Peter Balkus Jun 27

Oh, unfair world we're living in,
poor people die for rich men's sins.
But don't despair, love always wins,
with love you'll never lose a thing.

When loved ones, called out, have to leave,
they still live in your memory,
they are with you, and you with them,
don't cry, one day you'll meet again.

One day, one day Justice will come
and wash away the dreadful pain.
The sun will rise and blissfully shine
above the poor and innocent.

And rich men's gold will turn to dust,
no longer their joy will last.
One day, one day Justice will come,
and bring a smile and take you - home.

M Norris Jun 23

Here I sit, king of my wheeled domain, my neighbors’ kings of theirs. On a river of internal combustion, pavement and tendrils of black tar reaching. Creep forward at a pace matched by snails, dammed by glowing red lights. Free to think thoughts entirely my own. A peaceful space in a hectic world. A horn rips through the peace, someone too caught up in there busy schedule, there's nothing I can do, I’m as stuck as you. Breathe, relax, let the current flow. We will all get where we need go.

Slow down, theres alot of beauty in the world if you slow down and breathe.
Arihant Verma Jun 23

You failed
not waterproof
you allowed water
to fall into
feet bottom skin

Lucky we had
enough of you
we juggled you
in the leaky shoes
that were
no good either

Next time
you’ll be worn
inside trek shoes
so that
you wouldn’t have to
taste the marshy
stink of feet bottom
the premonition
of possible fever

Inspired by the conditions of my cousin's socks on a 30km, rainy mountain trek
Derek Tatum Jun 18

Chair, you're always there, waiting to take the burden of my weight when its gets to tiresome to bare.
Indoors or out in the open air, this is the ode to the tireless chair...

N3U2O Jun 15

...All that jazz in the microphone hips trip-hop through
Your eyes, one of which have to me - like - never lied even once;

We share dreams without cost or logic bounds, without rush
And paranoia, without shame and tool advice();

Your software really makes my ware hard, as I have just no words
For the upgrade that startled my system as your perfume rendered
The whole logic core under influence, even our nanites match and make
The finest blend chemistry what is imaginable between two human hearts.

I call beauty and your voice echoes along corridors within my mindscape,
You answered yes in tomorrow's vision, we are a loop that never gets stopped by
A single shag or a long kiss, a healing hug makes it thumb faster, the body heats
Tell each other their Brownean tales after, I look deeply into your ever-smiling glance.
You gave me a chance and thought my spirit to dance, my body to listen, we knew
Both that we don't need permission, your aching heart broke free in the embrace
I gave to the two of us, I feel even Earth is by our side, deep desires have came to
Being as you brought the beams of joy in your legs, the liberator of sorrowful
Lost lovers, the reason to come alone without the cuffs of matter and uncertainty
Principles that make our identical statues of the old temptation meaningless in
the flower decoration you thrive to be, acting as naturally as only you can be...

This has nothing to do with my style, you shape passion out of my more mechanical self
Into a wonder beyond clear, symmetric logic, a whisper that remains imbued with magic
A lie that stood true all along while all the true facts collided, I just glared in the into a Place that hided the perfect maze of shadow and colour and light within your remedial happiness...

In this moment I'm sure that history will gladly
Spend time wondering around as you
Make my life shine, no more haunting pasts
Drive through the fictional present,
The most likely innocent future,
Your inner young mischievous pretty-faced
Smart girl fused with your
Caring mother and witty-wise-fun nature
As a woman, you make my day lose all of its
Gloomy clouds, give it meaning and my soul
Courage to move on,
To me: never let hope Go,
That our destinies cease to be ends,
Become beginnings,
Those forever whole-hearted Promises
Are no longer vacant words,
But Bring seeds of awakened worlds,
Taking us far beyond the laws of
Body attraction,
Sensational action;
- A whole, not a fraction!
We are in each other's arms resting.

In this, I give you my really rare kindest traces to my soul's finest places.
My passionate patience until all starts to make sense,
An ancient restless quest for me now you have solved,
A hiding happiness returns to me as we give
Our mixed hands an elegant, equal, melting-warm hold.

- by us, on the 15th of June in 2017, my year of blessed fading solitude.
Ouli Thiaw Jun 7

Ask me who is the most generous man I know and I shall speak his name
Ask me who is the most humble man I know and him I shall acclaim
Ask me who is the most altruistic man I know and his face shall be on the frame
Ask me who is the most kindhearted man I know and you will hear his name again
In my life, I've never met anyone like him again

A man devoted to his family and his community
Always preaching the word of God and leading us to felicity
Always ready to sacrifice his needs for the sake of love and unity
He taught us family, love, fraternity, forgiveness, religion, compassion, tolerance, peace and generosity

I am who I am today thanks to his teachings
He was a leader, a guide, our role model
There is no one like him

He was a father, a brother, a friend, a companion, a grandfather
16 years since he is gone but his words still resonate like thunder
You are no longer here but your teachings linger
A man who was not afraid to cry when needs be but also not afraid to yell and impose order

Always playful with kids and receptive and caring with adults
I feel privileged and lucky to have known him and call him grandpa
For in my life he has played a huge and special part
The memories I will treasure and keep them in my heart

Although he is gone, we will always be together
And his spirit will live on in each one of us forever
From where he is, he is protecting us and guiding us on our way
He is praying for us everyday

He used to pray God "Let it be I who fall sick instead of one of my family member. Let it be I who die instead of someone in my family."
What kind of man wishes for that, you ask.
Someone special I will say, a man of love
And I would like to thank God above
For blessing us with this man, with his kindness and love

I truly believe that God has gifted him with something special
He taught us not to let this world be in our heart for it is not eternal
I know he is in a better place
Watching us all with a smile on his face
I hope we are making you proud from where you are
We are still crying an ocean of tears
As we feel so empty and hold many fears

If I could just turn back the time to those days you used to laugh with us and made us feel so special and loved
Those days you pretended to be in pain when we stepped on your feet while we were playing
Those days when they were only you and us in the room with your half covered grey and curled hair
Those days we used to watch tv together and whenever there was an intimate scene you screamed your favorite word "Touc" and scared us (not that I know what it means)

Time will heal so they say
And time fades away
While a part of us is taken away
I know we will meet again one day
But until that day
Know that you are truly missed
Mame Alassane Lahi whom we affectionately called Mame Rane

Little white lies,
how strange you are!
While parents taught the best policy
is honesty,
impoliteness dies
on our lips to save
others from the grave,
sent there by embarrassment
and save ourselves the harassment.

Little white lies,
how convenient you are!
You have the gratitude eternal
of zillions of children
who attempt escape
of everything from responsibilities
to punishment
for wrongdoings and indiscretions
they commit by laziness and carelessness
and simple child innocence.

Little white lies,
how true you are! You reflect and reveal
the subject of the shame we feel.
of how far we are to go
to dispel with truth
then only the illusion we show
Because, well, then
even the littlest white lie can grow.

A goddess drops her chin.
Her finger covers her lips.
She says “shh”.
As her tears fall to earth
And her hair falls upon
Our faces.  
May 22.2017

"Shhhhhhhhhh"
K Harris May 22

you come in so many different forms
from monster, to coffee, to chai tea
having you can be bitter sweet
\
caffeine watched me grow up
the bitter tasting fuel that kept my mom happy
the two cans of redbull my father drinks every morning
the two things that were always there for me growing up
my mother
and her daily dose of caffeine
\
caffeine helped me grow up
going from the forbidden fruit of childhood
to the liquid courage & motivation of adolescence
my first cup was sophomore year
a warm cup of growing up
held carefully in a mug my grandfather got me
you were held in a snow covered alligator mug
the alligators were hatching
so it seems was i
\
high school is known as a time of anxiety
caffeine gave me courage it seemed
courage to speak and actively participate
caffeine was like jumping out of an airplane
most times allowed for fun and came with the parachute
but sometimes the parachute can be a sack of stones
       caffeine and an anxiety disorder
needed to walk and survive the day
but at the same time heightens the anxieties of living
       caffeine and an anxiety disorder
similar to a fire extinguisher being engulfed in flames
\
credit needs to be given
many hours spent with your help
finishing last minute assignments
2,000 words in one night with your help
earned me a 92
and an upset but impressed teacher
so thank you
\
an ode to caffeine
i will remain in your warm clutches
till my body is as cold as two day old coffee
my heartrate is sped up with holding you in my hand
my favorite lover
stay by my side
till the day i die
just have coffee at my funeral
  xoxo

my final for a class and my grandfather died sunday
K Harris May 22

you come in so many different forms
from monster, to coffee, to chai tea
having you can be bitter sweet
\
caffeine watched me grow up
the bitter tasting fuel that kept my mom happy
the two cans of redbull my father drinks every morning
the two things that were always there for me growing up
my mother
and her daily dose of caffeine
\
caffeine helped me grow up
going from the forbidden fruit of childhood
to the liquid courage & motivation of adolescence
my first cup was sophomore year
a warm cup of growing up
held carefully in a mug my grandfather got me
you were held in a snow covered alligator mug
the alligators were hatching
so it seems was i
\
high school is known as a time of anxiety
caffeine gave me courage it seemed
courage to speak and actively participate
caffeine was like jumping out of an airplane
most times allowed for fun and came with the parachute
but sometimes the parachute can be a sack of stones
       caffeine and an anxiety disorder
needed to walk and survive the day
but at the same time heightens the anxieties of living
       caffeine and an anxiety disorder
similar to a fire extinguisher being engulfed in flames
\
credit needs to be given
many hours spent with your help
finishing last minute assignments
2,000 words in one night with your help
earned me a 92
and an upset but impressed teacher
so thank you
\
an ode to caffeine
i will remain in your warm clutches
till my body is as cold as two day old coffee
my heartrate is sped up with holding you in my hand
my favorite lover
stay by my side
till the day i die
just have coffee at my funeral
  xoxo

my final for a class and my grandfather died sunday
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