OPEN MIC ENCORE I
January, 2005

OPEN MIC ENCORE II

 

"Ode to July"
Courtney O'Brien
You're the sweetest of summer.
You greet me like a giant wave.
Your sun is sharper than a blade when you hit my skin.
I hold you like a golden goblet, embezzled by your beauty.
You thread weaves in and out of me,
Faster than sand goes in a sand glass.
I wish you could kidnap me forever
So I don't have to face the lonely winter.
December, January and February are grueling hounds compared to you.
I wish I could stop the wheel from turning so that I can keep you forever.
Your winds won't gush at me like the fall.
You rattle the competition.
Summer wouldn't be summer without you, July.
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My Worth is not determined by the size that I am, the
Shoes I wear, the job title I hold, my salary or clothes.
My Worth is not based on how HE feels about me,
what HE does or doesnít do for me or the kind of person
SHE wants me to be. My Worth is not measured by the
knowledge I posses, the car I drive, the possessions I
own, my mother, my father my children or friends.
 
My Worth IS demonstrated in the way I walk the way I talk,
the love I give, expecting nothing in return.  My meekness,
my weakness, not particularly caring if others see any of this.
My ability for versatility without loosing sight of  ME.  My
Worth IS demonstrated in the way I glow and grow in spite
of my cash flow.  The way I smile and laugh in any season
when there seems to be no reason.
 
My Worth my NEVER be evident by the oneís I know and love
in spite of all the things Iíve listed.  But, luckily for me,
Itís validated and sealed from aboveÖÖPRICELESS!

Monica J. Kendrick  

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The Piano
By: Matthew Bengtson
Piano has a graceful and soothing tune
I practice once every noon
The sound rings through my ears with grace
I stay at a convenient pace
The pedal races to the floor
Making the music last more
I have a talent for this beautiful instrument
A natural talent given to me when I was born
I wouldnít ever want that talent to be torn
It is my destiny and my dream
For thatís what it might seem
Hopefully my dream will fly further
Just like my fathers did
His dream never hid
Will my dream hide from me?
Surely not hopefully

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i am a freeway.
run me over.
 
take your ratty shoes
and press the gas pedal to the floor,
skyrocketing through my insides.
leave skid marks of remembrance on the double yellow lines.
 
you will bump over potholes and not even notice
they are there,
though they take up the whole road, and are about
57 miles deep.
 
donít stop.
please,
donít stop.

 

SANDRA BILLER

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A FRIENDSHIP I NEVER WANT TO END
                      by CHERYL ANNE SAN PEDRO

one of my #1 wishes would be about a friend
and how i never want our friendship to end.
i've probably told him once or twice how i feel,
but he most likely doesn't know how much of it is real.
if i could just find the courage to not hide,
i'd tell him all i feel inside.
i'd tell him that even when we're together for just awhile,
that little time we spent together will make me have a big fat smile.
and though some people may not agree,
to me, he is hilariously funny.
and if he's ever scared to make a fall,
he should know that all he has to do is call.
and if anything happened to him in our years,
i'd cry an entire ocean of tears.
and for-sure on the list, there is more
of things i wanna say instead of just these four.
but at-least after this, i hope he can see
how much he really means to me.

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LOVE HELD BY THE HANDS OF TIME
BROOKE UHRIG
 
Put your hand on my heart for that is where it shall stay.
With every beat I embrace what words could never say.
 
Looking past the hills the valleys seem so clear to see,
Unfolds a map marked this is to your destiny.
 
Lead safely holding the hands of time,
On a journey two souls infinitely intertwine.
 
To find such strength in a love that forever blooms,
Discovering what the mind could not ponder in a thousand moons.

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What is love? some people may wonder
I never knew until it hit me 
The feeling of it was overwhelming
Like a swarm of feelings rushing through you
You know what it is when it happens
The person becomes not a want, but a need
The power of her spreads through you like cancer
you cant stop it
every other thought is her
some people wonder if its healthy
some wonder if it will ever happen to them
it will, it happens to everyone
hopefully the feeling will be mutual
the gratitude of your lover loving you back is nothing less miraculous
itís a blessing, a full blown stroke of luck
some people wonder if love can be described
Itís indescribable, the feeling leaves you speechless
Sometimes you want to say something but
You are left standing in awe of her beauty, lost in her eyes
Love just happens
All you can do is live in the moment and absorb it
 
Mike Schichtel

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To be held in the arms of her
Its a true, I concur
There's nothing like a Mother's Love.
To be rejoiced with her voice night and day
Its a wonderful sound I must say
There's nothing like a Mother's Love.
To look into the most beautiful eyes you have ever seen
Anyone should want to be her king
There's nothing like a Mother's Love.
To be loved by the most beautiful woman in the world
I'm talking about a woman not a girl
There's truly nothing like a Mother's Love.

Adrianna Gregory

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It scares me
christina
Sometimes I feel so a lone I call you on the phone, not to speak to you but just to hear your voice
.I cry sometimes I lay in a dark corner of my room like an empty shadow looking for a home.
I wish you could hear what I am thinking but my lips are too sensitive to speak a word,
 I hoped you could have felt what my heart feels but my heart is too broken to feel what is real,
I am so tired of tiring to be something I am not just to get your attention, but I am scared of your smile the way you hold me, I am terrified that once I get close youíll push away from me
I know I am not a perfect picture and we donít have a lot to say
I know I love you even though I donít show it I do and it scares me
Scares me facing what is real, it would be so much easier if I wasnít in love with you.

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TORMENT
      ALPANA ISSAR
You torment my soul
Sweet love of mine.
For letting me dream
Such improbable dreams
 
Sequined   rainbows
Decorating my skies
Silvery streams
Singing songs of love torn apart.
Trees blooming
with fragrant blossoms
And whispering secrets
Of eternal beating hearts.
 
Would it be possible
To let me dream on like this
Without uprooting
Those thoughts
That germinated
Under the sunshine of your smile?

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*We grown up together since we were little kids
We've been through thick and thin
Just rememberin all the things we use to do
and all thing we been through
You were my closest cousin that I knew
I remember me and u talkin and playin around
gettin in trouble and try to blame our sistas
I remember all those fun times wit u and I thought
we were gonna be cuzins 4 life
Until one day I notice u were gone I relize
that it wasn't  gonna be the same
I was hopin for u to come back for us to be toghter again
but I sat and wait and I relize one day 5 years jus past
We've talk once in awhile but it was never the same
We both have change in to two different people
I hear and I see u change alot, the things that I hear
bout you makes me feel surprise, Then after awhile
we stop callin each other and I always tried to call
u but I didnt know wat to say and I didnt want to waste ur time
but since u might not wanna hear wat i have to say to you ,
you  might not care bout this letter or this poem
wat ever u wanna call it I jus want u to kno that
I love u nena and always will, even though I cant
be there wit u to tell u how I feel I jus hope writin this
helps u understand you were my only cuzin I had fun wit
you were the person I came to when things went wrong
we always had each other backs and no lie but when we
had to say goodbye, when u left I always prayed to god to
watch over u until this day I still do this is how much I care bout u
this is how much I love you adina I hear so much about wat
u going through and I  wish we were close to each like be4
so u can tell me how u feel so u wouldnt feel like we left out alot
ur not the only person goin through a tough road I am to
and this is why I want us to get out of it toghta but I kno u might
not want to talk bout it or it might be cuz we cant see each
othea but always kno that everthin u do ever choice u make
I always got ur back and I would always try to be there for u
I just want u to kno that even though we miss out alot in our lifes
kno that I still love you and that I miss u and that im always be  here for u
ok nena I jus wanna say adina that I love you gurl and no body in this world
can replace that love I got for you.*

Sinai  Puertorico

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MY ANGEL
Brandy Nicole Stalvey

My Angel Is There In The Morn
As The Dawn Of A New Day Is Born.
He plagues my mind as if
he were the beat of my heart.
Every second of every minuet of the day.
The feeling of his presence has never part.
He is there in the night as I lay in the dark.
My heart throbs as his arms wrap around me.
Holding, Caressing, and protecting me.
Caring for me so passionately!
I moan from a sense of release from the h*ll I have been through.
The love in his heart bring me a sense of atonement a new.
As the hour of the night passes as my resistance weakens.
His love for me only strengthens.
I am as vulnerable as a child in his arms
For even in the night I can't sense any harm.
With him by my side I woke up this morn,and
truly in me a new life was born.

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SHARING OF SENSES
by Pritam Mehta
 
The evening gone by, flashes before my eye
Eternal moments...memories to live by
The candle lit dinner, the walk by the lake
Our loving pledge...for each others sake
 
Your feminine fragrance, permeated my senses
The ride of your touch, your gentle caresses
The look in your eyes...with their depth so true
The taste of your lips, as they yield to woo
Your voice so gentle...yet urgent too...
No mission in passion, this is the love we knew.
 
By dawn you are gone, but your fragrance lingers on
Iím out of my reverie, to search with an urgency...
I begin to doubt...were you really around?
Sheets crumpled in torment...strange thoughts in my head
Hair on my pillow...my clothes on the bed
All these and more, make me wonder in vain
Were you really here...or was I dreaming again...??
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CLOSE TO PERFECT
Amanda Thiel
Maybe you're not perfect,
But you're close enough to it,
You take your bad rep,
And make it fit,
You don't worry about what they say,
You just don't care,
If I thought I could trust you,
Then I would share,
Everything about you and me,
Seems so wrong,
But you and me together,
It lasted so long,
Since we broke up,
You've moved on,
But I still think of the future,
When we could have been Mr.+Mrs.Bond,
That wouldn't have been,
For another 10 years anyway,
But whenever I saw you,
You made my day.

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A Poem for Oh
Esfandiyar Khan
Have you ever wondered
my dear Oh?
Out of millions
chatting in the cyber world,
we met!
A chance meeting...
 
What would you call it?
DestinyÖ
In a world fast losing faith in everything,
Where suspicions and doubts abound...
Can a bit of friendship
bloom between unlikely faces?
Still -
A chance meeting...
 
What could I offer you?
I who have nothing,
but a bit of moonlight, flowers, colors
and my eyes to look through!
 
And have I told you
my dear Oh?
Walking back to my lonely abode,
after talking to you.
Clutching my coat in this sudden
London rain.....
My feet are light
And my heart-
filled with sunshine.

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the scare-crow
from the last word to the first
lines like the dazzling wind against sky
trying to keep up with the changing world
some ones coming
some others going
i will never come and go
but stand still
there will always be a to-morrow
chronicles will tell lies
who is the killer who cries?
the earth i am bound to
the same fate for us
everything becomes nothing
never stop. never ever ends
then stars the confessing humans
ceremonies the sins with spoilt hands
i loved Them
i loved Him
pinned to the stick like a doll
what, where, when, why i share them all.
mehtap karakaya

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letters from big dad
sunday december rain
terrypayne

ah yes hitler did not mess up
those goot little countrys
denmark sweden
all blonde uncircumsised little boys
leetle dutch boys an dirls
find a cheese in der manure pile
break it open and running with
maggots wiggling in their lips
 
frances has drawn me a picture of a large
penise she has seen at my request
commenting i dont know how to draw no dicks
it is in this notebbok
more about frances later
 
i have made a four egg omlette
all ingredients were gnawed off and
spit into skillet to sautee
onion garlic turkey ham greenpepper hot pepper
fun and tasty
omleeto delecioso
note no cheese also for 2 days i have been eating cold
bushs homestyle baked beans from the can
so good
and some ham from holland via sooper dollar
covered with gelatin
so so good
and smuckers natural peanut butter
what could possibly be better
we live like kings

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Mother
Daniel North
You have been my support
A carer and a friend
You have believed in me
And trusted me to the very end.
We have shared our pains
Giving me life through birth
You saved me when my faith was gone
So despondent with the ills of this earth.
Thinking that life had given up on me
In moments of grave errors and shame
You gave me the advice and strength
Without any malice or blame.
You have steered me from danger
Offering me love seen by no other
And I will never forget what you have done
I will never forget the love, I have for my mother.


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my fragile obsession
Corey Banister
my adored, you are so constantly roaming my mind
your shadow stays with me, yet you are so distant
visions of your smile are reflected on my face
the thought of you will bring me sweet ecstasy
you have fed emotion to the liflessness of me
in your presence, i forget the past. i am flawless
and if in the past i have ever loved, i love you now
the breeze that molds around us will ignite the burning inside us
and when you leave, i will kiss the ground you walked on
listen, can you hear overhead? the angels singing our names
in such beautiful harmony, the songs will be known to all
all will be made ware of our unity; two souls in one flesh
hold these flames in the palm of your beloved hands
i give to you the title of me, for you i would do anything
i will cherish you until i die. hold me, tell me the same.
close your eyes to the doubtful in this world
so many hardened hearts, so many faithless beings
to find two hearts like our own is rare
but destiny has encountered upon them. come with me
run away with me to a place called paradise
where the conceded have perished and the young run free
do not be accustomed to the ways of this world
for maybe this world is another worlds hell
dont turn back, we will live forever in harmony
in peace with the perfection of seclusion
i hold you now, my adoration for you overwhelms me
as my lips touch your own, i feel your warm shoulders
and i become you for a moment, a moment that lasts forever
your eyes, your hair, your smile, your voice
crush me with eternal bliss, and i will never leave
tell me you love me. your love is all i have to live for
you are so pure, so right, the epitomy of human perfection
and i want to spend the rest of my life with you
we will grow old together, and when the time has come
i will die next to you in a casket built for two
and lay with a smile on my face, forever



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MORPHEUS
     by Jameel Heath
 
Dark dreaming shepherd upon the hill,
poppies beneath his sleeping form,
demons bubbling up to claim their fill,
beautiful terror taking his soul,
reaper screaming to collect her toll,
black abyss, such a lovely cradle,
sip the evil from a golden ladle,
beside the indigo sea stands a hooded specter,
incomparable guardian of a hidden sector,
beneath the hood sits a white skull with onyx eyes,
eternally waiting for the Sun to rise,
booming and fuming from a cycle full of lies,
not a soul around to hear his cries,
battle-cries, filling the wicked skies,
echoing through grey clouds,
something inside so slowly dies,
take my hand, take my heart,
fleshy essence of Isis,
swear to God we'll never part,
are you ready to awaken and start?

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Where is my Angel?
I was promised you by God.
Why would he keep you away?
Am I not deserving?
Have I failed us both?
You complete me in every way.
Our love was foretold by profits,
confirmed to me by god.
It has to be me, something
that I did wrong.
God, please send me my Angel.
Who placed this stone in our
paths. Why are we blocked from
each other? I know it's me. I
may no longer fully give myself
to you as I had vowed. You must
despise me. I can not blame you.
We may never meet because of me.
Please always know that I will
love my half with no face. God,
please forgive me and bring me
my Angel.

bell

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One i had ur heart IN Ma HANdS.. U haD MA hEarT in Ur LoVE...BUt alL tHOEs MEmORiEs N loVe  Is OvErA... alL B cUZ oF u.. b Cus Of u mA liFe iS gONe u WeRE mA LiFe u MADe mA dAy lIgHT Up Wen i hAD tEaRS u DryEd dEM mAdE MY FacE bRiGht anD LAuGh...U plAYeD Me B2win r RealATiONshiP.... i lOv EU fRom Da DAY i SAW UnoT B cuZ oF HOw u LOoKEd... bCuz Of WHo u
weRE n WHO i wAs By u...EveN ThO R LoVE is GoNE 4 Eva WIll NeVeR reTuRn..BUt da MEMoRiZ r alWayS in mY MinD...oOD tIMeS bad TimEs... wE haD deR all GonE neVER wiSH dAt DeY'Ll rEtUnE...
 
u hurt me all yeahr long.. day by night.. 24/7 tears were runing down my eyz... once i had ma true 1st love.. he wus all mine but wen the day cam that he was gone all my life was screwde up...
but 1 think ill always remeber was dat u played me.

MOniKA

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he loved me... cryed 4 me.. but i didnt giv him a nother chacne it was already to late
b cus he was gone...
REST IN PEACE...
LINDA

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mark, why did you want my heart?
to just throw away
i thought if i gave you it you'd stay
 
mark, why did u lie?
all it did was make me cry
i never wanted to say goodbye
 
mark, did you ever love me?
i felt so strong
i do now, even after so long
 
mark, who are you?
i never found the real you
but i hope you do.

charlotte 

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I want to die while you still  love me
By;Evelyn Rollins
                      
                   I want to die while you still love me
                   while yet you still hold me fair
                   while laughter still lies upon lips
                   I want to die while you still love me
                   and bear to that still bed
                    your kisses turbulent,unspent
                    to warm me when i'm dead
                    I want to die while you still love me
                    oh,who would care to live
                    till love has nothing more to ask
                    and nothing more to give
                    I want to die while you still love me
                    and never,never see the glory
                    of this perfect day grow dim
                    or cease to be.
                                                           

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My Girl
      By:David Wade
Now i can walk through this land because i have someone to hold my hand when i am down and feeling blue she takes my hand and says i love you she always tells me everything will be alright for we will fight together with all our might. she says we will never be apart for where ever we are,we are still together in our heart.All i can say is that she is my girl.The one who puts my heart in a whirl.She is worth more than her weight in gold.For she says together we will grow old.Now you know why i love her so.Because she is beautiful from head to toe.For my girl is the world to me.For she loves me more than anyone can see.Our love is a sweet as wine so together at the table of love we will dine.                                                                          
Hey!That's my girl
 

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MY MOTHER
 JAMIE RAE Langley
 
My mother means the world to me, rubies canít even take her place.
Money canít even amount to her, her love is just that great.
 
When I would fail a test in school, my mother would be my guide.
She taught me how to never give up, and just keep on trying.
 
I will never forget the times when I got picked on in school, my mom would say ďJamie donít pay attention to that mess, wear the vest of Jesus and you will be blessed.
 
At times I felt like giving up when life began to get tough, but my mother taught me how to carry on no matter how hard the storm.
 
Weekends were the best! Just her and I, together with a bond that could last for life. When I did things that was wrong she became disappointed, and I hated myself for it. Because when she hurtsÖ. I hurt, when she criesÖ. I cry. A relationship that could never end, she is my shield, my protection and on her I will always depend.

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    Tonight
Tara Best

  Everytime I look at you,
  my heart begins to melt.
  Everytime I think of you,
  I wish you knew how I felt.
 
  Your beautiful smile,
  brings a tear to my eye.
  The sound of your gentle voice,
  makes me want to cry.
  
  I can imagine your kiss,
  your warm embrace.
  I can imagine your hands,
  caressing my face.
 
  It feels so great,
  so real it seems.
  I wish you were here,
  and not only in my dreams.
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Brown Eyes
By Matthew Timmons

As I look into your eyes, the eternity of your soul shines upon the softness of your being.
 But there's a fire that lies behind your gaze.
 Burning steadfast, is the cry of your desires.
 Luminous hues of shimmering brown, depict the story of your yearning heart and the peace it so eagerly awaits

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A SPECIAL DAUGHTER
           Irma Coudenys
 
A special child and never fussy
With her dolls, she was in Paradise.
Her little hands always so busy,
Love and contentment in her brown eyes!
 
Up and down, her golden hair rushed
Day after day, she played by my side.
Skipping rope, also playing hop-scotch
Always laughing and singing with pride.
 
Like a real flower she bloomed after.
Lending a hand, for her was normal
Cooking or cleaning didnít matter
Always so happy, never formal!
 
Now success and pride she is reaping
Her own family and her own dream
Make her whole as sheís accomplishing
Different things making their eyes gleam!
 
Oh, how I love this special daughter!
She makes me so proud and so happy
To have become her loving mother!
I thank God for my dearest Mary!
 

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(A classical wedding ghazal for Nouha and John)
written by Richard M. Deets
 
The beloved set their bags with pride by the bay
On emerald shores of seas, with pride by the bay.
 
Ellis Island clerks cut the guts within surnames;
Lebanese immigrants processed, cried by the bay.
 
America! Strangers melted into friendships;
Arab traditions wavered, abide by the bay.
 
With joy in hearts, lift voices to our blessed God
And celebrate childrenís dreams of pride by the bay.
 
Jordanís Black Iris, like beautyís fever, is rare,
Wistfully danced among the stars, cried by the bay.
 
Lebanonís eagle glided through currents alone;
He soared with such subtle strength, in stride by the bay.
 
Neither could they explain the song within their souls,
Nor feel the love pull as rivers wide by the bay.
 
Loneliness within loveís search for love unbroken,
The kiss! John lit the moon; Nouha sighed by the bay.
 
Solitudes of emptiness erupted in sparks;
The angels danced a dabbke in stride by the bay.
 
This ravishing pleasure is ours, the children of
The beloved who set bags with pride by the bay.
 
Let Richard mold our memories in poetry;
We salute our parents, our vows tied by the bay.

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