Leonila Jul 9

in the winds of forgetting
you remember who you are
the scars that bear witness
of pain woven in your heart
becomes a tapestry of love
most excellent and beautiful
flooding you with forgiveness
renewing hope for a new day

Mariah Cuch Jun 30

Creased with tears, her pillow provided coverage from torture...

Kissed by dawn she eased.

In the light of day she could keep it at bay, though her ache grew as if it too followed the sun's journey to day's end...

"Don't leave me!" her pleads called to the west, her light faded like all around her and it crept closer....

Kissed by dusk she retreated.

Curled into darkness she kept him safe within, her pillow offered coverage from torture...

Under blankets of stars serenaded by crickets her ache kindled kept alive and warm, she endured one more night....
Kissed by him.

My broken heart is in a pouch right above my chest.
My tears have dried and left me with silent shaking.
The weapons I used to protect us have disappeared
From the hollow pit I used to call my darkness.
I have lost everything
And you've burned down everything in sight
Yet I'm still following you
After you stabbed me in the back a million times
I still follow you.

You're broken
You tell me that exactly sixty-two times everyday.
You've told me off, broken my heart,
You've hurt me, you've let your anger make its way to me.
And you're killing me by blocking me out
Yet I'm still following you
After you threw me into the line of fire
I'm still following you.

You've asked why I listen to you but still refuse to leave.
I tell you I believe in you and I'm not leaving
Not because you're hopeless
Because I have a treasure in my chest that tells me that you
Are worth more than anything in the world..
You exchange your secrets,
To hear mine
And that's the best part about you.

How your eyes,
Though dull,
Never stop shining
Even when you tell me, I'm hopeless.
How your gestures,
Though small,
Say everything about you.
How your expressions,
They can change
In the blink of an eye
And how you used to whisper in my ear how
The world is something that demands to be seen, to be heard
And how you told me we couldn't let it get to us.
It did.

And I have one promise to you, that I whisper when you sleep.
I'm not going to give up on you.
I have followed you for all this time and I swear,
I am not going to give up on you.

I promise.

From the other side of Chase and the view of the other friend.
Leonila Jun 21

Fellowship with Sorrow

Tears won’t flow from my eyes
Tears well up within my being
In brokenness and affliction I live
Sadness, wraps me like a blanket
My cup is to dwell with heartache
My portion is to fellowship with sorrow

Copyright©Leonila 2016

I made a deal
with the stars
to keep going
to shine bright
to help others
find their way home

when I die
I hope to be remembered
as the one
who never gave up
who saw the light in people
when they couldn’t see it
within themselves

It hides itself
Better of late
That old companion
In my shadow
That perpetual  
Creeping malaise
Coiling inside my brain

Never springing
Only cr  e      e p             i n g




Logic and common sense.
A lord of fear
Undermining mental
Immune systems
Playing my emotions

Like a violin concerto–
Devil's chord

Out of tune socially    

But then I see her
In her vulnerable position
That sweet  

        Innocent child/woman
Who props up my remains
Who takes me back
To simpler times
And youthful joys

When the hooded cobra
Was in embryonic form.
This one constant in my life
Keeps the cobra at bay

But it waits just outside the camp
Taunting me
Whispering just low enough
So I can't make out what
It is saying.

But how can one make out hissing?!

When you were always told
That you are fine
Nothing's wrong
Maybe a little neurotic sometimes

What can you do
Be reduced to a catatonic state?
Where can you hide but in your shadow?

                --Daniel Irwin Tucker

Spike Harper Apr 4

Why is it so troublesome to assist the sun.
Each new day one must gauge the distance.
For a step too close and the flames whip at my face.
Ready to devour any advance.
Every route is riddled with worry.
Regardless of when or how.
It's about understanding why we wade through muck and grime.
That defines just what comes up for air.
For better.
Or worse.
For each will always be hand in hand.
So I ask you to take mine.
These weapons at my side have protected me through the most dire of times.
So fear not the edges.
And trust that nothing shall split us in two.
We have come so far.
It would be a shame.
To disregard the light when the darkness is kissing our cheeks.
So sing your song.
And surrender to nothing.
We have taken hills before.
So what's one more..

Hannah Mar 31

Strength is a seed
that resides in the soul.
It is nurtured
by lifetimes of endurance.

~ lifetimes ~
Andrea Kelley Feb 17

She took the beatings, the
Blood smearing her skin
Took the lashings, and the slaps,
And hid her grin
The first time a man gripped her thighs,
Ripped them apart, and forced his way
Past her heart, numbing her to love,
Then threw her away
Numbed down deep to her soul,
She almost broke, almost cried,
Almost tied the knot tight, and
almost died
She gave birth to generations
Told them her stories and
Unto them she bequeathed
All her spirit and her worries
She reached past the pain,
Pushed past the slaked lust
Turned herself inside out
Despite the bruises and distrust
She built her walls high,
Enough to endure the storms life
Somehow thought she could survive
And relished a calm from the strife
A destiny couldn’t be resisted
Nevertheless, she persisted

dedicated to any one who identifies as woman and has been told to shut up

Beneath my skin, from out of my heart
a feeling of love springs to life.
I've never felt this beauty before
I'll give you my love in rife.

I love when you come.
I hate to see you leave.
You make everything better
and my love is for yours to receive.

Tears stream from my eyes
because you are mine.
You look so gorgeous!
"Damn, you're so fine!"

I love touching your skin
so softly and delicately.
You are such a perfect angel,
I could only love you infinitely.

When you look into my eyes
and mine back in yours
I don't ever want this to end
but to forever endure.

You mean the world ZA
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