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Lightly

Οn the sleek surface of the pupil of this marble eye which pulls us down

heavy is the water trapped inside the mist

heavy the living and heavy the deceased

Heavy like Persephone's black leaden veil and wedding gown.

 

This life isn't for the faint-hearted; for death isn't only for the brave.

heavy is the joy, heavy the bliss and fickle

heavy is the jingling silver bending sick...

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The Moon in Me- An Epigram

Ah, Cruel Chance, know that if you were to pick "today" at random,

I would go down smiling bright and treading light and hearty-a-pace!

If, knowing that, "today" you do chose...Alas...Why I'll never fathom!

Just take me quick, before the moon in me decides to show its other face.

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My Faith and Inspiration Found

Let me even at the expense of my evolution remain

a sharpened blade tucked inside a dusty sheath. 

Let me never taste the sweet liquors and fruit of fame

For I would rather share a glass of tepid water with

the hands that clean up after the ruthless beasts of war

Gladly I'll put the pen aside and grab a hod and shovel

and never write another word; keep silent forevermore. 

be ...

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The Wait

The passing of time ends in martyrdom 

I have been a martyr since seven am.

Five hundred steps trod by a medium-sized foot from Hell to Home

One hard labor-filled day's worth of patience to determine who I am.

 

She said "They will come in the afternoon".

Not precise enough to keep my hand and mind steady. 

I push the minutes as the hours dawdle; He whispers: "Soon..."

"It'...

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I Refuse

I refuse to go down with the damned

Should Circumstance entrain me I shall swim against the tide

Let my conscience not rest at the thought that at least I tried

I refuse to go down with the damned. 

 

I refuse to succumb to dull despair 

If the thin thread from which I hang comes to break, 

Without a wail, without a tear; quietly the fall I'll take.

I refuse to succumb to d...

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Wedding Wish

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And even though you are a child of Fear be not a mother to Strife.

Let the weakling with the wheezing breath behind, stand tall as staggering Life!

Remember not solely the half of you that fills you with doubt and dread

Hold on to hope, a royal bequest, even though your Queen lies with the dead.

The foul impostor that posed as King took a shard of your innocence with him,

but your b...

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Blessed With A Curse -A Wretched Rhyme

There was a young lady whose nose

had the fragrance and shape of a rose!

But she was rather morose 

because everyone knows

that a person can't smell their own nose!

She crossed her eyes trying to look at it

which made her feel dizzy in a heartbeat!

Alas, she couldn't see it

and nor could she smell it

She couldn't even spell it!

All maudlin "Oh the irony!" she'd cry.

...

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Argument For The Sake Of The Argument

Words lost all meaning 

Ears sealed and mind shut. Hear not...

Listen not... Just sing!

 

A truth avoided

a resolution denied 

"Disaster Ahead"

 

Lingering ringing

vociferous aftershock 

white noise is noise too.

 

Silence... Naturally.

Postwar, sift through cinders for

new meanings in words.

 

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My Better 3/4

The scar and trauma of a severed soul is mathematically inconvenient

Cauterize The Heart to save Its better half; cuts "being" down to 50% off.

Should you come to love me, know from the start, that wily is the minion

that binds our fortunes; who is meant to roar and who is meant to cough 

 

For the stronger link is doomed to waste away

if placed next to the weak one.

But if st...

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The Burden of Man- A Ghazal

Atlas has fallen to his knees for heavy is the burden of Man

And the shoulders of Earth quiver and sway under the burden of Man.

 

Shoes wound the soil like shame wounds the soul

And His own mother's cheek scathed and mangled under the heel of Man

 

Little Miss Wilderness, The Unbridled; tamed and trimmed, confined in a concrete corner

Now the air smells of pine and essence of...

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Divine Sacrifice

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How gracious, giving, odd-a-Medea Mother Earth is, that casually allows

the sticky fingers of my offspring pluck hers whilst in their very prime

The sugary, inciting scent and sanguine, blush flesh ominously arouse

their uninhibited watering glands and ushers them to a gluttonous crime.

What a ruthless, audacious Demeter is I who reaps and sickles the seed

-the splendid fruit that t...

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Appeasement

Stroke the tiger according

to the direction of his pelt

Kiss the hand and the ruby ring

like all the cowards who knelt

Polish the blade and varnish the sheath

unbutton your shirt and let him whip you

Bid your time till he's upon his last breath 

wait until he's too weak to strike you

then say:"Just because I worship you 

It doesn't mean I like you."

Always slither, ne...

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Well Enough

Let the dead stay buried down under

leave the towering weed that you planted be

The memory is blurry now, the edge has become blunter.

And that has had to be well enough for me...

 

Leave the untold remain unspoken,

the unspeakable you never claimed your own.

Take the unasked pardon; the world pretends to have forgotten

So play along and leave well enough alone.

 

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M15tak3s- A Whateverette

"Use your words" everyone said 

They didn't say "use them well!"

Weave a lavish text in silken thread

A lustrous web for pomposity to dwell

"Use your words! The fancier the better!"

A silken scarf, a silken shirt, a shiny silken sweater!

And a pretty pair of sparkly silken handstiched socks 

Specially made for the daintiest of dainty feet to use!

Wear your festive, silken s...

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Everything- An Etheree

The hermit worships on the mountain top

He prays at the doom below his feet

bellows loud to hear his echo

and sings dirges to the gorge.

A muffled commotion

slowly wakes him up

tambourines, lute

His suave bride

“My sweet

love

come!"

Unclench

that creased brow

shed that black cloth

the mourner's garment

break the solemn silence

clad yourself in white ...

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I Loved And Loved- A Triolet

I loved and loved with all my heart

Yet I was not loved back.

My full house of scarlet fell apart

I loved and loved with all my heart

Blind faith's a solitary art

'n I failed to see my Jack was black

I loved and loved with all my heart

Yet I was not loved back.       

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Starchild's Keeper- A Sonnet

Father Thunder cracked, Mother Thunder struck! 

through a cosmic tango, your divine birth!

And into a mad stellar chase I broke

begging to glow as your mirror on Earth...

I plunge into the ocean after dark,

and swim in this indigo-silver trance.

I relish in your splendor, hear the lark

his, a song of sorrow and jubilance.

though bittersweet it couldn't ever spoil

this ne...

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Love In The Time Of Disapproval

The Hero's blade is showing signs of rust

"Oh sweet mother-in-amrs why are you abandoning me?"

Your deformed wrinkled ancient child still needs you

Eons have passed since the labor that separated us

Have you passed the placenta yet?

Abhoring

like your child

enduring

like your child

as if wrought with iron.

Your heavy lids betray you

Treacherous sneaky old Morpheas

...

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Satan's Ark-A Sestina

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This is the song of a man who had a hundred souls in his pocket

He can get no sleep, he can get no rest and he can get no peace

The rope is tight like a well-tuned cord. Alas but who's to walk it?

As Sun dawns on the docks, He dawns on the Harbor of injustice!

The bugle has blown! The man and his one hundred souls embark.

But a thousand despondent souls’ death-boat, ain't no No...

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Hades' Ferry- A Sea Shanty

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Yo-ho-hear the song of a man, yo-ho, with a hundred souls in his pocket

He can get no sleep, he can get no rest, yo-ho, and he can get no peace

The rope is tight like a well-tuned cord yo-ho! Alas, but who's to walk it?

Yo-ho, to the docks, when Sun dawns, yo-ho, on the Harbor of injustice!

The bugle blows! All aboard! Yo-ho! A man and a hundred souls embark.

Ah, but a thousand desp...

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The 21st Century Paradigm

Isolation 

for my salvation

equals alienation

for the nation.

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The Benefits and The Perils

The benefits of The Surface, of staying relevant 

are admitedly somewhat relative.

The perils of blending in- obscure yet eminent-

under the spotlight are in superlative! 

You exist, You exist not, You exist, You exist not

Even numbers can be cruel. 

Yourself, Your Avatar, Reality, Virtual or Absolute 

Locked in an ongoing duel.

 

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The Bluebird and the Wallflower

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The dainty Butterfly passed by

He fluttered about, little low little high

Then He let out an ennuied sigh.

With a hasty lie and a haughty eye-

He ascended upwards to the lovely sky

For the wallflower hadn't blossomed...

 

The perky Bumblebee buzzed around

He swooped down with a jolly sound 

Circled each booming bud round and round

But at first sight, sweet harbor foun...

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Mid-Summer Monsoon, Pantoum

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The merchild's one with mercury. Father glances at the time nervously.

Stirred are the innards of the sea and nauseous...But the surface still.

Unnerved clouds are gathering round, whispering, awaiting anxiously.

Deceitfully sweet the air; intoxicating and spellbinding like the Devil's Trill!

 

Stirred are the innards of the sea and nauseous... But the surface still.

A heaving ch...

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The Madman and The Lunatic

When the madman and the lunatic met in a formal feast

They spoke of logic and the frequencies of the moon

"I will conquer the world" said the lunatic "fairly soon!"

"Without a doubt, but be warned" my suave blue-blooded beast

 

 

"You will scorch the Earth and crush its people in vain,

The order is singular; even though the moon succeeds

The Great King Sun shall always hold...

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Wake Up And Smell Reality

When the hibernation of denial ends and thoughts breaks loose

and all of your senses and your instincts slowly awaken

tell the man who's tending bar in your subconsiouss

to serve your grey matter stirred, not shaken.

 

 

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The Summer of my Dismay (Volume 27)

Granite are the waters of the earth, the sands of time

                        blazed to charcoal

blurred with the grime of the millions; only a dime

                           per redeemed soul!

Lukewarm the tears filling the sewers of a subconciouss 

                              that just awoke

Steadily the manicured hand wields a plastic holy cross 

                       ...

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Mirror Says

Lately my mirror

has been asking questions

I pretend not to hear her

But she's not like most reflections

She threatened to stop speaking to me

she said that she will leave

She spoke of "doom" in

an eerie voice that made my chest heave

she said:

 

"It's time for you to hear me!

Hear me! Hear me!

Can you hear me?

Can you hear me at all?

Are you even listenin...

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Ring Around The Poison Ivy

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Ring around the daffodil 

All the gods have fallen ill

One by one

The forts burned down!

 

Ring around the asphodel 

Cheaters do not kiss and tell

Wrinkle, Wrinkle

Stars no longer shine and twinkle!

 

Ring around the daisy

Standards growing hazy

Foul Words, Foul Words

Hearts break too!

 

Ring around the poison ivy

Sip "The Lie" from Monday to Friday

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nursery rhyme

Rage, rage, rage!

Rivals ramble ruthlessly raw rubbish; raving, ranting, rotting. Rage rage rage!

Anonymous, apathetic anguished alone; awaiting answers, Rage rage rage!

Gleeful, glorified greedy geniuses generating glad-gospels, Rage rage rage!

Evil egomaniacs' endless embellished epics echo eternally, Rage rage rage!

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Acrosticexperimental poetry

Funny, Funny

Funny, funny! How funny, so very funny that it makes me sick!

that the sheep's death-rattle should go down in history as "vicious roar"

that the Mame that's to blame keeps mum while her blood is being sucked by The Tick

that the wrongdoer has a carte blanche to laugh and jump and skip and soar!

Isn't it funny? How funny, so funny, very funny, funny; don't you find? The deceit!

That ...

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Beast in Pain

There is a feral beast trapped inside of me that suffers

She weeps and roars and pounds hard on her dungeon's door 

A smothering embrace; noone cares to accept the love She offers

Her pathos and tumult within have force enough to start a war

And though I have her well contained, claws trimmed and all;

while I have Her locked away, I even had Her put in chains...

I can still hear ...

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Starchild's Spell

Oh sweet Starchild, how did you get the whole wide world under your stunning spell?

However did you manage to get the universe enthralled inside your infantile little grip?

Oh, you scralet bud of rose and first fig of the poetess and of the summer's early belle!

Oh how you better all the ugly atrociousness of life, that lovely is even your thorns' prick!

For you the the pens of scribbl...

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Thank You Mother

But of all the lies you ever told me 

the happy ending 

of the fairytale of us was the sweetest!

 

And of all the lessons you ever gave me 

The one not put in spoken words

I made into written law and abide by every day.

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Father Thank You

But of all the things you gave me

our good name 

has been the heaviest to carry...

 

And of all the things you took away 

fear 

was the one burden I never had to!

 

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Meaning Lost

Among the myriads of nice words in existence 

The tasty, the lavish, the flattering, wooing and coy

I search for one that will make some difference

A truth that won't serve as anyone's plaything or toy

 

I always try to fall asleep right before midnight 

Lest I get caught awake when Time changes hands

With but old tricks like "Light makes night bright!"

My mind encircles th...

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Us and Them

- "Sin" is a fearsome word, shameful, effective and frightening.

  "Crime" is only good for bad poets, good lawyers and judges.

  And a child's protest is such a typical and unimportant thing

  It's as common as a sorrowful letter's tear and ink smudges.

  An infant's cry is natural and anticipated. No reason for alarm.

  And "course of life" we casually name the old man's demise.

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Before Life Begins

Come find me in the dark, before life begins

Where I stand tall and unafraid

Where I dwell frustrated yet elated

The darkness where I was born into

The darkness that I was meant for

The darkness where I come from

And where I am to emerge from...

The darkness you're keeping inside...

 

Come find me in the birthplace of raw ideas

Where we will spend ages shapeless, hove...

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Biblical Joke

Old Noah was a good and pious fella,

Too bad he did not own an umbrella!

instead he had to build an arc; oh the terror!

and all that due to a slight grammatical error.

 

He wished to proclaim his faith- this humble bloke-

in every way known; but aramaic was all he spoke!

So he decided to hire a tutor of the English tongue,

who could correct and teach him right from wrong.

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It's True

I shall shake off the stench of death, oh, so stale and dull

I shall, I shall.

 

I will so engage in all that's good, in all that's just and real

I will, I will.

 

I do so cherish all;  and I do love you, see you, hear you.

I do, I do.

 

I shall shake off the stench of death,oh so stale and dull

I shall fight Him till my last breath before I join His thrall

I will ...

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Last Letter (Epigram #2)

If now's the last hour I tread above the soil

Read this as I lay and bleed

"From womb to tomb, in peace and in turmoil,

I'm yours and yours indeed."

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Before I Go (Epigram #1)

Should this be my last night on earth

I shall say this with glee

From womb to tomb, from birth to death

I'm yours and yours I'll be.

 

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The Penultimate Chapter

And so, they stole her from her bed at night

and brought her to her knees before the hunter. 

She felt the cold blade on her; blindfolded tight

and laughed at the edge to make it blunter!

 

He dropped his crooked dagger and he sighed.

"I suppose the ending can wait for another day..."

He slit the silk in two; she opened her eyes wide!

"It's brighter than I fancy, but I love...

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Maturity

It is the many years passed that cause a man to age

it's not the minutes' quantity

but it's the moments' quality

that make the man a sage.

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Girl's Letter to Shakespeare

Let me to the marriage of untrue, uncompromising minds admit some perks; just for the sake of the argument!

Love may still be love even if it alters when it alteration finds

even if it,  for a moment,  bends. Remover may remove me from your heart but remove my love from mine cannot!

Oh yes, it is a sudden flash that comes and goes!

It is an ominously flickering orb; it is the drifting ...

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Will

An irol will

Is as hard as steel

While the eye may cowar

The heart shall dare 

to seize the hour,

to fight, to bear.

 

A sharpened wit

Is as precious as wheat

And a conscience at peace

and free of regrets

like a mother's kiss

on the quivering cheek

of a child that's weak

and frets.

 

 

 

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Dread of the Dream

I dread the sight of noble aspirations galloping away

I shiver at the mere thought of a life empty of hope

I fear the coming of the winter, the dying of the day. 

But the thing that scares me more than tied rope:

would be to reach the finish line too drained to keep the fire lit.

would be to win the war in vain only to die weary, spent and beat.

 

So...

 

If one day you ...

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Note with Note

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Thus

sacred history transpired 

Once upon a time, ages ago

The jolly whistling humming tune-bird

flew over to the hastily scribbled timid note-bud.

He fluttered around her in circles and chirped and wooed her! He sung

a crimson ribbon to life and tied it around her neck and cooed and purred!

And Her, the little blue note kissed the sound with her indigo-blue, ink-drenched

l...

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Rite of Passage

Half-dead, wrapped and sealed in a dusty cocoon 

Half-alive, I can feel my senses slowly awakening 

And I hearken the wide world outside beckoning 

It looks as if I am to hatch and break out soon

I will squint a bit in shock to the incandescent sun,

stretch my sore muscles and my brand new wings,

then I'll come find you my doted love, my only one!

Coyly I'll whisper to you all...

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To Forgive Oneself

I ask this of you: Do not forgive me just yet

You see I'm not quite ready to be pardoned

Spare me time to grieve over my moral debt

For only then can one's guilt be abandoned.

 

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