An emotionalvampire Carefully selects his prey: His needs are enormous And his energy limited. The broken victims Provide more bang For the buck (So to speak); On these he feeds. He leaves Them drained, Vulnerable, stained, As hunger rumbles Through him Once again.
I hope you’ll enjoy some of these (lightly edited) poems I wrote to Twitter prompts this year.
Savage need Ravished me With unrelenting speed. Done and undone, I float unseen, A stranger to the sun. Translucent in the dark, Pieces of my heart Shatter endlessly.
Dew-frosted leaves Gift us a living evergreen Reminder of impermanency. As love’s summer heat Fades into autumn mysticism, Winter on its feet, Will we watch our breath escape With our dissipating illusions And retreat inside our hearts?
Kaleidoscopic dreams Swirl silently to the sea— Violet sunflower green; Love and lust and need Subsumed endlessly Under the tide of infinity.
Gossamer veils Of lace & light Swirl into silver Blue midnight. Forgotten desires Come to life & Weave a tapestry Of complex magic Across space & time. Love, once sacrificed, Awakens to reclaim Its rightful prize.
I go down to the sea, Soothed by its serenity And grace. Layers Of consciousness float Away on the waves. Liberated emotions Release both pain And joy. My soul Clears new space For the rhythm of tides And the velvet ribbon Of the darkest night.
Drunk on plum wine And strawberry kisses, I missed the fact That this was fiction. A juicy fantasy, Sweet and sticky, Seduced my mind… So delicious.
Mirrors & smoke Shadows & glass… Loving you most Meant loving you last. Sustained by the dream, I retreat to the mists, Loving you always From one toxic kiss…
Wistful echoes haunt my dreams; Shadows dance in lonely rooms. Cascading whispers hint At promises yet unfulfilled; Strands of hope weave A silken midnight fragility. I shine with the sleepless stars, Forgetting that dawn will bring Eternal sorrow once again.
The tides were low And asked the moon: Where do you go? Please come home soon. Moon turned his face And hid his smile. He needed space; He’d be gone a while.
Heard it said You’re never dealt More than you can handle. Temptation’s gamble Saw my double down; All cards on the table, No ace up my sleeve, Two Jacks hitting on me… Should have split then Cuz the house always wins.
Psychedelic soul Unmoored from the mind Dives under the sea, Dances on starshine. The further she floats, The closer she glows, Embracing the space Between moments in time.
City of dreams: Serpentine streets Paved with glitter Sure fooled me. Flip the façades Upside down— All those angels Demons now. Curdled milk, Poisoned honey, Bogus love, Phony money.
A soul passed who I didn’t know. But I feel the glow Of loving tributes; His beauty shines In blues and golds, Violet hopes, White angel wings, The green of spring, A pink blush of dawn… His soul lives on In cosmic colors.
The magic of words Drew me into your pages: An elixir of verbs, Punctuated with rages. The plot got too twisted, Motivations unclear. My point of view shifted: Our story ends here.
Summer love Passed me by; Soft rain dripped Down tearstained skies. Blue dreams curled On warm night sand; Broken seashells Slipped through my hands. Waves of hope Crashed and faded— Sunshine romance, So overrated.
Words that linger in my mind; Love that loiters past its prime; All these false starts, Every smashed dream Begins with your name And ends in silence. The stories we tell now Fail to describe us; They float like lost ghosts, Catching the last light.
Sanctimonious moon— Why so judgmental? I know where you’ve been; I know who you’ve seen. Leave me to the poverty Of stars, already dead, Burned out like my heart. Slide under the lace Canopy of clouds, Safe swath of lingerie. Don’t frown your face At me tonight— I’m in no mood for a scolding By an obtuse hunk of rock Who didn’t have the sense To stay married to the earth. Oh ho! Didn’t think I knew About that, did you? Go now, leave me To my nightmare, My galloping dream of doom, Urging me past the milestones Along the racetrack to ruin.
I bathed myself in shades of blue To wash away the thought of you; Starlit dreams blazed on through The floating dark of velvet sleep. I woke to scarlet candy streaks: Slivered shards of sugared dawn Melting on the dew-dropped lawn. I reached for misty comfort clouds To cover love I disavowed— Make gray the color of my shroud.
~*~ Image is mine. Poetry form is my own concoction.
Maybe what they call madness Is simply another dimension. They are trapped in conventions, Familiar and mundane, Obsessed with their labels: “Abnormal” and “insane.” Madness? Or access To worlds made of words? Time has no meaning Where dreams come to play, Twirling around, upside down, Bending into birds And flying away.
Under a bruised sky, Love has passed me by. Golden days Streak my mind’s eye, And I lock them away, A distant glimmer Lost in memory’s haze. No need for the tease Of hope on replay, The false shimmer, Illusion’s trapeze. I’ll revel in the dark With the burned out stars.
She pauses at a post, Lost in a vast cavern; Shapes form and melt In the yellowing haze Of ancient lanterns. Familiar faces nod in passing, Eyes downcast, Hurrying to an assignation. Will they meet again In a hall of mirrors, Or is this the final destination? She gathers fragments Of her scattered thoughts As echoes come and ghost ‘Round the cracking halls… Footsteps of the mind.
The coast soothes my mind, From the rhythmic crash of waves To the infinite hues of blues And greens and grays As the water undulates, Shimmers, foams, and sprays. The endless reality of days Can erase the dreamer Within my soul, But the mystery of the deep Summons her out to play And keeps her whole. It’s only natural to be magnetized By the pull of the ocean’s tides, To be seduced by the primal Scents of salt and sand, A tangle of seaweed In my hand.
At the edge of rock and sky, She breathed frozen air And was energized. Lights glowed in benediction; She raised her arms and prayed. Dancers flowed and twisted, Magnetized from pole to pole, Swirling, streaming, In the green auroral mist. She had to come to the end Of the earth to kill the pain, But instead Was born again.