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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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April 5, 2018
 

Hope

When all is shattered and
Your world is crumbling ...
Take a walk in the sand and
Feel the ocean at your feet.
See the wide expanse
Of the great blue sky.
Surround yourself with family,
Then know the reason why
There cannot be joy
Where there was never sorrow.
There cannot be hope today
If there is no tomorrow.

For the best is yet to come
and you have many years ahead.
As long as you are breathing
Hope is never  dead.

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ENDLESS POSSIBLITIES
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March 31, 2018
 

Happy 42nd Anniversary

We said I Do
And meant it too.
Sometimes it was for better
And sometimes for worse.

I loved you for your humor
Your gentleness and fears,
For making me laugh and sing
And wiping back my tears.

I loved you for your unselfish
Sense of devotion behind closed doors .
And for patience and kindness
In creating something more.

Something new and exciting..
Something waiting to be born,
Our children, our careers
Our marriage and our home.

Loved you through the heartache
Loved you through the storms...
There is no place I’d rather be than
Safely in your arms.

Thanks for hanging in there
Always,
Your wife.

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LOVE IS GOLDEN
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March 28, 2018
Bradenton, United States

The thundering of the surf,
Violent in its strength,
Only echoes the thunder blast within my soul.
A blast of fear...
A blast of anger...

Fear that you will lose sight  of the wide open reflection of the future waiting for us.
Anger that, with all her power, nature gave but one small voice to chain you to my life.

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THE SWEETEST
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March 27, 2018
Bradenton, United States

ALONE

Quiet-
Still-
The house is empty.
Tick-
Tock-
Goes the clock.
And the silence makes me think
Of all the things we notice not.
Listen now to the house breathing.
Feel the beating of your heart.
Touch the fabric of the sofa.
Pull the petalled flowers apart.
Hear inside yourself a rhythm,
Moving spirit-
Moving soul.
Feel an ache within your bosom
For the love inside you hold,
Filling spirit-
Filling soul.

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STICK WITH LOVE
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March 27, 2018
Bradenton, United States

Pride

They know you- yes they laugh with you,
not caring what they do
not hear.
They take their fates for
granted
while  my future lies
Embalmed in fear.

But I, I burn inside to think
that they were born to all
this pride,
While I was born to nothing
much
and have about as much
Inside

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DAY OF TRUTH
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March 23, 2018
 

Sorrow

I wear my sorrow
On my arm...
A mark of forever.

I wear it as my brand
Burned through my skin,
A constant pain from within.

A scar both ugly and beautiful,
Marking a life fully lived.

What is lost now was
once my heaven and my hell.
I touch my scar and weep...

Weep for myself but also for you.
What I have lost was once
yours too...

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LOVE IS GOLDEN
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March 19, 2018
Sarasota, United States

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Do you hear my thoughts?

You are mesmerized
By my unblinking eyes.
I hold you steady in my gaze
And keep you motionless.

What  am i thinking
Can you tell?
You want to know me
And stroke my glorious mane

And I will be charming
and let you remain,
Knowing that in a short while
You will be all mine.

Then I will turn and devour you with a passion
For I feed off your type
So trusting and human.

I am, after all, a man eater.

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I LOVE WRITING DAY
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March 4, 2018
Bradenton, United States

Miami
Lost my heart in Miami.
Now the reunion and I am remembering
How I loved my classmates and the excitement of learning,
the cap thrown in the air
And the robes with green velvet stripes.
The diploma that said MD
And the joy of earning it.
The old classroom was full of students I remembered fondly
And finally standing in the quadrangle beside the old clinic,
Remembering the day I told him I knew about her
And how he hated me for exposing his secret coldness.
His gentleman’s facade
Collapsed in a heap
Leaving only my broken heart on that windy sidewalk
to be blown away
by the Miami breeze.
Miami I miss you
And your warm sun.
The remnants of my heart
will always belong here.

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HARD TO STOP
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March 13, 2018
 

It’s only two years
Of your long life,
And yet it occupies
Most of the space in your mind.
You dream yourself
Awake at night
and remember his anger,
pinning you up against a wall.
Your accusations
And him turning quickly
Away from your sight.
You stare at his back and wonder
who he has become.
Where is the man who could
look you directly in the eye
because he had nothing to hide?
Did the universe invert itself
and turn all that was beautiful
into a great big ugly anger?
I want it back the way it was.
Why doesn’t he?

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THE SWEETEST
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March 11, 2018
 

Feelings

It always comes back to how you feel,
not what you think.

You feel the hurt and you learn to hate.
You feel the love and it starts to grow in you .
You feel abandoned and you start to abandon others.
You feel humiliated and you want to shame others.

The cycle continues until you stop feeling.

For a while you live in a cocoon
until you emerge young at heart,
filled with hope that life can be a loving, deeply fulfilling adventure.

May you never hurt again.

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UNICORN
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March 11, 2018
Bradenton, United States

And now, reminiscing,
Time softens the memories,
Mellows the aches.
Your hair, a thousand curls
I touched with amazement,
So soft..so beautiful.
Your eyes that filled with words you were not brave
enough to say.
I heard every word and now
am remembering how it felt
To kiss your lips, to touch your neck all bronze
and young and lovely.
How I wish now you had spoken
What I knew you were feeling
And that I had not let go
So easily.

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LOVE IS GOLDEN
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February 21, 2018
Bradenton, United States

Photochallenge

So this is what you walked into..
It’s not my fault.. she came on to me.
Nothing really happened...because you came home too soon..
She is not important to me..
Oh yeah?
I am not important to you..
Not enough to keep you satisfied
Not worth curbing your lust for..
Now I make the choice..
To stay or go
Do I hit you? Hit her?
Divorce you? Or forgive you?
The choice is always made in the first 30 seconds after you catch him in the act.
Can you love a bad man?
Oh yeah , you really can .

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REAL MEN DRINK WHISKEY
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February 17, 2018
Jacksonville Beach, United States

Tears.....

They fall when they want to
At the most inopportune moments.
You feel them filling your eyes
When others are around
And you don’t want them to see.

So you learn how to lean your head backwards
And cry from behind
As they run down your
Throat
And you are swallowing instead of sobbing

And no one knows you are crying
Except you and God
And He wraps a quiet cloak around you
So you can weep in silence

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GRIEF IS A MASK
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February 17, 2018
Jacksonville Beach, United States

Rancor

We call it rancor, that bitterness which is deep and longstanding.

We call it resentment, that angry emotion that fertilizes our rancor and helps it grow deep roots.

Emotions, like a cancer, that eat at the organs of your soul.

We need the spiritual equivalent of Weed Killer
to snuff out the rancor and allow fresh buds of joy to
Sprout.

We cannot allow ourselves to be
sickened by someone else’s cruelty.

Weed out your bitterness
And grow your joy.
Smell the roses..

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ANGEL OF PASSION
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February 16, 2018
 

Skylark Challenge  126

That moment in your dreams
Where you FEAR you are alone,
Facing the world on your own,
FLOATING in a choppy sea

As the world churns around you.
DROWNING in your anxiety,
You become the CHILD who
clinged to her mother’s skirt.

And you are reaching for her hand
And chasing clouds and BALLOONS
And for a moment you are safe
On one of those family ISLANDS

Where someone loves you for who
You are, life is secure and seas are calmed.
But then ... you were only dreaming.

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SKYLARK CHALLENGE 2ND ANNIVERSARY
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February 16, 2018
 

Knowing what we had was deep and real
kept me from hating you.
We ran out of time after all the fighting and hurting was over,
and so must finish this in another life...if I ever come around again.

You will never see me in this aging body, ravaged by tumors.
Do not look for me as I was.
Look for me in a loving pair of eyes... I am everywhere.

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SECRET PATH
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February 13, 2018
 

Valentines Day

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Love runs so deeply
Burning right through

Desire and need
Pulling me tight
Screaming I love you
Deep in the night

Lips are the lovers
Urgently mine
Opening floodgates
For my Valentine

Love is forever

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
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February 9, 2018
 

Autumn is an ending approaching

A time for leaves to die and drop

A chill approaching signaling
Loss and change

A storing time for food and memories

An apprehension of bitter cold

A battering down of hatches
As isolation approaches

When the heart cocoons until it might reawaken in spring

And hopes to survive the bleakness of winter.

Dreaming of spring when I might see you again....

The cocoon is beginning to thin... the butterfly
Is emerging... cautiously

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CATCH A DREAM
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February 6, 2018
Bradenton, United States

Sometimes I loved slowly
Starting out as a friend
And gradually feeling closer
Until love  grew in the end.

Sometimes I loved quickly and wildly without really knowing why...only to find out that I loved a vain man ..who hurt me with infidelity or goodbye.

But this man I loved deeply and fiercely with trust and understanding , swimming through waters both clear and choppy. I loved him because of his humor and kindness...

Because he stood by me
And because he knows me for who I am.
My vulnerability does not scare him.
My temper does not move him.

I thank God every day
for this man that I married.
He lets me be me.

Happy Valentines Day
Our 43rd

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MATURE LOVE
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February 4, 2018
Bradenton, United States

Why I love him

He cares when I cry
Loves it when I laugh
Wants me to win
Understands me when I fail
Isn’t that what love is all about?

My big, strong hunk of a guy
Not quite perfect, but mine

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LION
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February 4, 2018
Bradenton, United States

Let It Go

When your anger eats you up
and burns a hole in your heart
Let it go

When your friend fails you in your time of need
Let it go

When your love is unreturned and the ache is unbearable
Let it go

Let it go because you must
as only you are able to heal
Your own heart.

There is a power above all
who asks you to let it go
for His sake
and He will bring you peace.

Let it go and start over.

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YOUR DREAM, YOUR STORY
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