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Harriet Cleve
Life happens

poetry helps
The Spider
I let your name roll off
My tongue,
One last time.
Like water, dripping down
A melting icicle;
That, and nothing more.
Jamie Walker
You talk too much for your own good
And smile too little for my liking
I would crack a joke to lighten the mood
But you seem to find humour frightening.
What’s it like living in such an awful world?
You say paradise is laced with landmines
Hidden meanings are waiting to unfurl
But sometimes a rhyme is just a rhyme.
"Don't you remember him?"
They asked.
"Can't you see, I'm still writing!"
She said.
They became silent.
rivulets run free
flowing into careless streams
the ocean awaits
When will your ropes break
At 3am on a tight situation
You keep hanging up on the phone
So you can hang out with him
Was the best way
To strangle me
With lies
Oh I have my doubts
alaska jade
Our love, a match
You, a Marlboro evening
We share every warm sunset.
I'm not sure when we'll finally burn out but at least I'll have the ashes to prove that we really, really, did try.
You, a lighter, ignite my flame
let the sparks never die.
After all this time still wishing and wishing upon shooting stars for you
my one true love.

I dreamed of skin

as petal soft,

a fragrance gone

and lips remember.

I dreamed of skin

in jealous eyes

like water flows

across her thighs

and lips remember.

I dreamed of skin

painted in rose

desires drawn

across her bed

and lips remember-

November 14, 2019
“Is it the raindrops pervading my being?
or is it your lips touching my skin?”
― Avijeet Das
You told me,
"I don't deserve someone like you."
"You're just too good for me."

I don't believe you darling,
I know you wanna say that you don't like me at all.
You just don't wanna hurt my feelings..
It's funny how sweet words can hide a thousand lies.
Andrea Navarro
Sitting back I try to find
My peace of mind
Taken back I try, to my demise I fly

Fly in circles through the night,
Stay with me it’s alright

Under the moonlight, Luna May I
Bathe in the stars, Luna May I
Show you my scars, Luna May I
October 26th 2017
I sit and look,
At children around,
Sitting, chatting,
Playing games they found.

I sit alone,
And watch them play,
Thinking about them,
In another day.

What they aspire,
To do with their lives,
Is currently ignored,
As this room thrives.

But I'm watching,
Waiting for their move,
To life, themselves,
They are trying to prove.

So I sit, listen,
Wait for them to act,
I’ve mastered this skill,
Attention, I will not attract.
Jimmy Kudo
Remember when I?
Picked you up at the Cole concert in Atlantic city
Back then I wasn’t strong-
A tale of two cities
Thank god that song wasn’t too long.
Maybe there’s something between us.
A fire that we kindle but try to put out as if we are ashamed,
Blinded by the light.
But as that fire grows larger,
It becomes harder to control.
At some point,
We must accept the warmth that the flames bring us.
Every day I try and keep these feelings at bay.
Ray Dunn
your heart
breaks different
when it beats
idk something that just popped into my head
ok okay
Depression is numbness
Anxiety is pain
When they are mixed
It is like fire and rain
Except the fire never goes out
And the rain only becomes heavier
3am thoughts
I dipped my feet
In fire
I felt the burn
Reach up
I felt it rattle
My knees
Turn down
To bow
To fear
I feel
The rain
I tell myself
I’ll drown
I’ll lay my head low
I wait
The heal
Rain on fire
Feeling growth
I feel the rain
And reach
I reach for air
And wait
Till the fire
Becomes smoke
Till the rain
Hits hard enough
Until I am
I shed this heavy
Dangling around me
under me
I climb
Above hell
I climb until I see
That I am not
I climb until I see
That I am free
I reach for me

I reach for me
Ashly Kocher
The moment when
Everything is
But yet it’s
Into place
The roof was raised
I'd spend my days
Under the shade
Then one day fate
Led to a grave
The day turned blue
The mood was grey
No sun rays. Nay

All once was great
Now that remains
No more than a shame
And it's too late
There's been a break
These lands were brave
Then come to dismay
Have us start to pray
For better days

Silence for the greats
As we've piled up their graves
Lead the way through dismay
Learn and live. Do this I say

Wish to see another day
Live. Remember what's at stake
Give. To make it no matter what it's taken

Your spirit has awakened
Your soul and coffin've influenced
The bowels of Earth have shaken
We'll surely face it
Searching for the traces
Future generation
This land was once the greatest
Now look at what we've made it!

Have a happy life
I mean
I suppose love is a disease.

there are the symptoms,
the racing heart
constant thoughts,
and if your a writer
countless poems dedicated to them
or your love.

I suppose love is a disease
but if its you,
its not one I would mine
The scariest moment
Is realizing that I've forgotten
I've forgotten what it was like
To have you here.
And this new world
Where you aren't has become
A world I've become accustomed to.
My new norm,
And that is terrifying
she takes a deep breath
her soul is on fire

she coughs up smoke
her lungs are burning
she sips on the water
but it just scalds her throat

she takes a deep breath
it won't be long.
her soul is on fire
her head's all wrong

there are noises in her head
there's a pounding in her skull
everything's blurry-
soon she'll be dead

she takes a deep breath,
her very last one
her soul was on fire

and now
it is done
I don’t know
If I believe in soulmates
Or fate

But if you told me
That something
Or someone
Had planned for us to meet
And made each of us
For the other

My darling I don’t know
If I would be able
To argue

You are
Everything I always dreamed of
I could’ve never imagined
Mena Mulugeta
Praise be
to the Lord
who has
awaken my soul
from the death, my
life now is like a sweet
Jesus saves
Jo Pietersen
the wrong one
will find you in peace
and end up leaving you in pieces

only the right one
can find you in pieces
and guide you to peace
Carlo C Gomez
the best things in life are free tax
...and recycling fee
Wrap my throat with barbed wire
clip my tongue and yank it out
sew my lips and make me
Whether a comma, or colon:
Punctuation slows my rolling
I need no period. When I end
no Capitalization when I begin
Rulelessly I flow my art
  Not a single!
Explanation mark
Are you not the one
Who'll know?
Where a question mark
No longer goes

Warp the structure
Bend the lines
Put in repeat
Let emotion unwind
Make yourself
Your poetry's the best
Be your own ruler
Pass your own test

Take your own road
Where ever it leads
Lover or hater
It's all poetry!
Traveler Tim
No matter who you are
You have my deepest respect
I love you all!!

Welcome aboard newbies!!!

Who said explanation marks were merely laughing at your own joke?!

Actually my grand daughter gave me this poem!
Robert D
The drops on my face
Cool and refreshing it feels
Hidng all my tears
Manan sheel
Sometimes, I feel
that the modern world
has traded love, for clarity...

has traded flowery gardens,
for deserts.
has traded stars,
for a picture of stars.
has traded dance and songs,
for analysis.
has traded ecstasy,
for mere control.
has traded heart,
for mind.

has traded life,
for death...

© Manan sheel.
To be women is to be delicate
Swooning over silence
Quiet, lips zipped
Soft, demure
To be women is to ask no questions
To know every answer
To be obedient
Not to be scolded to know our place
To be women is to be delicate
To be male is to be strong
Never cracking under pressure
Brave, outspoken
Loud, tough
To be male is to be her hero
Even when you don’t deserve to be
To know every question before it is asked
To be male is to be strong
and i miss that feeling,
i miss that time,
i miss my love,
and i miss those eyes.
I wish it was you on the phone
calling me back because you felt I shouldn’t be alone
I wish you’d checked twice as I said goodbye
I wish you’d noticed the tears forming in my eyes
I wish you’d understand when I said I was okay
that there was a reason I looked the other way
I wish you could see that the reason I lie
is the same reason, sometimes, that I cry.
Your beautiful brown eyes
A window to your soul
I can tell you everything
My mommy, my friend

I know you love me, unconditionally
It is the one certainty
I have always known
Your love for me never questioned

Mommy, you are my anchor
In my happy days
And my darkest days
My mommy, I love you unconditionally
Because the earth’s round
Doesn’t mean it’s  having a ball.

Because waves crash
Doesn’t mean that they aren’t in control.

Because the sea is deep
Doesn’t mean that it’s thoughtful

Because land meets the sea
Doesn’t mean that they agree

Because you float my boat
Doesn’t make me the captain.
Five little ten worders to ponder.
We must not give up
when the road has become rugged
there is so much more
to see
to feel
to taste
to hear
to smell
there is so much magic
waiting to be found
and troavaille.
The elegance of this world
is so much more
than the pain
that we feel within
melanie jackson
i sit alone
in a room full of people
i observe the groups
they laugh, they talk
i sit silently trapped
inside a cell i made myself
inside my head
i scream wanting to leave
wanting someone to save me
but lower i fall
i can fake a smile
fake a laugh but
what no one sees is the girl inside
but still i say i'm living
i can say i'm fine
but one day
when im older
i will defeat depression
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