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Jul 22 · 19
Ted Jul 22
I don't want to go.
I don't want the seams of our love,

to be lost in the fray.

I want to stay draped in it.
a cloak from the winds,

that are sweeping this planet.

I want to stay dry,
from the rains that follow me home,

to my doorstep.

I need to keep this sacred,
not misplace it,
into stray hands.

or from those,
who wander & poach beauty,
from this world.

No one seems to see,
you & i
that we've been cut,

from the same cloth.
Apr 2020 · 50
Ted Apr 2020
Cleaning away the earth's last stains.
I feel your warm blood still in your veins.
A close cousin weeps at these new remains.
I feel sorrow now well in my heart.
I know you can't stay forever on this plane.
What a difference, one minute can change.
In one, a heart beats, the next, one is broken.
Jan 2020 · 56
Ted Jan 2020
my heart breaks in two
like the way it separated when I came from you

you endured the pain and gave me life
my own light
there is no way to repay that

other than "I love you"
Jan 2020 · 70
New York
Ted Jan 2020
A city of millions
          of lost dreams        
        and       hopes held onto
       by the threads of previous generations

People have been showing up to this city
  for hundreds of years
         with the intent of a new life and love

At its current state of flowing people
     on its sidewalks
so breaming
                they spill into the traffic of the streets.
                      This fullness, this ecstatic energy
      edging everyone onto their next feverish step in life.

So many storylines intersecting at random.
                     A shared bench in central park,
             the line of a coffee cart.
All their own collective catalog of stories untold in this
        giant library city.

Each person a potential chapter of love
   in my unfinished book.

  with all the bobbing faces
    in the sidewalk currents
there is only one I am looking for

it's the only one I know

in this whole city.
Aug 2019 · 88
Ted Aug 2019
in my dreams, i was a ghost in my own haunting

in life, i was wandering in your garden of denial
Jul 2019 · 209
Sunlight on the Shelves
Ted Jul 2019
We can not force other's interests,
lead one's hand to journey across a book,
The galaxy of written accounts that go from heartbreak to triumphs,
that can line the walls of a simple room.
Leading us down the path of our own interest,
Something that we should hold sacred.
A thirst for knowledge,
Though not just to be lead,
But of our own understanding.
One could get lost and never be found and still, they could not read every ink-stained page.
Every individual writes a story, some choose blood over ink,
To let the world know of their passage through time.
Jun 2019 · 444
Summer Solstice
Ted Jun 2019
Thoughts of you are like

Sunshine in my mind

A warm capsule of our time
Jun 2019 · 183
Ted Jun 2019
Two souls crashing together.
With a hope to be filled, with nothing to give in return.
    A routine with no results.
Two empty souls reaching in union.

My feet sinking into an avalanche of sand.
   My only wish, to go back
    And to have your hand.
Feb 2019 · 243
Expelling Air
Ted Feb 2019
Moon shadows follow
my every thought,
the cold tags at the back of my heel.
I feel as hollow as a dead oak,
on these nights,
that my heart is pained by the air
that separates us.
only time can expel this void.
faded tarnish and dying neon,
is a haze I lift to my eyes.
Feb 2019 · 318
Hearts of Strangers
Ted Feb 2019
one who wanders in thought, that's me
took what wasn't received, that's me
a man alone pulled to the side of the road,
eating lunch from styrofoam, that's me
a woman overcome with sudden painful sorrow,
where the warm streams open, that's me
a broken heart for childhood summers gone, that's me
a duck buoyantly adrift on the choppy river, that's me
where the light blue touches the horizon, that's me
the last lines on a page, that's me
lost in the hearts of strangers, that's me
Jan 2019 · 588
"Out to Sea"
Ted Jan 2019
The distant wind is a shadow sound, I've been a castaway before, praying for its signs.
Wanting its freshness on my cheeks,

I'm a vessel out at sea now, you an island patiently waiting for shipwrecks.

The purity of the ocean shows a clean reflection,
but a glance of an old lover,
is like expanding air,
that will deafen the heart.
Jan 2019 · 595
Treading Water
Ted Jan 2019
Your love poured over me, I was idle while soaking in your every ounce, that seeped into my every pore, 
I became so accustomed to your gift of Life,
  I lost my ability to tread water,
    now helpless as

Jan 2019 · 266
Ted Jan 2019
to search for a lost relic,
one known as a dream feeling,
wandering in a sea of races,
no place of peace found in these lands.
Jan 2019 · 144
Hidden Beauty
Ted Jan 2019
Perfection is beauty left in sight,
the rest lays in darkness,
for knowledge to be it's uncovering light.
Nov 2018 · 476
Dead Flowers
Ted Nov 2018
"The Sun still brightens dead flower, a reminder that things can have beauty in death.
Dead or alive, both cast a shadow equally as dark.
Forgotten or not, a flower can have new life in the mind."
Oct 2018 · 109
Falls Passage
Ted Oct 2018
Your plow,
Lost deep,
In the warmth of my soil,
My bellows exhuasted now,
This day the final hope,
Autumn leaves....
Sep 2018 · 1.3k
Ted Sep 2018
You flood the corridors of my mind
With teachings of empty promises
Intended for the blind

Holy lies, forced on my eyes
A poison now swells in my veins

In self-fulfilling prophecy
You create a hell on earth
Burned, I rise from the ashes of my childhood

Well intentions, wound just as deep
These burns my only keepsake

From my innocence
I craft my disguise
to blend with those who believe your lies

As an imposter among my peers
None of which, can ever see my tears

Hidden now I lay,
No amount of your fear
Will bring me back near

Your cross,
The prison which you will hang
Jun 2018 · 1.3k
"Cold Wind"
Ted Jun 2018
A cold night with the wind cutting right through it.
My anguish being swept up in all the rising thoughts.
The sound of rustling leaves running through the streets.
Startle me as they pass my feet.

Funny how the moon can bathe away the pain,
Other times just illuminate it brighter.
Hard to blame the moon for keeping the darkness lit.
Jun 2018 · 1.2k
"10 Years Old"
Ted Jun 2018
When I was 10, I had a hamster.
Its whole world was in my room,
It's life in the hands of a child.

My whole world was on 10 acres of land,
In the hands of two grown children.
Their hands as reckless as mine.

How does something grow within a cage.
Does freedom have a place in it's mind.
How to acquire the thoughts of freedom,
Of peace.
Will the captured know when the cage door is gone, with nothing holding it in.
How will it even recognize grass underfoot,
A world beyond 10 acres,
and the hamster wheel gone.
Jun 2018 · 119
"Drops of Life"
Ted Jun 2018
A confluence of those
who followed the river's flow,
This power of growth,
One that could build a city,
That frigid feeling,
Pulsing deep in your being,
Causing the desire to burn,
To stay with escaping breath.

A misstep, cool golden bubbles,
now flowing over the concrete,
An awkward laugh and glance,
Your tousled hair, streaming over your eyes,
This moment searing so deeply,
Will quickly be a drop of time,
Lost in the ocean of your mind.
Jun 2018 · 2.0k
"The Waiting World"
Ted Jun 2018
With the world as your
Your thirst grows for beautiful
That will take you to faraway
Into rare alpine air
Which will entail a climbing
But that caused your unfortunate
Now in this incapacitated
You have your toil with a painful heal
And you have to beg the world to
But the world will watch with endless eyes
As we have to laugh at our eventual demise
Jun 2018 · 1.3k
"Youngest Son"
Ted Jun 2018
Running to catch an unraveling sphere,
Always running,
Running after my leaving siblings,
I trail in their laughter
As it rains on me,
so easily left behind,
Everyone waits with a blank face around me,
Till they know nothing worthy will follow,
I follow,
They laugh at
the joke with no punchline.

I will stand at the chair in front of my father's empty desk.
The one place I know,
that he truly wants to be at in this house.
I wish I could garner the attention he wants to embed to these inanimate objects.
I stare at them,
wondering how to become that important.
Maybe it's something that comes with age.

My family is always so capable,
I can't even skip a stone on still water,
How pathetic.
So easy
they make it seem.

I am always waiting to be their age,
To finally matter,
I wait,
In total wonder of their capabilities,
I'll never be fast enough to catch up in age.
Forever waiting behind.

The baseball falls in the grass, the red stitching coming undone.
My father pleased that we're together, playing ball.
Not an interest of mine,
just the generic thing a father does with a son.
So obvious,
that he wants to be back in that empty chair.
May 2018 · 179
Rose's Shadow
Ted May 2018
Faded in the face of time's demise.
In the shadow of something once beautiful.
Of color,
So vibrant it stained me with love
in a blinding bliss.
Now the color has gone amiss. 
A black has drained out the red.
A dark new hue, 
I won't bare to witness. 
I only see the deadness now left,
With our void,
Neither of us with the might,
To reach inside,
And redirect love's light,
To keep a life going,
And reverse this Rose's plight.
May 2018 · 157
Holy Other
Ted May 2018
Hands running over my
cool sheets,
Alone in my deafening bedroom,
I call out your name,
Which comes out in a silent moan,
Yr Love is a stain that pierces my heart with every beat,
With U I could never learn to
Touch the abyss I'd left inside.
I'll never
Know Where these echoes in my hollow home lead.
Maybe I'll
Feel Something for once in this desolate plight.
May 2018 · 151
Loved by Your Name
Ted May 2018
Why does every name rhyme with
I Love You.
No matter what comes before
or after it.
Whenever those words
fall off your lips
They have a lyricism that can't be equaled.
It always sounds harmonious.
Every name fits so well after those three words.
Like a warm embrace.
Your name gets to shine bright,
In poetic brilliance.
Every person will experience,
Being a part
of a beautiful
May 2018 · 253
Ted May 2018
A sweet sting on the tongue,

The fiery reward,

For devouring endeavors.
May 2018 · 138
Ted May 2018


May 2018 · 138
Youth's Battle
Ted May 2018
"They plan a war for peace,

We get to pickup,

The lost youth left in pieces."
May 2018 · 138
Merging Light
Ted May 2018
Walking in

the glow of the Sun

I thought I saw your shadow  

But that got washed away long ago


With a bath of dying light over my

   every inch of my
reaching out to touch      

My body hopes            
          it will feel the same as

a setting Sun
cannot burn the skin.
May 2018 · 144
A Welcomed Visitor
Ted May 2018
I was so ready to drift into your space,
Even though I was out of place.

Once I had felt the familiar things I'd lost,
I stayed,
without realizing the cost.

Nothing held back,
Your Temple and Home open to me,

I devoted myself in quick worship,
Us kneeling to the other,
A prayer felt deep,

Both of us enjoying our high,
Even as we knew the end was always nigh.
May 2018 · 128
Ted May 2018
Tracing my

You ******* thoughts with your

Your image lingering on my
May 2018 · 775
Spring Love
Ted May 2018
Shadows shake and cause waves across the grass,
We lay in the safety of the willow's shade,
Spring's early appearance showing in the buds,
So vibrant against the blue skies.
Love's blossom is in us,
In our early season of love.
The Sun giving us the warmth for our growth.
as we laugh and learn what makes the other grow.
Apr 2018 · 152
Ted Apr 2018
Waters soft sound

parting the air,
   Sand moving over

my skin,

    Your hand

parting mine."
Apr 2018 · 2.3k
"Dark Road"
Ted Apr 2018
Loose gravel under my feet,
An isolated road
leading down a path of
Bathing in a dark
to find a new

One without my
stains already attached

My only companion,
the crescent in the
Apr 2018 · 499
"No Replacing Your Warmth"
Ted Apr 2018
The morning Sun
feels the same on my skin,
No warmth flooding
from the sky,
My bed has the same feel
every night,
No softness to lay
my soul anymore,
My mind can't ever rest,
With the loss of heaven
weighing on my chest.
Food barely registers
on my taste buds,
The sweetness of fruit
has been lost,
The richness of
Earths bounty missing.
My old rituals are anything but
a holy rite anymore.


Desire to lick one more sweet drop from your lips,
To taste your flavor
one more time,
Feel heaven in my arms
one more time,
Have my soul get the Suns warmth
one more time,

Just for one more time.
Apr 2018 · 159
"Rio Grande"
Ted Apr 2018
Side by Side,
The waning sun casting shadows down among us,
We try to out run time,
Before it takes away our hours,
We rest beside the Rio,
Knowing inside nothing can be done,
About the Sun, Time,
And how it can't be won,
It can only be taken,
when it comes,
Like the water passing near by,
Grasping tight only let's it slip by,
Creating this poem let's me keep this moment forever in mind,
My way of cheating the flowing river of time.
Apr 2018 · 202
"Born Again, In Loves Name"
Ted Apr 2018
Mary mother of God,
Watches as we make fun,
It's sacrilege,
I am not of the few,
As I mock them in their pews.
I can never fit into their mold,
It's okay,
Your smile is better than any of their riches or gold.
I come off the crucifix,
As my love is born again
Apr 2018 · 208
"Start Again"
Ted Apr 2018
The End..


Where to now begin?


After an End?
Apr 2018 · 175
"Leaving Sorrow"
Ted Apr 2018
All my hurt and pains,
Staring out these window panes,
Wishing to be in green plains,
To await the cleansing rains.
Apr 2018 · 177
Ted Apr 2018
Graffiti itched in stone,
A hearts message known,
Forever love will have a home.
Apr 2018 · 312
"Puzzle of Time"
Ted Apr 2018
Why can't every moment be our best moment?
A culmination tumbling down of events and actions.
That makes it something so unique,
It'll never be again replicated.
No matter how much you try,
The pieces can never be put back again,
In the puzzle that time had crafted.
Apr 2018 · 157
"Blinking Lights"
Ted Apr 2018
Three red lights against the pale night sky,
Slowly fade,
A endless show of it's significance,
It's own parade of humility,
Towering over the now darkened land,
Some may not see the danger,
it protects us from,
it shows any unfortunate soul,
coming out of this miraculous night sky,
The city lights on this nights horizon.
Apr 2018 · 2.2k
"Unholy Worship"
Ted Apr 2018
This was to be
our place of worship,
Bowing in devotion,
Gaining absolution.

This was to be
our religion
for two,

the ground
runs red,
from the sacrifice

It has
now become,
a cult for one.
Apr 2018 · 166
"Awaiting Lifes Answers"
Ted Apr 2018
The anwers to all our questions
Will be known to us
Only at the end of our life
We will learn them all
Are they worth the wait to find out
Wouldn't it be better to live our lives backwards.
To not be nagged by all the uncertainty.
Apr 2018 · 230
"My Dark Memories"
Ted Apr 2018
I can still see those dark moments in my mind,
if I close my eyes and choose it so,
I see nothing but darkness,
except the light that comes from outside the house,
a light seeping in through my windows,
letting in the ambient darkness of the world,
that is lit by the waning moon,
everything a silhouette of its old form,
a darkened self,
I see this all so clearly,
like I still live in these dark moments now,
like I've never left the shadows cast on me,
always in this perpetual night,
that never leaves me.

In those moments of my past,
I was in the true reality of my being.
Mar 2018 · 274
"Yearn to Know"
Ted Mar 2018
I look at a photo of you,
I want the smile you wear to envelop me,
I want the softness you have to hold me,
I want the eyes that look into the camera,
to look at me with that same mutual knowing.
I want to know who was on your thoughts at that moment,
Who was the one who had made you feel that way,
With such a brightness it lightens my day.
Mar 2018 · 207
"Longing for Unknown"
Ted Mar 2018
How do you miss someone you've never seen or touched?
If your eyes haven't held them in your gaze, can they not then be missed.
If you've never held this person in your hands or let your skin calmly rest against them,
Can you not miss the feel of their touch?
If you've never heard their laugh and sighs,
can you not miss the sound of their voice?
If I do fully experience all of these wonders,
How much harder will it be for me to experience it's true absence.
How much can a heartbreak over something it never had.
Do I get mad,
Investing all of myself in something,
I've never had?
Having my heartbroken by a Phantom,
An ideal,
A dream I'll always wake from,
A vision that is merely a mirage,
Maybe it's okay to hang my head in the clouds for the high,
Before the inevitable fall,
But I believe it's worth it all,
If I don't put myself in a position to be hurt, I'll never know how much I can love.
Or how much I am capable of loving, Being open to love in all it's forms,
Is a blessing and burden.
I still want to work on this one.
Mar 2018 · 193
Ted Mar 2018
You drown out my voice,
You wade out of this water,
A river now dammed

Mar 2018 · 255
Ted Mar 2018
I wield an aura I didn't feel,
I must have unknowingly
repressed it,
Until you felt it and
addressed it,
I yield it to you,
So the world can feel how you'll
express it.
Mar 2018 · 182
Ted Mar 2018
"They preach,
Outside a world awaits,
A sentence served."
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