the ground, even when spoken to.
His daily routine never changed. At exactly six o'clock in the morning he would rise, fix the usua