Addiction

His cadence is shallow –these are familiar waters He’ll swear the addictionsaves him from madness Ignore the wrenching pain in my heart… leave to find his next fix,another page in misery’s tome. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson.Image my own)

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Soldiers Tanka

Sacrifice beliesoriginal plan – the youngoverlook fine printsign up for adventure -warrenders them heroes – souls torn (Today, we remember those who have fallen – heroes of war.Photo mine)

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Shadow Speak

Shadows stalk our conversations,hovering between lines spoken. Mother fears death and I,sidestep darkness… It’s delusional to believewe can think ourselves wellor avoid pain by seeking only light I chew on my wordsnot wanting to inflict harm –have done enough of that over the years Pray for peace to guide her passagethe reassurance of forgivenesslove unconditional […]

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Pity Not The Scars

Abandoned, this heart –old walls scarred but solid Lest you look upon me with pity,remember – roses grow here planted at the peak of love’s holdvibrant despite the ensuing thorns. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson.Image my own.)

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Roses For Souls

How long the soilhoused tiny souls, pleas ignored –crimes leave footprintsPlant a rose for each childblood red to mark evil’s path. (Image my own. Poem borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson)

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Purging Betrayal

Burn the love letterswatch as each quaint lie curlssham interrupted –betrayal’s intricacyscatters amongst the embers. (Image my own)

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The Car Crash

That time, playing in the muck,foot emerging without boot,hopping and laughingall the way home. Then, later, on the busthat car hitting where we satthe windshield crackinglike a giant spiderblood all over the dead lady’s face. I thought I’d made itwhen my new car had a sunroofkids riding along, music blaring But trauma is a spiderArachne […]

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Karma Bites

She looks over my shoulderthat sister, born dying –whom I mocked, cajoledand judged so harshly She breathes down my neckthat sister, I despisedfor her sin, and mistakeshow she always abandoned me She taunts me constantlyridicules my failing waysher thoughts poisoned dartsattack me at my core My eyes are opening,compassion too late“Karma bites”, her ghosthisses as […]

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Talk To Me of Horses

Talk to me of horsesthe young man saysthin locks of blonde mattedon a sweaty brow, flashes of bluethat fade as eyes succumbto weariness, the constantwhoosh, whoosh of respirator. Talk to me of horses:the world is losing its gripand I care not aboutthe weather or car mechanics,but I dream of horsesand I am feeling so emotional […]

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Stop the Words

These thought processes…I am inside out, shredded…on so many levelsout of sync…hear my own wordsnothing but hot airmaking me so dizzythat I’m becoming afraidof heights….phobic, actually Breathe,I remember somewherebetween gulps of heliumand the hammeringin my head…breathe… Platitudes have no placein this momentin the inside outemotionally raw now So, I’ll quit the wordsbreathe until I find […]

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