In the Open

I used to duck around buildings
and hide behind dumpsters
to avoid the beatings
from vulnerability.
I’ve learned not to run,
but to welcome the opportunity,
and smile despite the bullet holes
because I know it does nothing
but fuel my motivation
to continue.


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New Life

For two years,
I let the words flow down my wrists,
and drip from my fingertips
to later be put into makeshift scenery.

For years I’d known
how to move forward in a life
that was only my own in my creations;
When my imagination was let loose
from the heavy lead in my soul.

In this time,
I spent many clock’s lives
learning and growing
through thick slabs of concrete
how to survive the impossible.

But in the months before now,
when I learned how to breathe
beyond the vacuum sealed soil,
it has come clear to my mind
that i do not know how to spell ‘freedom
without craving it.

I feel the pressure of struggle
was the only way to feed
a mind starving for release.

For two years,
I made these hands my only;
and now that I’ve traveled so many miles,
I’ve forgotten how to include it in this new life.


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With You, I See

You are the soft glow
of my bedside lamp
in the quiet hours
between dusk and dawn;
The moon through the cracks
of my blinds still drawn;
The smile of light
that allows me to paint
the words caught bouncing
between the empty spaces;
Allows me to express
the feelings demanding
respect in the silence.


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Writing Contest; The big 800

Hello, hello, hello!

If you’ve just joined, welcome, and I hope you enjoy your stay. If you’ve been around, trust me, I recognize you with every like or comment, and I’m glad you’ve decided to stick around.

I’m happy to say, I’ve hit the big 800!

Upon hitting this goal, despite my light trickle of posts lately, I’ve decided to go and do it again!  Another writing contest 🙂

Submit your poem, prose, or short story to be featured on this blog, and a copy of my book, The Four Stages of Poetry.

The rules are simple;

In order to be eligible for this contest, I ask that you comment to let me know you have decided to participate (This allows me to check and make sure your submission is not lost in spam, etc).  Everyone is welcome, and encouraged to participate. You will then submit your piece to my contact page.

Your piece can consist of any topic or theme except;

  1. Religious views in any way
  2. Political views in any way
  3. Racist views in any way
  4. Sexist, or hardcore feminist (offensively, or negatively hating on men, etc.) in any way

You may submit up to two pieces. 

Poems and prose may be any length (within moderation of course, I will not accept novel length poems).

Short stories must not exceed 1000 words.

Contest closes October 25th.
Winner will be announced October 31st. (Happy Halloween)

Thank you so much for 800 followers, I love and appreciate all of you. Happy writing!!

 

 

White Room

This is a list of ideas that never made it into their own poem.

They told me to be quiet
in the white room
where you could never fit the outlines
around the objects creating the shadows.
They told me to rewind my thoughts
like a vhs in the vcr,
and tell them the many faces
he collected in my nightmares.
They told me I didn’t care enough about myself,
and I told them I was never taught how to say yes,
but my stubbornness
is the reason I have survived so long.
I told them of the semicolon,
and my desire to continue my story
only to prove
there is at least one thing I can win at.
They told me to stop starting wildfires
as soon as the clouds roll in,
and I told them of Emily;
the girl I’ve always wanted to be,
and how the smoke signals
are the only way I know how to reach her.
They told me to be quiet
in the white room
where all my words were thrown back at me
and I told them
I have a scrap paper
full of ideas
to make myself heard in the silence.


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And the Winner Is…

The time has come!

I would like to thank everyone who participated in this contest, and a huge congratulations to the winner…

C J Delous!!

With his poem, A Dream I Think I Once Had

Congratulations, your poem was incredible, and I absolutely adored it.

 

Top Three – Contest Update

I’m sure everyone is dying to hear who the winners of my writing contest are. (Now closed).

I have received over 30 submissions, and they were all so incredible, the decision is not coming easy. Thank you to everyone who submitted, I loved all of your pieces.

The winner will be announced on April 25th.

The top three runner ups (in no particular order) are;

  • C J Delous, with “A Dream I Think I Once Had”
  • MIRE, with “Fresh Air”
  • Paul Sunstone, with “What Made You Say “I Love You”?”

Thank you again for everyone who participated, and keep an eye out for the winner 🙂


Check out my book, The Four Stages of Poetry, available on amazon!

 

Top 5 – Contest Update

I’m sure everyone is dying to hear who the winners of my writing contest are. (Now closed).

I have received over 30 submissions, and they were all so incredible, the decision is not coming easy. Thank you to everyone who submitted, I loved all of your pieces.

The winner will be announced on April 25th.

The top five runner ups (in no particular order) are;

Thank you again for everyone who participated, and keep an eye out for the winner 🙂


Check out my book, The Four Stages of Poetry, available on amazon!