FallFall in Free Verse More Like This
Something fell. How could a sound so loud
have been a dream? Yet how could a sound
so loud have left a silence thick as this?
There is so little sound you might be deaf.
You say, "hello," softly, to the dark.
You hear your voice clearly through the air.
The lighted clock says four A.M.
Did something fall? It could have been a dream.
It may have been the picture in the hall.
Why did you hang it with a single nail?
Or was it something not so near as that,
whose size and mass you cannot say?
Was it here in the city, a block away,
a mile? There would be sirens, surely.
Or was it something both near and far -
did a world slip down a stair,
from one step to the one below?
Whose was it, then? Or was it yours alone?
In the morning you will know.
It was not a dream. Something fell.
Then and nowThen and now in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Elevators may stop between floors -
Shout aloud for help until the doors
Can be pulled open by the friend who hears.
A voice and friends is what we need and all we have.
Peace may come, may end certain wars.
Elevators will still stop between floors.
head of the classlife leaves you lessened, not learned.head of the class in Free Verse More Like This
a brief visit extendedcalifornia returnsa brief visit extended in Free Verse More Like This
portraits of love
etched in endless steps
and slanted streets
stretching sunburnt limbs
its languid strides
like solemn hymns
in the grass
'round grace cathedral
it finds hope
but still potent
its thrift shop moments
of battered truths
than those intended
it makes belief
not makes believe
that nothing's ended
lists and listlessnessEach name I mark down is a list.lists and listlessness in Free Verse More Like This
I write every single word
I intend to promptly forget,
making sure to underline
the important parts.
These are the things I really meant to say.
You'd smile and feel
the way you were supposed to.
It's all so simple.
These little plans of mine
are drawn up and drawn out.
It's too meticulous
to be destiny
and too ridiculous
to be enjoyable.
Would you even feel it if I crossed you off?
I have that power you know.
(That and more.)
I could rearrange you.
I could erase you
I could kid myself all night,
but I could never let you go.
I don't have any rules so....from here on outI don't have any rules so.... in Free Verse More Like This
all poems are made
from there on in
I only write
who can't read
who like boys
who don't like boys
(and are okay with that)
each perfect little princess
parading foreign continents
with words that drip like honey
those with time to kill
(they always make the best of me)
the ever faithful stranger
and the skeletons in my throat
Is it hot in here...There are things that I see on an everyday basis.Is it hot in here... in Free Verse More Like This
There are eyes that aren't mine,
locked in passionate embrace.
I watch the same mistakes over & over.
The silly little games we play with each other.
The dirty little tricks we play on one another.
We create a chemical reaction
our bodies do not know how to handle,
and tie ourselves to the next big thing -
This is weighing me down.
I sink and smile
at the irony of being dragged under
by something that doesn't even exist;
the heavy burden of an unfulfilled promise.
I will forever be defined
by that which I do not possess,
but at least I will never indulge
those tiny, fatal games.
I am the textbook definition no one's reading.
Today is the day we mark this down.
Tomorrow is the dream I never have.
a whole other animalyou can steal a kissa whole other animal in Free Verse More Like This
from painted lion's
but commitment is
Candiesa trash-strewn strutCandies in Free Verse More Like This
slummed slow bus ride
is a nasty mind
your candy coated eyes
last night cried
sugar water clouds
to crown the ground
to turn young minds
your gift's an open
darksome mouth devouring
presenting..."these songs shouldn't make me feel so sad."presenting... in Philosophy & Perspectives More Like This
said to myself, in between puffs of smoke
blown to wasps in my window. still, ever since
you started harvesting silence, my day-to-day details
have progressed to punishment ala prometheus.
skin unscathed, cloaking heartbreak daily.
chained to this rock, but sealed with a twist.
I'm eatin' up space and overcompensatin'. I've got
that bug-eaten junkie lovescratch itch. I've got them
shakes what jived (and shook from the inside).
oh no, I can't undo the pain in you.
this chip with boy ashoulder.
doin' time at the hotel. sickening
smile, carrying luggage. roots grown
deep & worsening breath.
you've got your own concerns
and I've just one of them...
dear, I fear I'm forever one word away from winning you.
things that go bump in the nightabsence makes the heart a monster.things that go bump in the night in Free Verse More Like This
It was 20 years agoIt's not as ifIt was 20 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
We were loved at 20
You have been a unfulfilled sin
A hollow silence
A futile sleepiness
I remember your lips and the chewing gum with orange
easy lie for a faithful love
what do we knowwhat do we know in Free Verse More Like This
we see them grow
we never see them melt
they cherish us as the days go
they jump so high, they might catch stars
happy at the playground
innocent and pure
we never see them melt
a sudden hush and the sky goes dark
sugar turns into salt
life should never end
we see them grow in the wind
trampsgood morning Boringtramps in Free Verse More Like This
They will draw lines
amid the lost and the ones
we will be new Never
we will be last and fragile
we will be new and ever
good morning Bites
everything ends in my hand
fall and sing
they will turn off the lights
like a japanese dream
soft and eternal
silk and young
as we fill the grave
good morning asleep
like a lie of yesterday
and we puke as we talk
everything is going to a christmas tree
in the desertin the desert in Free Verse More Like This
Im losing my time, Im losing my life
32 seconds of impurity
an eternity of abnegation
dust and ashes
a dishonourable victory
your face as dry as a corpse
we will forget our redemption
your frozen tears in my fridge
we ran so fast and vanished so fast
like a disenchanted couple
lost and late
the night when it happendI do not know how I found myself outside in the rainy streetthe night when it happend in Free Verse More Like This
I felt like a jar of cucumbers when you open the cap
The night was rancid
When suddenly a bird fell in the middle of broken glass, a cat asleep was smoking a cigarette. These two would love each other.
The bird crashed into the sidewalk, has moved. The cold has stopped the beating of his heart
I clutched my coat
In the distance, above The streetlights, a woman bent his crushed fingers and rubbed a crease on his red raincoat. I do not know if we could hear the TV from a window mouthful of green light.
Then all the lights disappeared.
I set the thermostat for heating and I went back to bed
197919791979 in Free Verse More Like This
We shared a flower necklace
We kissed behind the school building
We knew that we were lost forever
dead enddead end in Free Verse More Like This
You fall like an amish buggy
You buy a new iphone
But you're wrong
You forgot to breathe
Your car stops
And the amish laughs
meow girlmeow girl in Free Verse More Like This
You jump out of the window at midnight
you dance naked under the full moon
just for me
and I open the trash
for us to find a rotten fish
you drink milk but you drink my purple lips
Life has never been so simple
meow me meow you
you dance under the streetlights
you've never been so sad
you purr on asphalt
and that's it
blood flowsblood flows through the heartblood flows in Free Verse More Like This
through the veins
visits the lungs
to the extremities
I wonder what it would be like
to have no home
but to cycle through
would I feel
his beauty withersthe better you get to know himhis beauty withers in Free Verse More Like This
like a stained glass
from the pieces of Kristallnacht
his beauty withers
like the roots
of a weed unable to draw sustenance
from the arteries in my forearm
until in boredom
you are tempted to run him over with a car
and leave him bleeding on a suburban road
three times the legal blood alcohol level
determined by breathalyzer
the better you get to know him
the more he bears the burden
of every earthquake
from every country
after you purchase a winning lottery ticket
and donate your kidney
to a dying relative
he cannot sleep
what is staring right into his eyes
like the ruins of a civilization
no artifacts to appraise
no one knows where the inhabitants went
or upon what
and no amount of theory
will resurrect antiquity
so I suggest you let him sleep
unless you want him
to be me.
your dried flowerswatching the rain wander down the glassyour dried flowers in Free Verse More Like This
in my window
I crush your dried flowers
and make a tea
sipping your previous loves
and spewing them forth.
unable to swallow the bitter brew
on the ground
in pieces of glass
and plated silver
I fear no endI fear no pain too unbearableI fear no end in Free Verse More Like This
should my skin prove
to be less than
against the wear of the world
I fear no pleasure too amazing
should my mind be incapable of
I fear no end
though there is never
surely as I was born
so shall I perish
I fear no past mistakes
like my efforts at creation
I learn, therefore I have
sure, I worry
I wring my hands with sorrow
I scream and I cuss in rage
I let the emotion out
and it dissipates like heat
into the cold of night
but even when the clouds
cover the sky
and the moon is new
there is still a light burning
with each pulse of blood
here I am, blind and ignorant
as the moment I took my first breath
the more knowledge I encounter
the more childish awe I feel
and the more I laugh
the less gravity is a burden
the more I listen
to you speak
the more I smile
and the more I meet new people
the more I sing
with each new song
each new moment
2 A.M. drunken omeletit only took me nearly thirty years to realize2 A.M. drunken omelet in Free Verse More Like This
that this morning
while tip-toeing over broken egg shells
made of glass
I've been the one cutting new scars
into the soles of both feet
because I keep dropping these strange decorative eggs
in the kitchen
after cooking a 2 A.M. drunken omelet
and the remnants
are razor sharp
and my skin might be leather made of Kevlar
but these unborn silica children
are still bullets to my veins
thirty years, and still a stranger
an alien to the face of the reflective moon
in the kitchen, the refrigerated
records every step I take
did I forget to use eggs to make the last omelet
I seem to be missing
the flesh from my neck.
Comfortable In FictionNo, no no...Comfortable In Fiction in Free Verse More Like This
I'd like to read you first.
Trace my fingers across those lovely lines
of your words
dot each 'i' with a kiss: x !
circle every curve in every u,
then when I see you with my reader's eye
perhaps you I could meet
perhaps even touch
oh, but first!
...won't you please let me finish this page?
CaughtTruth is subjectiveCaught in Free Verse More Like This
When it suits you most.
You stand like a detective,
Munching French toast.
I would argue, but not today.
Colour clouds this morning.
To the door I shuffle, fluid as clay.
Waving, muttering, yawning.
Slump into car, heart ajar.
News on to ground my thoughts.
A text at 7am? Bizarre.
"Happy now? In you I am caught."
When Numbers Are ForgottenWhen you're separate, alone,When Numbers Are Forgotten in Free Verse More Like This
I'll never phone.
When you are me
I may love you, we'll see.
When we're one,
We'll bathe naked in Sun.
When we separate,
I'll have never known a grief so great.
When I reflect
What I see I won't respect.
When we speak again,
I'll just be glad we're friends.
When we die as two,
My last image will be of you.
Poco A Poco WiggleLove is a linePoco A Poco Wiggle in Free Verse More Like This
Emotions that jiggle
His stick in the night
Black is gently blued
Poco a poco, orange, yellow
And the last is the first thing
Brown hair, eyes chipped ice
Can You BelieveCan you believe!Can You Believe in Free Verse More Like This
I think I am in Love
Wait no for sure I am.
Yep 100 % sure.
Be Cool...Real Cool.
But I think its to Late....
Is Love a concept
Not this one.
Can you Believe
Dandelion GardnerI am the Dandelion Gardner!Dandelion Gardner in Free Verse More Like This
Lovely burst of Yellow
Delicate if you look close
Strong if you pull
In tune with the Sun
Changing like the Butterfly
Soft White floating with the Winds
I am the Dandelion Gardner
Need Has SpokenNeed has spokenNeed Has Spoken in Free Verse More Like This
Placed as a morning sun
Silently sleeping against the colors
Need has spoken
Need has spoken
Devours all emotion
Want has passed as a lustful desire
Need has spoken
Need has spoken
Forefront of moments
Need has spoken
Need has spoken
Desires are true
Need has spoken
Need has spoken to me...
Minnow HunterDances across the riverMinnow Hunter in Free Verse More Like This
Searching with pierced eyes
(ego)Objected only to my own initiations(ego) in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Blinded not by tongues of others bursting
Justified in every step I build in turn
Error unaccepted in this atmosphere
Creation creaming from my gritty gnashing teeth
Tested every hour by my will in inverse
I am the Hephaestus of my heart*
Verses seethe me, iron, onto ancient times
Irrelevant - I am the architecture
Sautered to the sensing of my own mind
Moonless, I, a man - windy blowing clear the mist.
ShepherdJason sat halfway in his seat. He stared slowly at the insignificance poised delicately about the room containing only him, halfway in his seat. There was a bit of a creak (the only creaking thing he'd heard all day) before she walked into the room, otherwise as quiet as a duck-hunter.Shepherd in Short Stories More Like This
She sat and stared. It was a quick movement, unobserved by anyone except Jason, who wasn't fully sure he had observed it himself. But she was sure he had, even though he wasn't. She greeted him with the only greeting she ever used, "Hello, Jason. How are you feeling today?"
"Oh hello, well, I'm feeling fine, I suppose." She thought long, hard, and deep about that one.
"Well, to be frank, Jason, you don't sound too sure about that." This came as a surprise. Jason had almost hoped that his answer would wholly suffice, that it would wrap up his appointment like a birthday gift and send him on his merry way. Suddenly, he was aware of the error in his ways.
"Well, I mean, you're a bit right about th
KamikazeIKamikaze in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
Out my window
In the morning
Hopes and fears
Across the earth
Off the lights
HighwayI wish that I couldHighway in Free Verse More Like This
Express my inward lurking
Highways arcing into dust
Beneath my skin bridging
Bubbling forever building
Heights gone unimagined
By the utmost sacred
Bartender beating foam
From the bottom of a beer
Ice cold sliding down the
Tabletop into my arms
Firm and swung into my stomach
Grown to stammer me across
The street onto the parking
Lots where I am zapped
Of memories and color
Fading as I stumble
Sprawled atop the cracks and
Anthills in the asphalt under
Neath a car that isn't
Mine or yours or thank god
Theirs, the person standing
Watching me escape the earth
In sweats and exorcisms
Upset over every cigarette
That smokes and all the little
Things I missed and will
Regretfully forget in time
Retreatsunshine battles rainRetreat in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
birds cry a warrior's song
winter sighs, leaving
Twisted Corsettwisted corsetTwisted Corset in Free Verse More Like This
tangled in strings
of the heart