into the deepAudio version over thisaway.into the deep2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and the world will crumble, darling, but we will watch the stars--
watch the coasts curl up at the edges and the foam-slick sea drag them under
and history will bloom in brass and copper nebulas,
untainted by the tortured earth and its pleading
flecks of ash below.
but we will watch the stars
watch the galaxy unwind, spirals stringing out
the taste of ozone and plasticities.
the heaving sea will recede--the glaciers
pour their hearts out
the dunes rise up to the sated horizon.
will watch the stars.
and the hungering infernos hold no sympathy.
travelersthis silvertongued landtravelers2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
is fit for strange adventures
so we will roam as the city
sleeps, and the soft
of the camera shutter will lull the crickets
we will leave our trail
in incandescent flashes--
the negatives seared and crackling on
and drag our hearts on
moonshine wisps behind us--
gathering fog and scents and
strains of music
carried in on night-thin air.
the song of a roamerAnd darling, I've been gone for a long, long time. Your eyesthe song of a roamer3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
are still that steely gunpowder blue, but your hair has grown long,
and there's a softer curve to your waist
and freckles on your shoulder I don't remember,
and I think,
What have I missed?
You tell me about the weddings
the divorces. You tell me
about the babies
and the losses, and how last year
your dog died--easy, in his sleep--
and there is a hollow lack in you,
a space reserved for things that won't come back.
Long ago, was there a space like that
When did it collapse--when did it
fold in on itself
under the weight of things that matter more?
I tell you about Cambodia. I paint
the jungles for you, breathe the crushing wet heat
of it into your lungs. I tell you
about the kids in Africa
and how the heat is different there--
belligerent and fierce.
I tell you how much you would have liked Barbados,
and how much you would have hated Rome.
And I remember all the things I
can't tell you--all the things I don't hav
Sparrow's HeartSparrow's Heart9 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
In twilight, as sun sets on my last year,
A message draws my gaze toward the west:
A girl in black proffers to me a test,
A sweet confession whispered in my ear.
A sparrow's heart is beating in my breast:
To think that love from friendship's seed had grown!
A hand to hold, an eye to catch my own,
Tranquility upon a sea of rest.
The heartbeat pacing in its cage of bone
As if to burst forth to its calling twin
Itself calls out, invites a lover in:
Why let her spend another day alone?
But if her mouth should meet mine in a kiss,
Those hearts might burst, o'erfull with newfound bliss.
Sobriety's RiseSobriety's Rise2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I exiled you from my veins
You will never affect me again
Take with you the very worst of me
I will no longer be a part of thee!
Too long have my eyes been closed
So many years have passed in vain
I couldn't let the road ahead get any worse
I'm no longer a victim of your taint
I dwell no more- in those old woes
Though I regret the pain I allowed myself to sustain
Mirrors don't snare / Family doesn't glare
This hope I bear / I've made it here
Cleansed my spirit away / Allowed scars to fade
Embraced the change / Unlocked the cage
My dreams no longer weep
The nightmares refuse to reimmerse
I can move forward if I really believe
I was able to get passed the hurt
'cause I forgave myself for being weak
I am not drowning myself anymore!
Deemed my recovered soul worthy
I accepted the gift of clarity
Today- I am alive
Watch me rise!
Naiad SisterJoin us now, oh daughter fairNaiad Sister4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
With pale skin and winter-hair.
Leave the dead-dry land of feet
And come where the water is cool and deep.
We are grasses to your lily-flower
Forever dancing in shady bowers.
Oh, please join us, water-maid!
Exchange a tail for those shaky legs.
Mortals live for but a day
While we have centuries to have our say.
Join us, sweet sister, in the cool of the deep
Where tendrils and serpents in darkness sleep.
Forsake that lover who toils in dirt
His heart will heal and you'll never be hurt.
For should he travel to the pool so sweet
With waters and currents curious and deep
Let you entice him further on down
He's yours forever if you make him drown.
So join us, oh join us, and be not alone!
There is no anguish in the heart of a stone.
Be smooth and lovely as the water-smoothed rocks
And always be steadfast during life's shocks.
Be with us forever, oh sister so fair
With watery skin and wintery hair.
the beauty's in the leavingRead aloud here.the beauty's in the leaving2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
sweetheart, let's head out. let's
drink up the desert asphalt and that last bottle
of johnny walker blue--
one last toast to the copper sunsets,
to the good earth. a pair of
tailgate stargazers, you and i:
roaming curves across the glove compartment map, until
every foldline is worn flannel-soft
and it'd rather stay open
let's forget route sixty-six. let's forget
and pick up terra cotta dust--
breathe in the mojave. let's pretend
that the world's already ended
and it's just us.
let's leave the door unlocked
A Snowfall CandlelitMy version of winter has always been flawed. It is controlled by the fall of snow and the exact amount of the ground it covers. It never ever covers the tiny little patch in the garden, right near the broken tin roofed shed. I suppose that is why I just like the idea of snow. But I do not love it.A Snowfall Candlelit3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
(Realisation: I suppose that little corner represents the only part of me that even I cannot love.)
I met a man with candle lit wolf eyes and a strong, warm lion heart, who tells me Sea God stories before disappearing into a cold, cold winter's morning, fog cloaking his very essence.
(Addendum: Sometimes I think of five a.m. coffee, and wonder if your smile didn't hold all of winter's warmth in it, whether I would still be liking the idea of it.)
He lights candles and turns my room into a place of sanctity and prayer often. It makes the love making ironic in a way, I suppose. But nothing he ever does fails to intrigue the very fabric that my cotton soul is made of.
ti wrote you a lettert2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and i slept for twenty hours
then i realised
that i loved you in a language
you couldn't understand
and if she loves you
with her body, and
that is what you understand
then i hope
you can be happy
and i hope one morning
you wake up and realise
that you aren't
reclaimsubmerged in silent seas among the polyps,reclaim3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
pressure polished--a sparkle like Calypso's shuttle
shines elliptic and elusive in the downs, down where
optics fail and the seafloor ripples catch and sway
in swirling riddles like scattered Coptic stanzas.
snatched from Assyria, gold stolen and cycled
through serial societal transgressions--and once
aerial, contraband clutched in raptor snares
slipped--spilled, among the Urals,
and spinning through the acid and urea
of city sewers, doused in chloride
and the caustic current leading to the sea,
collapsing into Celtic knotwork; enclosed
in sand and calyxed like the season's close,
calcite-consumed, sunken, decayed--
That You Are My HorizonIron-rust, and corrosionThat You Are My Horizon2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
chronicle forgotten years
in the drydock basin, where I lay
in disrepair. A ship
unaware of the ocean, wracked
upon the waves of long ago
and marked with wounds
only salt can heal.
But storms are kind
reminders of the way seawater swells
into knuckles and joints
and trembles beneath the hull
while carrying men to port,
And in the windspray
of one such storm
I tasted just a hint
of salt, of you
and knew, again
something I once thought
before time and reason
took courage from me.
The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden:The Secret Garden3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
To those who are waiting in the silent shadows;
To the sisters I've been trying so hard to find.
It is time we came together as one
For here we shall leave the past behind...
In this secret garden, my voice is clear
Soft and gentle like the flowing wind.
Yet here I am; a dirty spirit
A simple soul that sinned...
Gathered in silence, bearing cowls of night
You've come like moths, to a burning light.
These lovely witchlings, so tender and lush
Soon I will give you, a blessed blush...
Take my marking into your flesh
And bear the stigma of our ancient creed...
Tonight you feast in my humble honour
For in your bellies I have planted seed.
Soon it will grow and begin to mature
You will feel it breathing inside your heart.
The gift to change this wretched world;
But first it must be torn apart...
"I am Chaos and I am sin..."
-Chen Yuan Wen, 26th April 2012
Astrologically Challenged“We need to ta- what are you looking at?”Astrologically Challenged2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
"Oh...but I thought you didn't like them."
“Actually, I hate horoscopes. They lie every single damned time.”
“Not to me they don’t.”
“Sure. You were saying something.”
“We need to break up.”
“I fell in love with you before you were the boy who sang about my problems in your songs, and before you tried to evolve me into your version of a better me and before I saw how you treated your neighbour’s dog and before I knew how much you believed in horoscopes.”
“What’s wrong with horoscopes?”
“Nothing, except for the fact that you never really thought of it as a novel idea that you share the same day as one twelfth of the world.”
“Well you aren’t-”
“I’m not so perfect myself, I know. You loved me better before you read my poetry and understood how damage
Meaning GoodbyeI wonder why you can't find the time to say goodbye,Meaning Goodbye5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Because you never said hello.
If you won't begin something.
Can you please end it?
If you're not here to introduce yourself,
Would you please exit?
And I wonder why you never found the time,
To tell me why,
There's a difference between hello...
Forever and Always 2You can readForever and Always 25 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
the word I love you
at the bottom of the letters
that appeared in your desk back then
You can hear
the word I love you
whispered by me in your ear
under the moon as we sat together
You can feel
the word I love you
when our bond was sealed
under the majestic bells
you may not hear it again
for that's what I do
Every day, every hour
every breath that I take
I am loving you
forever and always...
Promise MeIt's hard to cope through the nightPromise Me5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
When I had to start the end
And now there's no way back
It's hard to look at all the misplaced feelings
That I keep chasing in my head
Even if I can't fight myself
And I need you here
At the end of another day
When I finally close my eyes
I need you here to say that it doesn't matter
Even if we both know
That everything means something
I need you to promise me
That we'll burry our past
Deep into the back of our minds
Promise me that we will never live
Just to live up to the expectations
That we won't chase tomorrow
If the next breath didn't came out of our chest
I need you to hold on
Through my every tear
Through my every scream
And silent cry for help
I amI am a WolfI am4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Running through the wood
I am a Rabbit
Eating carrots as food
I am a Dolphin
Swimming through the sea
I am a Butterfly
For whom flying is a guarantee
I am a Bear
Sleeping through the winter
I am a Cheetah
A very good sprinter
But, above all, I am human
I am a child, I am an adult
I am born to live this life
To see in the end the result
I want to be a Lion
Being an animal king
I want to be a Bird
Who can beautifully sing
I want to be a Fish
So I don't need to breath for air
I want to be a Snake
Sliding around with a lot of flair
I want to be a Phoenix
Who always will be reborn
I want to be a Dragon
Which I really adore
But above all, I want to be human
Making my own choices
To stand out of the crowd
All with different voices
I don't want to be a Fly
Squished as an insect
I don't want to be an Elephant
Who human need to protect
I don't want to be a Monkey
Who needs to carry his load
I don't want to be a Frog
Being recognized as a toad
I don't want to be a Squid
25 Words Of JealousyJalousie.25 Words Of Jealousy5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
A plague of the human soul.
The malevolent outcast of all emotions.
And yet it infects my very mind, eating me alive.
Dreams Do Come TrueI wanted to love you,Dreams Do Come True4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Like I'd loved no one else
You were perfect in everyway,
Nothing out of place,
I wanted to hold your hand,
Until I was forced to let go
Your smile brightened my day,
And made those rainy days,
Go so far away,
I'd never have to see them again
The feel of your skin against mine,
Sent shivers up my spine,
At how warm your touch,
Come closer to me,
And make me forget all that is wrong,
So I can love you,
And only you
They've broken me,
To the point where these pieces,
Are going to be hard,
To piece back together
You never gave up hope,
Of making this heart of mine,
Feel so warm once again,
It's like a dream come true
I never knew that you could,
Make me feel so whole inside,
It's so warm in here,
And it's all thanks to you
I've made a place here,
With your name tattooed,
On the outside,
For all these people to see
Tonight lets break free,
Of all of out regrets,
And lets hold hands,
Like we used to do
Lets sit on the couch,
And watch a movie,
geniusI don't know why it's not plain to seegenius4 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
that I've never loved you and you've always hated me.
You said you'd catch me; I tripped on my words so I'd "fall"
but you shrugged me off and made me wonder if I'd lost my balance at all.
You pushed me off a cliff and said you wanted me to fly
and you won't believe it, but I only ever tell you one lie--
I lie when I wake up, and before I go to sleep;
and sometimes, if I feel like it, I lie in between.
When I tell you I love you, and you say you love me, too;
I know you mean it sometimes, so I say it like it's true.
But it doesn't really matter, 'cause you've never really cared,
and whenever I'm in trouble, I don't expect to see you there.
Counting all the days we spent together, and not the ones apart,
I don't think I've got space for you beside the staples in my heart.
But I'll tell you I love you, and I'll drive you insane
'cause the only way to hide the tears is to play our little game.
Hey, I'm a survivor, don't worry, I'm fine.
Do anything y
Depression,Depression, is when I wake up under a train, and I can't move.Depression,5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Depression, is when my brain turns off and my body sits there, motionless, a hollow plaster cast.
Depression, is when I open my eyes, but can't see.
Depression, is when I'm pretty convinced that nothing is real.
Depression, is when I'm curled up in a ball, crushed in a landslide.
Depression, is when I cry until my eyes are raw, and wake up confused.
Depression, is when I lose faith, hope, love, and interest, in absolutely everything.
Depression, is when I forget to eat, and sleep, and talk, and shower.
Depression, is a black narrowing slippery slide.
Depression, is a coma.
Depression, is waking up on the wrong side of the bed every fucking day.
Depression, is Mount fucking Everest.
Depression, is never being really asleep.
Depression, is never being really awake.
Depression, is when I lost all my morals.
Depression, is when I abandoned God.
Depression, is when time lost all meaning.
Depression, is when I sold my innocence,