In this society
of souls from the millennium
Invigorated by validation
Drugged only skin-deep
With toxic actions and words
And prices ruling like
A silver-spoon-fed princess
The value of an individual
Plunges deep into the depths
Of the shallowest mirror-like pools
I can only sigh
As I sit in this new class
Alongside new faces
And the absence of the professor
I think of refunding my expensive tuition fee
When I pay my utmost attention
To everything around me
in a void of noise
in the in-between light
in the border of shadows
in the verge of tears
in the corner of a smile
i am everywhere and no where
i cannot find myself
i cannot find meaning
i look in the mirror
deep chocolate eyes
dark mane and sharp lips
i see nothing behind my eyes
i am somewhere i donot know
my heart is the only constant noise
and the only memory left
on my impaired brain
You never think it is going to happen to you
Until you hear of a letter from the sheriff’s department,
And the quiet guy in your econ class no longer shows up to school.
You never think it would happen to them
Until you’re laughing over coffee
And someone mentions the events of last friday
And how the police were called in
You never think it would happen to her
Until she’s making jokes about it
But could have been gone forever
May the circumstances had changed
And you laugh along,
But the moment the talking stops,
The smiles fade,
You’ll come to the halting realization
You never think
Meet me in my emotional depths,
And settle with me among the waves,
For I can get lost there sometimes,
And not come back for days and days.
But if you cannot meet me there,
Do not drag me into the shallows,
And dismiss my ocean of passion,
Because you can’t handle the shadows.
It can be dark and, oh, so cold,
But only on my darkest days.
It’s clean and pure and true,
Whether or not you understand my ways.
My depths are real and here to stay.
My depths are part of me,
So if you cannot tread the deep,
You had better leave the sea.
If you choose to stay on shore,
While I am swimming in the surge,
Then be prepared to say goodbye,
For I don’t dwell amongst the verge.
It’s all or nothing, sink or swim,
But the shallows are not for me,
So come and meet me in my depths,
Or walk away from this empath sea.
Perched upon an unstable stone,
that made its home in shallow water
is a kind of woman who does exist.
The early morning brings mist
that settles around this daughter
who always ends up alone.
The brook murmurs softly to her
she places her palm on the surface
ripples form as the tension breaks.
And then the water takes
her hand down with purpose
to see how much she can endure.
Though this brook runs shallow
and its waters are calm and gentle
there is still a problem that remains.
Around her neck are heavy chains
and to stay upright is a struggle,
her hand slid as if drenched in tallow.
Her screams are her own to keep
as she disrupts the shallow water
rock shifting, body falling.
The chains' weight is appalling
crushing the will of this daughter
and in the shallows she drowned deep.
you would have
liked me shallow
thoughts like dipping only
half a foot in the ocean
thoughts like simple
one sentence answers
you would have
liked me normal,
seeing black for black,
grey for grey
(on second thought,
grey is probably
just a darker shade of white)
you would have liked my soul
just as dull as you
but i'm a spark of colour
in a monochrome set of walls,
i am green life in
a concrete jungle
you would have liked
to not even be discussion,
just small talk
but poets just don't think
our minds are
more like trees,
branching out in every
landing on the moon and
settling for the stars
when we don't.
a/n: thankyou so much for reading! here's to the poets and to the few people that aren't shallow-minded.