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Do not fear tomorrow
for tomorrow will never come
do not fear the past
for the past is already done

do not cry for approval
for approval gives no bread
do not weep for the dying
instead laugh with the dead

follow the path of gravestones
decorated with gold
follow the dark and the light
to see which one takes hold

listen to the bird call
follow the raven's trail
listen to the wolf howl
watch him shake his tail

coo coo
caw caw

run as fast as we can

moo moo
ba ba

back to where it began
Is your motive intended in validation?
Must we constantly be fed the thick mentholated syrup of clarity?
Luring itself down the throat,
a head-rush plainly,
Yet you’re doing just as we want for you.
But are you doing as you want for yourself?
Success!
by Michael R. Burch

for Jeremy Michael Burch

We need our children to keep us humble
between toast and marmalade;

there is no time for a ticker-tape parade
before bed, no award, no bright statuette

to be delivered for mending skinned knees,
no wild bursts of approval for shoveling snow.

A kiss is the only approval they show;
to leave us—the first great success they achieve.

I wrote this poem after fixing my son Jeremy some toast and getting a kiss in return. Keywords/Tags: children, success, parents, toast, jam, marmalade, skinned, knees, kiss, approval
Troy Mar 12
There are times in our lives
Where we wish we could turn back time
We feel out of place
Like we’ve been replaced by time

Our mind run a muck
While our heart cries out
Begging for a new beginning
But we run and hide

Our minds shatter
We are running out of time
Holding onto the bit that remain
We cry

We beg for renewal
Stammering for approval
Clinging to the hope
We try

Holding fast to the love
That we once knew about
We cling to the hope so tight
We fly

Soaring high in the sky
Searching for approval
Running from the looks
Of denial

Run around the desire
Chasing approval
Holding onto the hope
We cry

Wishing we could turn back time
We beg for approval
We run around in circles
Until we die

We buy a one way ticket
Praying we find the answers
Running from denial
We fly

Chasing approval
Seeking the love
We once knew
We cry

Running in circles
Chasing approval
Hoping we can find
A place to thrive

Running round
And around
And around
We cry

Wishing we could turn back time
Just for one more chance
Just one to get it right
Before we die

We beg for renewal
Stammering for approval
Clinging to the hope
We try

Holding fast to the love
That we once knew about
We cling to the hope so tight
We fly

Soaring high in the sky
Searching for approval
Running from the looks
Of denial

Run around the desire
Chasing approval
Holding onto the hope
We cry

Wishing we could turn back time
We beg for approval
We run around in circles
Until we die

We buy a one way ticket
Praying we find the answers
Running from denial
We fly

Chasing approval
Hoping we can find
A place to thrive
We try

Our minds shatter
We are running out of time
Holding onto the bit that remain
We cry
Mitch Prax Feb 18
Why do I still crave
validation from people
who I've never met?

7:10 PM
18/2/20
Cate Feb 16
take your walls down,
come close to me now,
for i am craving your touch
your approval
for a twinkle to be in your eye when you see me
to be the prettiest rose in your garden
this heart of mine
just wants to be cherished
but there is always a bewildered absence hanging over me
will it ever go away?
nobody can tell but
let’s just live for today
Mark Toney Dec 2019
Andy!

          -Aaron!
          -Aloha!

Aloha!
All
A-ok?

   ­        -Absolutely

Amy?

           -Amazing

Awesome!
Alan
Apply
Army?

           -Almost

Almost?

           -Anchors
            Away

Ah!

           -Ahoy!

Amusing :)
Abigail
Alright?

           -Aye,
            Admiral ;)

Almost
Amusing :)

           -Andrew
            Alright?

Andrew's
Arrested

           -Arrested??

Amphetamines

           -Addicted?

Addict

           -Awful :(

Answer??

           -Adoration

Amen

           -Appropriateness
          -Acceptance
          -Approval

Also
­Appreciation

           -Agreed!

Adios!

           -Alligator. . .


© 2019 by Mark Toney. All rights reserved.
12/17/2019 - Poetry form: Alliteration - My Alliterative Alphabet Series - Each poem in my Alliterative Alphabet Series describes conversations between two or more people while only using words that start with the first letter of the title of the poem. I’m publishing the poems as I write them on Wattpad.com, not necessarily in alphabetical order. My goal is to write at least 26 poems to cover each letter of the alphabet. I hope you find the concept interesting, maybe even clever. Most of all I hope you enjoy them :) - Copyright © Mark Toney | Year Posted 2019
Äŧül Nov 2019
No worries about betrayal,
She is so much spiritual,
We are equally loyal.

For now all is very well,
'Coz we decided our fixture,
Needful is the social approval.
My HP Poem #1802
©Atul Kaushal
Diana Santiago Oct 2019
What happened to your eyes?
Blankness was residing in them
A force field built around your perimeter
Their protection of you my condemn

I kept hoping for approval
Some sign of validation
Yet you had nothing for me
Only a serving of rejection

Gluing your eyes to an animated screen
Shutting out the action around you
I being caught in the mix
My insecurities coming to a brew

So now I'm the invisible woman
Transported to a state of sullen
My feel goods suddenly taken
Hopes for your love disheartened
ELK Jun 2019
I am becoming
awakening
stirring the flames that I subdued for you
cultivating the embers
that ate away at my innards

When did I allow
my fangs to produce honey
when venom was what I needed
to stand up for myself?

Too long I’ve tarried
in the shadows
shedding one skin only to don another
caught between a disguise of who I am
and who they want me to be

Esther L. Krenzin
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