Love Sea (Poem)

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cosmic beauty the stars are losing
their appeal to me

this starry ocean, lovers’ devotion
all so comforting

watching you glitter, they all grow dimmer
adrift in your sea

moonlit faerie – my distant cherry
I find you intoxicating

tracing your curves, so scared it will hurt
silently drowning

2007

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Dreams They Never Last (Poem)

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Not long ago, not far away
There lives a man but she forgot his name
Down in the city there is a pretty girl
Blonde hair and full of curls

She spends her days running against the wind
Wishing she could fly again
Behind her walls she is alone
No place she can ever feel at home

She’s building castles in the sand
And she knows that she can’t
Live forever in these dreams
No she will never be complete

She’s building castles in the sun
Because she has no one
And her fantasies wash away
Under every salty wave

Dreams, they never last
When they are only made of sand

Washed up on the shore
Her desires turn into remorse
Of the love she never had
Of all the things she can’t take back

They spend their time
Living their separate lives
So she spends her days
A solus ghost in the rain

All this anger she can’t explain
All alone she feels no pain
Drowning dreams in the Siren deep
Sinking beneath the mocking sea

2006

Chocolate (Poem)

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I’ve never been able to resist
Any little bit of chocolate

If it’s an addiction
Then it’s one I’m not kickin’

There’s no better way
To hide caramel away

They never seem to make enough
Of covered cherries or nuts

I love every sticky mess
But I think strawberries are best

I’m not going to lie
If you were chocolate inside

I would just have to taste
And let none of you go to waste

2006

Dark Palace (Poem)

carlos-fernando-bendfeldt-503267-unsplash.jpglooking over her walls of stone
up in her palace she’s all alone
sadly looking through iron gates
behind these vines she can’t escape

whoever built her walls up break them down
she’s in a place where she can’t get out
no one ever should be locked up like this
being shut away is no way to live

as night falls, more shadows creep in
drawing herself closer, she’s lonely again
in front of the fire, she tries to forget herself
to get lost in a world, to become someone else

whoever built her walls up break them down
she just needs the chance to turn around
no one ever should be locked up like this
being shut away is no way to live

2006

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Quarantine (Poem)

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filtering its way through my veins
it’s slowly draining my life away
a positive strain has taken hold
selecting a new victim from the fold
they continue herding us around like sheep
keeping us afraid of catching the damn disease

please stay away, I think I’m contagious
didn’t know DNA could be so dangerous
I’m not waiting for someone to save us
not when everyone thinks we’re contagious

straining to survive by staying awake
I’m finding it harder each passing day
my cells are losing the fight for control
how can I be so young and still feel this old
deep down I know I just need some sleep
I don’t want this to be the death of me

please stay away, I think I’m contagious
didn’t know DNA could be so dangerous
I’m not waiting for someone to save us
not when everyone thinks we’re contagious

this is a self-inflicted quarantine
I’ve got to stop this from spreading
this is a self-inflicted quarantine
I don’t think you want my disease

2010

The Olive (Poem)

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The bad luck cat
Hides under a ladder
My hand spills salt
Which entices your laughter

Cut short by an olive
You’re unable to breathe
Without air in space
It grows hard to see

Panic inside
That tightens your chest
Inside your mind screams
But you cannot draw breath

Splattering ink
Form shadows of night
It grows hard to think –
You’re ready to die

A pinpoint
Of light descends
Air opens and
New life begins

2004 (revised 2009)

 

This was one of my first poems submitted in my creative writing class. I was trying to capture panic, fear and bad luck all rolled into a series of events. I have made minor revisions to the ending a few years later after I wrote it.