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1.3k · Jan 2017
Shallow Friendships
Oby Jan 2017
A shallow friendship is like a can of soda.
You drink it, thinking it will quench your loneliness.
But it actually makes you more lonely in the end.
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1.2k · May 2017
Advice to Self
Oby May 2017
Before you jump into a life that doesn't fit you,
Get to know yourself the same way
You would get to know someone else.
Observe what you do, not what you say.
You may find that your actions
Clash with your fashionable self-portrait.
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1.0k · Oct 2016
Basket of Good Intentions
Oby Oct 2016
You can keep your basket of good intentions.
I say this without condescension.
It's just that I've got a small place;
I really can't spare the space.
Plus the basket seems rather flimsy
As if put together on a whimsy.
Now if you happen to have a sturdy crate of action,
I think I would be able to make an exception.
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942 · Oct 2016
Private Concert
Oby Oct 2016
The bass bounces
Between my ears like a yo-yo.
I walk to its beat -
My steps helplessly syncopated,
Containing the hint of a dance.
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815 · Sep 2016
Arid Heart
Oby Sep 2016
My heart is a desert,
Parched,
Ready for the soothing rain of your love.
But the promise of your affection
Is a mirage.
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686 · Oct 2016
Acoustic Version
Oby Oct 2016
She was an acoustic version of herself,
Stripped down,
Strummed by life's callous fingers.
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Oby Sep 2017
Loneliness is my best friend.
It didn't start out that way.
I used to feel down
When she came around.
It didn't matter to her
If I was with others or alone.
I would try to ignore her
Or distract myself with other things or people.
But she would stick around anyway.
Her uninvited visits don't make me sad anymore.
I've come to accept her -
Even embraced her the last time she came by.
I can always count on her to keep me company.
I wouldn't say that I prefer her,
But she's grown on me.
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493 · Oct 2016
Guilt
Oby Oct 2016
Guilt is a lone dark wolf.
It runs, ducks and weaves,
Daring you to pin it down.
Its doleful howl is unrelenting.
You long to put it out of its misery
But it is ever elusive,
Taunting you with its agility.
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478 · Oct 2016
Trust
Oby Oct 2016
Trust -
Fragile like a glass doll,
The glue of relationships,
Like iron battered by water,
Corrodes,
If handled carelessly.
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475 · Sep 2016
Uncertainty
Oby Sep 2016
Uncertainty -
Its weighty sound belies its amorphous character.
It creeps up, breaks in and steals your peace of mind,
Like a stealthy burglar.

It laughs at your fruitless attempts to predict the future.
It knows you can only guess,
Only hope,
That what lies ahead
Is brighter than what came before.
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434 · Oct 2016
Firefly
Oby Oct 2016
The thing that attracts you to me
Is the thing you want to ****.
You are like a little boy mesmerized by a firefly -
And then snuffs out its light.
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418 · Oct 2016
Freedom
Oby Oct 2016
Grunting and growling,
Like a feral animal in a cage,
Her spirit lashes out,
Clawing at the bars of convention.
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413 · Oct 2016
Loneliness
Oby Oct 2016
Loneliness - it gnaws at you,
Leaving a hole resembling a deep well.
The dark emptiness congeals
And sharpens into a fierce pang.
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375 · Oct 2016
Art Forms: Life Distilled
Oby Oct 2016
Life is the raw footage.
Film and literature are the edited footage.
Music is the soundtrack.
Photography and art are the film stills.
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361 · Oct 2016
Human Jukebox
Oby Oct 2016
What song will I play today?
A cacophonous anthem of anger?
A slow, winding sonnet of sadness?
A buoyant hymn of happiness?
A dulcet chant of calm?
What song will I play today?
It all depends on which button you press.
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357 · Oct 2016
True Romance
Oby Oct 2016
What is true romance,
If not the acceptance
Of each other's collection of scars?
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350 · Oct 2016
Ode to Hope
Oby Oct 2016
Hope is the smooth, clear blue sky above us.
Reality is the rocky, dusty dirt path beneath us.
We live somewhere in between,
Striving for something fulfilling,
Seeking guidance in trees of distraction,
At times suffocated by the murky air of despair.

But then we remember to look up
And gather strength from that undisturbed sea of blue,
Feeling warm bright rays of comfort.
Life is no longer foggy -
At least for the moment.
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331 · Sep 2016
Tangled Thoughts
Oby Sep 2016
My mind is a jungle,
Dense thought trees
Blocking rays of clarity;
Ruminations intertwined,
Like twisted vines.
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292 · Oct 2016
Promise of Forever
Oby Oct 2016
The promise of forever,
Like a freshly baked cookie,
Is soft and sweet.
But after some time,
Like a cookie gone stale,
Hardens
And crumbles in reality's hand.
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289 · Nov 2016
Feelings
Oby Nov 2016
Feelings - fluid like water,
Fluctuating states
As they are exposed to the elements.

The heat of unprovoked dislike
Causes a rolling boil of resentment and insecurity,
With the steam of confusion as its crown.
The cool air of sympathy
Causes it to simmer down
Into lukewarm vindication.

The chill of indifference
Forms an icy block of aloofness
That eventually crystallizes into disdain.
Time, coupled with the warmth of understanding
And acceptance,
Melt it into affection.
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258 · Apr 2018
Life
Oby Apr 2018
Life is a mountain.
You're either born at the top,
Or have to make the climb up there.
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246 · Oct 2016
Relief
Oby Oct 2016
Sweet relief is akin to
Being engulfed
In the lingering embrace
Of someone you adore.
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235 · May 2017
Regret
Oby May 2017
Regret is an ocean.
It comes in waves,
Washing away
Sandcastles of serenity.
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233 · May 2017
11/9/2016
Oby May 2017
Can we rewind to yesterday,
And stay
In the beautiful ignorance
Of this reality?
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232 · Oct 2016
Regret
Oby Oct 2016
Regret is a sharp punch in the gut.
You gasp for air, looking for a salve for the pain.
You wish for a rewind or undo button.
You rationalize, apologize, tell soothing lies
To yourself until you realize
And accept that there is only now.
There is no time machine.
There is only now.
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231 · Oct 2016
Loneliness is a Place
Oby Oct 2016
Loneliness - a desolate wilderness
Where many can be found,
Yet to each other remain unseen.
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225 · Apr 2017
Simple Pleasures
Oby Apr 2017
You are
A breath of fresh air brushed with lavender;
A book that grips and makes one ponder;
An evergreen swaying in the breeze to a silent beat;
The feel of warm beach sand under bare feet;
The sound of sparrows singing in the noonday light;
The space beneath the comforter on a snowy night.

You are,
Like each of these simple pleasures,
One of life's exquisite treasures.
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212 · Oct 2017
Great Expectations
Oby Oct 2017
The anticipation,
The reality,

The feeling of disappointment,
Like a steel anvil in free fall.
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199 · Nov 2017
Humans
Oby Nov 2017
There aren't many certainties in life,
But here's one -
People will disappoint you.
And that's because they're human.
And humans are riddled with flaws.
Try not to take it personally.
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