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Whit Howland
Let's not make a federal production
out of this

it's just laundry

clean not *****

trousers shirts
socks and underthings

flapping like pennants
in a breeze

on a clear day

with a pastel blue sky
and warmed by the sun

Whit Howland © 2020
This could be construed as  a "Red Wheel Barrow" knock off. I'm okay with that.
Beth Bayliss
winning doesn't taste quite right
when it's all you've eaten in days
now i understand,
that i have always
been enough

i just wasn't
enough for you.
The love I have for me,
Will always cost the love I have for you.
Carmella Rose
i don’t wanna love you more
i don’t wanna love you less
i just wanna love you better
i wanna do it right even though i know this won’t last, i feel so scared and insecure but i will try, and i hope it’ll be okay by time.
Did you ever think
When you created a life
The monster was you
One to think about! Big Penny dreadful fan!

nothing to say
nothing to think



In the end



and maybe
that might just be

the moment






that may be what makes us special
Erin Riley
There I am,
running wild.
as the
dandelion seeds
dancing in the air,
nestling into the earth
to make
my dreams
Han Drew
You we're my sunshine
But then I remembered that the sun doesn't just shine for one person.
She belongs to the streets.
They’ve been calling her name
Since the day that he left
Stubs her toe on the curb
As she attempts to fly off
Into the traffic, with no second glance.
The lid was on so tight itching to see the light
Trapped in a dream the reality sets in
Terrifying memories coming to life
In a replicated scene
Moments capture and consume her as she desperately tries to break free
On the run from the pain she wakes to find it was all just a scary dream
Never the same from that night on
Stronger as takes on the challenge of each one by one

When I'm gone will they remember me?
Will flower weep upon my grave,
As candle lit beside my name?

When I'm gone will they cry for me?
Will leaves drop by to kiss goodbye,
While rain wash away my sin?

When I'm gone will they look for me?
Will wind gently sing me a lullaby,
Begging farewell, before I sleep?

I chase myself along endless path
Racing to eternity, behind countless soul
Hearing nothing but my own, restless voice

I hide myself in forsaken hall
Memories fading away within each departure
Picking my immortal body for another, endless journey

When I'm gone,
Will they remember? Will they forget?
I wonder....
no way
you're kidding
that could not be true

yet the more
i think about it
the more she fits you

okay i see you
your motives
and how you roll

glad to see
someone is actually
achieving their goals
Kitten Yvad
dark settles
night comes warmly
no difference between
my skin and the fresh air

summer eyes me shyly
from down the street
lost times that I had eyes
for winter, my love, my only

summer comes slowly
Blue Davies
I closed the gap
Yet you keep on widening it.

Don't be surprised
Upon my disappearance
As you said
Behold "David Copperfield and his great disappearing act."

I'll try my hardest
Next time.

Close your eyes.
I'm gone.
This is not a poem.
Jesse stillwater
Healing leaves are now disrobed branches
on the edge of this wilderness.
Many tall Douglas Fir stand sentinel
over 100 foot tall amazing grace — the fleeting leaves
expose the beauty of the moss clad scaffolds
adorned with a lime-grey lichen lace
Nature is my refuge — solid ground to stand
in this harmony and peacefulness.

Jesse Stillwater — December 2018
Left as a comment yesterday, mused by "Healing Leaves" by Reena Sharma:
waiting amongst them,
bitter smile in the rain, like
cherry lip gloss pain
If my fate is to love you
From a distance
Then I'll burn for you
Like a star in your night sky
Bright, steady, reliable
Until the end of time.
Thoughts collected
Words arranged
Feelings bottled
Emotions served
Am I planning to write a poem
Or dinner date w my within soul

I used to think that she was addicted to stress, but later I found out that she just wanted to feel alive. I was waiting for the world to come to me. It did in hubris and exultation. I’m adrift at sea - it’s a cliche - I’m on a pre-ordained program headed exactly where I’m intended to be.
Flower C
Heaven rained on me,
I breathed in the petrichor,
Bathed in the downpour.
I have sinned,
So destroy me,
With your rain.
Lure Pot
When I sit on the beach and think of the ocean
The dream comes with the waves and ask me
'what's in my mind, what do I think alone?'

The ocean says to me with the rolling waves
'to get down and to swim in that blue water'
The waves on the beach and I are such friends.

I have also realized, all waves are like siblings
As if they're talking about my hopes.
Again I have started knitting my sweet dreams.

The sounds of ocean waves are singing in my ears
happily in happiness without any request,
Then this time I forget all my loneliness and hurts

I love the sound of the ocean waves
and like the blue water and quicksand,
I melt with the ocean when the wind blows.
and they never knew
they were lost stars,
building their empires
after many lost wars.
i never thought that
longing could break apart ribs
but now my heart knows
a haiku about missing her
Moon Cherry
There’s a universe inside of you,
But I’m just a little star.
Once my light is out,
There'll be none of me.
You gaze, admired it, then you close your eyes to sleep. Only to wake for the Sun.
Writing was a walk
In the park
As the dew kissed
My numb feet.
I slid easily as
Words flew from my
Heart to paper
Like a broken dam.
But here i am
Unable to gup
A word just because
You said *HI
Love is stupid
Of all the drugs I've been inflicting,

your personality has got to be the most addicting.
We love our artists
Then why do we punish them so much?
Do we think they need more pain
To create
Or does agony just come with the territory?
I would like to be inspired by
A loving ginger touch
Maybe the smell of the sea
Wonderful sights and delightful beauty
But no. They sit us down instead
And force us to feel.
Johnny's Brother
When the man finally stopped
he could, no longer
smell the roses.
I mean...
You could’ve left me at the altar.
It could be worse than this.

Despite my heart dripping through
My broken rib cage...
It could be worse than this.

One day of feeling like I’m being
Crushed and flattened into mud.
But it’s okay,
Because I refuse to be worse than this.
I’m getting better. I’m healing. And I’m finding myself and self esteem and self love again.
Jack P
Have you ever liked someone so much you regret meeting them?
your name is
forbidden in
my mouth
or in my heart
because when
i think about

i'll cry a little more,
hurt a little stronger
love a little softer
because you no longer
make me feel sober

i'm drunk on the
memory of you
if only i could chase you with pizza but shots don't work like that
Michelle Cronin
In the night so dark and back ,
where shadows hide and goblins play.
The hearts of all black souls do lie,
in shrouds of darkness do they hide.
Webs of lies are spun and plans are hatched
and poisons mixed, by deed and word
beget the evil men and women do.
For money, love, war and greed.
the worst of humanity summed up in darkness that hides in the light of day and often goes unseen.
you inhale tragedies
and exhale poetry
From where do you get your perseverance?
Andy Chunn
It was the first, and never before
Had flavor exploded, and I wanted more
My partner was dizzy from taste overload
Downing a pint of sweet Rocky Road.

Many a night, while sleeping alone
I’d drift off to sleep, and dream of a cone
And wonder what it would really be like
The time when you take that very first bite.

Tasting together the scent of each flavor
Ecstasy for each partner to savor.
And then a time of recovery and rest
Knowing that now you have mastered the test.

So go for it, and search the right type
Devour it all, with major delight
Just take the chance, and right it will seem
When you finally taste your first ice cream.
Rupert Pip
Break my bones;
cut my throat.
Pull me open,
learn the ropes.

Breath me in;
taste the fear.
Shank my skin;
stand and cheer.

Kick my head;
let me bleed.
Unbolt my veins;
enjoy the read.

Gouge my eyes;
punch my face.
Wrap me up
in your embrace.
Get to know me like I do you; inside and out.
I hate you
But I love you

I love you
But I hate you
So which one is it?
Vivian Zems
Be as wise as water
and take the path of least resistance
Be as mean as water
and drown all the sorrows can you find
Be a patient as water
and erode all the mountains over time
Be as loving as water
and leave oases of yourself behind

© Vivian Zems
The sea reflects a silver trail
To that vast starry envelope
An unrequited yearning
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