THE RED LINE

THE RED LINE

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Until The Whisperings... - #POETVERITAS

UNTIL THE WHISPERINGS

On the impossibly conflicted terrain,
the twist between pleasure and pain,
the bridge between us was built; through the crucible of the years,
through the pulse of expansion and contraction,
through blinding fire and frozen stillness
our souls bonded, consigned -
inextricably intertwined -
by destiny combined;
or so I had thought / or perhaps had desperately dreamed/
until that is/ or was/
until the whisperings came;
from out of nowhere --
sounding at first like distant static
from a radio tuned between stations,
and then like the fevered hum of wires, whining
like myriad veins embedded within the walls,
and finally, like the screams of children
on a midnight roller coaster ride gone wild;
inescapable, cutting into my every thought,
my every minute, my every breath,
mercilessly... relentlessly --
and today I can barely think of what to say
in this letter that I am trying to write to you
/amid the screeching and howling in my head/
and besides which, I fear that
someone else is living at your old address.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

YOU ONLY -- #POETVERITAS

YOU ONLY

Cliches will never be for you, never about you;
Avoid them. Defy them. Outwit them all.
Walk away from any room corrupted with their vacant smiles
and their compliant, cadenced laughter
wrought of an unspoken underlying fear;

Distance yourself from their legion standard-bearers,
eager to add to their burgeoning numbers,
inconspicuous and ordinary,
soulless;

Listen closely to the voices within yourself
to the innate music of your own making,
a symphony of infinite possibilities,
an expression unlike any other,
a call to meaningful exploration of great gifts,
and of ideas waiting to be born;

Be vigilant in the face of convention, and be
wary of its contempt for questions
and acts of spontaneity;

Remember that the closer you stand to the crowd,
the further you stand from yourself,
and the greater the danger of loss of your own light
in this world, so needful;

Do not invite compromise too easily.

Strain to see beyond the horizon.

Draw all of your own designs.

Always be you only.

 






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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Irreconcilable -- #POETVERITAS

IRRECONCILABLE

A somber testament to the triumph of betrayal over love
it was,
that we stood, miles apart from each other,
unable
to join hands just one more time
over the widening chasm
and glancing, as we did,
hurtfully downward
into the silent blackness
instead of one another's eyes;
and with spirits tired of unwieldy defenses
could not concede the certain plight
of never wrong, but never right,
where tenderness gave way to spite
and loneliness consumed the night.

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