The NightThe Night11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
deep slow moans
come from the roots
of the earth
and bend on themselves
fingers of the trees
in a sigh
they stretch out
like the hands of a beggar
to turn off
profondi lenti lamenti
provengono dalle radici
e si tendono
dita di alberi
in un sospiro
come le mani del mendicante
LettersLetters11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Turned to talk to you today
But no one was there
I'd forgotten again
Went to your funeral today
They had your favorite flowers
It was pretty
Your mom came over for dinner today
She left before dessert
I think she cried
Found the sweater I had borrowed today
Did you know how much you'd hurt us?
I know you did
Your boyfriend talked to me today
He said he understood how I felt
I just walked away
Went to your house, found my pills today
Did I tell you your parents are moving?
They can't take the memories anymore
Wanted to hurt someone today
Make someone share my pain
But I couldn't
Started killing my pain today
Maybe if I can punish myself
God will forgive
Broken SpiritsBroken Spirits11 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Peel back the covers don't you dare hide away
Don't let them be the ones to bring down your day
They want to make you feel the pain you deserve
Let you realise how much life hurts
Pull off the false front you cower beneath
Strip your soul bare, let everyone see.
Would you be so brave if you stood alone?
If your army began to erode.
Let go of life, before your demons succeed
Turn away don't let them see that you bleed
Don't fight a losing battle, don't kill your pride
Keep it with you till your soul starts to die
Show who you are don't live your life locked up tight
Go and defend all you believe that is right
Better to live and die, than never live at all
Be careful, they'll never catch you when you fall
Bring your army, and take on your fear
Only death and destruction live here
Climb over the memories of the past
It's all about the future now and how long it lasts
Show your emotions, they're becoming so rare
Free all that passion that you're longing to share
Don't be afraid to fight wh
To LoveTo Love11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Love is a powerful emotion.
Not as strong as devotion,
For it is a dangerous potion.
It snares the heart and stops all motion
Thus it is spoken,
"Love is a precious token
to valuable for mortals to possess,
yet to great for the gods to confess."
I do protest!
To find it,
You must seek it,
And if you should fail,
Your desire will be your despair!
Yet I am that crazy fool
Possessed by my desire.
Where love can be cruel
Passion burns me like fire.
(c)2004 Joseph Palladino
Dancing with unicornsDancing with unicorns11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I have a dream,
Of fairytales that lie.
A war of bees and butterflies.
A war of elegance against power.
A war of the wind and lightning.
More destruction than any mortal war.
This frost of summer,
This rain of tears.
Will drown the silence,
Will drown the pain.
In my forest of fairytales.
Shooting stars are only a glimpse,
Of the dances of unicorns.
As they leap from reality through fantasy,
Dance without guilt, fear, silence
Through heaven and through hell.
Through our dreams, through our fairytale.
When these unicorns cry,
Their tears form galaxies.
When these unicorns cry,
Their pain shatters the heavens.
These unicorns with their painted fate.
These unicorns feel no love, no hate.
There will be no tomorrow,
For this Fairytale of sorrow.
Throbbing ScarThrobbing Scar11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Kindred spirits kindle candle-lit moments caressing confessions of love
But battered fools beckon for better bestowals before falling…
Victims to vicarious vanities.
Yet my soul now suffers
Suspended in sacrificial soliloquy
Since your seductive serenades stopped.
Its been too long…
Now my mind is like a fettered web
With vanished thoughts wrapped in your empty bed…
And my body is a poisoned ocean
With bruised flesh spoiled by your toxic love potion.
See, for my heart is a throbbing scar
With bloody stitches torn by your probing fingers from afar.
My lips are parched black roses
With blistered thorns protruding like your treacherous horns…
And now my eyes are like shattered stars
With shards of pearl light lost in the fires of your callous words.
I confess I cannot go on
I carelessly collided into cupid's arrow
Now your cancerous love has corroded my copious world.
Could God but cut me gracefully that I may never see you again?
(c)2004 Joseph Palladino
....I'm Hurting........I'm Hurting....10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Bring me back..
Back to reality.
Where you keep
piercing me with
How can you laugh,
While I sit here and cry?
How can you
just put on your headphones,
When I'm asking "why"??
How can you go
from the best thing in my life-
to the cruelest being to ever exist...
(I can't believe i said yes-
when you asked me to be your wife...)
You heartless bastard-
You've reduced me to
a bleeding, crumbling
Soul-less, blind existence
Can't you see?!?!?!!?!?!
I hate what you've
done to me.
The Only Certain Thing - DeathThe Only Certain Thing - Death11 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
So everything happens for a reason?
Pawns in a bigger game; The only pieces left…
"TAKE RISKS! As long as you conform" they said,
The only certain thing, is death.
So everyone lives again,
We enter with nothing, We leave with even less…
I shall not live on "What-If's" anymore
When the only certain thing, is death.
As so the ticking grows louder,
It's mocking hands quicken their pace,
Time melts away by the second's caress,
And the only certain thing is death.
So everyone wants for nothing...
Is that why you hunger? Whilst I am full and fed…
Nothing is an issue if nothing is said,
The only certain thing - we're dead.
Dead before we leave the womb,
Condemned before first breath,
Plunged to a world of free speech that costs...
Where the only certain thing...is death.
. my confession .. my confession .10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Every single evening,
when twilight deciedes to take over the bright sky once again,
I take my thoughts for a walk.
Every single evening,
when the daylight gives in,
I make my confession to the only ones who are always there to listen.
This is it.
This is my confession, my precious voiceless confidants.
Every single evening they fly away,
carrying another fugutive thought, another part of me.
Setting me free.
What is Left Of Us Now?Clinging onto what's left of familiarity,What is Left Of Us Now?11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Trying to figure the thoughts out.
Many whys and questions,
without any answers;
Spinning around in my head.
The walls are chillingly silent,
They were once highly erected, but now,
they lay around in bits and crumbles.
I sit, amongst the debris,
looking for some answers.
What has gone wrong between us?
Many questions left unanswered.
With no hints or helping gestures.
I've to fight this battle alone and solo.
Without anyone, especially you.
I reach out and try to grab your hand.
But with a pull of your hand away,
Your body language seems to tell me all.
Those windows to the soul are
So achingly cold, listless and cruel.
Where was the tender warmth that was in them?
Where have they disappeared to?
What's left now is just a stony stare.
And harsh, un-tender words are being uttered.
A literal slap across the very face you once caressed.
We used to share talks of dreams and hopes.
You used to make me smile and take all my worries away.
Ode To KurtOde To Kurt11 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
You left us alone in a cold dry world
with faith depleating and heeding
and tv numbing our feeling
you knew our meaning.
You knew our suffering.
You saw what we were afraid of.
face to face you saw it.
You lived it.
a reflection of your mind came out through your songs
you could have taught us of what had surely gone wrong
We saw your fear; the fear that maybe you didnt exist.
The fear that maybe you're not who you thought you were
when we look too long at ourselves
all that we'll see
an illusion of a person
that only wants to see "Me"
We never see us...too fucking obvious!
Always with the God Damned hard way!
did we forget we're all here together?
That we exist identically
No time, no length.
Why did you get caught up in you!
you always knew you werent really there.
you were just too damned afraid to say it!
Too afraid to see the truth... you're Everywhere man
Once Upon a DreamOnce Upon a Dream11 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Once upon a dream
Love convinced me to believe being with you was necessary.
Blinded, I followed along helplessly with a hand reaching out.
Heartless human nature held responsibility for my sadness,
I assumed the position to defend without a signal of strength.
Freedom releases itself with each backhand that you give me,
with my back against the wall, my eyes beg more while I plead no.
Addicted to the pain like a drug too strong to resist,
I refuse to refuse you, with adoration exceeding boundaries.
I dreamt for a love that could prove itself pure.
Enduring too much for no purpose I could find.
Candy scented gasoline and a sugar coated match,
I stood tricked into believing things could be a different way.
Once upon a dream I found love that didn't hurt me.
In the horror of my reality it held no chance of becomming true.
ApathyApathy10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Little boat drifting to sea
Swallowed up so suddenly
I sit safe upon the shore
What does it matter to me?
Newborn baby boy he dares
To see things that aren't there
A gisft lost on all of us
But I, why should I care?
Fire falls down from the sky
Echo million voices cry
But I, I don't even care
And I, why should I lie?
Hummingbird floating softly
To and fro under the tree
I sit only feet away
But when I look I do not see.
Soulless is what you'd call me
But I don't care as you can see
I, I do enjoy my life
In this haze of apathy.
So HAve I GrownSo HAve I Grown11 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
In the years that I have known
In this body I have grown
I have come to learn of strife
I have come to deal with life
When in the hours of much pain
When a life becomes overclaimed
I learned to reach out for any hope
I learned to deal, I learned to cope
For much I say I do regret
But much in life I now respect
In this earnest world of man
I can say I now know who I am
See my days are marked by change
All my fears, regrets, I now exchange
For better days before me do I see
A time of better things yet to be
As I look forward to this tomorrow
I extend to you my hand to borrow
For much from friendship I have known
I've learned these years that I have grown
(c)2004 Joseph Palladino
TemptationTemptation11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Air grows thinner, the higher we are held.
Granite pedestal grows beneath our feet.
Loneliness creeps into my veins,
as peers become less abundant.
I can remember the first step
on that first day.
There were so many of us;
we could barly fit on the platform.
Meeting for the first time
as our parents lifted us on.
Five years old,
the first day of the ascension.
the platform grew higher;
growing from the base, pushing us upward.
We became different during this stage;
but still together.
Still parts of an unbroken whole.
Eight years on that platform,
Time held us together.
It's ironic that our happiest moment together
happened to be our last.
ended our integrity,
our true power in numbers was ever diminished.
People began to jump from the platform;
some struck the floor,
upon impact their heads opened,
and something drained out,
the promise and potential drained out,
Higher we climbed,
with most of us gon
BurningBurning10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
If you look into my mind
Leave everything else behind
Leave all logic and all learning
You will find that all is burning
If you wake up late at night
Walk out where there is no light
You will see without discerning
All around you things are burning
If you don't like what you see
Walk outside under a tree
Take a match if you are yearning
Soon you'll find the tree is burning
If you learn to like the flame
Then you will know who to blame
Deep inside my brain is churning
Nothing can stop me from burning
If you find you can't get free
You will end up just like me
Because when the world stops turning
Everything will soon be burning
on the nature of black holeson the nature of black holes11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
+ on the nature of black holes
i have the darkest fear
that black holes are
turned backs, forever turning:
eternal denial, a closing of doors
a tight-lipped silence.
turned backs, forever turning
in perpetual movement
negating light and breathable air
turning forever in a mystical circle
keeping everything in a perennial eve
the next moment poised on the brink
and discarded, spent before the fall.
i see myself caught in a circle
of turned backs, forever turning
watch me disappear.
i have a bright dark hope
that black holes are
the logical aftermath
of an elegant suicide
the pulling off of the very last trick
a once-in-a-lifetime oportunity:
curling up in a fetal position
after giving up all earthly posessions
and letting the void make you spin.
you did this once
you got so close
just cringed so hard, drew in so tight
that almost went past the event horizon
where push and pull fall off-balance.
in a vertigo of self consumption
watch me disappear. +
Artificially TemptingArtificially Tempting11 years ago in Typographical More Like This
Can you see that light illuminating the heavens?
It brings false hope to the hearts of men
I no longer can …
see my path lying
Between the world of the damned and the world of man
I had no choice
In the world of angels
Where beauty masks silent sadness
I broke free
I fought for my independence
Thus crept in my heart a darker malice
For on this path I trampled…
So I sought the flames of Hades
To purge my soulless body of love
A love that deludes the lost ones above me
I fashioned new wings
With feathers to match my sins
For the smoke that haunts my breath
Bares witness to my hell
And as I can see your quivering fright
I can smell your fear of mortality
For I am now the angel of death,
But do not approach me
For my beauty, my youth
Are but an illusion
(c)2004 Joseph Palladino
Every tiny cubic millimetreEvery tiny cubic millimetreEvery tiny cubic millimetre9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
of your brain
is filled with
She's in your dreams at night,
till early morning light.
Her long brown hair
Her skin so fair
Great sense of style
You drown in her deep eyes;
And dream of her smooth thighs.
Her coral lips
Her swaying hips
The way she talks
And how she walks.
You tell me how you
And how you think of her
not knowing that—
Every tiny cubic milimetre
of my brain
These ThingsThese Things8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
These things fade with time:
ink on paper
and pain from lost love.
These things do not last:
bruises on my skin
wet footprints in the sand
scribbles on fogged-up windows
and your unconditional love for me.
These things remind me of you:
Lord of the Rings
sweat stains on my pillow
and scars on what's left of my heart.
True RomanceThis isn't smiles and rainbows,True Romance4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
This is you and me.
The thorns, not the rose.
This is the taste of blood.
A knife through your heart,
And it's my name in your book.
Once you were fairy floss,
And I was popcorn,
But now you're plastic,
and I'm paint.
And now like a flood,
you spread your lies.
And something else inside of me dies.
drunken ship reversaldrunken ship reversal11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
drunken ship reversal
+ in the tight-lipped calendar of passing
three possibly maybe's
one definitely no-no
one absolutely impossible
all waving and cheering
and tight-lipped me,
tightly held to the railing
on an old ocean-liner
headed for disaster.
all cheering and waving
i'm ordering the first
of my many last drinks
(this is not my maiden voyage
and i know that before dawn comes
the roles will be reversed
and this drunken ship will vomit its load
and i will find myself back
facing the bar
thirty-one glasses with cold water to the brim
aligned in front of me).+
Stream of GlitterStream of Glitter12 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
By no means confiscate me
It was an enlightened declining
Till you singled me out
Out of the accurate azure
I was powdering the clouds
With sparks of dreams
You stole my existence
Progressing along with ease
Till the day you determined
To pierce me out of ecstasy
The delight to spot a fairy
Flash their shimmer fashioned eyes
They would flock about me
To illustrate their shine shadow
But now you slashed my wings
My air travel no more to observe
As the glitter from my eyes drop
I was in high spirits
I took wing
I was formerly a fairy
Now I am entitled a pet
Human beings only speculate
How the glitter gushes from my eyes
In my hairIn my hair10 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
in my hair
slowdown your kiss my love
we're not in the movies
tonight one kiss will do
slowdown your tears my love
even if they fall as rubies
they'll break the glass your looking through
cheat on me with your your boyfriend
some songs never end
as words forever change
the truth is we pretend
that the wounds will ever mend
love it wont get strange.
glitter in my hair fron your underwear
shooting star crash in my bed
we can blame the wine that graced our lips
but seven sips have sooner said
stayed in bed as you got dressed
on sunday youll confess
a sin of love and broken lore
my life is such a mess
heart and pants still on the floor
glitter in my hair from your underwear
tell your boyfriend i said hi
if your still out of breath
just nod and smile
you talk to me as you brush your teeth
until you fall asleep
your heart and dreams are silver lined
ahh but talk is cheap
and memories will keep
until I wake to find