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KiraLili Jun 2015
My father is 69 now
But in my mind tonight
I see a man who is 30
1976 with slicked hair
Elvis side burns and fringed jacket
With Allman brother moustache
Western snap button shirt
Lee jeans and brown belt
KOOL menthol lit in one hand
Labatt stubby beer in the other
Father's Day was card games of crib
And Kingsford charcoal BBQ steak
LP records of  trucker songs
Kids gathered around in cut offs
Walking to get dad a beer on blue ****
These were before teen years for them
Banana seat bikes in the driveway
Lawn darts after angel food cake
No matter how many years pass
Every Father's Day I see the same
You'll always remember your dad
When he was at his coolest to you
1970s Dad
Sarah Odeh Jul 2018
Silent mornings and empty beds. I cook for one.
28 day snapchat streaks, “***” “lol” and “***”.
Walking by your mom’s house. You’ll run out that door any minute...?
New friends in class. They’re temporary and they know it.
Job applications stacked on my bed. I’ll quit within 3 months.
Getting breakfast at LP almost every morning. They’re the only ones left who know my name.
I count the days until summer ends, and with it my loneliness.
37, in case you were wondering.
Even temporary losses induce a constant ache.
Donall Dempsey Sep 2018
LOVE REMEMBERED

all that remains
her cigarette smoke
crawling lazily to the ceiling

her footsteps
echoing down the hall
the angry slam of a red door

from the pavement floats up
the clickity-clack of red stilettos
the Morse Code for loss

a Focus LP
caught on a scratch
caught on a scratch

the same pale pink
lipstick kiss
on cigarette and champagne glass

rain falling now
in the open window
wetting the still sleeping cat

a church bell
scatters crows
a drunk staggers down the road

the end never appears
to be the end and then
it just is

I stumble against the record player
Focus get back into the groove
"...'round goes the gossip...'.round goes the gossip..."
Terry Collett Oct 2018
I won't have you
dress like that,
Lizbeth's mother said,
eyeing her daughter's
too short skirt,
because she had outgrown it,
but still wore it,
and the blouse tight
across her *******.

What's wrong with it?
Lizbeth asked,
taking in
her mother's stare,
the downturn of mouth.

It's too short;
it shows too much,
her mother replied,
sensing rebellion
in her daughter's stare.

But I like it:
don't like that other thing
you bought,
Lizbeth said.

Go and change;
put on a dress;
something that isn't
too short,
her mother stated.

Lizbeth sighed
and left the room
and stomped the stairs
to her bedroom
and slammed the door.

She closed her eyes;
heard birdsong
from the open window,
opening on to the garden.

Downstairs her mother
had switched on the radio
and classical music erupted.

She undid the skirt
and stepped out of it
and kicked it
across the room.

It lay next
to the record player
and the Billy fury LP.

She stood in front
of the wardrobe mirror
and gazed at herself.

She wished Benny
was there
eyeing her.

Not that he'd stare;
he'd look away shyly.

She pulled open a drawer
and took out the skirt
her mother had bought:
flowery and pink and red.

She stepped into it
and zipped it up:
it fell past her knees.

She turned the top
shortening the length.

It was above
her knees now.

She gazed at it:
maybe I could
make it shorter,
somehow.
A girl and her mother 1961
Andika Putra Jul 7
paper & pencil & glass & radio & television & books & motocycle & laptop & LP & number & pedals & clock & a key & windows & doors & people & a kid & a women & shadows & bones & shoes & guitar & rain & wind & the sun & the club & wheels & noises & picture & red & hat & a tie & handband & roads & sunglasses & lips & crying & Harley Davidson & comic books & movies & theater & music & a old man, with his own words/ in a silent room.
You miss every shot you
Don't take
3 pts

...
Shooter
....

Is
Way
Way too
Much alcohol
My lov\ly..
yo//
     • – • •
• •
                       \
           to m\?
do yo//  n\\d a h\lp ?
     ..com\..
                          i will not
     • – • •
• •
                       \
                      to yo//
lik\
           • • • •
• •
                   – –
now, why yo// still hiding from m\ ??
                      im not  
• • • •
      • •
                   – – !!!!!
                            lik\ (r\st//) did to yo//!!
             \V\N  I   N\V\R
                        H//RT   YO//
...but will yo//...
                        FORGIV\ M\???
            i know it's hard to say.
                           but do\sn't m\an yo// can't
lik\ yo// r\ad this, and lik\ i

                    ...FORGIV\ YO//...
I wrote this poet to visualize how I feel when I forgive or be forgiven
Big Virge Sep 26
Do You Have ... " Visions " ... ?
of A ... " Better Life " ...
  
" Visions of " ... A Home ...  
And A ... " Beautiful Wife " ...  
  
I Visualize .....
  
When I Have Time ...    
And Describe ... My Visions ...  
Through ... " Poetic Rhymes " ...  
  
Words and Pictures ...
Help Design ....  
  
... " Inner Visions " ...  
In ... " My Mind " .......
  
I Think You'll Find ...
Those Words ... AREN'T Mine ... !!!
  
Those Are ...
  
Stevie Wonders' ... Lines ... !!!!!
  
A Man With ... " Vision " ...
But ... " No Sight " ... !!!  
  
A Man ... Whose Words ...
SHINE Like ... SUNLIGHT ... !!!  
  
If You Were ... "blind" ...
  
What Would You Write ... ???
If ... What You HEARD ...
Became ... Your Sight ... ???
  
Stevie's Proved ...
Throughout His Life ...  
  
" Visions " ... Come ...  
From ... " DEEP INSIDE " ...  
And Come From ... " Those " ...  
Who ... USE Their Mind ... !!!  
  
... " Inner Visions " ...
... " Superstition " ...  
  
Both Are ...  
Stevies' Compositions ... !!!
  
His Visions Have ...
INSPIRED ME ... !!!
  
Since I Bought ...
" My First " ... LP ... !!!!!!
  
My Use of Words ...  
Has ... " Factual Visions " ... !!!!!
  
But Some ... Prefer ...  
To Write ... " Pure Fiction " ...
  
If That's ... " Your Way " ...  
Then .... " That's Okay " .... !!!
I Can't Tell You ... !!!  
What You Should Say ... !!!!!
  
But .....
Have An ... Opinion ...
  
So ...  
What's Your Position ... ???
  
Are ... YOUR Visions ... ?
FACT ... or ... FICTION ... ?
  
Do You .... Visualize .... ?  
A ... " Wonderland " ... ???  
  
Or ...  
Are You ... HERE ... ?
In ... This Here Land ... ???
  
Writing Things .....
  
For The Good of Man ... !?!
And YES .... Woman ....  
And ... MOST OF ALL ...  
For ... " Our Children " ... !!!!!
  
They NEED Some Truth ... !!!
AS DO ... Their friends ... !!!  
  
BEFORE ... They Walk ...
Into .... " PROBLEMS " .... !!!
  
Our Futures' ... Rest ...  
With ... Some of Them ...  
  
That's Why They NEED ... !!!!!
  
Visions ... of SENSE ... !!!
  
Rather Than Visions ...
of ... Pounds and Pence ...
  
Or ...  
  
of Things Like ...
  
... " FALSE Defence " ...  !!!!!
  
Visions ... SPREAD ...
By ... Governments ... !!!!!
  
Children NEED ... Visions ...  
of .... " TRUE LOVE " .... !!!!!
  
NOT ... of ALL ...  
This ... " Push and Shuv' " ... !!!!!
  
Visions of ....
A ... " LOVING Hug " ...  
From ... " Their Dad " ...  
To YES ... " Their Mum "... !!!!!
  
Visions ... WITHOUT ...  
... Knives or Guns ...  !!!!!!!!
  
Visions ... Where ...
They're ... Having FUN ... !!!!!
  
On A Beach ...
In ... Bajan' Sun ... !!!!!
  
Well ...  
That's ... " MY VISION " ... !!!!!
  
I PRAY It Comes .....
Long Before ... I'm 61 ... !!!
  
Visions ... RUN ...
Like ... Ben Johnson ... !!!!!
  
But ....
Drugs Are NOT ... !!! ...
The Answer Son ... !!!!!
  
Well .... Maybe SOME ... !!!!!
That Give ... FREEDOM ...  
  
FREEDOM of ... Thought ...
And .... EXPRESSION ....  
  
Come On Now ... !!!
You Know The Ones' ...  
  
Those That NEED ... !!!
Some ... Natural Sun ... !!!!!  
  
Those That ... " Herbsman' " ....
Like To ... " Bun' " ... !!!!!
  
Now ...  
BEFORE They Start ...
These AREN'T Things ...
For Our ... Children ... !!!
  
But ...
  
STRONG WILLED Men ...  
Like .... " Bob Dylan " ....  
  
Men With ... Visions ...  
NOT ... "Conditioned" ... !!!
  
Men Whose Inscriptions ...  
EXPOSE ...  VILLAINS ... !!!!!!!!!!
  
NEEDING Convictions ... !!!!!
  
I Guess That's How ... ?
I'd ... Like To Be ...  
  
A Man ... " Revered " ...  
For .....  " His Poetry " ..... !!!!!
  
A Man Who ...
CHALLENGED ... "Society" ... !!!!!
  
and ... ALL It's ...
IMPROPRIETIES ... !!!!!
  
These Beliefs ....
Rest ... DEEP IN ME ... !!!
and Continually GROW ...  
Just Like A .... " Tree " ....  
  
" Branching Out " ...............................................................
  
And Bearing Leaves ...  
  
FREE To ... " Be " ...
and FREE To ... " See "  
  
A World of ... LOVE ...
And .....  " UNITY " ...... !!!!!
  
I Visualise ... BEAUTY ...  
  
NOT ... Needless Killing ... !!!
  
These Words I've Written ...
Are Just An ... " Edition " ...
of My ... Lyrical Mission ...
  
Cos' ... Poetic Usage ...  
of .... " Good Diction " ....  
  
Can Give You ...  
... " Hope " ...
  
and YES ...  
  
Such ...
  
.... " Visions " ....
As said, basically inspired by Stevie Wonder,
and especially, the album, Inner Visions,
stylesclash Aug 2018
a needle that transliterates an eye,
recording trust with an LP of your soul;
a walkman that makes loyalty portable
for when you hear shadows in your head

body heat that can be thrown like a fastball
at someone who has crossed an imaginary line;
a glass doppelganger that visits me in my sleep,
and breaks so that i can wake up to your hurt

because you wouldn't tell me in words


a viewfinder for goodbyes,

so that i can see the way emptiness
comes over you when you walk away.

— The End —