Speak to MeSpeak to Me in Free Verse More Like This
Speak to me
nakedly and honestly
Don't cloak your meanings
in accepted patterns
Touch me as you touch
yourself when you are
sad or hurt.
Hear me as you
hear your own
Feel me near you
like you feel
the weather outside.
Feed my soul
not my ego.
Memories Small in the DistanceMemories Small in the Distance in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Remember being little?
Hard to believe we were ever small enough that people could actually pick us up and carry us around.
I remember when I was really little my uncle Frank used to give me...I think they call them "airplane rides"? I don't remember what we called them, but he would spin around real fast while holding me by the hands or forearms. It would be pretty hard to find someone who could do that to me now though.
I remember back when I was in kindergarten I had fallen off of the top of the monkey bars and landed flat on my back. If something like that happened to me now I'm sure a few bones would have been broken. I remember the teacher holding me up in her arms as she told the other kids she had to take me too the nurse's office. Amazing that I was so light a young woman could pick me up and carry me around so easily. But we were all little once.
Invisible PrayersInvisible Prayers in Free Verse More Like This
Blind eyes focused on oblivion
Staring passed their own destruction.
Vast armies of eyes
Staring at forgetfulness
Mistaken for prebirth fantasies
Throats mute with
The silence of awe.
Green eternities of destruction
Weigh down and extrude
The soul out of substance
And the emotion out of mind.
Post apocalyptic breeze
Blows putrid oders playfully
About the ruins.
Better death than slavery
For those born free.
Please don't talk to me
In the language of ghosts,
The dead can't speak
And they have no writing in Hell.
Run around with scriptures
Folded in your shoes.
Miracles happen in your sleep,
Blessings are only child's wishes
And heaven is only something
Poor people dream about.
The Jesus MimesThe Jesus Mimes in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
I'm a little distracted and sleepy right now as I have a lot on my mind and didn't get very much sleep last night, but maybe a little writing exercise will put me in better form.
Well, another strange snippet of a memory just came back to me. As is usually the case with these sorts of recollections I can remember a few highlighted seconds and I have a loose web of vague impressions holding them together, more or less, into a sort of situation or short series of events. Well, it may not sound like much, but great events from the ancient past have been chiseled out of the marble of history using considerably less. Maybe with a little deductive reasoning and common sense I can flesh this one out with a certain degree of reliable accuracy.
This happened back over 30 years ago, between '81 and '83 I believe. I was at Santa Monica beach. I don't recall who I went with, who was with me, but I usually went with someone else. I did upon rare occasions go all by myself, but I don't recall that
Could You?One smile was all it tookCould You? in Free Verse More Like This
Who thought a heart could break this quickly?
One glance, one stare
Did you even remember that I was there?
Your eyes locked on her face
Who thought a heart could crumble into decay?
There are so many things I want to say
So many things I want to scream in your face
So many tears I tried to hide
When I said I felt better, could you tell that I lied?
Could you tell that this is eating away at me?
The image won't go away
I try to remind myself of happiness and glee
But I remember when you were with her, and not me
Now you tell me you love me, I trust you with that
And I want you to know that I love you too
But seriously, I'm starting to feel insecure
I want you to know that I love you, and only you
But, please tell me, could you tell me that too?
EmilieEmilie sits upon the shelfEmilie in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
A pretty doll in a shop
She sits and waits for her time to come
Until her loneliness stops
She waits and waits, full of false hope
That someone will come take her home
But when all the other dolls have been bought
She wonders why she's still alone
She spends her time thinking about
Her imaginary faults
Assuming that she's ugly because
Why else has she not been sold?
And to this day, she's wanted to say
Why am I the only doll that's still here?
She's fed up of loneliness, fed up of waiting
For something she once had that disappeared
Emilie sits upon the shelf
A pretty doll in a shop
She sits and waits for her time to come
But her loneliness never stops
She's so fed up that she's stopped trying
To be the perfect one
Because deep down she already knows
Her perfect one has been and gone
Your StoryI'd much rather cry for youYour Story in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
'Cause my story is too painful to share
I'd much rather smile for you
'Cause my story is too painful to bare
So come here and I'll wrap my arms around you
Come here and I'll let your story shine
But after you share your story
Please don't ask me about mine
If only I could play the violin
I'd share my past through sorrowful chords
Vibrato on strings would be my voice
Fighting my demons with imaginary swords
Although I'm limited to words on paper
And the words aren't sung by a beautiful voice
These words make my story into a song
And this song confronts you with a choice
You can close your eyes
And pretend this is a fairytale
Pretend it's a meaningless story
That was never once true
Or you can open your eyes
And realise deep down
That the story isn't just about me
That you're the main character too
If you don't want to tell your story
As it is, spoken word to word
Turn your art into your voice
And you will always be heard
A picture speaks a thousand words
SkylapseSkylapse in Free Verse More Like This
And now I finally see-
The true face of faith that I once held so dearly
This sensation is somewhat familiar-
My thick tears become entangled
I clench my trembling fists-
As a regretful prayer exits my tainted lips
Blindly lead down this beaten path!
Reaching the end forces me to despise the past
Hymns of comfort have left me feeling torn!
This flawed cross can't protect me anymore
I always reached for what wasn't even there!
The darkness becomes clear as the light disappears
I kiss the welcoming abyss / Closing the rift I once lived
Clouds drift / Body lifts
Winds wisp / Tears twist
My pain and peace quickly shift / The overpowering memories are swift
You were only a dreaming act!
And you managed to slip through my hands
Let the halos and golden gates be erased!
I shouldn't fall if there's no such thing as grace
It was all just a metaphor to help
The Unseen LifeThe Unseen Life in Free Verse More Like This
The Unseen Life
I thought pain was created to fade
But it seems like my life was crafted to break
So I apologize to the mirror and say "I'm sorry, it's too late."
I can't even look at my own face, as I can never accept my mistakes
I realize that I am brokenly made
My mind bleeds away the memories I've wasted
Remorse begins to slowly fill in the gaps that are left
This stained razor blade leaves every dark moment perfectly divided
I try not to indulge in act of prayer, because I refuse to ever confess
Even in death I will never rest
All visible colors descend into the ground
And time drifts off to sleep
Every sharp outline ascends into the clouds
As this reality begins to dream
This world has truly abandoned me
I keep on doing what I've done
So I can't deny that I've forsaken hope
I couldn't stop the emptiness once it had begun
But I had no other choice, because I was left alone
All I have ever had was myself to disown
Dawning self-hatred with no e
ScarmakerScarmaker in Free Verse More Like This
Your promises kept~
Breaking Breaking Breaking
I tried to hold those hopeful words you said
But you've always managed to hurt the both of us in the end
Our tears shed~
Seething Seething Seething
Down and away like liquified memories of regret
While every stinging mistake rushes back and quickly spreads
My hands left~
Trembling Trembling Trembling
I find myself feeling lost in this inner emptiness
As all my love for you continually escapes from my chest
This is our last resort / Please, don't say it's so
There's no trusting me anymore / Please, you don't have to go
We tried, but it just can't work / Then I swear that I will change
I lied, and made everything worse / Then give us more time, and just wait
I don't want to make you cry ever again / I'd rather have you than nothing
I can't stand being the source of your pain / I want you to know that you're my everything
I know you're better off without me / But I will
Population ControlPopulation Control in Free Verse More Like This
Words on paper
lyrics in a song
conscious and subconscious
painted on the wall
Call on your conscience
Monsanto's is poisoning your Kids
in your subconscious
the government poisons your head
The FDA feeds you lies
'cause there's no money in the cure
Honeybees can't pollinate
Bayer, there's more you should know
and even less you can trust
Look out the end game is clear.
Global warming or climate change
fossil fuels refined
subconscious; we only have one earth, what should we do ?
Lovers wear blinders
the rich are still fat
conscious, help us
Population control is a fact.
Women in TechnologyWomen in Technology in Articles & Interviews More Like This
According to a new Thomson Reuters survey of women in management at firms between 2005 and 2010, it appears that technology companies are remaining tight-lipped about their efforts to 'promote' women.
An analysis of the survey by the Huffington Post shows that, when compared with other sectors, technology firms aren't as open about reporting how many women they employ. Only nine of the 254 tech companies included in the study shared the breakdown of women among their overall work forces and management teams. Of those that submitted data, the researchers found that women occupied 15% of management positions at tech companies in 2010, compared with 33% in financial services and 34% in health care.
In fact, the number of women in the IT field and those who are heading to college to pursue technology degrees is actually on the decline.
Women control more than 83 percent of all consumer purchases, including 66 percent of home computers, and they outpace men when it comes to buying consumer
Apostrophes with Numbers, Letters, AbbreviationsRule: The plurals for capital letters and numbers used as nouns are not formed with apostrophes.Apostrophes with Numbers, Letters, Abbreviations in Editorial More Like This
Example: She consulted with three M.D.s.
Example: She went to three M.D.s' offices.
The apostrophe is needed here to show plural possessive.
Example: She learned her ABCs.
Example: the 1990s
Example: the '90s or the mid-'70s
the '90's or the mid-'70's
Example: She learned her times tables for 6s and 7s.
Exception: Use apostrophes with capital letters and numbers when the meaning would be unclear otherwise.
Example: Please dot your I's.
You don't mean Is.
Example: Ted could not distinguish between his 6's and 0's.
You don't mean Os.
Commas Before AND in a SeriesIn American English usage, a comma should precede and with three or more items in a series.Commas Before AND in a Series in Editorial More Like This
Example: I would like to order a salad, a sandwich, and dessert.
Newspapers and magazines do not generally use this rule, as print space is too valuable to use on what might be considered extraneous punctuation. However, print publications will use the final comma before and if it is needed to avoid confusion.
Example: Her $10 million estate was split among her husband, daughter, son, and nephew.
Omitting the comma after son would have led the reader to believe that the son and nephew had to split one-third of the estate (each receiving one-sixth), rather than understanding that each relative received one-fourth of the estate.
Patience (Collaborative Poem)She sits, waiting,Patience (Collaborative Poem) in Free Verse More Like This
The tension, suffocating.
Her heart palpitating,
The moment, nauseating.
Recycle BinOh Recycle Bin,Recycle Bin in Free Verse More Like This
How you taunt me so.
Plump from my ideas,
With none for me to show.
Your mouth always open,
Waiting to be fed
The words that roll about
So messy in my head.
Each scrap a banquet,
Each page a tasty treat.
You grin at my failure
And swell from my defeat...
Aura: The RevolutionAura: The Revolution in Free Verse More Like This
Aura: The Revolution
I will never live up to any other expectations
I will only just reach the place in life that's destined
Never again will I be a victim of impossible outcomes
Never again will I allow my self-respect to be disgraced and overcome
I am a prisoner no more
Discrimination became the martyr
I had to put an end to this war
I will not be walked on like I had been before
The future of a fearless life is what I now strive for
The source of my resolve has been built into my core
I believe what's right / To live my life
I'll reach for the light / And shine so bright
There's no limit to the sky / This smile never felt so fine
I never thought it'd be mine / So I'll take it as a sign
Time heals all wounds
It may get dark but the sun will rise soon
Hearts will fall sick and spirits will feel blue
But after the storm our pride will become immune
Trials by fear seem hopeless to get through
But strength and belonging will always be a part of you
A Wish For FreedomA Wish For Freedom in Free Verse More Like This
A Wish For Freedom
I, a child birthed in chains
Raised in a cage
But on this day- they will break
I was taught self-hatred
Learning that the differences were divided
Among the people who are considered “civilized “
Forcefully combining my fear and envy
As I was raised in the middle of this society
My power and pride were deprived of me
I was only an empty vessel
Believing that all promises were fabled
But once upon a calm- I witnessed hope's revival
Wings sprout from my tongue / Words from my soul are sung
A new voice's journey has begun / Let the era of silence be undone
Obtaining peace of mind / Experiencing freedom of heart
Allowing the colors to shine / The future will blind the scars
I had to fight the system; I had to stop the cycle
It was either my downfall or survival
So I reversed this downward spiral
Care not, for those who maim
Fear not, for those who damn my name
Weep not, for those who choose to go the other way
I told myself that I will survive
Slowly Breaking ApartSlowly Breaking Apart in Free Verse More Like This
Slowly Breaking Apart
I accepted the consequences-
When I opened up my heart
But I knew I never could stand against-
The love that ceased my wars
I let go of the struggles-
That I hopelessly held in my hands
I finally freed the tears that quarreled-
They fell in order for me to continue to stand
Trust can be the worst enemy
Lies can be the strongest ally
Harmony can succumb to tyranny
Twisted truths can prevent a sacrifice
Mistake can never be contained! / Emotions can never be saved!
Compassion always falls for hate! / Destiny always lusts after fate!
A piece of peace is caged! / Watch the bridges burn away!
Have no hope and have no faith! / Have no shame and have no blame!
I'll desecrate the title of friend
I'll redefine the meaning of foe
A cycle of paranoia with no end
I won't need anyone anymore
I ignored the risks-
Of letting someone in
But I couldn't resist-
Feeling that warm spark within
I took on the weight of the world-
And ended u
Nightmare: The Tragic LoverNightmare: The Tragic Lover in Free Verse More Like This
Nightmare: The Tragic Lover
In the silence
I can hear the lyrics
Of my mind's awareness
You're hidden from the world
Only to be known by me
My fate is foretold
You're the end that I wait to see
The remnants of rust consume
The taint covering my heart seeps through
I am dying from a cancer that was caused by you
All it took was a wound
From the kiss that would seal it soon
I just wish that I could take you down too
From something so blissful / Bore a mask of deceit
I remain so resentful / I don't know what to believe
A being that could damage / A feeling that could heal
You pushed me over the edge / You made me wish it was real
I find myself pathetic
That you were just an anesthetic
I used you until you fulfilled your purpose
Now I don't know who the real monster is
What have we really become of this?
One whose heartless and the other is painless
These dark mirrors
Are the protective barriers
Of the true lies of one another
You were my angelic desire
A hope that I h