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5d · 179
Intent to Joy
Jason 5d
I have wings,
but no feet.
I am escape,
without retreat.
I am surrender,
but not defeat.

What am I?

May 6 · 354
Bad Driver
Jason May 6
Thinking of you is nice
at first
then I hit a wall of anger
like a suicidal drunk
and BANG it's all over
Apr 11 · 98
Memory of a Memory
Jason Apr 11

Worn photograph clutched
Tightly in the mind's eye
Faces faded, edges rough
Light preserved by hopes lie

Lush garden terrace
Woven through with thorns
Soft smile turned sharp grimace
Scarcely healed scars torn

Fairytale truths delude
Poison apple dreams
The really-real world
Seethes behind the seems

Dark mirrors reflection
Bends reality
Echoes of connection
Charm eternity
Nov 2021 · 125
Jason Nov 2021
My life was no stage
'Twas a catwalk suspended
Over your absence

And I still can't figure out how to turn off the lights...
Oct 2021 · 396
Bound Laughter
Jason Oct 2021

There's something amiss in my desperate laugh,
A misty, wistful wish, an algid disparate draft,
Finest thread of dread winding its way throughout,
Vines, verdant, spread, binding my hope to doubt,
Booming drum shaking foundations made of sand,
Tinkling of breaking glass creations out of hand,
Spilling out and over, released lest the dam burst,
Consuming as if lover, heedless of best-verse-worst,
Best nightmares, worst dreams, in the end, it's all the same,
Unheard cares and thoughts mean, play the grandest games.

10/26/21 Jason R Michie All Rights Reserved
Oct 2021 · 661
Birthday Blues
Jason Oct 2021

Let nostalgia and what-ifs,
Should-of, would-of, and could-of,
Be no longer curses, but gifts,
Not the pain of loss, but the memory of love.

Let the years seem kind in their passing,
Let me revel not in the present but celebrate in giving,
In helping, in loving, in laughing,
Not just one closer to death but another year of living.

Let these words ease angst,
And soothe long-suffering sorrow,
Let the past be wreathed in lights, not pains,
Not days passed but another chance at tomorrow.

Today I've decided I've outgrown these tears,
I'm yet younger than the mirrors wrinkled clues,
So here's wishing you all the best of my years,
With a wink of these birthday blues.

© 10/01/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
Sep 2021 · 422
Jason Sep 2021

I took myself down a dark road,
I strode into the desolate cave at its end,
I found, deep within, a still, cold pool.
I sank below the surface of the subconscious,
Past the primordial muck of this life,
I dreamt of nothing.
Devoid of even the concept of darkness,
I did not reach out to it,
Because I did not exist,
For that tiny eternity,
I felt nothing.

© 09/08/21 Jason R. Michie All Right Reserved.
Jason Aug 2021

The edge of the abyss
Is the thrill of power
The hint of her presence
Blasting from the radio tower
Her hand reaching out
Is the cosmic transistor
Soothing waves deluge doubt
No force can resist her

© 08/03/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved.
Jul 2021 · 412
Casual Retrocausality
Jason Jul 2021

Ice blue chilly
Shadow dark
Trapped in memory
Entropically stark
Struck by epiphany
Zeptoseconds for a quark
A self-fulfilling prophecy
Bitten by its bark

© 07/28/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved.
Jul 2021 · 185
One Day
Jason Jul 2021

The only gold I can offer is sunlight
The only silver, the clouds a-lined
We seek out security in a world perishable
A bleak bout of surety in a whirl of variables
All lead away from that one perfect day
While dodging pendulums leaves time unswayed

© 07/19/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved.
Jul 2021 · 588
Jason Jul 2021

Be careful
I forgot to mention
my heart
is proximity-activated

© 05/24/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
Jul 2021 · 299
Jason Jul 2021

I just wanted to say I love you before
I'm not forty-four anymore
Cause 44 = 2 x 22
And those numbers mean you

© 05/25/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
Jul 2021 · 105
Jason Jul 2021

Bury me beneath assumption
Obfuscate me behind illusion
Crush me under false proof
I'd love to be lost in your confusion
Where each epiphany and every realization
Is you

© 07/16/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved.
Jul 2021 · 97
Jason Jul 2021
So many people
diggin in the dirt,
lookin for a rock.
Can you see it from space?
I see one,
it burns so that people can travel speedily.
Chasin their shiny destruction
to the Earth's end
You used to be able to see it from space,
when there was still clean water.
Jul 2021 · 46
Point Set Match
Jason Jul 2021

Where's the point in sharing half a truth
Intrinsicly wasting time misspending youth
Why set yourself into the role inanimate
Waiting, willing, indifferent, and passive
Why torch your life in search of a match
A net-wielding dragon with fire to catch

© 05/22/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved

You win.
You always win.
Jul 2021 · 56
Ragamuffin Vagabond
Jason Jul 2021

Circumstance-severed ties
Shine like fugazi
Labor under lies
Instead of being, set free

Smothered in shadow
Beneath that Giving Tree
Struggling to let go
The aftermath of deceit

Falling for the untrue
Failing my destiny
Calling out for proof
Smoke-signaling my sanity

© 07/05/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
Jul 2021 · 904
Drug Pharm
Jason Jul 2021

If I were to tell me
My much younger me
That I'd be a druggy
Well, I'd probably believe
If I were then able to see
This handful of boring
Well, I'd think I was crazy

Jul 2021 · 182
All Astir
Jason Jul 2021
In a pinch, you can use a pen to stir your coffee,
Thus proving that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.
I mean, seriously...
Have you ever tried to stir a cup of coffee with a Claymore?

Jun 2021 · 287
Hearts and Minds
Jason Jun 2021

Two politicians standing around the grill in Anycity, USA.

"So wha'd'ya want? Heart or mind?" Asks the first politician.

"Mind," Answers the second.

"A man after my own heart!" Chuckles the first.

May 2021 · 348
Jason May 2021

pocket puppet
people in power
hands in pants
razing the tower
climbing thoughts
clinging ivy
emotions a-twitter
prey for thee
my country
'tis of these

© 05/29/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 105
Terminal Veracity
Jason May 2021

My unintended snark
adds terminal velocity
to my words sometimes,
like when Captain Kirk
slingshots around the sun.

Maybe I can use Kirk's
Slingshot Maneuver
to travel back in time
and apologize for each one.

© 05/28/21 blah blah blah
May 2021 · 422
Venerated Venoms
Jason May 2021

Religion watered lies with cultivated fears
Pure liquid guilt methodically poured down ****** ears
Harnessed young thoughts to grim shadowed years
Harvested dumb belief in blood, sweat, and tears

Constant torture over the soul's fate
Hideously murdered that innocent state
Contrivances uttered with no trace of hate
Whose venoms still stain now balding pate

Taught to fear what we fail to understand
The devil himself possessed the idlest hand
Preferring instead to let us hang ourselves
Ironclad morals dragging us down to our hells

© 05/28/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 468
Jason May 2021

The plains-stretched sky soars sullenly,
Graceless sans hills, lonely less trees.
Starkly exposed tending swept-grass streams,
With naught but sparse clouds to mask modesty.

Let me glimpse the sky peaking playfully behind arboreal eaves,
Branches breaking blue monotony with autumn-bright leaves.
Show me a valley mid-winter-doze, cozy between mountains steep,
Sleepy sun-shadows shifting on snow as the sky climbs for her peek.

© 05/27/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 74
Jason May 2021

I'm sorry for the snarky outbursts
Posing as poems
I'm beginning to think of it as my pain
Getting a good look at itself in the mirror
Tears and broken glass and all
It's just that it's not very pretty
And I apologize

May 2021 · 74
Walk in the Park
Jason May 2021

The problem I've noticed with anger born of hurt
Is that I have developed this habit of running with it
A kid with a kite, swept off the ground, whooping in delight
Only this kite does its best to carry me to a dismally dark place
Where everything that hurts ends up turning outward, hurting those I love

A walk in the park in bizarro-world
May 2021 · 232
Dream Catcher
Jason May 2021

Have you ever seen that video where they put food coloring in milk
and then they drip one drop of liquid soap in the middle and
it pushes all the food coloring away?

You do that to my nightmares.

May 2021 · 380
Jason May 2021

Salt in a sea of pain
Vast, deep, and pure
Ocean of tear-fallen rain

© 05/26/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 63
Be Centered
Jason May 2021
I think I could
Hold together
I think it would
Knowing the truth
The center should hold
One would assume

⬆ ⬇ ⬅ ➡ 🅰 🅱 ▶
Read it ⏮ to ⏭
Unless you're an old 💨

© 05/22/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 90
Plain Sight
Jason May 2021

There's an underlying group
Trying to do what's not right
They're pretty ****** good
At hiding in plain sight

In before Hilary kills myself!
© 05/25/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
Jason May 2021

I was never sure if she was
locked away in a tower somewhere

Or if she was the dungeon master
and I was the one on the rack

May 2021 · 218
Jason May 2021

I let selfish pain
carry me away
undercurrent of despair

© 05/24/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 436
Jason May 2021

Cord our arms with steel
Bolster our hearts with fire
Fill our minds with light
Drag the veil from our eyes

We have endurance and strength to fight
We have mercy and we have passion
May we learn the wisdom to choose what's right
May our eyes weigh, measure, and ration

Call it hope, poem, spell, or prayer
May it be a boon for those that care
To rise and challenge, to stand against
Control by precedent and ******* by consequence

© 05/23/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 314
Jason May 2021

Forgiving doesn't always take away the pain
As if washed away by some mythical rain
Generously applied truth is the only salve
Duel-edged and sharp enough to cut us in half
Pain-reaction, recoil, trauma response
Defensive action, budding trust is lost
This is normal human behavior
PTSD drains, Hope is savior
Catalyst for anxious dread
Water in the desert when nearly dead
Grateful hands lift life to lip
Thankful for the sandiest sip
Kindness inspires compassion and understanding starts
Enlightening dark corners in sun and healing the heart

© 05/22/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 81
Jason May 2021
Her star is her spirit
Her heart is my light
Weather, far, or near it
Illuminates my night
© 05/20/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 50
Jason May 2021
The cost of a soul is never cheap
A heart broken whole sleeps ever-deep
Healings toll is inclined to be steep
Heaven toils, devils reap
© 05/20/21 Jason R/ Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 80
Spun Out
Jason May 2021

Pick yourself a poison
Goin' down town's lucked out
Cry yourself a river
Stroke it back you've swum out
Bust in the driver's window
Metal that pedal you're spun out
Tip back a fat jar-a
Moonshine 'til you're plum out
Hear the siren? Fire drill!
Get your holler on 'n jump out
Let your hair burn
Rip a roarin' scream as you run out
Stop, drop, rock 'n roll
Stomp that beat drum it out
Why waste time
Dyin' in the heat when the sun is out?

© 05/19/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 185
Terminal Verity
Jason May 2021

In our continuing effort to be as accurate as possible

We have upgraded the test lasers

After some difficulty with test subjects being bisected

We have decided that perfect accuracy is sub-optimal

If the process causes the patient to cease function

May 2021 · 82
Trailer Trash
Jason May 2021

I would rather have lived in a trailer with you,

Than to have lived the rockstar life without you.

© 05/17/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 133
Aisle 2
Jason May 2021

She was shopping

I was sold

© 05/16/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 92
Celestial Drift
Jason May 2021

I have only my soul as sextant,
Life serves as map and almanac,
Destiny plotted by wave and wind,
Without your star to guide me back.

© 05/15/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 342
Opprobrious Obloquy
Jason May 2021

Buried in fact beneath censorious blame
Constrained intact by iniquitous chains
Surreptitiously lain in the shadows of shame

Dark honey drop-dripping down the throat
Enamels each enigma thought
Varnishing every mystery in doubt

© 05/15/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 131
Jason May 2021
I want world peace and hoverboards too
But those ain't happening anytime soon either
So much for childhood dreams, I suppose

Although to be fair, we do have watches that can make video calls.
So I guess that's 1/1000 or so.
Yay the future! 😕
I'm still holding out for lightsabers tbh
May 2021 · 348
Jason May 2021

I've scoured off my skin needing to scrub it out
I've exfoliated to the bone wanting to rub it out
I've been used and abused hoping to love it out
I've put on twenty pounds trying to grub it out

(Who doesn't love a big but?)

There's no infomercial-Oxy-booster to clean this stain
(Your absence a dark blotch in my sight)

There's no late-night ShamWow-savior to absorb this pain
(This displaced grief and fright)

There's no thought deep enough to wash you from my brain
(Nor the contrail of confusion behind your flight)

There's no shower cold enough, it weathers even this caustic rain
(Love's inexhaustible light)

© 05/10/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved

Started this one a few days ago but couldn't get it to come out right so I never finished it. Not sure if it's right, it probably *****, but it's finished! ;p
Been kinda slow to write anything lately, and I've fallen behind my own internal challenge, but oh well.  Depression has been ringing my bell like a prize-fighter whose mother I just insulted.  Viciously insulted, apparently.
Ahl be bahk.
May 2021 · 84
No Sale
Jason May 2021

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Everything must go!
No offer unreasonable! No price too low!

What's that you say? You say you're just not buying it?
You don't like its looks and you're just not trying it?

That is cheap and this is ******,
What is this, plastic? How gaudy!
Everything you have to offer is beneath me,
Is this the legacy you thought to bequeath me?

My apologies, I do not possess the prowess to hold your interest,
I hope you'll forgive my hubris & this foolish idea that I should be honest,
In fumbling, stumbling, pedestrian prose & ****-poor rhymes like those.
I suffer from multiple isms you see, I must've been having a schism, truly.

It's not my custom to put a tag on things so dear,
Nor, had I a choice, would I place the price so near,
To nothing that I shiver at the cold cost, this chilling fear,
That even if I were free I'd be too much to bear.

© 05/07/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 285
Mojo Lost
Jason May 2021
When one's life has hit rock bottom
At the ripe old age of nineteen
When the apple of life has gone rotten
And hopeful plans wither to faded dreams

When one's confidence is shot
And one's hope has slowly waned
When one's faith in love is all but lost
And one's self-esteem's been drained

When one's spent their life to overcome
The pain of losing their one true one
When one's reached out to touch only ice
To be judged and rejected once, twice, thrice

When one's messages are deleted unread
And pictures cannot fill the hole in one's heart
When the only chance to hear your voice is in one's head
One begins the onerous process of falling apart

When healing has begun and the dull throb doesn't beat one jaded
When the sunlight breaks the clouds for the first time in dark ages
When the black hole ***** a little less and the stars aren't so faded
One will still be here waiting to hear an answer sought by fools and sages

Some things you just never get over,
Even after all the stages of grief, and all the healing,
The simplest things can still smack you right out of your body,
A phone ringing, for example, why am I still waiting for that call?

© 05/07/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 912
Jason May 2021

Dreamscape twilight skies
Gentle light, blue and pale
Arms embracing love and life
Breathing fast and frail
Passioned gasp and sigh
Inspired by bone sharp nails
Tracing down soft thighs
Round supple tail
Chasing chills up spine
Neck arching sweetly impaled
Pupils lock eyes
Shared ecstasy exhale
Spirit-minds entwine
Heart's promise, eternity trails

© 05/06/21 Jason R. Michie All Rights Reserved
May 2021 · 218
Jason May 2021
They were taught faith

under the guise of Stockholm Syndrome

May 2021 · 120
Jason May 2021
Your gender roles
don't go very well
with my anxiety jam
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