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David Greshel

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United States
IG: @electricinfamy Twitter: @electricpoet217
January 17, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

Thinking it may have lingered just a bit too long
a question framed in verse and rhyme
punctuating Sunday conversations
encompassing this flight of dreams
the ones we're left to dream alone
here among the graves of poets and libertines
resurrected and walking among the stones
wondering if this is what I truly thought
I'd find in my heart when you were gone
knowing I was ever the fool for you
and I just had to let that feeling linger...

It's so cold in Ireland this morning
heavy in the weight of your absence
longing for the scent of cranberries
scattered in the fresh fallen snow

CASSETTES
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January 11, 2018
Melbourne, United States

Starlight tumbled earthward
sparking golden wishes
and unnamed hopes
fanciful sentiments
for a spectrum of rays
traveling several lifetimes
to expire in a glittering shower
but for a moment's delight
aloft in the eyes of a child
whispering innocent prayers
and wondering at the heavens

MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE
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January 2, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

It's in the empty AM hours
dreamless and catatonic
interrupted only by the necessity of breath
where I wonder if this is truly sleep
or if the program has been paused
queued at save point convenience
waiting for an aimless player's interest
in this ramshackle simulation
an approximation of living
in some designer's imagination
but it begs a myriad of questions
stolen from an existential syllabus
bent on discovering an undisputed purpose
in the art of conversation
and the nature of violence
as the measure of enlightenment
of the civilized and savages

Achievement unlocked
an anchor and a cross
weighed down and crucified
by every anxious nightmare
every hypothetical thought

dreamless and cat...

A NEW DAY
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December 28, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

There's an often startling procession
to even the most timid recollections
spilling out of uncovered omission
amongst the illustrated composition
and favoring the empty decisions
idly discussed like something lost
but never quite out of mind

Sifting through the passages
drifting in ink stained histories
wrought in fractured perceptions
that split time and reality
into fading curiosities
Spread out past infinity

Imagination fuels this inquiry
creating convenient catalysts
from empty points of emphasis
and lights the flame of avarice
while we slice ourselves to pieces

Death by a thousand cuts of absence

CREATIVE ILLUSION
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December 24, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

Woke up in a haze
recollecting the sound of sparks
and the acrid smell of smoke
from all the misspent fireworks
wondering if the scorch marks
crisscrossing the vaulted ceiling
void the initial deposit
or just add a little character
to this borrowed apartment

Revelation seemed within reach
transfixed in the growth of clarity
but there's no security in a cyclone
no safety in the dragon's breath
and we make our farewells
to the phantoms of gilded dreams
caught within the fading stories
we build to get us through the night

So much of it feels like an exercise
practice in the art of dissertation
and colorful sleight of hand
wandering through cliche responses
toward a final exaggeration
with all...

DARK NIGHT
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December 10, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

Twinkling lights peeking through like
multicolored fireflies warming winter haze
in the expanse of indigo and ivory
here in late December

Heady aromas invade the atmosphere
Douglas fir and gingerbread
intermingled with Yule log warmth
smoldering in the well kept fireplace

Huddled here together
snuggled beneath this blanket mountain
hot cocoa kisses and peppermint dreams
and it's easy to believe
if only for tonight
in peace on earth and goodwill to all men

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
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December 7, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

"Are you afraid to die?"

Such a simple question
pointed...direct...
piercing hazy layers
of emotional auto-response
and a shaky defiance
of the undiscovered unknown
that awaits

"No."

"Are you afraid to live?"

Speculation overdrive
in myriad existential scenarios
sorted and predisposed
to target shackled inhibitions
hidden from consideration
and alive in spite of revelation

"No."

"Are you just afraid?"

TO THE LIGHT
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December 2, 2017
West Melbourne, United States

Found myself aimless and afloat
drifting along fickle currents
of half held convictions
that seem to shift in concert
with the pendulum breeze
of unpopular opinion

We went with the flow
followed the rising tide
left our minds so open
everything unique was swept away
in favor of the hive

It's far easier to be sure
unburdened by the necessary weight
of producing thought
but there's still the faintest  memory
a fading recollection
of personal responsibility

FLYING BIRD
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November 18, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

Evening rainfall patters on the rooftop
liquid rhythm softly echoing in the halls
where I reflect and roam
listening for the remnants of conversations
long past and faded in the interim
full of empty words and shallow laments

There was never enough to say
despite the voluminous vocabulary on display
and yet every part of me trembles
at all the thoughts and memories shared
slowly disappearing like dissipating fog
leaving only colorless clarity
and a solitary affair

NOVEL WRITING MONTH
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November 9, 2017
Melbourne, United States

It felt like watching the sky crack and split
torn asunder into dust frozen in the instant
that news hit my ears
shattered my heart
awash in the downpour of shock
and I just can't believe that you're gone

If I sleep will this nightmare end?
Will the sunrise return you to us?

The hands on the clock continue spinning
no dream state to be discovered
and seemingly no end to this river of tears
yet there's still a glimmer of life
peeking through the iron gray

Nestled in the silly stories
glittering in our favorite memories
the way you smiled
the sound of your laughter
and your furious love

We see you shining through
never truly lost
and we know you'll forever remain
immortal in the hearts yo...

WORLD KINDNESS DAY
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November 5, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

Waning daylight stirs the coming chill
signaling Autumn's zenith
and the inevitable embrace of Winter
where I dwell in half remembered dreams
suspended in visions of encroaching ice
and a rebirth in virgin snowfall

OWL
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November 3, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

There was a tantalizing story out there
nestled among the glowing nebulae
and the supernova southern stars
birthing infant galaxies
that dream of charming lives
dwelling in extraterrestrial pursuit
of embellished tales

Sojurning on streaking comet tails
I read every word etched in heated stone
followed hidden clues and clever phrases
sewn into your skin
tattooed enigmas

I took you in like oxygen
coveted breath of life in a vacuum
consumed every line 'til we bled the same
spilling our shared soliloquy
across this universe of you and me

CELEBRATE ART
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November 1, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

There's really no account for willingness
in the midst of lessons learned
and I'd say most were acquired
at the expense of blood and inner turmoil
agonizing over imagined psychosis

Still the knowledge hits like crashing cymbals
awakening from dreams of naivete

I am not your savior
no matter how hard I might try to be
no matter the purity of every intention
You'll find no salvation
looking solely at me

FLYING HIGH
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October 29, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

I tend to dread the hollow echo
of the ticking second hand
knowing what awaits in the hours ahead
at the turn of a calendar page

Doesn't matter really
just how long it's been
tears the open wound every time
remembering you've left and gone

So many things I want to tell you
all the times I wished to share
and all I said I would trade
for just one more day

Time is a healer
though not always obvious
opting to build beautiful memories
to alleviate these ragged scars

It's never any easier
never been the same
but I know you're forever with me
alive in the love we bear

READY TO SLEEP
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October 17, 2017
Melbourne, United States

Guess I should've known this time
when you wandered off
into the smoldering evening
that it was more than just a momentary
and a far cry from the ordinary

Can't remember all the words released
or the ones we left unspoken
less of an argument
than a sorrowful realization
resigned to take the sunset curtain call
before the inevitable decline

Stranded in the impending collapse
or so it might appear
but if you someday change your mind
you'll not find me orphaned here
play one last sad song
to all we ever were
and meet me on the gleaming shores
of second chances and mended bridges
in the glittering brilliance
of one more tequila sunrise

HENNA MOMENT
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October 16, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

She asked me what it felt like
to drown on dry land
as if the experience was one
she might want to take for a spin

might be a morbid curiosity
fatalistic dance with destiny
or a razorbladed truth willingly unseen

Didn't notice the faded scars
still masked in plastic happiness
or hear the unspoken pleas
floating beneath strained laughter

Floodgates finally torn asunder
unleashing torrential enlightenment

What's it like to drown?
Cause all this evidence is suffocating
yet somehow the circumstances
are still open to debate

still sorting out
just how many open wounds it took
before I finally saw you bleed...

STRENGTH
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October 12, 2017
 

Just a thought
the span of a moment
a breath on my lips
and a glimmer on the horizon
past the realm of rational
borderline fantastical

Merely a flash
unworthy of a mention
or the external attention
but I lived a dozen lifetimes
in that ephemeral glance

rewriting roadmaps
marked in scars and regrets
reimagining stolen dreams
lost to degenerate cynics
resurrecting destinies
executed by jealous idols

I left the world
followed an internal intuition
bathed in blood and fire
found a light  beyond
returning now
with a thunderous revelation

Don't blink

RESPECT
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October 4, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

It spun out of an overwhelming darkness
tiny pricks of light foreign to the obsidian sleep
interrupting the familiar doldrums
and beckoning towards the wild unknown

Enter the house of change
first class flight to a knock out
and a dreaded catalyst unannounced
leaving the whole of self perception shattered
echoing the fading strains of requiem

Change breeds choice
floundering fetal forebear
destiny driven deliverance
each one enticing with epiphany
imagined or otherwise

Embrace the moment
feel the scales fall from new eyes
and the decayed flesh peel away
as we are reborn from seeds of defiant hope
revealing Kingdom creatures
and sojourning saints
awakened to the flames of resistance
sett...

NATURAL BEAUTY
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September 26, 2017
 

Not really sure where the disconnect
interrupted the train of thought
en route to the station of intent
or which part of the idea of freedom
is lost in the sea of ancillary static
that echoes in waves of feedback
from this current paradigm
radiating from your reflection

There is no release in this approach
hugging the 'paint by numbers' confines
and the imagined safety
of this predetermined bubble and box
we're not shaped in cookie cutter sets
or preselected outputs
and there's no room for 'one size fits all'

It's not out of malice or devious design
but well meaning isn't synonymous
with being right
we're not asked to present
the prettiest picture
or an unblemished life

We're asked to fol...

DARK NIGHT
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September 15, 2017
Melbourne, United States

Found myself alive at the strangest time
high on the prospect of optimism
surprised by the strength of an identity
only evident in the most recent of memories
and I wonder if all this newfound joy
was always one of the possibilities
if I could have sheltered here
throughout the raging storms

It's funny in a way
the things we allow ourselves to really see
when we pull back from the immediate
focus on the mural as a whole
not the errant brushstroke anxiety

GREENPEACE DAY
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September 9, 2017
 

There's a heaviness in the air
suspended in the morass of uncertainty
and oozing with anxiety
choking on the aftertaste of fear

Shades of paranoia
paint by number propaganda
color every page in outrage
designer product placement
on the heels of an oncoming apocalypse

If you're confused
you're not alone
it just means you're paying attention
and this nonsense
simply does not compute

UNIQUE
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September 3, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

I never really knew what I wanted
if we're truly being honest
walked through our entire existence
in the kind of haze held in reserve
for the sort of oddly desperate
or eagerly blinded

So...yeah
it wasn't even a bit surprising
the day you finally walked out
with a look that eviscerated my defenses
trailing the sadness of 'might've been'
and an echo of footsteps I'll not forget

Never wanted you more than that moment
clarity ever late to the party
dragging honesty in tow
It's clear I didn't love you
not in any way that made sense
and I don't know if I'm relieved
or devastated

ANGEL OF DARKNESS
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August 31, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

Closed my eyes and drifted out to sea
intergalactic hitchhiker floating past
lazily cresting celestial waves
listening as the last strains of 'I Keep a Diary'
fade out and fall away
mingling with the dust and detritus
streaking in passing comet tails
shifting currents and solar flares
bleeding the atmospheric edge
plummeting towards a crimson landscape
existence flashing through firebrands
memory film on repeat
burning in the wreckage
resurrected in the rising steam
last dream of a Martian sunrise
last rites of a life left behind

CREATIVE ILLUSION
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August 9, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

I just wanted to exhale
release this breath too long suspended
caught between the crawling seconds
I felt your eyes discovering every secret
laid bare in the smoldering gaze
igniting unspoken desires deferred

Deflating lungs and escaping air
signal the break-neck return
of time's unrelenting passage
and the dissolution of an undeniable moment
destined to be analyzed ad infinitum

In the midst of awakened epiphany
one thought rings with clarity
in the unfolding knowledge
that upon our awaiting encounter
I might not ever breathe again

NAVIGATION
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August 13, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

Screams and sirens fill the soundscapes
mixed with the staccato pounding
of blood rushing headlong
as eyes go wide in utter disbelief
at the horror unfolding unwinding
in the guise of ideology
old as the hands of time themselves

Paint it any shade you fancy
Supremacist
Nationalist
Antifa
the -ists go on and on
revealing myriad angles
of this shared picture

You're the bastard children of Cain
breathing murder in every word uttered
killing your siblings in selfish indignation
clinging to impotent violence
choking on dry mouthed rage

There is no place for you here
you have been marked
and it's time for you to wander on

DARK NIGHT
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July 25, 2017
Melbourne, United States

Skyfaring sojurners silently swing
circling the azure expanse
searching for signs of solitude
spread out among the fading headstones
still dreaming of suburbia

We sung the dirge
read last rites
mourned the inevitable passing
long before these phantoms
found their new identity
at the head of this black parade

HEADPHONE
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July 20, 2017
Melbourne, United States

Deep breaths and anxious thoughts
crowding and crowing for attention
with every step inching closer down the aisle
and a future filled with unknown hours
primed to unfold and bloom
with a guiding love in play

Still, I Do is akin to jumping off a cliff
with no measure of the depths below
or time to dwell on imaginary scenarios
and learning you both can fly

It's a future being built in the moments
you share...the flames you kindle
with every one a stretching root of life
supporting this newly blossomed
family tree

RETRO LOVE
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July 19, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

Pressed for absolute answers
to the vaguest of questions
spun from a tangled inquiry
only half conceived
and not at all prepared
for the knowledge now bestowed

Poetry is an exorcism
inwardly directed
self inflicted
and the power of the pen
compels these demons
out onto the empty page

MOVEMENT EVERYWHERE
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July 10, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

Book Update:

I'm currently in the process of transcribing the contents of my 3rd poetry collection. The new book will be titled "Fallen Sky, Bought and Sold" and will include the poetry I've written for several different writing challenges between September 2015 and March 2017.

Currently the plan is to have the new book available in early December 2017.

SIMPLICITY DAY
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July 6, 2017
Palm Bay, United States

Listening for the solar frequency
orbiting within primordial airwaves
emitting subliminal pulses
that slither into aural orifices
and whisper tempting appetites
in storied languages long deceased
and vanished from the pages of memory
leaving me all of the clever words
and a loaded melody
with only an empty hall to sing to
and a lonely moon to romance
in the arms of a pregnant night

RACCOON
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