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July 17, 2018
Bradenton, United States

Hearts gone wild

Weeds have grown around my heart,
Choking out my flower beds
Where petals fell and dried.
My perfume became musty
For lack of care and tenderness.
I watered my vines with my tears
But over time the well ran dry
Till all was wasted, wild and chaotic,
Like my memories of you.
Your apology came too late as
The garden was already destroyed by neglect.
Such a loss....
So sweet the wine ...
So bitter the aftertaste.

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RANDOM ACTS OF POETRY - DAY
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July 12, 2018
 

OTHER PEOPLE

Other people
Changed my mind
And I forgot you over time,
But when I did remember
A flood of tears would fall.
An aching deep, an anger strong,
But other people knew all along
The way to keep me here.
Other people cared
Other people loved
Other people showed up...
And the tears dried, crusty on my face, washed clean, raw...
But smiling now and happy, somehow
able to forgive and wish you well.
The loss was yours after all.

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CAREFREE
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July 9, 2019
 

Alone

I can do alone.
I have been alone all my life.
Sometimes people can be surrounded by friends or family
And still be alone.
I  create my mind’s
personal prison to find solitude and listen to my inner voice
that says
“You were always low on the ladder, so you are used to being stepped on”.
I  must remember to stay strong and not to break.
I can do alone.

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FIRST MORNING LIGHT
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July 7, 2018
 

Lost love

I lost you because you were not mine to begin with.
We had our own lives....
different and distant.
I was not enough to pull you from her.
You were growing and changing with each new day until I hardly knew you.
I should  have told you how I felt from the beginning.
I should have let you see my tears.
I should have pulled my hair out and beaten my chest wildly...
If only I had..
I would take you back today if you could say the words,
but you are a silent stone
And I remain forever in
your tomb.

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LOVE IS WORTH IT
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July 6, 2018
Bradenton, United States

I miss you

I miss resting my head on your shoulder
And hearing your heartbeat in the night.

I miss tasting the warmth of your full lips
enfolded completely in your strong arms.

I miss your smile and your kind eyes,
Your wistful gaze of longing fixed on mine.

I miss you everywhere forever and always.
I am soggy spaghetti and jello for you.
Behind my steel facade I am faded curtains
Drawn to hide desire.
I am done for.
Catch me before it is too late....

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CAREFREE
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July 1, 2018
 

In the end I could not live
With betrayal and loss.
Everyday grief became my
My companion
Until there was no sunlight
In my world.
All my leaves dropped
Until I was only bare naked
Frozen faced and sinking.
Then blackness engulfed me
And I was gone,
But the girl who replaced me is a stronger person, a new spirit , a gifted angel.
I am reborn now, whole of heart and ready to fly, fearing nothing.
Welcome world,
I rise from the ashes.

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WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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June 29, 2018
 

My wishes

A wish for every star,
A star for every wish...
Wishing that I was enough for you,
Make that star number one.
Wishing that you were a better man,
Make that star number two.
And the million stars left I give to all the children yet unborn,
To live in joy, to never cry,
To never weep, to never mourn.
I wish my tears would find you
And bind you to my soul.
I wish for you a life of love
A pulsing passion
And a beating heart.
Love so intense it spins planets.
Love so bright it lights a galaxy.
This I wish you...

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STARS
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June 29, 2018
Bradenton, United States

Hideaway for a day

I would hide away
From the day I was beaten
By the very people
Who should love you the most.
If that day never existed
I would still believe
That God is good
And a day is worth living.
I would believe that people can love truly and deeply.
I would trust ...love...hope...care...
I would dare...
If I could...

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WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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June 7, 2018
North Port, United States

Someone told me today
“Grief is the price you pay for loving someone”.
When you have lost someone with whom you shared a love,
No matter how brief or lopsided it was,
Your grief is a veil to shield you
From the peering eyes of the now
So you can live in the shadows of then.
So love your grief as you once loved your life.
It is your food, your balm and your companion.

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LIVE OUT YOUR DREAMS
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June 2, 2018
Bradenton, United States

Midnight

To have been alone for so long..
To have felt your soul sinking in the silence ...as you sat on the stairwell at midnight ....
Wondering who you are and why you are here,
Was bearable until today,
When a wild and passionate spirit
Knew me...loved me...so I thought.
Bearable until the hour was over
And I knew that I was one of many faces so desired.
Embarrassing to have been so stupid  and not to have known...
That I will always be alone.

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WEREWOLF
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June 2, 2018
 

Dear,
I walk the beach
At dawn and dusk,
Reflecting on the past
And planning our future.
I long to erase my mistakes,
To rekindle my love,
To cry only happy tears
With no regrets.
A breath for you and one for me...
However many we have left
May we share them in joy
For tomorrow may not come at all.
With love,
Your Dearest

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LONGING
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May 30, 2018
 

My memory

That first Long kiss...
The one that lit a fire
That engulfed me..
That made me feel loved completely...
That gave me strength and power...
That burns still hot in my
mouth.
My one true love...
God, I could never give that memory up...never.

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RED POPPY
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May 28, 2018
 

Flame flickered forever
While yours so cold died..
Keeping a secret memory
Locked up deep inside.

How I loved you so
Despite your flaws
Your betrayal, your lies,
Without reason or cause.

My broken spirit, glued
together..weak ..cracked.
She was your other love
To show me what I lacked.

Yet still this heart swells
With love so deep it stays.
I  remain your loving fool
Till the end of all my days.

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WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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May 23, 2018
Bradenton, United States

A woman makes love to  a man
Because she wants to , not because she can.
Not because she is driven to mad
Desire so divine,
But because she wants him in
A way she can’t define.
She lets her mouth run free
To please him, not herself...
Never believing he craves
someone else .
How could she imagine he does not return her deepest feelings
When her overpowering love
Completely engulfs her?
She can’t...can’t imagine it at all.

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WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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May 23, 2018
 

Just another country song..

I want a shrinking hippocampus
So I’ll forget about you
So far all I have forgotten
Is where I left my other shoe.

I still remember when I kissed you oh how it melted me right through,
By I’ve forgotten that my anger
Was all you ever really knew.

I want a shrinking hippocampus
So I’ll forget just who you are.
So far all I have forgotten
Is where I parked my stupid car.

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END OF STORY
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May 19, 2018
 

And you my love, my light, my peace
Shall sleep with me, always inside me stay,
Holding my heart, brilliant flowers in your hands,
Colors of my garden your bouquet.

Meetings of our lips forever frozen in our dreams,
Weld us together on our own.
As lovers we danced in each other’s eyes and melted
Our memories together alone.

We are one in the melding and two on the earth.
We are mated forever in destiny’s birth.

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HARD TO STOP
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May 18, 2018
 

I have travelled through the years to try to forget.

I no longer hate you
Or love you..
No longer miss your
Mouth on mine...
No longer remember
What it was like to feel
Love so deep
It’s roots grew right
Through my heart.

I no longer breathe, cry,
dream or weep...
I sunk too low and
dove too deep.

I am no longer anything
But a shell of my old self..
No longer me...
Just a ghost

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A QUIET DREAM
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May 18, 2018
Bradenton, United States

I loved it when you touched
My arm and pulled me in.
I loved it when your lips pressed hard against my skin.

I loved it when your voice
Was deep and husky ,
Until I heard you talking
To her in the same key.
The key of C for cunning
And F for Fake,
D for degrading
And G for Goodbye.

Then I didn’t love your notes,
Not a little, not at all.

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IN SEASON
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May 16, 2018
 

Story time ..finish the story

She was indestructible. Or so everyone thought. She felt misunderstood as she stood there. While everyone was cheering her she felt small...
a shell of a human being.
    She had never known the love of her parents. She had known from the age of 12 that she would have only herself to rely on.
     She had fallen in love with a high school classmate at the age of fourteen. The class president, valedictorian, wildly intelligent who never looked at her except to call her names..
So she had been “ flat chested or weird” as he labeled her, and the bullying words faded as time passed.
    She had spent her whole life trying to be important so she could feel strong ...

LOVE IS ALL WE NEED
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May 12, 2018
Ponte Vedra Beach, United States

Skylark Challenge 138

In the deepest darkest hole
That sinks deep in your soul
May you find the strength to
Rise above your grief.

May your chest fill with each breath
To give hope a place to rest.
While life puts you to the test,
May you remain a glowing
Reminder of the best
That you can be.

After all .. you are young
And you are free.

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DREAMY NIGHTS
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May 26, 2018
 

Before he became grey..

He was your vigorous, athletic, exciting man
With a sharp and  charming
Sparkle in his brilliant blues.
And you were his lithe and
Lean little woman in
A pair of low healed shoes.

Before he was grey ...
He knew where he parked,
What he wanted and when,
But that was now and
This is then...

And just the other day
When I looked into his eyes
Faded blue and empty of
Disguise
He did not know me or
Anyone he could recognize.

I have lost him at last
Not to another woman
As I feared,
Nor to booze or cards,
But to father time,
Who steals
Your mind before your breath.
Faded eyes...
Faded life..
Still my only love.

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LOVE LETTERS
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April 20, 2018
Bradenton, United States

I wish I could tell you now
All the things I have learned
As time slipped by.

How love can fill your heart
And make you feel whole.
How hate can burn a hole
In your heart so it can’t beat.

I choose love because it
Is never a sin.
I choose to forgive and start again.

I choose the smile over the tears... choose to be happy
Always

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THE SUN
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April 19, 2018
 

Photochallenge

Make your mark on the earth
Before you go,
So time will not erase the
Person that we know.

Fleeting life..soon forgotten,
The fireman, the soldier,
The doctor, the priest.

The obscure life with
No headlines,
Yet well lived with devotion
And self sacrifice....

The handprints with their
Unique patterns
Scream “ don’t forget me”.

I was here. I mattered.

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EVALUATE YOUR LIFE DAY
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April 15, 2018
 

Skylark Challenge 134

It seemed minutes since she took the acid
But it might have been hours later  that the hallucinations began.
Her vision went from fog to a lucid portrait
Where all the colors were a brilliant photograph
And she was a child again.

She giggled with a high infectious laughter
And felt her essence in its
Unique place in the universe.

Years later she would remember that “trip” with nostalgia as she thought of how her clear vision had turned back to fog so quickly.

Credit for photo
Maria Iliopoula

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INTO THE GALAXY
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April 15, 2018
 

I know you don’t remember me.

I was number 7 on your bedpost.

I thought those warm embraces meant something.

I was wrong about us, about you and your feelings,

But I was right about mine.

I knew what we were
Starting...

Love so on fire..
Brain newly wired
Filling all my thoughts
With a deep aching in my stomach.

Woman number 7
Human Number 7
Same blood, same brain

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MATURE LOVE
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April 13, 2018
Bradenton, United States

I can’t

go on

Without you.

Can’t breathe

Can’t smile

Can’t dream

Can’t laugh.

I pray that all the wild horses on the earth
Drag you back to me.

I want to run free
Sitting high in the saddle

And hold your reigns tightly
So as not to fall,

Gracefully
Gleefully
Joyously
With you

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DREAM THE DREAM
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April 7, 2018
Lake Mary, United States

Oh joy!
He bent forward to kiss me
And clouds blew away
Yielding to the warm sun.

His perfect body pressed to mine
And he breathed deeply and shivered
Out of control and wildly possessed.

I put my arms around his waist
And prayed for heaven to stay
And free my emotions from their prison

And it did.. yes.. it did.

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FLOWER PASTELS
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April 7, 2018
Lake Mary, United States

13 Word Story

Bird alone
Perched to survey
Her chances
For survival,
Ready to try again.

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EAGLE
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April 7, 2018
Heathrow, United States

Photochallenge

Eyes wide and innocent
Look around you and believe
That all you see has meaning,
Because you can’t conceive

That anything as beautiful
As his deep and fragile soul
Could turn on you so easily
And shatter what was whole.

Yet you are right, it’s beautiful to behold
the deepest love that
Stays no matter how cold

And sets it’s roots until
The spring allows it to
Unfold
It’s petals soft and tender.
As you stare forward...
Don’t blink.

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NOBODY IS PERFECT
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