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Jim Jun 2020
a chandelier of diamonds
paints colors around
the dark abyss of
a cold, lonely,
darkened hole
of a shack
Jim Oct 2020
A leaf, a leaf!
Some red, some yellow, some green
They're jagged
They're smooth
Some ribbed
Some pruned

Fallen from the tree or bush they once grew
turned brown and crinkled then stepped on with a shoe!
Jim Apr 2021
Sat down to listen to the world today:

Heard a holler from the wood shoutin’, “They’re takin’ my land away!”

“They’re takin’ my fish and poisonin’ the waters.” I heard the ocean say.

And the air blew by with all the same problems ~ except it was enjoying the day.
Jim Jan 2020
Zero, One, Two, Three
Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine
Ten, Eleven, Twelve
Jim Feb 2019
Penny found 10 dimes
She traded for 20 nickles
Then she used her dollar
To go out and buy 8 pickles
Jim Apr 2021
Hang me high,
closer to heaven when I die.
I'll have less steps to climb.

Place my ashes on Mistral winds
over tranquil pastures.
I will spread to the lands I have traveled.

Wipe your tears with pictures of us.
On better days
with any luck
I will live in memories
Jim Feb 2019
Death is a love story
One written for us all
Of varying lengths & overlapping paths
Engraved on ancient parchment scroll

Etched with the blood of lifetime emotions
Read to us slowly, with loving devotion

Death is a truth
Truth familiar to none
The secret only being shared
When our time has come
Jim Jul 2020
Death is on it's way, it's coming for me
Unsure may I be of the length of it's journey
Train A leaves the station moving through time and space
Train B catching up at a lifetime's pace
Bound to meet somewhere ahead on the track
At the very moment when earthly life has passed
Into the tunnel shaded in black
Never to return, never even look back
Jim Feb 2021
Drugs never felt so good
as when they're covering pain
They're the umbrella put up
to keep out the rain

Sometimes it's nice, but right now
I don't want to get wet
So, pass the bottle, spark a joint,
and roll another cigarette
Jim Mar 2019
Fantasy is dragons, it's magic and mystery
Heroes in armor, evil and infamy
It captures your intrigue and panders to dreamers
tales of black sheep, fools, misfits and schemers

Where did it come from? We wrote it all down
Thought of some fiction like King Arthur's crown
Mermaids and ogres set on some quest
A kidnapped princess, a witch in the west

It's much more fun than the real world around us
That's missing that wonder and absent of fairy dust
Though there is a place in our world where fantasy's seen
A conjuring of tall tales.. what we call dreams

Imagination's truly at the root of it all
Like how a pumpkin could carriage a maid to a ball
Or rainbows can lead to a cauldron of gold
And a man can favor by selling his soul

There's all sorts of crazy drempt up nonsense
You,ve heard of small elves who make Christmas presents
How absurd is that, who could have thought it up
And the nothing compared to the Tri-wizards cup

Give it a try for yourself some time
Think of a story or something sublime
A wicked beast or a mystic spirit
And whatever you end up with.. I want to hear it.
Jim Sep 2019
Farewell, farewell my darling boy
Farewell as you take your depart
I'll look for you where the sun meets the sky
And I'll keep you close to my heart.

Farewell, farewell my darling son
Farewell I bid to you
As you follow the wind to some distant shore
In your soul I will help you see it through.

Each day, each day I dream the same dream
The words of a wise old man
He says the willow she weeps through winter and fall
Come spring time she proudly stands

Don't steal the heat from the fire
Don't steal the meaning from the words
Don't take the darkness from a shadow, my dear
And don't forget the wisdom you have learned

Farewell, farewell to the open fields
Farewell to the dew on the vine
My destiny's a-waitin', she's somewhere at sea
Please Neptune would you send me some sign
Jim Jan 2022
I am full of gratitude
You can call it an aptitude
To be thankful for what I’ve got

I’ve led a life of fortune
Located all that’s important
In the simple things that exist

I have strived for glory
Tried to fight all my worries
And I still have a ways to go

But I’m content in this day
More than I could possibly say
And so I just smile instead
Jim Jul 2020
How are you?

I'm not ok.
Jim Apr 2021
I’m happy to have a handful of roses
Soft yellows, deep reds, pure white..

Yet the first petal wilts and the thorns have been stripped
As the end of the line comes up quick
And the two headed coin wasn’t ever flipped
Time to pick some new flowers to sniff
Jim Jan 2021
I am trying to feel anything
Like others across the land
With senses dulled
And feelings cold
Here alone I stand
Jim Oct 2020
See me in the mirror
I have aged
The same, but different
I feel that I am here
I see that he is not
As time passes, again I will stare
But I will not be there
I see that he will
Jim Apr 2020
Bippidy boppidy hizidy who
I looked down at my untied shoe
I though to myself, well what are you going to do?
Bippidy boppidy hizidy who

Clippidy clappidy tinsity tam
I just shrugged my shoulders and raised my hands
Bamboozled at the predicament I's in
Clippidy clappidy tinsity tam

Bippidy boppidy hizidy hide
I had to stop and lose my stride
Not to mention the loss of all that time
Bippidy boppidy hizidy hide
Jim Apr 2021
I am writing.
I am writing some words.
I am writing some words that are meant to be heard.

They’re meant to be heard;
to be heard by a few.
A few will hear, including you.

What did you think, now that you’ve heard?
What do you think when you heard all the words?
..when you heard the words written to the few.
The few that did hear (that included you).
Jim Feb 2019
I can write no poems
I can write not a rhyme
I haven't the effort
And can't afford the time

I lack any patience
Of which is necessary
For a poet is all too diligent
And I am the contrary

I haven't got passion
I haven't got soul
I lack what it takes
I seem to lack it all

No, I am no poet
No master of verse
I don't feel like a poet
But I can string together words
Jim Sep 2019
I don't have you,
But I have a bottle of *****

I don't have time,
but I have nothing on my To Do list

I don't have anger,
but there are 4 holes in my wall

I don't have talent,
but I've made it this far

I have no food,
but I walked past a vegetable garden

I don't have love,
but three people smiled at me today

I can't hear music,
but my heart still stays on beat

I'm not lonely,
but no one talks to me

I have no land,
but I'm standing on something steady

I have no one,
but I still wake each day
Jim Feb 2019
I posed, if noble, on bended knee
Unto my half I did prithee
Forsake all comfort
O're Earth o're sea
Were days long gone my half and me

I lay entwined o're burning hearth
For fire fueled by dampened mirth
All that is
What once was earth
My half and me at rivers firth

I fell from daze to far below
And forget not to what I know
Of shrinking time
As darkness grows
Before my half, before I go

I sit divided on crooked path
A frown hath stolen my lazy laugh
To dream of days come cross our paths
Myself and my better half.
Jim Mar 2019
Like molten lava red and hot
It swells from in below
Takes me to a tragic place
Where happiness does not go.

An excitation like no other
Uncomfortable, not unique
For others too know this wrath
Others just as weak

10, 9, 8 we count
Until we get to 1
To ease away away the fury
And get back to where we belong

And then once more some petty event
Ignites rage from his slumber
To lead again to the place
When I am at peace no longer.
Jim Apr 2021
I speak of fire
Wild dancing flame
Of love and of passion
A light hot blaze

And I fear this flame
It’s glint, the terror, the soul
I fear to lose all my control
Yet curiosity... then intrigue
Such marvelous power
Cities raised, hearts cower
And as time trips forward
As flame cast a shadow
May this light never dim
on my internal battle
Jim Mar 2019
I've got problems from here to there
I'm balding, lonesome, and someones taken my chair
Now my knees hurt as I stand without rest
I'm beading sweat, stomach hurts, and there's a pain in my chest

My wrinkles remind me of how old I am
My back is so tight, I can't seem to bend
I dropped my pencil back two weeks or more
It's still where I left it, down there on the floor

Boss man says he can't stand my work
I caught my wife cheating, but I'm still the ****
Here comes the rain, there goes tomorrow
I can't find my sadness, so I need some to borrow

So borrow me yours, spare only time
reap all my pleasure, drink all my wine
stare at me solemnly, stare straight and true
know that my problems are yet to be through.

Forget about glory, you know I never triumph
If you ever need me I'll be down at the dumps
I'm trying to find some decoration for home
All that I've found is a skull and cross bones.

A wary sign, of which I've had many
I left all my good days back in my twenties
Now each one rolls into the next
They're not all that bad, but far from my best.
Jim Feb 2019
I walk along the withered night where none will seem to tarry
Until the Earth breaks morning light, this load is mine to carry

To carry, to share, to mourn the fact
To shape the world and not hold back
Of lovers dance and family pact
I hold this true to me

To test, to move, to run a muck
To sell your time to make a buck
Never look back, couldn't give up
Yes, I hold this true to me

So walk yourself down weary way
And hold this true to you
Some time will come the day
Our burdens will be through
Jim Jul 2020
I want to write and have a million poems
to be prolific is the goal.
But, I lack inspiration to grab a pen
and sit down to write in my journal

I came to a conclusion; to be worthy of my time
my words would need meaning and soul
on how I was wrong and misguided in thought
but, it's ok for now I know.

Or how I remember why I compose at all
What attraction brings me back?
It is to read my own thoughts and memories I wrote
to help more daytime pass

Good or bad, short or long.. I am entertained
my efforts are lost in the process as creation begins an unending chain
that starts and continues everlasting in the boundary of my brain
Jim Jul 2020
How do you forget what you want to forget
When all you can do -- is think about it.
Jim Nov 2021
I heard it in my head, I didn't read it in my head
sometimes a poem MUST be read
out loud where certain tones are achieved
something you just don't get when you read
the words within your mind - they must escape and take form
where passion and expression are born
it is a performance.. it is a delivery
it's just a bit of poetry
Jim Feb 2019
The shackles will not break for you
The sea waves will not cease
The dawn it does not shine for you
Fair lily in the weeds

The wind it does not howl for you
The thunder does not crack
The eagle flies not on your breath
Dear princess draped in black

The lion does not hunt for you
No song birds sing your name
The earth will quake in spite of you
No other will feel your pain

And though the moon may shine on you
And the leaves crunch as you step
Though the crow, he may call to you
And the bull may fear your whip

I alone live for thee
You are my every breath
If you and I together are whole
You are the greater half
Jim Feb 2019
Vertical lines met horizontal ones
They were different, it was sad
Until they mixed with one another..
Together they were plaid.
Jim Dec 2020
A jacket with a zipper
A sweater with a hood
A turtle neck with long sleeves
That'll suit me good

Pants with holes and patches
A belt too big around
A pair of shoes one size too small
I love the lost and found
Jim Oct 2021
Always oranges, purples and yellows
Always springtime, always in meadows
Dew on the leaves - a doe stirring at dawn
The finches each chirping their favorite song
An eagles screech under high mountains peak
Always blue skies up above
A tree line of pines
The passing of time
These are the memories that I love

Constant sounds, lights & bustle
Constant reminder of a daily hustle
Screeching bus brakes, the jingle of change
Consistent feeling of oncoming rain
Car horns blare in the thick gray air
A restless sleep if any
For buildings sway
And minutes pass like days
Of these dreams, I have had many
Jim Jul 2020
Oh jeeze
I made a mistake
Ignored wise advice
Tread on the snake
Count that as number 8973
And add some pain and experience to me
Jim Sep 2021
I was given a riddle where the waters run red
I was given hope from a forgotten friend
I found a hard stone lying in the soft grass
I sat and I waited for more time to pass

With each breath, the clouds drifted by
The song bird hummed and the day became night
A crack in the distance as the land split in two
The handmaid fled to an evening rendezvous

Bright ripples formed in the fabric of time
I showed up and found I was last in line
I peered at my watch looking for answers
The clock exclaimed “now!” and the futures been canceled

And though the cold tightens my skin
And the cricket sings my song
The road is full of twists, turns and heartache
But it was never very long
Jim Apr 2021
And where were you when I needed you the most.
As I was wrenching on the floor -- pleading with my ghosts.
When my burden was too much, when I looked in your direction.
Nothing but the wind I felt, and the cold tear of rejection.
Jim Sep 2020
Once I leave..
Once I go..
I leave behind
My troubles and woes

Onward I pass
With time frozen still
Escape from reality
Unguided free will

As I go..
Once I leave..
Weep for me not
Golden pastures I seek

Good fortune I follow
The road guides me so
Pray for me yes!
As onward I go!
Jim Feb 2021
I was robbed by nature
The only thing stollen was my life

I've been bound and held against my will
Forced to face simple beauty

Made to leave the technologies of man behind
And I have not looked back
Jim Mar 2021
Watch the moon go across the sky
as you lie on your back and wonder why
or how on this planet we came to be
evolved from fish or decedents of Eve

Though none of it matters for we cannot go back
time moves forward as a matter of fact
just as the past, the future is unknown
except to the mystic and their crystal ball showing

The paths of men, women and beast
the future of war and lacking of peace
They see such doom and unfortunate pain
They see the young who end up insane

And other youth ruined as they grow old
tainted and rotted -- lost in the world
lost in themselves from the moment of birth
some unlit candles lacking self worth

lacking the chance their ancestors got
who ***** all the land, bickered and fought
A blind group of creatures who just couldn't see
the sacrifices WE made so they could be free
Jim Mar 2019
I went out in the world to see what I could see..
A road, two homes, a river, and a bog
A carpet, an ocean, a bump on a log
There were 4 pins, three bins, man's sin's and a bottle of English Gin

As I continued to explore.. the only thing I found, was..... more
A reel to reel movie picture show
An archer as she drew her bow
A tank, a truck, a tiger lily
Some of it odd, some of it silly

I kept on and on as more and more past
How much could there be? how long could it last...?

A chimeny, a kazoo, some funny hairdo
Cabbage and carrots, an old maple tree
A crack in a mirror, a broken reflection of me
Thats what I saw
Whats left to see?
Jim Sep 2021
Another time, another space
A breath from fear and grieving
The sunlight fills an empty void
But soon I will be leaving

Tire tracks on dusty roads
Her crimson heart lay beating
Generations of divided families
Yes, soon I will be leaving

The destination was never known
Each path opaque and deceiving
As soft as ravens opal wings
And soon I will be leaving

Watching rose blossoms grow
This gift is for receiving
Comfort found in the daze of summer
So, soon I will be leaving

Don’t run, please stay awhile
Hope and love can be deceiving
My back turned towards the bell tower
For now I will be leaving
Jim Jan 2021
There might just be a monster in there
I heard some noise, some snivel, I swear
I called my pap to come check it out
It was just him in the closet mucking about.
Jim Jan 2021
Stupid, I say
You're all dumb and dull
They're a ***** and she's a troll

I'm right there too
As lame as them or her
Whose the dumbest? Of that I'm unsure.

So lets run a test
To see who knows what
An IQ exam should tell us a lot

She got a 5
They got the same
I failed for not even writing my name.
Jim Sep 2020
Hey, it's my shadow!
on the shade of a rock
Facing back at me there
refusing to talk
Jim Apr 2020
Well, I am thoroughly confused
About which of my rights are being abused
The branches of balance seem misused
Seems like the billionaires have nothing to lose
Jim Feb 2019
Sing with me
Dance with me
Take me to the stars
Give me things I don't deserve
Diamonds, clothes and cars

Be with me
Hold Me
Tell me to be true
I'll give you everything you need
I promise this to you

Respect me
Defend me
As you and I are one
Bonded since we came together
To remain 'till our days are done

Listen to me
I whisper to you
Never should our spirits part
Today I vow forever more
To keep you always in my heart
Jim Jan 2021
No one thanks a door for doing what it's told
Though very important is the job they hold
Think of all the cold and bugs they keep away
So, thank the lord for doors when you pray.
Jim Jan 2020
I wrote a poem
I wanted to try haiku's
This is that poem
Jim Feb 2021
A lot of times I walk alone
And wonder as I walk
How would it be if I were never born
12 bells of the midnight clock

I think first of my family
And then -- to my friends
And the times we had spent together
That never would have been

The many people that crossed my path
Even if only brief
For it doesn’t take long to share a moment
That lasts an eternity

So I may never know what could
And couldn’t be
But looking back at all I’ve done
It’s been worth it to be me
Jim Mar 2019
Roderick is clever, there's no one like him
Annabel is beautiful, they call her a ten
There's no one smaller than William T. Haller
and no team better than Donald and Jim

Marvin says things that everyone thinks
No one's seen Milly in over six weeks
Milton and his spouse bought their first house
and called Pious the plumber to fix all the leaks

General Jones heads the police force
The newly wed Smith's are getting divorced
In school, Mr. Pence, he tutors science
Amy studied hard, but still failed his course

Donald's a driver, from Denver hes born
Frederick's a farmer who only plants corn
Antones' apple fritter is what's severed after dinner
And Daniel's a devil, whose just missing horns
Jim Jan 2022
The mirror is shining
It’s reflecting me
I’m not so sure I like the picture I see

Yes, I love this person
I love this me
But I’m not so sure I like the picture I see

My eyes blink
Eyebrows ruffle
Been some long livin
Seen some short troubles

Unwinding through turns
Bends in the street
I’m not so sure of this trek I seek

I see where I come from
I discretely feel free
I’m just not sure of the trek I seek

Footprints form
Owls wing
The future unfolds
While destiny sings
I’m not so sure what all of this means
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