Choked

Heart, craving expression seeks the aid of paper – A message with pizzaz a testament to love But my pen chokes on the word itself refuses the pronouncement soul balking at the possibility I toss the note… …maybe next time. (Tuesdays, I borrow from my Twitter account @Vjknutson.  Image my own.)    

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Bystander

Dare I confess the hollowness of my heart How emptiness echoes in its chambers How lost I feel inside This is no sanctity no secure refuge my withdrawal is a sham I stand by, observe – circles entwine, embrace – recognize the power of love Practice the words extend warmth and retreat, before connection ignites […]

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Window Cleaning

Married addiction adopted denial settled for basics Espoused spirituality ignored infidelity, pulled down the blinds. Believed compassion could compensate for indifference. Limited my outlook to windows, too insecure to de-smudge the pane. Missed the gaping doorways, the blatant rudeness of belligerent disrespect Till withdrawal prompted accountability, commanded ownership, changed the lock. (Image from personal collection.)

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Together, Hope

Aged and well worn – history and family have left their marks – weakness surfaces. I tug at the imaginary unravel essential core – hearts burdened hide gilded truths Uncovering, a collaborative task housing a trove of potential – optimism and hope within, always more room for growth. (Image from personal collection)

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First Love

We laid beneath the stars our youth tingling, dared to dream cosmic – Thought I landed in love’s lap, till summer waned and you were gone, carried by the wind, my heart in your pocket. (This poem appears in the VSS365 Anthology, untitled)

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Eating Wiener Schnitzel

He craves Wiener Schnitzel and egg rolls – complicated request – they settle on Austrian, forgo the Chinese. Noise of the place disconcerts her – rather be home or somewhere quieter (though she’d never say), insecurity slides in as resentment pulls up a chair – How is she dining here with indifference? Restaurants take her back when […]

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Prey

Brought you my pain – swaddled like a baby, a tiny fledgling not yet ready to fly – craved nurturing – missed the hawkish glint, the vicious drool – all remnants of sanity now shredded.

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Distorted Lenses

My memory of you – distorted by childish exuberance – distant and disinterested Translated vacant eyes through the lens of my needs child that I was. Failed to notice the aura of defeat, the battered heart the robotic responses masking unbelievable sorrow missed it all till death knocked and I saw you anew – adult […]

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Unbearable

Said his name was Orion, “light of Heaven” – starry-eyed, I succumbed godlike presence, I believed, could walk on water – but his light fast flickered squelched by insatiable ego, only thing he walked on was me… Little Bear. (Tuesdays, I share a poem from Twitter @Vjknutson. )

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Best Medicine

Laughter, like sunshine, cleared the air, painted our hearts verdant love renewed. (A haiku borrow from Twitter.  Visit me @Vjknutson. Image from personal collection.)

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