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Ketones
Bring news to me little nightingale
So long have I hid myself away
Bring news to me of the outside world
My greatest fear - share my father's fate
I'm passing on
So sweeter
Acidic blood burns away my eyes
Dying breath a floral scent
So long have I shed water weight
Bring news to me what time I've left
I'm passing on
So sweeter
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Literature
Sinner
sleepless and burning the three grams
waiting for the verdict and farewell to friends
humming softly, being killed by the words
getting lost on the way home
sliding in the dream and off the road
I'm not good for much, but at least for better
I drive on in spite of your weather
draining the last draught of elixir
black as the stains on my lungs are
singing the songs I wish I owned
getting lost on the way home
startled from the dream and on my own
I'm not good for much, but at least for the better
I'm still in the right by the sinners
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Literature
Lethe
I’m going to the river
to see my father
I’m going to the river
Now when’s he gonna bury me?
Lethe, make me
forget thee
Your memory
Rest my eyes in softer sand
To see my father again
Rest my eyes in softer sand
Now when’s he gonna bury me?
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Literature
August
I'm poor, but I'm not a beggar
I'm alone, but I'm not a loner
I've fallen, but I'm not the devil yet
I sing with the trees that heard me
I bleed on the fields that birthed me
I walk with the pilgrims I led on
So many sins that take us
where we call home
So what if you're a martyr
if we don't learn?
I serve when I'm free to wander
I cope when I still have comfort
I shiver when I know I can be warmed
I write, but I do not say much
I love, but I do not like much
I'm here when I'm sure I don't belong
A promise I don't make it's
privilege to be one
Helpless against the tide
glad to ride along
Wonder if August will ever find its end
(Will any of this ever end?)
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Literature
31
Frozen on a crest,
at a beach I've never been;
too many sine waves
crashing in my head.
Happiness betwixt
misery and melancholy
sharing the same space.
Front lines for a new war
on my battered Chucks;
still lost in the old ideas.
Helpless against the tide,
but glad to ride along,
hoping I can at least enjoy the time.
The sunset here feels
somehow like a new day.
A privilege I don't often enjoy
and a promise I don't often make.
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Back Home :iconiconic-johnny:iconic-johnny 5 1
Literature
Doubt
Does it pay to be a thief?
Is it a crime to seek relief?
Am I home, if I’m alone?
If you see, will you believe
I’m true?
I’m true
Give some of your doubt to me
Want a word, I’ll give you a poem
A public letter from my secret soul
And if they ring less than clear
I promise that there’s still one word
That’s true
That’s true
Give some of your doubt to me
I never say what bothers me
Until I lie and give you these
When I’m done denying I love
How can I see when I believe
I’m true?
I’m true
Give some of your doubt to me
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Literature
Old Souls
She caught me in the autumn,
She caught me when I was born
I stood there, I said nothing
as I do
I swear we were like the winter
like the fog from our breath
I stood there, I did nothing
I wish I did
Why don't the nightingale sing?
Why don't the bluebird fly?
Because I clipped his wings;
because I let him die.
Old souls and older shoes,
I still walk to nowhere
to hear those songs;
my life in others' words
when I won't permit
my own voice the time.
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Literature
Sleep (I Know)
And I know
when I say your name
I'm safe
when I close my eyes today
I'll see you again
tomorrow
And I know
that my fears are all that's left
that keep me from your arms
that keep me from you
and seeing you again
tomorrow
And I smoke
to burn away my tongue
so that I won't lie again
and yet here I stand
wishing that I could speak
wishing that I could say
I love you
What truth is there
what I believe
what truth is there in honesty?
Well the truth is there
if I believe
the truth is in my honesty
To hell with Hell
And I want
the sun to have your eyes
and looking over me
until mine are open
So I'm dying
on my journey to be born
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Old Boy :iconiconic-johnny:iconic-johnny 3 2
Literature
Floral Inferno
You are my floral inferno
Set fire to my dreams,
bleed into my thoughts
Listen to the sounds I make
Listen to the sounds I hear
Write to the silence
I don't believe in
Now I won't die
Though I should be leaving
No, I won't die
I've only just begun breathing
Sever the moan
You are my opening eyes
Myopic as they breathe
Farseeing as they crawl
Haunted by the past I create
Hurt by the future I dared
weave into my skin
I don't reside in
Now I won't die
Though I should be leaving
No, I won't die
I've only just begun breathing
Sever the moan
You are my, birth, my death, my inspiration
I lie in my incubator
Too scared and alone to cry
A premature birth brings me
An overdo death sends me off
Right to the silence
I don't believe in
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Literature
Napster
I wish you could hear the world the way I do
I don't want to say anything with words
I want to say everything with records
And I want to share it with you
Always want to with you
I wish you could see in the silence
the way I do when all goes quiet
and there's no one to snap me out of it
And I wish I had something to share with you
Always want to with you
I wish my music wasn't so controversial
Hearing mine may bring calamity
Or at the least infidelity
All because I want to share it with you
Always want to with you
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Literature
Fugitive
Barely awake in the world of the living
Making mistakes so I can learn to enjoy them
I won't be coming home this evening
Making mistakes so I can learn to repeat them
You caught my eye when we didn't know our faces
And under each lie I was hoping there was truth in
The love we fell into each late night chatting
Making mistakes so I can learn to enjoy them
The truth can put you in chains
and give you the key,
but you don't want to use it
Tell me, will you leave us again
the moment we're free
but we don't want to leave?
You dropped your disguise when the pressure became too
Much to hold onto the friends you didn't need to be
Making mistakes so you can learn to appreciate them
You won't be coming home this evening
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Literature
Ouroboros
"I did this to myself."
It's important to know.
I did this to myself-
always remember that and you will be
as miserable and bitter as you
don't want to be.
I am selfish and have vices I'd rather not give up.
I am imperfect, short-tempered, and impatient.
I am lazy, sardonic, and hopeless.
I am not what I want to be,
but I have accepted what I am.
And as I watch a snake eating itself
I know I can't get any further than the beginning
when I've decided I want it to end.
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Literature
1:40 a.m. and delirium
(I know)
when you say my name it's safe
when I close my eyes today
I will see you again
tomorrow
(I know)
that my fears are all that's left
that keep me from your arms
and seeing you again
this moment
dying
on my journey to be born
I want the sun to have your eyes
looking over me
'til mine are open
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My god, it's been some time since I've updated anything on this website. I still lurk and occasionally check out others' pieces, but the long hours of browsing and communicating with other artists on this site are many years behind me. Perhaps it's because I've had the mother of all writer's blocks for the last few years. I'm lucky if I can scrape together enough inspiration to finish a single new song per year. But I persist in some form or another. My soundcloud is more or less full of increasingly decent forays into musical expression. As always, I'm still quite a ways from where I want to be, but even if I don't release an actual album until I'm in my 40s, I'm finding that I don't mind so much anymore. I just like doing what I do, whether or not I have an audience to read or listen to me. 
So I have to ask, how are all the people out there still tethered to my page, eh? How's this world treating you? I'm sure it's been pretty rough for more than a fair share of you. 
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The wanderlust years are over.
The sun is in the hands of the aging trees and
I never saw the world beyond the winter.
The sun is in their hands
and I have never been so afraid.
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PagesOfDreams Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   Writer
Thank you for all the faves, dear :kiss:
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iconic-johnny Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :aww:
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PagesOfDreams Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014   Writer
:hug:
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PotentiallyCute Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! Just thought I'd stop by and say hello! :33
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iconic-johnny Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sup, gurrl?! :glomp: How's it been and such? 
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PotentiallyCute Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icongwompplz: It's been going okay! I was just goin' about my business and I just thought about you and wanted to come say hi again! :33 We don't talk often and I feel bad that I don't do much in the way of trying to contact you. U_U So a dandy hello from me to you big brother. :3
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iconic-johnny Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:aww: Well, it's all cool, I'm not exactly that great at keeping up with who I have and haven't said hello to. :XD:
It's nice to hear from you again! Hope all is well!
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givemeyourscars Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey bro, how have things been?
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iconic-johnny Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Eh, they've been alright. Just working a lot. :XD:
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