Growing Up with Poetry on the Walls

Growing up, there was Scripture, prose and poems around the house, things that helped mold me into the person I am today. I read and re-read these lines and began enjoying rhymes at an early age.

I Digress

I took your name off the list and it toppled a thousand tables Book strewn and predictable You were a mighty tree Blowing the daffodil and cattail wind my way You that apparition Me that curly haired voyeur You couldn’t handle complicated You eradicated A forest of affection Grown only on the nurturing Of imagination…

Shameless

Take up arms I am fighting for I am crying for I am praying for I am seeking Something shameless Stay out Sheol I am preparing the war cries I am constructing Walls and Warriors Battalions and Bridges That’ll keep a thousand slaying dragons From borrowing darkness And sowing seeds of meaningless seduction   Sisters,…

Ophelia

From the once crisp leaves of the lonely volume cried the sacred voice of ages past Her soul screams of the maddening love that possessed her Skin, soft. Lips, red. And furiously searching eyes had once been mirrored in the reflection of this now sullied corpse Persuasive words fallen from the princely mouth of the…

Children

They are Of laughter Of smiles Of idle dismissals and warring for property rights They are ever mining in curiosity They are ever needing food, needing care They are giving hugs and needing hugs and reaching reaching They are rage, tears and screams in a moment. They underslept and overenergized They are a merrygoround of…

Kites Shooting for the Stars

Remembering the face of The taste of Oxygen in the lungs of my heart Remember the place of The dance of when a new life begins to start Remembering the time how The way of Clouds lifting from scars Remembering the feel of The sound of Kites shooting for the stars Remembering the touch of…

Pressure

To burst To escape To implode To collapse To ignite To break down the dams and avalanche the ocean To be that small stream of light that sneaks into the darkness To careen from the side of the mountain into the trees With the weight of a an anvil and the power of a bird…

Layaway

No feelings owed for two to five years. Make a future commitment For one tiny price. Today I put my heart on layaway The plan bought and sold a single minute for my cards to fold “It’s easy . It’s simple.” Promises made risks to be minimal One small payment here A sample of affection…

Boys

They’re all nectar and Novocain While we’re numbing our hearts While we become sweetness Seducing their scars   They’re all nectar and Novocain While humanity’s rotting In the mouths of mere mortals Who’ve abandoned what’s sacred   They’re all nectar and Novocain Needing succor from Diana To save them from battle And cauterize wounds  …

Micah

would that feathers were fierce enough to slice through your brittle brown skin would that words were hot enough to cook your raw red heart and you would break and you would break and you would break would that your image would die as fast as your passion for me did. would that the second…

The Verge of

Airborn and ready for today careworn but ready for tomorrow I wanna be in love but I laugh anyway it’s the rhythm of the sun and something that takes me over and makes my foot tap slowly softly slowly faster bringing me closer to–

Wipeout

Heart beat heart in my car fast car when we talk fast talk on the road love road from the beach wave beach where we run sun run where we talk fast talk where waves crash waves and my heart beats stop beats then my heart crash heart crashed into your smile crash smile