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Holding on

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Splintered seams
And pain filled dreams
Where every second
Brings

It all back again
And again
And again

Slowly
Insidiously
Worms it’s way

Inside of my shame
Ridden brain
Long standing refrain

Rings
With the words
And deeds

Plants more seeds
Where flowers
Left unwatered
Died

And left me
Inside the night
Crying
And sighing

Desperately holding on
To the little whisper
Of light

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Spider-Man moments 

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Halfway up the wall
Where I scurried
Without care
Step by colourful step

Without thought
Or decision
Or revision
Just instinct

Until suddenly
I’m stuck
And I have to decide

Do I continue to climb
Or go back where
I came
Or do I fall?

The smell of love 

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With the first red leaf
Nostalgia hits
And lips lift

The scent of
new paper
and fun of new
supplies

Back to routines
Haircuts
school fees
And chaos

And the odd
feeling of love
of the 8 am call

“Mom, Finnegan
won’t leave the house”

And the cranky
chipmunk voice
as I not so gently
Coax his butt out the door

And my favourite,
the two muttered
“I love you Mama”
before the click on
the other end

Beautiful souls

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The words drip
So beautifully
from the tip of your pen

Reverberate from lungs
Dance off tongue
Before sung from lips

With soft vulnerability
Yet quiet strength
About wonders
Dark corners
Strife
A good mans choices
And the small insights of life

Strung together
By melodies
Lyrics
And emotions
And infinitesimal bits
Of your soul

Woven throughout
Bound together
To trick this listener
Into feeling whole

10,000 feet

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10,000 feet above the ground
And I’m flyin’ high
I’m grinnin’ like an idiot
And I don’t know why

But my feet are restless
And hearts a beatin’
My eyes are smiling
Because I feel good

10,000 feet above the ground
And I’m flyin’ high
I’m grinnin’ like an idiot
And I don’t know why

But the suns a’shinin’
And not a cloud in sight
Just birds singing
And bright blue skies

Press my face to the window
And close my eyes
Let out a long held sigh

10,000 feet above the ground
And I’m flyin’ high
I’m grinnin’ like an idiot
And I don’t know why

Breathe it all out
And I’m not gonna lie
I’m tired of cryin’
I wanna dance
And I wanna sing

Get on with this living
Instead of this sighin’
No more nightmares
Stress or whinin’

10,000 feet above the ground
And I’m flyin’ high
I’m grinnin’ like an idiot
And I don’t know why

Could be worse

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You ain’t the only one
Who’s had a bad day
Just get outta bed
I’ve got something to say

Cancer they said
Just weeks before
She left them
But he’s trying
For the kids to be ok

You ain’t the only one
Who’s had a bad day
Hold your head up to the light
Soak in some rays

He was born with
A broken heart
But a fighters soul
Little guys only four
Twelve surgeries
And more to go

You ain’t the only one
Who’s had a bad day
Sun’s still shinin’
In the most brilliant way

They said she had it coming
The way she walked
Way she talked
Kind of like she wanted
It all along

You ain’t the only one
Who’s had a bad day
You ain’t the only one
Who’s had a bad day

So get outta bed
And know you ain’t alone
I’ll hug you close
Until the shaking stops
And what they said
And what they did
Fades away

At 3am

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In the deafness of 3am
Except the rapid thump
Thump
Thumping
Of my heart

And echo
Of the screams
From dreams
Not really dreams

But memories
Of things
I didn’t really
Want to remember

Brings such dreadful
Shattering
Of peace
Or rather pieces
Of me
Left to gather

What’s left
In the silence
And darkness
Of the night

Of horrors
Never set right
Left unsettled
Demons cradling
Me, here,
left without sight

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