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  • Phoebe Harris (3/5/2014 1:24:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Click, click.
    Books full of brick blocks of text,
    Full of inscrutable sentences,
    Full of jumbled letters, numbers, figures.

    Click, click.
    Words cascade into my mind,
    Held for a moment of intense concentration,
    Then seeping, leaking, escaping.

    Click, click.
    Eyes blurry with forced focus,
    Steel shutters clamping them together,
    Onto swollen purple pillows.

    Click, click.
    Pulsating vexation,
    Why isn’t it going in?
    You’re not ready.
    You’re going to fail.

    Inhale, rip, exhale.

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  • Matthew Von (3/3/2014 5:05:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    I've stumbled upon this place
    and have chosen to show my face
    My words shoot out with haste
    with a sweet n sour taste
    I talk of peace no waste
    with no hate to debate
    i love life and cant wait
    to see whats beyond the gate

    life has me saying
    this worlds so amazing
    from the songs that keep playing
    to the love im incased in
    heres where im placed in

    I've tried to keep my soul pure
    using positivity for the cure
    though life sometimes a blur
    ill get through it I'm sure

    We all have the power
    to stand up not cower
    stand tall not cower
    our minds can open as if a flower
    raining down goodness as if a shower.

    this poem has gone in motion with the words im showin
    not realy any skeleton to hold in
    no reigns here, no veins clear
    just flowin freely with no fear

  • Sensei Faith (3/1/2014 11:20:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    Divine Mercy

    Listen to the day breaking silently
    Dawn is the coming of the day mercily
    Morning grace the Earth with flair
    In peace, awakening souls without fear
    Gracious must he be who brings morning
    For from heaven a book came down not falling

    Day is a gift of life
    Stolen by the night in vie
    That yesterday can be yesterday;
    Such is the blessing of life

    Day by day
    Let me hold a hand
    Let me hope in the land
    As long as the beloved's name is cherished

    For bountiful blessings; I feel no need
    To unending blessings; I pay no heed
    Forgive me, my lord
    I swear that-
    From you, Morning is gracious enough
    From you, Morning is forgiveness enough

    And when the day breaks in time
    Divine mercy is promised in time.



    Sensei Faith

  • Avikshit Pratap (2/26/2014 5:42:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a keyboard and bleed.”
    - Ernest Hemingway (edited)


    The Honest hypocrite & the Bag with All the Food


    There is a strange calmness in the dark,
    I don't feel peace.
    I feel nothing.
    Groping for a path in this eerie nothingness,
    I reach out,
    Tumble all over and rise again.
    Actually, I was just staying still,
    I said it all to appear a stronger person.


    Ahead there is light,
    I don’t want to go there.
    I have become accustomed of the dark,
    Doing nothing, just staying still,
    Like dead bodies, less dead.
    Life is very taxing,
    You have to walk around to get somewhere,
    And, I was a careless person,
    I couldn't walk a yard without falling.
    So, I have a lot of cuts and stitches on me.
    Did you know, I have fought a lion and came out alive?


    In oblivion, there is serenity.
    That and the fact that I am a lazy person,
    Keep me in the cave.
    “But, you can’t spend your life in a cave?”
    The rational-me argues.
    “Well cave is a part of this earth with free oxygen,
    And I have got a bag with all the food.”
    That’s how you convince rationales.
    You say intelligent stuff that mustn't make sense.
    The rational me now wants a slice of pizza. (Huh)

    The only inconvenience I have is that,
    I can’t read “The fountainhead”
    (I really love this book,
    but I haven’t read it till now.)
    So, now I want light to read the book.
    No, I don’t want light around me,
    But I want light to read.
    I may have fought a lion,
    But, I am afraid of the bats,
    Are there any?
    Yes, even we hypocrites are afraid.


    There are no bats, but a group of fireflies.
    Fire flies?
    I remember being called one,
    and calling someone.
    Memories of home compel me to go out.
    “Atta boy. It’s tranquil here.”
    The rational-me tries to convince.
    The rational me really likes pizza.
    “You won’t have to give an exam,
    you won’t have to worry about ambitions,
    No society, no responsibility, no work.
    Here it will be me and you,
    Just two honest hypocrites.
    Outside there is a world of them,
    And they are not even honest.”
    I think accusing people of hypocrisy is hypocrisy itself.
    Ah well.
    The argument sticks with me.
    In fact, I’m just too lazy to move.


    But, arguments can’t stop memories,
    I remember faces midst the dark,
    I remember my promise,
    Of becoming a comet for everyone I love,
    Just to make them smile when it’s dark,
    Maybe that was just me being pretentious.
    But, isn't a promise a promise?
    The wounds which I show off like tattoos,
    Promise to bleed if I move out,
    Because, they are wounds,
    and, everybody loves the possibility of not having to move again.

    But, I seem to have overestimated my hypocrisy.
    I don’t know how,
    But that seems to be the case.


    People who aren't even there,
    Push me to move out.
    Their smiles are the master,
    And I am the genie,
    I have got no choice but to say,
    “Your wish is my command.”
    My personal big bag of ambitions,
    is also screaming at me,
    Inside of it, are my passions and dreams.
    They say “We hate being the calling of a hypocrite,
    But in the end, we are your calling.
    And, If we don’t get real,
    We will be fine.
    You, on the other hand...


    So, in the end, despite not liking it,
    I have to move out.
    I have got calls to answer,
    I have got wishes to fulfill,
    I have got to go back in the murky world,
    And work till I sweat, even if I’m lazy.
    Love sure makes you do terrible things.
    People make you go through terrible times.
    Mark my words; they’ll make you try when you want to give up.

    The wounds, true to their promise,
    Start to bleed,
    But I smile when I bleed
    and, I feel stronger,
    despite my wounds or maybe because of them.
    Or may be, I am just pretending to be stronger,
    But it feels the same.

    The wounds are happy for me,
    and they bleed even harder.
    Because sadly, that’s the only thing wounds can do.

  • Isaac Banda (2/24/2014 1:40:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    Uncompleted Chemistry

    It was real here
    Of that am triple sure
    It’s still in me
    Vindicated with a warm heart
    Maybe it’s wearproof

    I wonder if it was the same on the other side
    Was it real too
    Or it was just to make me feel good
    Was it love or just lies, or even worse, lust
    Was there real chemistry between us

    Currently, its love in motion
    Pending romance
    It will never get finished
    I won’t be able 2 sing it
    Like the unsung song
    Its uncompleted chemistry

    By Isaac Banda

  • John Roth (2/23/2014 6:59:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    Shaken to the core

    Just now, up there, along the ridge
    where the sylvan way is worn.
    I wrestled with a stranger.
    You can see my clothes are torn.

    He did not let me pass nor
    to my mannered bow accede.
    We wrestled for my very life,
    this other man and me.

    Exhausted in the physical
    we stood apart awhile.
    Tell me who you are, I said.
    He only looked to me and smiled.

    Alone again I found myself.
    my pain was not for naught,
    for in my head I heard this said
    “Today with God you fought.”

  • Okeme James Jerome (2/22/2014 11:29:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    Poem: RESPONSIBILITY
    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

    The dishes piled up unwashed,
    Kitchen floor messy,
    Napkins stinky
    And cobwebs decorating the ceiling.
    Who is responsible?

    Taps left running
    Water racing to the soakaway
    Bath tub soapy and slippery.
    The mirrors displaying blur images
    Not leaving out the stained sink with paste.
    Who is responsible?

    Beds have become boutiques
    Pillows turned foot stools
    Dirty clothes pleading for the
    Coming of the laundry man.
    Rodents dwell in the caves people call shoes.
    Who is responsible?

    Nowhere to sit in the sitting room
    The chairs are asleep
    The couch dusty,
    Rugs and carpets sandy
    Flowers and grasses gone wild
    Who is responsible?

    Not me! No! Not me!
    Everyone cry, not me!
    Then who?
    “It is not my duty to do that”
    Some will lament
    So, who is responsible?

    “I’ve got no time for such obligations”
    Others will say
    Let no one wait for anyone
    Because everyone is responsible.

    © Okeme Jerome

  • Lyndsay Thomas (2/19/2014 11:36:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    The Small Things in Life


    It's the little things in life that matter the most
    Those things stay with your heart very close

    It can brighten a frown to a smile
    And make someone's day worth whiled

    It doesn't matter if you're receiving or giving 
    It makes your life worth a living

    These small acts of kindness keeps the world go round
    Gods in the sky and were all on the ground

    He can't do it all 
    So we need to step up, even if it's something small

    So the next time you see a chance to help out
    Don't forget, this is what life is all about

    Helping each other find the way
    In this life we live every day 

    It can be hard 
    But we all need a good card

    So when our days are slowly coming to a stop
    We can make it to that mountaintop

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    • Cleveland Gibson (2/20/2014 2:55:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

      I think your poem has plenty of ideas and good content. So applause there. Where it mght improve, in my opinion, is in the words you've used to rhyme. A lot of them don't quite make it. Decide how lon ... more

  • Byju V (2/15/2014 9:55:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    Safe for now….
    The writer finished the book;
    Now comes the hard part;
    First the scrutiny by the experts –
    the priest, the bishop and the mulla.
    Then the special reading before
    the CPB (committee for prevention of blasphemy) .
    Before going to the ultimate test by
    the CPO (committee for prevention of obscenity) .
    After that would be submission before local magistrate,
    To be certified that it would not hurt
    anyone’s sentiments.
    She was fortunate.
    Her publisher would handle all that for her, but
    the hard part was signing of the agreement
    obliging her to withdraw and the pulp the book,
    the work of a lifetime,
    if anyone at any time complained of
    wounded religious sentiment.
    Just thinking of it made her sweat.
    With a start, she opened her eyes,
    Realizing with relief;
    All of it was just a dream!
    At least for now….

  • A Michaelle Yarbrough (2/13/2014 9:21:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    A Level Of Misconception

    Does a man turn away from right and good
    Brought to the fact of humility not being able to provide
    Children crying day and night denied everyday necessities
    A lack of pride in being a man among men
    Perceived lazy by a society that never has been hungry

    Does man lack character, ethics, and moral stability
    On dark cold chilling nights with no shelter or stillness
    Caught up in a fight for mere wake in the morning survival
    Things never perceived when childhood dreams were dreamed

    When does enough become enough for you and I
    How many go postal events or deaths in the streets
    For the norm not to be normal in the sight of us all
    Suffered long enough to bring suffering to an end
    The level of misconception considered deeply

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