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My Catalyst

My Catalyst

Drawn together, as two like souls
Each suffering our own pains
Each just starting to carve our own path 
In the uncertain journey of life

Fate and her forces that be 
Brought us together
Broken hearts, Broken dreams
Afflictions and Addictions

We met head on
We bonded and soothed each others hurts
We gave each other support and strength
We became lovers and friends


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Don't Sell Your Soul Part I (re-post) & Part II

Don't Sell Your Soul 

Part I (originally posted 4/23/19)


I told him not to sell his soul 

That it would be unwise

The devil cheats and always wins

The end is your demise.

I told him not to sell his soul

It would be careless and askew

Satan laughs at all the fools who follow at his shoe.

I told him not to sell his soul

That he would never get it back

To find su...

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   a blues song


He was comin' in hot

At lightnin' speed

Told him he was trouble

He just grinned


He just kept on burnin'

No end in sight

That cinnamon whiskey

Was his delight


Cinnamon whiskey

Breathin' down his neck

Hot cinnamon liquor

Puttin' flames on his breath

Flames a growin'

All orange and red

Flickerin' higher

Up ove...

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A hundred miles an hour, I have to slow down

Slam on the brakes, take a look around

My eyes wide open, but what do they see

A new life with new possibilities

Or an old one revisited, cuz that's who I am

The same old mistakes made all over again

The road's always uncertain, there'll be potholes, detours

I take a breath, taste the moment, hit the gas once more



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Falling In and Out of Love




Full of starry eyed glee




Feeling whole and complete




                                          Becoming two as one


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Happy Tuesday

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Extra large booth

Extra tall margarita

Chips and salsa

And a king size burrito

Mexican love songs and mariachi music 

Piped softly overhead

Smiling faces, laughter

Twinkling lights and colorful flags

A shrine to los muertos

Fajitas sizzlling at the next table

The aroma of onions as loud as the noise 

Lost in the ambiance

 "Will there be anything else?"

The mo...

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Your Pain

Your pain is my disdain

I wish to wash it down the drain

To be cleansed of its stagnant reign

Your poignant, festering pain.


Your pain has left a stain

The permeation of your bane

That never, ever seems to wane

Your omnipresent pain.


Your pain is inhumane

Such agony should not sustain

The one thing that I need to gain

Is freedom from your pain.



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What Flavor Are You

I like ketchup on my hot dogs

That doesn't make me wrong

Each and everyone of us

Can sing a similar song

Some people like caviar

Port wine and sauteed shallots

Others want a juicy steak 

Atop a bed of lettuce

Peanut butter and mayonnaise

Don't knock it til you've tried it

Curry bowls with jasmine rice

Take anything and fry it

Stroganoff, blood pudding


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How I Came to be an American

Inspired by Mae Foreman

My great grandparents left Italy and Sicily after World War I. They left to escape a growing fascist regime with aspirations of new opportunities in a new land. Far away to America. The United States of America. A fresh, new country. A land of hopes and dreams. They worked hard helping to shape the country that this is today. They took little with them and made do with w...

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What's in a Name


Across many miles

Vestiges of a simpler time


Dreaming of home

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What is Art & Who is an Artist

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Art relects life

In good times and in strife

We put it out there on display

Each story told in its own way

Dreams, beliefs and emotions

Poems and paintings of the oceans

Music, sculpture, macramé

Things we feel we must portray


Some create to make a statement

Others 'art' for beauty

Some can't help it, it just is

While some feel it's their duty



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5WH - Short Poem Challenge (in the Discussions section)

Who is God
What is religion
Where exactly is the after life
Why are we here
When we die
How will we know the answers

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Why are you constantly running away

Do you ever, for one moment

Think you might stay



Just take your time

Settle your body

Then settle your mind


Take a load off

Sit for a while

Free your head and your heart

Then free your smile

Let it grow

Let it glow

Feel its power and design


And let the world see you shine



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My Poetry







It seems to me

This thing I see

Is not real or tangible

But if I dare to take a look

It could become quite manageable 

To have or naught

To speak for wrought

Of this thing that I'm not sure of

Could be for me a thing of might

Of that I could be right




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Death was coming 

           around every corner

I sat patiently 

          awaiting its embrace

The time was close

          no more running

No more substitutes 

          to take my place

No more thinking

          no more doing

No more indulging

          no more pursuing

No more time 

          for having fun

No more time

          to get things don...

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Her road was long and she traveled far

Thus the Oasis beckoned

She sought refreshment, renewal, rejoice

And some rejuvenation 

There she stopped by for a spell

To drink and bathe in the replenishing well

Satiating her thirst and hunger

With water and a man much younger

Happenstance or happened by chance

It's really all the same

It was respite for one or both

There ...

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Pot of Gold

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The ends of rainbows do exist. I know for I have seen one. 

Faintly through the coluds. Across the water, alighting on a small mass of land.

Isleboro, in The Penobscot Bay. One of many gems off the coast of Maine. 

I stopped for a moment, snapped a picture. 

I did not have time to chase after it that day, but I know where to go to find it again.



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Summer in the City


Summer in the City

Thunder rolling off in the distance. The night is as thick as schoolroom paste. I hear the baby crying next door. Windows open wide in the hopes of a cooling breeze. But not tonight. Tonight it seems as if Satan, himself, has reached up with his fiery fingers and grabbed hold of the city. Cooking it and all it's occupants. There ...

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Mother Goose is Loose

Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes 

Have been a round a while.

Some of my favorite poems

Now and as a child.

But amidst those carefree lilts

There lie some deeper notions

That when really read and understood

Can trigger some emotions

Anger, fear, humility

Silliness and rage

Crazy stories, crazy people

Each and every page. 

Lessons learned

Tried and true

Some sa...

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The bird in the tree

    looked down at me

And asked

     "Why do you cry?"


I told the bird

    "That is absurd.

          There's something in my eye."


The bird in the tree

    again spoke to me.

It questioned

     "Why do you lie?"


I said to the bird

     "That's rubbish and curd!

             Mind your own, by and by."


The bird in th...

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Trying New Things

I've been invited on a ghost hunt

So, I, of course, said yes!

What these people hope to find

I can only guess.

The eerie, the strange

The truly macabre

Haunting and daunting

Where does one start?

I've heard from some folks

About 'certain encounters'

Odd goings on

Alone in the darkness.

Voices and shadows

Movements, vibrations

Spine tingling visions


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The more I see

The more I know

Just like a game of tic-tac-toe

Three X's in a row


I win!

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I recently signed up for some intelligent fun

But oh my...

I was not prepared for what I would find.

WOL seemed a wholesome place

But lately some 'gents' have tarnished this space!

With challenges of edginess, some subjects have 'come up'

And what's with Bridgette Everette and that "d*** in her mouth"?

So my grandmother used Lux and my mother liked Camay

I never cared for e...

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Eric Was a Werewolf

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This is a true story.

  For Eric Parker

        And for Nick Bertozzi who was also a werewolf


Eric Was a Werewolf


Eric was a fine young man

‘Tho he was a little odd

Artistic and adventurous

With a likeable façade

A sharp sense of humor

He was quiet and kind

He loved to work with metal

He had a brilliant mind

But something was a little off

Something ...

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Ethereal Wisps

Ethereal wisps

Dance through lingering mists

They pull and insist

That you join in on their trysts


Ethereal wisps

The catalyst

Riding the rifts

Propelling the shifts


Ethereal wisps


As the fabric rips

And time tips


Ethereal wisps

Like ripples they slip

Ill confined from their crypts

Amongst and amidst


Ethereal wisps


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Bored in Study Hall. The Nonsensical Ramblings of a Teenage Mind

Purple pants

Pink top

Witches chants never stop

Blue shoe

Old hat

We've had a few

Fluffy cat

Green tie

Red sock


Alarm clock

Black hair

Brown eyes

We've had our share

Sparrows fly

Orange nails

White bow

Ship and sails

Always woe

Closed book

Dying dog

Fishing hook

City smog



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What Do You Know?

I don't really know that much,

Because there is so much to know.



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No matter where I tread

Or how high I lift my feet

Stinking piles block the way

Some are very deep.

I don't bother stepping over

No left, right, in-between

There'll be a new one in it's place

So hard to keep things clean.

Shoveling all day and night

Trying to make it through

These landmines of emotions

Left behind by you.

The plot I tilled and furrowed

I plan...

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True Love

Have you ever truly loved?

Have you ever truly been loved?

Have you ever felt free

  like only true love can make you feel?

Have you ever felt whole?

Have you ever felt your soul

  filled with abundant joy and happiness?

Have you ever felt the bliss

And the warmth of a lover's kiss?

Or the comfort of an embrace 

  in which your hearts seem to beat as one?

Have you ...

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Strange how things happen

Fate will always dictate true

Odd occurances

That seem and feel meant to be

Because they are suppose to





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Sleep my child 

Don't you wake

Dreams are real

Reality fake

Fantasize whilst you can

It may never be there again

Lay your head upon the down

Soon you will see what there is shown

Let your mind wander far and deep

It can only happen while you sleep

Wonderful images and spectacular sights 

Will fill even the darkest nights

Do not misuse your imaginaation

For it...

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Mr. Melancholy

Mr. Melancholy

You know the one who's not too jolly

I called him the other day

Just to say hello.

He was feeling lost and sorry

But told me not to worry

He'd be happy soon enough

In a day or two.

He was forever feeling lonely

And would often say "...if only.."

I always try to make him laugh

Sometimes he does.

Not much of a drinker

He is quite the heavy thinke...

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Slated as such 

But not for much

A never ending battle

Do or die

Without a cry 

And no one there to tattle

If one day 

It come what may

Without so much a warning

Fight to defend

Until the end

Amidst the grief and mourning

For naught is fair

And none will care

With nothing more to folllow

So it may be

To never see 

The dawning of tomorrow



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Clickety Clique

Click on a switch

Click the television remote

Click on a website

Click like or dislike

Click with your tongue

Click you heels together

Click the latch shut

Click the lock tight

Click a retractable pen

Click of the typewriter keys

Click of the dolphin or a whale or a bat

Click of the cicada

Click of a rock stuck in a tire

Click of the trigger

Click of a shu...

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Your Vagueness Is

Your vagueness is awkward

and sometimes it hurts.

Shadowy emotions slip in and out as you pass.

Tendrils of your essence linger,

Enticing and slicing.

Leaving me bare

And very aware.


Your vagueness is deafening

It's silence fills my ears.

Reverberting within and throughout.

A soundless piercing discord.




But wanting to be heard.


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Kentucky Derby 2019

The horses are on the track

Bets have all been laid

I hope I get some money back

From the wager that I made.

Gambling is not my thing

It just is not my style

But at certain times I will indulge

If only for a while.

A raffle ticket here and there

The lotto now and then

Ussually just a buck or two

Never more than ten.

I hate to lose my hard earned cash

On silly...

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Procrastinator's Perplexity

What happened to tomorrow

It was here yesterday

Did it somehow just decide

To get up and go away?

Tomorrow was the day I planned 

To do all I had to do

Now that it isn't coming

I'm left with out a clue,

As to when I will do these things

I'll have to check the date

If tomorrow isn't coming

Then I'm already late...




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It was warm but not hot

With a bit of a breeze

He slipped on his loafers

And stepped out with ease


She chose the red flats

And a light airy dress

Not overdone

But sure to impress


They agreed upon eight

At the local estab

He rode the bus

She took a cab


A quick drink and a smoke

Then they headed down

To the carnival

That had just come to to...

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Loftily I ride

Gliding slowly through my mind

Lost thoughts I will find

Tangled like a ball of twine

I grab one end, pull, unwind.


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Things To Do Today


Be curious

Ask questions

"Because" is NOT an answer!

Demand the truth


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In respone to the the metapoem prompt....here goes


To the Write out Louds

As long as I remember

No one has ever

Keenly liked my poetry

A big tanka to you all

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in the cool morning

the last whippoorwill cries out

mist in dew drenched fields

the Sun lifts his great eyelid

and bids the Night Gods farewell

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Don't Sell your Soul

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For my friend Ray, I hope you haven't.


Don't Sell Your Soul


I told him not to sell his soul 

That it would be unwise

The devil cheats and always wins

The end is your demise.

I told him not to sell his soul

It would be careless and askew

Satan laughs at all the fools who follow at his shoe.

I told him not to sell his soul

That he would never get it back


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New Friend

Bipolar one disorder. I did not flinch. Warm and genuine, I liked him right away.

Open mike night. He played guitar. Part of the regular crowd. I had seen him many times, always with a   smile.

Beer was good and we talked over the music. It was only our second meeting, yet the conversation flowed   with ease. Relaxed and natural.

Been a lawyer he had. But not the "good kind" and he gave m...

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A Tractor's Wife

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Tractors gaining traction

In and of my life

Never did I ever think 

That I would be a tractor's wife.

Implements and attachments

Belts and belts galore

Reapers, tillers, compostors

Who could ask for more?

Aerators and harvesters

Plows; for winter and for spring

Lots and lots and lots of tires

Damn near everything...

That someone would ever want

If they should...

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For ALL the Lisa's I have ever known


Oddly enthusiastic

Some would even call her spastic

She was loud but not bombastic

She was just odd   ly





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