Thursday, December 14, 2017

coins in his pocket

the line was long
slinking down the aisle
but no one had more
than five items in hand
the coins in his pocket
felt heavy as he stood
but not as heavy as
the perfume of the girl
in front of him that
lingered under his nose
it reminded him of that
vacation to Hawaii when
they were both happy
no – he would not let
his mind wander there
so he played with the coins
in his pocket to remember
that he was in New Jersey
in the dead of winter
and not that warm paradise 
that continued to haunt him



Monday, December 11, 2017

we became stars

we met on a lazy summer day
connected like a lost key
finding its lock
you definitely unlocked something
within me

we told ourselves not to get
too serious too soon
a casual affair is what we both sought
no drama, smooth like a
saxophone playing a jazz tune

yet somehow we became more
than just friends
I suppose the heart never stops
seeking or beating even when
broken

now we transport across night skies
like shooting stars
I no longer try to see past far off
horizons
I will see what’s beyond them once
I get there


Thursday, December 7, 2017

lady winter

I feel her coming
like a pending storm
I sense cold hands are
about to touch my skin
the sky will turn dark
ice will form over my heart
winter will take me into
her embrace, placing
a kiss upon my lips
forcing me to close
my eyes until Spring

Photo courtesy of pexels.com

Monday, December 4, 2017

opposite seasons

there are those who love
the winter season –
the ice chill in the air
and the crunch of snow
beneath their feet
however there are others
like me who prefer
warmer seasons of
tropical breezes through
one’s hair and warm sands
between the toes

Thursday, November 30, 2017

whispers into the wind

I whispered into the wind
releasing my prayer
towards the horizon
I waited with bated breath
for an answer from the sea
but the answer never came
in the breeze 


Photo "Green Reed on White Sand Beach" by Anne Sch
Courtesy of www.pexels.com





Monday, November 27, 2017

we made plans

we made plans
laid them out
in straight lines
with no curves

we made plans
that somehow
found its way
off the tracks

we made plans
that were too
perfect to ever
be achieve but 

we made plans
to get back on
the road towards
the rising sun




Friday, November 24, 2017

hot chocolate in the cafe

we were sipping
hot chocolate
the sun begins
to slowly sets

the vast silence
between us makes
this meeting all
the more awkward

I tried to speak
but my words were
stuck on my tongue
would not come out

we departed
with words unsaid
lost chance added
to my regrets

Monday, November 20, 2017

raging storm

Photo by Tim Mossholder
Courtesy of pexels.com

like a raging storm
you crashed against my
rocks and stone walls
I built in order to protect
myself from harm

eventually you were able
to view my inner being
when I opened the front
gate to my heart and
allowed you to enter

Thursday, November 16, 2017

autumn at dusk

in autumn when dusk
arrives the sun begins to
write its farewell song
that will keep us warm on cold
winter nights until spring comes


Photo "Forest with Fogs" by David Bowman.
Courtesy of pexels.com


Monday, November 13, 2017

these hands

Photo by pexels.com


these hands write poems
words flow onto paper
delicate fingers grasp pens
as I bring words to life

these hands search constantly
for some human touch
a connection to take away
this loneliness I feel

these hands are my companions
through good and bad times
the only companion that will
stay for a lifetime




Friday, November 10, 2017

adult conversations

at the dinner table
during the night’s topic
I was about to open
my mouth and say
what I thought
but from one stern
look by my mother
I felt an invisible kick
to my leg that said
to stay out of
adult conversation


- Anther poem inspired by dVerse Quadrille #44 - "kick"

Monday, November 6, 2017

kick

I wanted to kick
everything
to the curve
toss my burdens
into the ocean
drive off into
a setting sun
forgetting
all the things
that went wrong
and refresh
my journey
if only it was
so simple
instead
I’m tied down
to this dock



Thursday, November 2, 2017

I see you

Photo "Blue Rose". Courtesy of pexels.com


I see you
in shades of blue
my heart wants to beat
to every word you speak
in love I want to get lost
no matter the risk or cost
so I take your hand
walk across warm sand
chase after the sun
as we become one


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

immortal kiss

Photo by FotoArt-Treu.  Courtesy of pixabay.com


everything went black
when you gave me
your immortal kiss
under the moon


Monday, October 30, 2017

silver tongue

the words flowed
from your tongue
like silver daggers
piercing the inner
part of my soul
when mom said
only sticks and
stones can break
my bones
she must never
had a bully
scandalize her name
forced her into
cocoons to hide from
classmates’ eyes
trying so hard
to be invisible
but the predators
still find you
in those fields
of lavender where
I thought I was
safe from harm
no these words
flowing off silver
tongues do more
damage than
sticks or stones
the mob can
throw at me


Thursday, October 26, 2017

mahogany

she stood strong
against black clouds
like a mahogany tree
that wouldn’t be moved
she stood tall against
the raging storm
that wiped so many away
yet here she still stood
strong and beautiful




Monday, October 23, 2017

ghost

those creaking floors I heard
while I was in the shower
gave me such chills and
mom said it wasn’t her so
now I wonder if it was you
walking down that narrow
hallway reliving past memories
in this place you once called home


- Written for dVerse Quadrille #43


Thursday, October 19, 2017

beneath the surface

Photo courtesy of pixabay.com


beneath the surface of dark ocean waters
my heart still beats for my one
who has yet to reveal his face to me
I have searched across the seas
scanned many faces, kissed too many
lips that only left bitterness behind
although my face says I have given up
deep within there is a part of me
that still clings to such desires






Monday, October 16, 2017

scent

it was the scent
of that cologne
that permeated
from the car
next to mine
that brought back
memories of you
flooding my mind
tears overflowed
I took a deep breath
to regain some
of my composure
to enter the store
without red eyes


Thursday, October 12, 2017

autumn's dream

"Trees in Forest during Sunset"
Courtesy of pexels.com

I had a dream about you
and your soft kisses
under autumn’s light
I should have known
this would not last
for you were not here
when I opened my eyes
like a ghost you faded
into the mist of trees
before the snow came

Monday, October 9, 2017

with hope

with hope
I released you
into the wind
with prayers that
you would find
your way back
to my arms
every night
I sang to the moon
counting the years
that have passed
yet you have
not returned
maybe I should
just give up



Thursday, October 5, 2017

wanted to believe

a part of me wanted to believe
in you and every word you said
you made my heart crack open
after being closed for years
created butterflies that long ago
had dissipated into dust
you made the mornings brighter
helped me smile through 
mundane daily tasks and 
I would have taken the risk 
if you wanted to take it too
you made me feel special –
that someone out there 
wanted ba connection as well
you created a spark within
with your kind words, if only 
I could have believe in them
but the lies you told were
too bright to ignore


Photo by Fotoworkshop4u
Courtesy of pixabay.com





Monday, October 2, 2017

fin

the writing was written
clearly on the wall
and I felt the pull
of your heart away
from my grasp
but a part of me
didn’t want to face
reality until that
evening when you
said those words that
shattered my heart
into pieces



Thursday, September 28, 2017

to sleep is to dream

to sleep is to dream
that you are here
lying in my arms
the sun always shining
to moon comforting us
and this moment
lives on for infinity
never ending or pausing
it is a dream that I don’t
want to awake from
for reality is much
more harsher than this
at least in my dreams
you never leave me





Monday, September 25, 2017

spice of life

my high school English teacher
used to say that variety is
the spice of life
perhaps in a way it is true
for one can become bored
with the same old flavors
but sometimes that
familiar seasoning is what
helps keep the insanity away

- Dedicated to my high school English teacher, the late Mr. Leroy Washington



Thursday, September 21, 2017

eyes deep like oceans


Photo courtesy of pexels.com


eyes deep like oceans
was the thing that pulled me in
now I am drowning
emotions not felt in years
trying to stay above waves





Tuesday, September 19, 2017

should I?

should I tell you
how I really feel?
should I lay all
my cards on the table
let the consequences
come into being?

should I stop shedding
tears over a dream
that may never 
become a reality?
should I reject fear 
and fly into the sky?

should I release old
goodbyes like fireflies
and collect new hellos
into mason jars?
should I open my heart
again, just this once?


- Written for dVerse Poetics: The answer is 42 where we are asked to write a poem consisting of only questions.  Come join in on the fun. 



Thursday, September 14, 2017

bottle of feelings

this feeling within
is taking over my heart
so to keep it safe
I poured all of my feelings
into a jar to keep closed

but there have been days
temptation had me thinking
of breaking that jar
releasing bottled passion
with hope to be well received

Photo by Alexas Fotos.
Courtesy of pixabay.com





Monday, September 11, 2017

free

cut me loose
from this pier
let me float
into vast seas
let me drift
towards sunsets
without a care
or concern
let me be free
to be completely
me and not
worry about
what others say
for only I
know what
lies within




Thursday, September 7, 2017

crush

a crush?
I’m too old for that
well that is what
I tell myself
I’m too old
to have such dreams
and butterflies
in my tummy
I’m too wise
beyond my years
to have tingling
sensations come
across my skin
wherever I hear
or see your name
no, I’m too old
for this feeling
I already know
how this will end
another scar
another disappointment
another what if to add
to my collection box
but here I am
with this sensation
overwhelming me
covering my head
like high ocean waves
and I cannot stop
myself or this feeling
overtaking this heart
I thought long dead
a crush?
I’m too old for this 
aren't I?


Monday, September 4, 2017

autumn has come

autumn has come
and I find myself
waiting for you
to appear from the
sky to sweep me
off my feet

but those stories only
exist in fairytales
told to impressionable
girls instead of the
truth which is more
harsher to hear

autumn has come
and I watch the leaves
turn brown wondering
if my knight will appear
before I am lost to
winter’s embrace




Thursday, August 31, 2017

seduction

secret messages exchanged
has enticed me to dream
about being in your arms
under a summer night sky
across the room I catch your eyes
and your unspoken invitation
that no one else detects
I can no longer hold back
this growing swell of waves
so I let them crash over me


Monday, August 28, 2017

bliss

such lazy days
can be so rewarding
the summer breeze
in our hair
the sun kissing
our skin
your soft whispers
in my ear brings
me to a dream
that I wish never
to awake from
for being with you
is such a bliss

Thursday, August 24, 2017

last day of summer

Photo courtesy of pexels.com

on the beach we sat
side by side
watching the sunset
hand in hand
we counted down
the time
we still had together                                                      
this night
for you would be gone
by tomorrow
I will still be here with
our promises
to never forget these days
and short nights

Monday, August 21, 2017

secret

you were just a whisper
to the midnight sky and
I played my part well

I was just a simple rose
among many others you
eyed but never plucked

we were just a dream
that could only live
secured in our minds

to speak it out loud
would cause great
walls to tumble down

Photo courtesy of pexels.com


Thursday, August 17, 2017

I wanted you

I always watched you from afar
like a star that I could not reach
how I wanted to be in your light
and be the one in your heart

I wanted you to look at me
like you looked at her, who was not me
how my heart ached every night
that you were unattainable

then the stars somehow aligned
and we crossed paths once more
this time I caught your eyes

now in your arms, made up dreams
becoming reality, so I close my eyes
to imprint this to memory

Monday, August 14, 2017

it was in a dream

it was in a dream
I found your warm eyes 
taking in mine making 
my heart burn inside
it was in those dreams
I fell in love with you
if only those memories
could have transferred
into real life I would
have been happy


Thursday, August 10, 2017

window shades

to the world I am
just an ordinary girl
who works everyday
paying her bills and
follows all the rules
but when I get home
I pull down my
opaque window shades
I remove my mask
revealing my true face
I released pinned up hair
shed my suit of armor
as the clothes slide off
my hidden roses spring
out into full bloom
I become the person
I was meant to be
one who needs not
explain or apologize
to anyone for being me


Photo Courtesy of pixabay.comPexels

Monday, August 7, 2017

real

I want something real
and true
with no filter
no photoshop
something I can hold
to feel its weight
smell its scent
something I can see
with my naked eyes
not behind glass screens

I want something real
and true
but it’s getting harder
to find such things
in a world that
is becoming more
virtual than actual
and slowly
I am losing hope
in such things

Thursday, August 3, 2017

you once had

you once had the key to my heart
when I gave you my single rose
winter came and took you away
my heart turned to snow and ice


Monday, July 31, 2017

when you fear love

I want to touch
his inner soul
and look deep
into his ocean eyes
but a part of me
is afraid to allow
myself to make
that plunge
my heart won’t
let me dive into
those waves
like last time
when I almost
drowned


Thursday, July 27, 2017

I have something to say

I have something to say
but I doubt anyone will hear it
it is hard to get my soft voice
to rise above the sound of
loud clashing and shouting
everyone trying to get in their
say as my tiny voice gets lost
among the tsunami waves


Monday, July 24, 2017

can we not let this night end?

can we not let this night end
and bottle this memory forever
forget reality and just pretend
can we not let this night end
the last hours we can extend
it will be our finest endeavor
can we not let this night end
and bottle this memory forever


"Vernazza sunset" 
Photo by Anders JildĂ©n on Unsplash


Thursday, July 20, 2017

summer evening

Photo by Chris Karidis on Unsplash


a summer evening
our boat drifts under the moon
in peaceful silence



Monday, July 17, 2017

flicker

I try to hold on to
hope that I will find
you before it's too late
but every passing day
my light flickers like
a distant lighthouse
trying to stay steady
so you may find me
before the night when
my light goes out

Thursday, July 13, 2017

heart of glass

a heart of glass
shattered into one
thousand pieces
a soft hand
with delicate fingers
piece it back
together like
a jigsaw puzzle
glue in hand
sealing those
jagged lines
make the heart
form into
one whole piece
so it may beat
once more


Monday, July 10, 2017

summer never lasts

summer never lasts
long enough
the days go by too past
the nights never wait
for us to collect stars
it flashes us her smile
and in an instant
she is gone

"Summer Light" by Susanne Nilsson
Courtesy of all-free-download.com


Thursday, July 6, 2017

first kiss, second kiss

the first time
was a hurried thing
lips clashed against
one another like
waves upon rocks
but the second time
was much better
the electric touch of
your lips upon mine
made it all better

Monday, July 3, 2017

betrayal

I believed every single word
you whispered into my ear
each smile you gifted me
under the morning sun
I believed every promise
that you would never leave
but time revealed true colors
when you removed your mask
and showed me your true face

Thursday, June 29, 2017

summer kiss

summer kisses
always taste better
in the moonlight

summer love
make hearts grow
fonder under the sun

summer days
always too short
and never last enough


Monday, June 26, 2017

touch me, tease me

touch me
with your melodies
let them fall against my skin
tease me
with hypnotic kisses
bringing me into a dream
teach me
those native words
that spring from your tongue
tell me
the words to our song
that we will sing for eternity

but

don’t touch me
if you intend to leave scars
behind when you burn me
don’t tease me
with sweet kisses you
you will collect back at sunrise
don’t teach me
the ways to your heart
when you plan to give it away
don’t tell me
this is forever when
it will only last for one night

Thursday, June 22, 2017

you promised me the moon and stars

you promised me the moon and stars
and I wanted to believe every word
but I knew in the end you would fall
and naively I listened to your hypnotic
voice falling for those seductive eyes
as you promised me the moon and stars

and I should have known better
this was not my first time yet
like a schoolgirl I fell for every line
I was hungry for love and was drawn
to you like a moth to flame when
you promised me the moon and stars

now I stand at the edge of the sea
watching my heart drift into the deep
once again you fly into those sunsets
that always leave me cold in the end
I wanted to believe every word when
you promised me the moon and stars



Photo by Nathan Anderson
courtesy of unsplash.com


Monday, June 19, 2017

peppermint

in her leather purse
she always had peppermints
for a variety of remedies and
I knew where she kept them
even when I had too many
she would never scold me
but now she’s gone leaving
me with warm memories
of that nostalgic scent


Thursday, June 15, 2017

land of broken hearts

on a deserted island
I sit watching the sun
rise and set every day
as wounds in my heart
begin to heal

in solitude I try to
rebuild my soul within
torn down and shredded
by the daggers of
a heartbreaker

some nights I dream
about leaving this place
on a ship passing by
carrying me back home –
back to you

but I’ve been here too long
I’m getting use to solitude
the safety of this island
sparing me the risks
of falling in love again

I no longer look out
for that ship in the sea
memories of home fade
day and night I linger here
where pain can't reach me

Monday, June 12, 2017

tender kisses

your tender kisses
were sweeter than his
that night

I, lost in blisses
just did not listen
to right

now all my wishes
are lost and missing
in sight



Thursday, June 8, 2017

silent protest

as you held my hand
we took our last stand
for us

and our own plan
was to save our land
but thus

we could not withstand
and force to disband
sans fuss


- Written for dVerse Meeting the Bar - Lai It On! prompt where we are asked to write a lai poem, consisting of nine lines using "a" and "b" rhymes.  Come join the fun.



Monday, June 5, 2017

storm within

there is a storm
brewing inside her
she can hardly
contained it
it threatens to
overflow her veins
and spill out her
eyes and heart
as blood tears
when she sees how far
the world has fallen
into dark chaos
and shadows of hate



Thursday, June 1, 2017

gift

you were the gift
that kept on giving
I become complacent
thinking you would
always be there
until you were gone
I realized how much
you meant to me
and Now I wish
I had told you then
instead of holding
the words within


"Rose in the hands" by George Hodan
Courtesy of all-free-download.com




Monday, May 29, 2017

broken

I tried to keep myself
all put together
but things happen
leaving me with scars
causing imperfections
on my face and skin
yet still I am who I am
flaws and all and
I can still be loved
despite broken lines
upon my soul



Thursday, May 25, 2017

spring mornings

I hear the birds chirping
outside my window
their melody awakening
my senses each morning
and it is that sound
that makes the mornings
easier knowing that
warmer days will arrive
shortly and summer
evenings will be spent
watching beautiful
sunsets in your arms


Monday, May 22, 2017

when I hear your voice

the sound of your voice
always takes me back
to when I was madly
in love with you
each time the timber
of your voice hits my ears
I forget all about the 
things that went wrong 
and only reminisce 
about the good times




Thursday, May 18, 2017

will you?

will you remember me
when I walk out the door?
will you think of me
on warm summer days?
will you want to hear my
voice under midnight stars?

or will you forget me
as easily as we forget snowflakes?
will visions of my face diminish
from your memory in time?
will you pass me by on the street
like a stranger in the night?


Forget-me-not flowers.  
Photo by Yana Ray
Courtesy of all-free-download.com

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cemetery visits on Mother's Day


Photo by Brigitte Werner
Courtesy of all-free-download.com

Every Spring I come out
and lay flowers on graves 
for Mother’s Day
I have done it for so long
that I have lost track of
the number of years
that have gone by

I’m sure the flowers
are not as lovely
as the ones before
yet I keep up the vigil
and soon I will add names 
to my flower list
for Mother’s Day





Thursday, May 11, 2017

forever waiting

forever
was how long it seemed
that I waited for you
to sweep me off my feet
and into that grand 
fairytale castle on the hill

forever
was how long I waited
from sunrises to sunsets
still believing that day
would come when dreams
would become realities

but forever
lasted too long for me
I lost all hope especially
when I removed rose colored
glasses and saw you for
the man you truly were








Monday, May 8, 2017

in the dark

our whispers
echo off walls
secret rendezvous
under midnight stars
hidden love letters
in mysterious boxes
it was all good
for awhile
until one of us
wanted to drag
the other
into the light
and that was
the breaking point
in this secret affair




Thursday, May 4, 2017

returning home

I went so far off chasing the clouds
that never stood still
and now I return to the place I once
desired to burn down
but it will be here that I reconnect
to the person I was before
I went after unattainable rainbows


Thatched cottage. Photo by Kaz
Courtesy of all-free-download.com


Monday, May 1, 2017

cologne

it was the aroma of
sandalwood cologne
that pulled me
as he hooked his
claws into my skin
my insides burned
with the thought
of his touch
and I knew then
I was in too deep
but a part of me
did not mind


Thursday, April 27, 2017

regret

I should have held
onto you a bit longer
I should have told
you what I felt
I should have laid
my heart on the table
I should have spoken
the words on my tongue

But I was too afraid
of your rejection
I was too afraid that
you would laugh at me
I was too afraid you
wouldn’t love me back
I was too afraid to release
those words on my tongue

And now I am full of regret
that I let you slip away
and now I wonder about
what could have been
and now I sit here pondering
on how to move on
and now I write love poems
instead of living them


 - Written in response to Writers' Digest Poetic Aside April 2017 PAD Challenge Day 26 in which one is tasked to write a poem about regret.

Monday, April 24, 2017

we stood still

we stood still by the river
waiting for you to appear
upon the hills
my heart waiting to burst
at the sight of you and
he was holding back
squeals of delight
but you never appeared
beyond the hills and
soon night encased us

"The lonesome river" by Greg Westfall
Courtesy of all-free-download.com 


- Written for dVerse Quadrille #31 "still".  Come join in on the fun.  


Thursday, April 20, 2017

postcard

I send you a postcard
with sunny skies
and white sands
telling you I’m
having a good time
but in reality
I miss you terribly
wish you were here
instead of back there
 the oceans I placed
between us only makes
the yearning in my heart
grow deeper

Photo by Christopher Flynn
Courtesy of unsplash.com


Monday, April 17, 2017

dancing palms

"Palm Tree" by Anna Langova
Courtesy of all-free-download.com


to a hidden beat
the palm trees swayed side to side
like they were dancing


- Written for International Haiku Poetry Day.  Inspired by WD's Poetic Aside 2017 PAD Challenge Day 17: dance poem

Thursday, April 13, 2017

black sheep

I always stood out
like a black dot
on white linen tablecloth
never fitting into the puzzle
that my family tried to maintain

I’m sure they loved me
in their own special way
but I know they rather
have me fit in those family
portraits instead of sticking out

but love is eternal
love is nonjudgmental
love is all consuming
no matter what I know
they will love unconditionally



"Black Feathers" by George Hodan
Courtesy of all-free-download.com