When the aching gets to be too much

When you’re folded, frayed and fraught

You sift through the streams of passion

For that spark that never caught

You carefully devise a plan

To see that it ignites

But once the flicker fizzles out

You are plunged back into night

Blind again to all that sits

Well within your reach

You see it as a tragedy

And lose what it could teach

You’re better than a waiting game

You’re worth more than a tumble

You carefully reset your traps

And straight into them stumble

Living in Secret

We walk each living day

With self imposed occlusions

To conceal the parts of us

Wearing scars from life’s contusions

Battered on the inside

Smiling on the out

We long to be ourselves

But to our secrets we’re devout



All that I was missing

Was color light and heat

The distance that was growing

Filled with anger and defeat


A vivid devastation

Of the being that was us

Alas I was too far removed

To fight or even fuss


We both had felt the grit of it

Pass between our fingers

A granule or two to leave

An itch that seemed to linger


When all the words were spoken

Once and twice and yet again

With inflections first of kindness

Then a weapon to defend


No matter how we clung to it

Kismet still would take us

We swore to never say goodbye

But life was bound to make us


Even sparkling eyes, in the dark, won’t shine but the stars reflect so brilliantly

And her broken parts shed a single tear that she wipes away resiliently

The sound of breath drawing through her teeth punctuates her burden

An evolution from her swooning sighs but she was more demure then

Now she faces you wearing question marks on an unexpectant face

There’s a pack of thoughts swarming in your mind, none of which are worth the chase

So you focus in on her smirking lips as full of spite as pout

And you pull the cork from your bottled soul and finally let it out


Implied realities

Never tethered

Dimensions seen

In dreams I’ve weathered

Gargantuan worlds

On floating feathers


How cleverly we have fumbled

Across this plain of time

Digging our ruts and counting stars

Seeking the things we have always carried

Speaking the words we most want to hear

Claiming fulfillment when we lack

Changing our minds instead of our actions when we fail

Scorning those who pop with color

Rather than blending with our favorite hues

Seeking love by sight instead of by touch

Keeping all we find to ourselves

Even though it will not save us

We claim divine guidance

But insert human words

We built our own towers to reach heaven

But this time

We tore them down with our own bare hands


Love had always been a dressing

She could wear upon her sleeve

Never asking her to open

Never leaving her to grieve


Yet when his eyes bored deep within in her

She now seemed to have no choice

She could feel its waves inside her

He could hear it in her voice


Now as they stood still and staring

Yearning as they never had

All they were was being offered

Two should finally unclad

Love’s Resonance

There’ s a warm arm that awaits

To sling just so around my shoulder

A brazen love that steeps in patience

A daring heart to disarm me

Without fear

Only love

That answers what I ask

And honestly so

That forgets its shame in my presence

and strips me of mine

That contentedly lies with me

sighing in the harmonic tones

that match sound of my soul


A stream of light

Through a door ajar

It pushes in

Though not too far


An eerie glow

To charge the dark

To shroud its bite

And swell its bark


A terror now

Is fostered here

The tingling touches

The blackness leers


Something lurks

Poised to pounce

As your fear festers

Ounce by ounce


The still of night

Chills so within

Each subtle noise

A frightful din


Cocooned in bedding

Devoid of sight

With a thundering heart

You endure the night

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