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Requiem for a Pipe Dream
Everything seemed perfect,
it just all fit into place.
That is, until the day it slowly
blew up in my face.
I should have know much better,
seen it coming from afar,
but we never truly understand
how blinded that we are
by hope and need and every void
we just can't seem to fill.
However much you feed them,
they just get hungrier still.
I'd like to think I've finally learned
this lesson once again,
but I'm sure that I will probably
be back here now and then.
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Literature
What was I thinking?
Caught unawares
and unable to deal
with a foolish illusion
that I thought was real.
A lapse in composure,
a loss of control.
A lifelong anomaly
taking its toll.
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Literature
We're There
And so, at last, we've reached the inevitable end,
the destination we've been chasing all along.
A bittersweet resolution to everything we've done
and now, I guess, it's time to say so long.
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Literature
The Myth of Independence
You say "hell is other people.",
but where do you think you'd be
if everyone around you
shared your misanthropic view?
Without cooperation,
in a world of apathy,
what exactly is it
that you think that you could do?
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Literature
Brain Wave
For so long I was stuck,
but then inspiration struck.
I found the right idea, at last
and now I'm on my way.
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Literature
So That Happened
Just when I thought that it
was over, said and done,
something told me that
it's only just begun.
So I took another shot
and tried with all my might,
I only hope that it's
enough to make things right.
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Literature
Misanthropic Abandon
“Hell is other people”,
a wise man once did say
and from where I'm standing,
they can all just go away.
No one is an island,
but I'm damn sure going to try.
They only people I want to know
are me, myself and I.
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Literature
Mediocrity
In the mushy middle
right between loved and despised.
With no distinguishing features,
but potential unrealized.
It leaves no lasting impression,
just emphatic apathy
so all that's left to say
is that there's nothing here to see.
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Literature
I'm Free
Breaking out of old
structures
and their inherent
restrictions
until all that's left
is pure
expression.
Completely
unfettered,
and finally
set free
to embrace the
opportunity
to say exactly
what's on
my mind.
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Literature
Don't Stop
I've got to keep on moving,
there's no time to take a break.
If I let up now,
it just might be my last mistake.
I need to take a breath,
but just can't afford to slow.
I've made too little progress
and I've got too far to go.
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Literature
Digitaria
A survivor of a war
that will never be won
makes its way through the cracks
bent on finding the sun.
The tenacious invader,
working away.
Doing all that it can
just to live one more day.
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Literature
One Day
The inevitable inches closer,
slowly stalking me.
Shadowing my every step
and I know that eventually
it's going to catch up with me.
I can not get away
so all that's left to do is live,
while I still can, today.
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Literature
Final Descent
Spinning out of control,
toward something much worse
than I could have imagined before.
Falling into a hole,
with no way to reverse
my trajectory anymore.
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Literature
Fraying Thread
Temptation is drawing me
into where I dare not tread
and what's left of my self-control
hangs on by a fraying thread.
I find myself biding my time
calculating the cost of regret,
auditioning excuses
and wishing that I could forget.
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Literature
Would That I Could
I realize I shouldn't,
but I know that I could
and if I did
that it would feel so good.
Yet, I'm also aware
of the pain it would bring
so I'll try to resist,
try to do the right thing.
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Literature
Not Again
I'm falling again,
spinning out of control.
I know it's no use
and it will take its toll.
I just wish that I could
keep ahold of my heart
before it's, once again,
torn completely apart.
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Everything seemed perfect,
it just all fit into place.
That is, until the day it slowly
blew up in my face.
I should have know much better,
seen it coming from afar,
but we never truly understand
how blinded that we are
by hope and need and every void
we just can't seem to fill.
However much you feed them,
they just get hungrier still.
I'd like to think I've finally learned
this lesson once again,
but I'm sure that I will probably
be back here now and then.
Requiem for a Pipe Dream
"The less emotional work that you can farm out to things outside of yourself, the less likely they are to be interfered with by things that you cannot control." - Taliesin Jaffe
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Caught unawares
and unable to deal
with a foolish illusion
that I thought was real.
A lapse in composure,
a loss of control.
A lifelong anomaly
taking its toll.
And so, at last, we've reached the inevitable end,
the destination we've been chasing all along.
A bittersweet resolution to everything we've done
and now, I guess, it's time to say so long.
We're There
Written for day 30 of the 2018 April Poem-A-Day Challenge on the Writer's Digest Poetic Asides Blog.
Prompt - Write a closing time poem. Or another way of coming at this prompt is to write a poem in which something is coming to an end–like this month’s poetry challenge.
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You say "hell is other people.",
but where do you think you'd be
if everyone around you
shared your misanthropic view?
Without cooperation,
in a world of apathy,
what exactly is it
that you think that you could do?
The Myth of Independence
Written for day 29 of the 2018 April Poem-A-Day Challenge on the Writer's Digest Poetic Asides Blog.
Prompt - Write a response poem. Respond to whatever helps you get your poem written, but my thought is that you should respond to one of your poems from earlier in this challenge.
This is a response to my poem from day 26, Misanthropic Abandon, and the title is a reference to the song, Independence, by Marian Call
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For so long I was stuck,
but then inspiration struck.
I found the right idea, at last
and now I'm on my way.
Brain Wave
Written for day 28 of the 2018 April Poem-A-Day Challenge on the Writer's Digest Poetic Asides Blog.
Prompt - Take the phrase “(blank) Wave,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem.
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My birthday is coming up this Wednesday and, while birthday wishes are always appreciated, for those who might be inclined to do a bit more I have a bit of an unusual idea. I've compiled a list of my favorite media (movies, music, anime, books etc.), most of which are fairly obscure, along with links to find them online (usually for free) and in lieu of a gift or anything of that nature, I'd like for you to find something on the list that looks interesting, that you've never seen/heard/read before and check it out. In recent years, I've realized that as much as I enjoy creating my own art/media, I prefer promoting the work of others' that I really enjoy and so I'm using this occasion to do just that. If you can't find anything on the list that appeals to you or in the off chance that we have the exact same tastes and you're already familiar with all of it, I'd ask that you find some creative work in any medium that you haven't experienced before and that might be a bit outside of you're usual and try it out. Thanks in advance. :)
Here's the list ...
docs.google.com/document/d/17a…
  • Listening to: Freakonomics Radio
  • Playing: Big Kahuna Reef 3
  • Drinking: Water

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m0thman72 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for faving [link]
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Wildscaper Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks so much for the fav =)
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johnhmaloney Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
You're welcome, I really like your work.
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Fajralam Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you sooo much for the :+fav: :happybounce:
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DrizzleDaydream Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! Your art is so awesome!
Optical illusion like stuff... so awesome! :icondancemonkeydanceplz:
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johnhmaloney Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it. :)
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