KM Hanslik Jul 2
Keep your eyes soft and your dreams
up on the highest shelf so you won't take them down too early;
keep everything that you spill in the dark locked
behind your teeth during the day, don't bring it out before dusk;
like secrets we drip over sidewalk cracks
from cotton-candy sticky fingers and leave our names
dissolved under each other's tongues, the warmth of you is keeping me company
as I try to crawl out of my blood again, they told you to leave
a bread-crumb trail in case your heart becomes too watered down by just visiting
to even remember the vacation at all; you carry
kisses on the knuckles of amputated arms,
driving through parking lots with your seatbelts on,
collections of constellations growing
in the bruises on the insides of your thighs, reminders
of salt & the whites of your eyes;

I'll always carry you around
like scuffed knees and the last time I told you "I'm okay",
I wanna press my fingers into you until your skin is melded
with fire and scraps of things that I could never be,
I hope steel rods grow out of your bones and I hope you gather
bruises before you gather dust,
we are all a little lost and lonely but that never stopped
the accumulation of well-spent nights
coughing up new ways to spell my name
(it sounded foreign before you)
leave this on repeat,
we're going in again.
Oh, I walk these streets the whole night through
people walk by without a worry or care
I played pool with a biker till two
I listened to a street poet tell of a lost love
Oh, he brought tears to my eyes with memories of you
I kicked a can under a street light and thought

Oh, I walk these streets the whole night through
I saw your face in every woman that passed by
I saw your face in a love song from a car that passed by
Oh, you keep me awake at night

I came home in the early morning light
and tried get some rest and sleep
but all I saw was you in my head
Oh, when I dream I hold you in my arms
and say the words I once said
when I wake I'm so sad your not by my side

Oh, I walk these streets the whole night through
I saw your face in every woman that passed by
I saw your face in a love song from a car that passed by
Oh, you keep me awake at night
Deferred thought my mind speaks
but unable to reach
Since, lacking proper fuel
words are no more than tools
Idly on the shelf
All alone by themselves
Whether each has the skill
Makes no difference still
Needs a user to wield
The brain must be unsealed
Otherwise it’s just noise
And will only annoy
To communicate one
also pays attention
Thinking the message through
Very important too

Is to listen right back
Without barbs or attacks
Open-mind speaking freely
but with diplomacy
Must employ use of tact
Support statements with fact
Do not rush; take your time
Critical? Then be kind
Not a must to agree
Can't force someone to see
Each of us has his thoughts
Throughout life we are taught
There are social patterns
Easily to discern
So, wherever you fall
Do not build up a wall

Keeping out you will win
As you lock yourself in
Rigid form without flex
New ideas will perplex
Ignorance and denial
Growing into a pile
On an island alone
Statue that's made of stone
In your mind you’re entombed
Happy life is now ruined
Feeling always against
With a paranoid sense
A refusal to see
An unwavering tree
But a tree can still bow
Give and take it will show

Rigid thoughts become firm
Close your mind; will not learn
Placing all of the weight
Just for you; here to take
And must always support
Forcibly will contort
Having flex we adjust
This in life is a must
Something we can not do
Like to uncook a stew
Won't exist very long
People just not that strong
Or should they try to be
A journey incomplete
Happiness lies within
On these words please don’t spin

An island you are not
Harmony should be sought
Infinite universe
You can’t always be first
Finding balance in life
Like to see without sight
Each of us wants respect
But to give is to get
Listen up before talking
Use right foot and start walking
And will find in due time
Not to bother or mind
People are free to think
From each other we drink
How we grow and evolve
Complex problems we’ll solve

Not a perfect system
But we gather wisdom
Always strive to improve
It’s the best we can do
To communicate we
Open our minds to see
Trying to understand
Flawed and kindred humans
Written: June 12, 2018

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Josh Apr 16
I’m sick of staying strong,
When everything feels wrong,
Putting on a brave face,
Yeah I’m fine I’m good I’m ace.
But I’m not.

I’m hurt damaged lost and forgotten,
On the inside I’m rotten.
In agony I scream for help,
But that comes out as a pathetic welp,

You can’t feel my pain or even see my suffering,
My frozen thinking face as if I’m buffering.
Thoughts of death and despair let’s end it all.
Emotion running through me on no one I can call.
No one I can trust no one to make a fuss, over me.
Unloved uncared for forgotten now you see?

Who knows of my existence? not even a few,
Someone for everyone? Even that’s not true,
Everyone is different? Now that’s no lie,
But no one is special, not you nor I.

Lonely lonely oh ever so lonely,
See everything is wrong,
How can I stay strong,
But I’ll do it anyway,
Tomorrow’s a new day.
Jordan Rowan Dec 2015
My heart is breaking
The earth is shaking
But I'm gonna be just fine
If you find me cryin'
As long as I ain't dyin'
Put your hand on my shoulder, I'm gonna be just fine

My soul is searching
My mind is working
Looking for someone else
I've been a liar
I've been an honest man
But I'm tired of trying to please myself

I'm still fighting
For an angel sighting
But I keep looking down
My shoes ain't talking
They just do the walking
Towards the woman I need to keep around
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