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David Greshel

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United States
IG: @electricinfamy Twitter: @electricpoet217
November 20, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

You're never truly prepared
no matter how much you've tried
prepped and steeled your nerves
anticipating the inevitability
of this quiet mortal passing

Wasn't ready for this to be last call
I was hoping for another round
of dominoes
another rummy hand
a slice of caramel spice cake
or the most amazing pancakes

I already miss the sweetest sounds
of your gentle voice
the warming laughter
the songs of simple faith

This tapestry has reached its end
the story found its fading finale
yet we will hold the tale aloft
on the flood of our hearts
Immortal in the onrushing dreams

NORTHERN LIGHTS
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October 5, 2018
 

The darkness stretched out past existence
roiling and churning through untold eons
spent stumbling toward awareness
and scathing self-realization

We emerged from the grip of a fever dream
unfolding in the sliver of amber sunshine
flickering...beckoning...
enraptured by the shimmering brilliance
in the company of the burning ones

The flames spiral outward in earnest
igniting defiant seeds of hopeful change
that spread from heart to heart
through enlightened minds and open doors
on the wings of unguarded epiphany

THE EDISON BULB
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September 24, 2018
 

That cooler air tumbled down
rolling out of the ascendant peaks
and signaling the oncoming change
poised to envelope these hills
in the shrouded spectral comforts
of Autumn's living end

We stand here silent
examining the quickened chill
that seeps into exhausted bones
a not so subtle reminder
of Winter nipping at the heels
and the promise of blessed slumber

HELLO AUTUMN
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September 3, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

Heavy scents hung hollow
wafting in the waning Summer breeze
enticing the sweetest surrender
and the promise of unending rapture
in the throes of unearthly delights
that re-ignite this dormant passion
and overwhelm my fragile senses

Little butterfly wings aflutter
recalling every brush of flesh
every stolen moonlit kiss
that sanctified our hallowed ground
and  unwound this 'all night thing'
into fever dreams without end

GREAT THINGS
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August 26, 2018
 

Fleeting thoughts escape into the ether
released to seek an audible existence
in the unexplored emotional expanse
opening out onto the relational canvas
stretched over the gleaming surface
charred fields of black diamonds
that ripple in the aqua breeze
with a subtle obsidian glint that flares
catching snowblind eyes thought lost
with a whisper of hope
and a beacon for home

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
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August 26, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

Golden spires erupted in the fading heat
the last striking rays of Summer unseen
in the haste to install an Autumn kingdom
and crown another pretender to the throne
intent on chaining us to the gristmill
beasts of burden without recourse
trudging through the wreckage of limousines
and decaying battlefield carcasses
remnants of forgotten wars of vanity

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
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August 22, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

Howling voices echoed through the canyons
a lonesome evening song
reverberating off the ancient stone
in a painted history along the mesa

I lived a hundred lifetimes
riding the wild breath of the desert highway
winding along the dwindling river bed
discovering all those darkened places
obscured in the gathering storms

The stars danced and fell in waves
glittering into the ebony expanse
while we watched and wished
and reminisced
remembering the eons long past
dreaming of millennia to come

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
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August 21, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

This was a dream once
living in the moments between
disconnected last minute flights
and one night extravaganzas
never to be seen again
this side of the milky way
where we traveled at length
and marked all the sights captured
with creative contraband

Time runs at a constant blur
where we're never quite sure
if it's Tuesday or last January
but the bus rolls on
the towns and clubs all look the same
while the candle melts to nothing
and tempers fizzle toward explosion

It seems so easy to live like this
the proverbial 'man in a suitcase'
but all I want to see is my cat
my bed
and the far side of hibernation

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
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August 21, 2018
 

We often skip over the recollections
preferring to let that reflection pass
in favor of the more immediate bliss
and the short term satisfaction
unleashing the ravenous hound of war
when diplomacy would better suit
this tactile delegation

Where will it all lead you?
When these Washington bullets
find unexplainable targets
that echo home
in the worst ways imaginable

When does the lunatic parade end?

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
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August 20, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

Startled for the briefest of seconds
caught up in the ephemeral moment
when our lips collided in mutual hunger
and lingered in the addictive taste
of a newly shared kiss
that sparks a craving
to know you in the deepest places
and feel it all from the inside
until nothing separate remains
fading into me to fade into you
and we breathe in unison
bleed in uniform singularity
awakened to the severed hearts
now mended and pulsing
screaming this song of new life

FOLLOW YOUR HEART
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August 16, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

It's the scent of bloodshed
thick and immense
hanging in the poisoned air
that emanates from your person
and broadcasts your mouth for war
in every destructive syllable you utter

LOVE IS ALL WE NEED
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August 16, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

We spent the last vestiges of summer
wrapped in the embrace of swollen heat
and the scent of evening Jasmine
with a wish to know the deepest secrets
we never dared to speak aloud together
never brought into the dimming light
for fear of unwelcome revelation
and a ceremonial exit

Anxiety unfounded
born from overactive mental faculties
bent on overwhelming fragile emotion

Laughter soothes these fraying nerves
reassurance in your voice
and the subtle brush of your skin
in that moment I am immortal
breathing in the incense of your eternity

LOVE IS ALL WE NEED
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August 13, 2018
 

I thought I might have found a cure

a salve for all the wounds incised
casually inflicted
self or otherwise

a balm for all the burning flesh
cracked and peeling
in shades of reptilian sheds

an elixir for the screaming aches
that travel the body electric
faster than these painkillers bleed

I thought I might have found it
the magical mystery miracle
to erase these wasted years

Just another mirage in the haze
and there are forty dunes to go

LOVE IS ALL WE NEED
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August 11, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

Evening glistened in the descent
catching the glittering half-light
that still flickered on the horizon
and called to mind all the memoirs
of the dying stars now peeking out
and dotting the indigo canopy
that spreads in all directions
while we lie on our backs and stare
searching for virgin constellations
and wondering whose name it bore
or why we never made more wishes
for fear the sky might fall
while we laughed at the absurdity
of cows and spoons clearing the moon
and I would give just about anything
for a few more nights like that
where you were so close to me
when we were so young and free
when there was nothing like living
when tomorrow didn't matter
just tonight and right now
just y...

BE KIND
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August 10, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

I wondered why these thoughts
always seemed to come in August
to punctuate the hot summer nights
with a side of suffocating delirium
and just a pinch of anxious insomnia
and the only thing that ever broke
the tension was the steady rhythm
of your measured breathing
as you slept so peacefully beside me
and I imagined what sort of dreams
must be dancing through your mind
a land of sunshine alchemy
stretching out in all directions
with no sense of urgency
or anywhere in particular to be
and I think that's simply wonderful
a kind of Heaven I'd like to see
if this Hell inside me now
would just take a hint and leave
but for now I'll take this solace
and just keep watching as you sleep

BE KIND
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August 10, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

There was always something beautiful about the wreckage
of another bold attempt
a kind of gleaming golden aura
where most see only scattered refuse

The resulting twisted carnage
not wholly unexpected
but a miscalculation all the same
ninth configuration unchecked
in an ongoing derelict dream

You might see only folly
a looming lunacy unbound
I see a passion unreserved
a sizzling skyrocket in flight
with no surrender in sight

BE KIND
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August 8, 2018
 

It all started with the clever burning
careful and precise in execution
with every bit of minutiae accounted for
in the pristine pyrotechnic patterns
that crawl through the smoking kindling
and set the surrounding acreage ablaze
collateral damage concisely constructed
to mask this intensive immolation
and herald this unmistakable annihilation

It all started with the clever burning
and I realized far too late
that it was all we might ever be
that you willfully chose to incinerate

BE KIND
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August 7, 2018
Orlando, United States

The horizon loomed in the distance
never creeping closer in the gloom
yet it beckons with each hour passed
echoing a fading promise
on a lilting siren song
spinning seafaring serenades
that fuel these awakenend desires
to navigate the nether realms
and brave the blackened firebrands
amidst the gaping maw of nothing
tempting discord and despair
at the overwhelming vanity
of an attempt to reach that place
where the ocean and the sky connect
and yet that little speck of light
flickers and shimmers off the waves
and we sail ever on...

BE KIND
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August 6, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

Pages flip and flicker
fluttering in the artificial breeze
finding their rest on calendar days
anniversaries in August alkali
and all the hate mail you scent
with a lascivious vitriol
and a touch of sage
to remind me it was something good
once in some far off younger day
when we were both to dumb to care
and far too crazy to live

Yet we did

And all the waves of remorse
crashed our existential crisis
left us sundered at the seams
with you practicing poison verse
and me carving new glyphs
in what little skin I have left

SAY HELLO TO SUMMER
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August 5, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

I counted every beat and measure
with an actuated mental metronome
attuned to the secret rhythms
known deep within
these earthen bowels
long thought lost to frozen eons

I could hear the rising melody
cresting the crescendo
with the faintest hints unbound
in the resonating dissonance
crawling beneath the harmony
tilting us toward cacophony

The inevitable finale looms
imbued with a subtle grandeur
tempting an eternal audience
with our vocal immigrant song
demanding binaural attention
in a therapeutic primal scream

SAY HELLO TO SUMMER
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August 4, 2018
West Melbourne, United States

The skies yawned and cracked
hemorrhaging stardust serenades
that bled in sparkling rivers
beneath the red hot moon
calling out to animalistic impulses
boiling within pulsing veins
adrenaline instincts on overdrive
with an overwhelming urge to howl
clawing to the surface of intention
swinging a fistful of bone and steel
in punctuated polyrhythms
aiming at a tonality of freedom
and an untethered soul afire

SAY HELLO TO SUMMER
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August 3, 2018
 

We shuffled into view come morning
a shambling ensemble barely alive
in the finest tatters and filth
these local gutters can spare
first class accommodations
from the hard luck haberdashery

We watched them there uptown
resplendent opulence on display
a petty royalty
sipping pennyroyal tea
awash in an illusion of superiority
and inflated self-opinion

There's just a single step between us
yet the chasm seems impossible
and we just love
to watch each other fall

SAY HELLO TO SUMMER
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August 2, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

She was there in the sullen aftermath
recalling melancholic comfort
in the arms of a summer thunderstorm
ruminating on the sudden loss
of an innocent infatuation
washed out and evaporated
in the sweltering solar flares
crisscrossing inferno atmospheres
dreaming of Dr. Strangelove
or a rocket and a bomb

SAY HELLO TO SUMMER
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August 1, 2018
 

Fade in with the opening lines
light up the jaded silver matinee
with your close up monologue
on some imagined glamour scene
somewhere east of fabled eden
where amazonian beauty is effortless
mythical and unconcerned

Flash back to reality
peek behind the curtain
expose the digital wizard
manipulating every miniscule detail
'til it all screams perfection

Oh, you pretty things!
So enraptured in the illusion
you thought might make you whole

All that paint serves to cover nothing
highlighting a broken empty shell

SAY HELLO TO SUMMER
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July 16, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

It's the achingly familiar sounds
that trigger the deepest memories of you
recalling some minor detail in a fog
that evokes a gentle laugh
and a few quiet tears

like the creaky stair in the hallway
third from the top
the one your dad was always going to fix
but never did
you always knew when I came in
no matter how hard I tried not to wake you

They tore that old house down today
it shuddered and groaned as the dozer
cut a path through our kitchen
where we sat at that antique table
plotting future endeavors
the frame split and cracked
the foundation breathed a last goodbye
crumbling beneath weighted tread

And then it was gone
like all those better tomorrows
we weren't destined to see

RANDOM ACTS OF POETRY - DAY
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June 24, 2018
 

Hello everyone!

I wanted to take a moment and let you all know that I will be releasing my third poetry collection this summer! It's entitled 'Fallen Sky, Bought and Sold' and it will be available everywhere through Amazon.

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TEDx
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June 18, 2018
Palm Bay, United States

Another morning cracks free
splintering the tired darkness
beneath a kaleidoscopic dawn
shifting tendrils stretch and strike
seducing the swollen egos
of well meaning citizenry
ensnared in marionette strings
to dance at the whim of a puppeteer
playing at Neo-Machiavellian blues
driving barbed wire wedges
between otherwise friends
now screaming bloody murder
drawing lines in the sand

No matter how righteous it seems
There are no winners here
We are all deceived

MAJOR STEPHEN REICH
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June 13, 2018
Melbourne, United States

A sidewinder sleepily shuffles
sifting through a lonely telegram
a few decades left behind
and wondering whose eyes
were the last to behold it
whose tears left these faded stains

I always wanted to find that place
alive in the lines of a song
alight on a breeze of melody
breathing hope and purpose
between the subtle pauses

Immortal in shining harmony
Immutable in daring profession

The kind of dreams imagined
when every minute bleeds a tale
you'd never be inclined to tell
much less suffer to endure

New salt stains the yellowed page
lidless eyes rimmed and reddened
lamenting a goodbye
long since surrendered

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
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May 31, 2018
 

Out here on the fringes of the known
I find myself pushing deeper
testing the boundaries of mystery
challenging the monsters off the map
and looking to uncover the wonder
lost to the minutiae of routine

Not content to live in the pain
recycling those moments
like some treasured memory
or a misbegotten identity
no longer will I sing its refrain
or leave it in a place of power

This is not a denial
I cannot simply forget
yet neither will I revel in the hurt
or treat it as a coveted lover

Its affect on the path is clear
I can trace the sunken scars
like a braille incantation
but I am not my pain
and I refuse to let it define me

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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May 26, 2018
 

I held on

gripping the brightest shaft of light
'til my entire being was enveloped
and drenched in the dazzling spectacle
of indefatigable hope
against which no amount of darkness
could ever think to overwhelm
and no whisper of despair
is given pause for thought

Just hold on

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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