I called captain Ahab
He told us to forget the whale
We told him to understand
If he was to drop the sails
Or we might as well belong in jail
The years turned to centuries
The jails were dead
As the Gods looked everywhere
They found me hidden under a chair
I said I was praying for death instead
Captain Ahab sat in the courthouse
The judge asked me why he didn't listen
I let out a laugh and said he does
They said you can't speak
You have to listen first
The streets were open
Captain Ahab sat next to me
The glass was filled too soon
The bartender said the car was here for free
He told me finish your drink, first then flee
The captain asked what was in it
It was empty
Isn't everyone full of themselves
He told me that everybody is empty
I told him because everyone acts the same, probably
I left breezin'
This one is enjoyable, indeed.
Foolish speed bumps in my life
Do you have foibles?
© 2020 by Mark Toney. All rights reserved.
1/6/2020 - Poetry form: Quinzaine - "The English word quinzaine come from the French word qunize, meaning fifteen. A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse of fifteen syllables. These syllables are distributed among three lines so that there are seven syllables in the first line, five in the second line and three in the third line (7/5/3). The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement." -shadowpoetry.com - © 2020 by Mark Toney. All rights reserved.
We are only as
wise as our
For without hiccups,
we never realise
that we can also be wrong.
"Yes you may be hungry,
but eating to fast
has its consequences..
Learn well, chew well
and remember that
with every error...
we can climb
one more step.
And realise that,
we may trip over our ego
but once we learnt from it.
We know to take our time.
Yesterday is either a
Or a moment that
fills us with
contemplation that we
did something right.
But if a regret,
we look into the
So not to repeat the errors
that befell us,
and brought us to the cliff
of which we jumped from.
Landing anew to the realisation,
that we may jump.
But we will
always land at a new point
there's nothing left of us,
besides vacant memories of what-if's,
and thousands of errors we've failed to fix.
when i stare into those eyes of yours,
ones that i once loved more than anything,
they no longer strike a meaning strong enough,
for me to continue holding on.
so i let go,
and even though i shouldn't have,
i need to because slowly,
i'm losing myself trying to fix us,
something that never ceased to exist.
even if the fresh intake of newly found air,
burns my nostrils,
harms my lungs,
i welcome it with open arms.
because you no longer strike a meaning worthy for me to hold on.
or maybe you were just a monster
A B C D E
F G H I’m
J K L M N
O P Q R Still
U V W X Y
Leaning about life
Oh my sweet demon how I adore you so
We have ridden together many years
Your whispers comfort me when I’m low
You create and extinguish all my fears
You bring me the anxiety that’s grown closely
To my racing heart and dark mind
You bring me the shadows I love so dearly
Why do you have to be so sweet and kind?
I have grown up with you by my side
At first my enemy now ... best friend
My heart is dark from where you reside
Leave! I ask, but this rule you will not bend
My sweet demon you are in my head
Taunting me and speaking sweet terrors
I cannot **** you for you sleep in my bed
You live in me because of all my errors
Demon, you bring familiarity in the night
The shadows that follow us I know too well
They are our friends too, of that I’m right
Spinning me forever, a never ending carousel
We all have our demons, those things we call baggage, or flaws. We carry them, we hold them, we fight them. Yet, they never truly leave us do they? They taunt us for all our lives.
On the edge of the cliff above me
***** rusty barrels loom
full of pollutants
from the darkness
of my errors
momentary failures to recall
and then act on the ideals
I rely on to inspire and move me.
Here I am at dawn
on the brink of a new day
full of possibilities
laughter, tenderness, listening and lingering
here I am at a moment of genesis
I have the sense
and shameless audacity
to simply notice and accept those looming barrels
and their polluted contents
and leave them there.