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January 6, 2002

FIRST MONTH ANNIVERSARY
Troy Edison Tiu Yaw
 

There are many great occasions that we celebrate

Several holidays to date
Our relationship's a healthy one
It's our First Month Anniversary hon!!...
 
I'm so happy and so excited
With your love and your company I get delighted
God gave me you and He gave you me
I finally found someone who'll make me happy
 
I hope that you'll be the one
Would always be here and would never be gone
Happy First Month Anniversary Honey!
May we last forever and stay happy
            

~*~

Frostbitten Flame
by Marty Nelson

Within her kiss dances the crystalline shimmer of the frost from warmth less flame.
I am alone lying in bed with her
I freeze with her body next to mine

My very heart warms at her appearance and is chilled in that same breath.
I am lost in her frozen wilderness
I fear I may freeze to death.

Can passion be a frozen flame, a light without the heat?
I am weary, snow-blind in the cold
I hold her tight and freeze to the core

Chilled, frozen on the verge of shattering, this strange flame burns.
I am numb from the light
I search for any warmth

No heat, no warmth, just cold, unrelenting cold.
I donít know how long I can last
I hope winter ends soon

~*~

BUDDAH
Robert Mancin

In a cage
we walk around.
On a stage
our acts abound.

Tripped by chance
our passions flare.
A frightful stance
the world doth stare.

Sweet perfume
an absent glance,
of love consume
alas no chance.

To step outside
and watch the show,
down we slide
then up we go.

~*~

The Wonderment
Christopher E. Pisano

Purple and blue are the eyes of the sunset.
Pillowed skies of vanilla, a backdrop in awe.
The hazy lazy day caressed my mind.
Slumber.
I Dreamt hours away through colors, realms.
Paper people whom I have easily read.
Translucent life that flew atop yellow alps.
Warmth.
Crystalline blue sands, mirrored oceans.
Treetops of marbled hue, mists of zen.
Waterfalls of auburn, lagoons in orange.
Depth.
Therein lies crescent moons from afar.
Flurries of black snowflakes descent.
Covering me heightened in my senses.
Retain.
Awakened with a gold ray of sun I rose.
Remembering the sweet colors, mystified.
Admittance inside subconscious, magical.
Dream.

~*~
 

Lightning silver strike    

     deep in indigo forest
    these two trees on fire

  Rico Cottrell 

~*~

Nobody Knew
Amelia Ibarrientos

Who knew that one man
Could do so much destruction?
To you, to me, to our constitution.
Who knew it'd be gone
In a minute,
The twin towers with
so many in it?
Who knew you would
lose a loved one?
A husband, a wife,
or even your own son.
Who knew we could
be so strong?
And that he could
Hide for so, so long.
Nobody knew that
all this would happen.
we must be strong
and unite with our nation.

~*~

NAME OF LIFE
Muhammad Nasir Sarfaraz

The sun says,
Darkness & brightness is the name of life.
The moon says,
Dive & grow is the name of life.
The tense says,
Tyranny is the name of life.
The dreary jungle says,
Silence is the name of life.
The rose says,
Fragrance is the name of life.
A lover says,
Love is the name of life.
A heart says,
To amuse is the name of life
A teacher says,
Teaching is the name of life
A poet says,
Poetry is the name of life.
A life says,
To die is the name of life.
 ~*~
 

I BELIEVE
D.A.M.

 

I believe that imagination

Is stronger than knowledge,     
That myth is more potent
than history.
 
I believe that dreams
Are more powerful than facts,
That hope always
Triumphs over experience,
That laughter cures grief,
 
I believe that love
Is stronger than death.
`~*~
 

Among The Pines...
 Frank Tagen


     I could stand as tall
     looking up to him
     living my whole life
     a soul without sin,
     as a lark in a meadow
     or a trout in a brook
     a small black widow
     in a squirrels nook,
     but I am not a pine
     or a poem without rhyme
     a deer on the run
     or a ray from the sun,
     just a lonely man
     thinking of my sins
     wandering when I die
     If he'll let me in.

~*~

If I am a tear drop on the face of the earth
and its an ocean that I'm falling into
then why do I cry alone?
I should imagine, I'll still feel like this
when I am older, still wanting to run
still not understanding anything
I have my depression, and its mine alone
this island, is my home
sometimes, I wish I could
meet those who feel so sick inside
if there were others to find
in this space and time
love is my true guide but one question still hurts me so
One question

Martin Chantler

 

~*~

Angel
By Jonathan Rennie

 

Seven angels standing side by side
Destroyed beauty on this earth by comparison to theirs
Each angel brought a basin to a table
And one by one they poured them out
With each painful drop the table grew weaker
Soon the table began to change its shape
Bleeding as it reformed itself
As the blood flowed it surrounded the angels on all sides
Fire spewed from the foremost angel's mouth
As the blood thickened, melted and was consumed
The angels' feathers sharpened into talons
And from their heavenly beauty came demonic horror
These demons plagued the earth with their fiery breath
And so it was that the world was overcome
Engulfed in flames
Blackened and charred
I liken the angels to my moods
Coming by surprise
Destroying innocence with the blood of the guilty.

~*~

but it smells like candy!
by kristjanne vosper

until i bought my first tube of chapstick
i was sure the world was sane.
oil spills and nike were obstacles, yes,
but nothing we couldn't overcome:
the world, and my place in it,
were secure -- were safe.
 
and then i discovered lip smackers.
 
just think,
there is a generation of girls who cannot
moisten their own lips.
 
once we were nourished by nature but
the umbilical cord has been cut
and we are floating untethered
down the cosmetics aisle.

~*~

Sand and Earth
Michelle Miller

The stars are like diamonds,
The moon is my guide.
Over the plane I walk on the journey,
Through sand and earth as old as time.
Over the deepening dunes,
Into the blind darkness,
Under the eyes of the celestials,
Through sand and earth as old as time.
I am changing, I feel it in my mind,
I am seeing, watching the sunrise.
Over the plane I walk on the journey,
Through sand and earth as old as time

~*~

Fresh coffee?
Bent over whatever the deadlined piece is
laptop, desk, a paper in his slightly shaking hands
I am invisible
and not the fun kind of invisible
like my brother and I used to be when we wanted to steal Popsicles
I have been standing here
in the doorway of his office
for 14 years.
He hasn't even turned around
Oh, if only he would just
look up
and see his daughter.

  Hannah

~*~

 Nights Come Forth
  Jennifer Haas

 

Nights come forth for me once more,
A cold draft seems to blow my door,
Darkness fills this place I rest,
Fear has seemed to get the best,

The wind is howling out my name,
All other fears now seem so tame,
Darkness consumes me in this place,
Emptiness is all that fills this space,

A dark figure now comes into sight,
What type of person would be out tonight?
This figure says no words at all,
It just stares back like a children's doll,

This figure comes forth toward my bed,
It does not walk, but floats instead,
This figure says now shining bright,
"Fear no more! Come toward thy light!"

~*~

Everyday I look at you
I believe our love is true
I've seen what we have gone through
And now know what to do
I see when days have passed us by
And sometimes I break down and cry
(Name) without you in my life
It's a feeling of a heart stabbed with a knife
In order for it to mend up well
You must tell how you feel
So the broken heart can heal
All I've said has been true
And hope it stays within you
Please forgive me for all I've done
And be back together as one
I love you and always will
And don't forget what to fill
Fill your heart with love and care
And remember I'll always be there.
 
Everyday I look at you
I believe our love is true
I've seen what we have gone through
And now know what to do
I see when days have passed us by
And sometimes I break down and cry
(Name) without you in my life
It's a feeling of a heart stabbed with a knife
In order for it to mend up well
You must tell how you feel
So the broken heart can heal
All I've said has been true
And hope it stays within you
Please forgive me for all I've done
And be back together as one
I love you and always will
And don't forget what to fill
Fill your heart with love and care
And remember I'll always be there.

~Tysie Yoder~

~*~

Just To Be With You
Shannon Christina Berry

I would cross any ocean,
I would climb every mountain,
I would bring down every star,
Just to be with you.

I would fly with the birds,
I would die a thousand deaths,
I would live a life without meaning,
Just to be with you.

I would drown to the bottom of the sea,
I would dance across a blazing fire,
I would give my life,
Just to be with you.

~*~

THE LOVE YOU HAVE INSIDE
  Kristin Liberto

With passion in our eyes
The night takes flight
Like the stars and the sky
Our bodies unite

As you lie here with me
I can feel your fear
Your body is shaking
With every inch you near

The pounding of your heart
The sweat on your brow
The way you look at me
I long for you now

I feel your hands as you travel along
Your beautiful body, so frail, yet so strong
Let your heart lead the way
Release your mind
I know you can feel it
The love you have yet to find

Those three little words
Like your soft lips
Are enticing to say
As you are to kiss

Don't hold back
Let go of what's inside
I know that look
I know your mind

I see your fright
I feel your pain
Like a flower to grow, i need it to rain

~*~

Uninspired By Man   
Daniel Perfect

Why does it take so much bravery to lead a simple life?
Why is it unthinkable to reach your heart's desire?
Why must you live in mediocrity when you promise so much more?
Is there a life other than YOUR life?
Most people never know.
To break the mould is to be ridiculed,
to excel is to be scorned.
Everyone in this world must be normal,
But,
What is NORMAL? I believe nobody knows.
There is so much that's never seen inside a person's mind.
So much potential, so much life, so much "What Might Have Been".
The human race confuses me,
by aspiring to mediocrity.

~*~

The Real Her
amanda
 

She's your best friend

but I don't like her
She makes you happy and smile
but her smiles aren't real
She always seems happy and carefree
but everything in her life goes wrong
They say seeing is believing
but that isn't always true
Because nothing about her is real
She lives in a lie
It's sad that she can't truly be happy
with no reason at all
But she is unhappy if you can't see
I know all these things because your best friend is me

~*~
 

Love town

Bob
One day while I was feeling a little depressed and unappreciated.
I decided what I needed was a little love
So I took off my clothes and jumped on in.
It was great. The sun was shining.
I was floating on my back splashing about.
I felt much better.
So I closed my eyes
And let the love soak in.
Unfortunately when I opened my eyes I could see myself.
Or should I say a reflection of myself in the mirrored sunglasses
Of officer Bob the county sheriff.
And behind him was the Mayor who was going ape poo.
So I sez hello officer-- nice day!
And officer Bob replies,
What in the name of all of Gods creatureís great and small
Do you think your doiní!
Well officer Bob, I was feeliní a little down so I decided to get a little love.
And it feels great ≠you all should join me, come on jump in!
Then the Mayor sez get him out of there before he contaminates
Love towns love supply.You no there is only so much love to go around!
So I sez come on in thereís plenty of love for everyone!
Then the Mayer sez you will be punished to the full extent of the law!
Take him away officer Bob!
And I sez wait, can I at least put my clothes on first?
NO! sez officer Bob and the Mayor.
So they drug me through  Love town naked all covered in love.
Whereupon I was taken to the drive- in theater and forced to write,
I will not swim in love towns love supply anymore
One million times on the big screen.
          The end

~*~

Decisions
by Victoria Beaver

Three encounters in my life,
One which I was made into a wife.
A pisces that's me,
Loved all three
Hard to believe.
But in the end I had to choose
Number one, two, or three.
 
A scorpion who lived life on the edge
Couldn't have me because I would have
probably wound up dead.
 
An aquarian who was simple but ready
For anything
Lost me because at the time,
Was not the right thing.
 
A virgo who needed to find what he
Was looking for, made me his wife
And to say nothing more I chose number
Four....!

~*~
 

  Love
  John Harkenrider

 

I love you.

Words can't express
My feelings for you.
It can't be said with candy
It can't be said with flowers
It is the way I stay up
and think of you in the wee
morning hours.
The way your smile, like the sun
lightens my world.
And when you cry, it feels
like I died inside.
It is in your eyes that
sparkle like the stars.
You are my sun,
my moon, my world.
Without you by my side
all I can do is cry.
Emily my princess,
I your toad
Take me kiss me, and
make me your prince
So once again I can tell you,
I Love You.

~*~

Snow
Nikolaus Voelz 
 

snow falls light, then builds

and compacts
individuals, many individual flakes
delicate crystals alone
unique structures become lost
miscellaneous individuals,
indistinguishable copies
fall, fall, fall, fall, fall
fall, fall, fall, fall, fall
i, i, i, i, i,
me, me, me, me, me,
you, you, you, you, you,
we fall, i fall, you fall
you land, i land, we land
let me fall no more.
catch me on your tongue
say 'ah', "ahhhh!"

~*~

The stars love the heavens that are above and shine their light with the greatest of love.
They are one, in this celestial world touched by God's perfect love.
 
Oh how I want to express my love but know that you can't except my love.
With every breath that I breathe, I love, I want, I hurt, I need.
If I knew it would do any good I would plead.
 
I don't know why I fell in love with you but this I know, "my love is true".
Just like the friends of Job, they said this and they said that but they themselves don't know, where true love is at.
 
Your are the brightest star of my life and I wish that I could make you my wife, but you love someone else and to him will be true, but I will never, never quit loving you.
 
I'll go on with this love burning in my heart, hoping, wishing, praying that someday we will not be apart and you will love me with all your heart with a perfect love.

Perry Plunkett
~*~
 

May We Be Forgiven
Jason Scott Cohen


Meager and of the flesh        A false representation of angels
           weary and weak            faulty, foolish
                lost and needy            careless and light
                        unworthy                   easily tempted
lustful and vengeful, spiteful, hateful and ignorant

     We do less than is asked of us in exchange for idle pleasure
We go numb to leave pain behind us
                    we ask to be taken from this futility
             we are helpless to each other
We do not glorify our fellows
                  we do not love this creation
          lazy, ashamed           tired and afraid
                   lonely and lost

          we find fault in fault
  We bless less than we should
                we know not when or how to cry
           We don't know how great love
 

~*~

What's that light
That shines so bright
That seeks through my window every night
I look up high
And wonder why
The stars in the sky
Can fly so high
 

Nikki Krys

 

~*~

Your Gift of Time
Micki Berthelot


You said you wanted to spend time with me, so I went to you.
You said you wanted to give me a gift, so I accepted it.
 
You couldn't understand that our time had already been spent or that the gift was too expensive to keep.
 
I disappointed you because I wasn't what you wanted me to be. I was and am only myself.
I disappointed you because you I couldn't tell you that your gift was what I truly needed.
 
I don't want to hurt you, so I won't expect you to understand that I don't need gifts.  Our time is better spent on ourselves.
 
You will be hurt anyway the next time you say I need to spend time with you, because I still won't be what you want me to be.  I can only be myself, a loser.
You will be hurt anyway the next time you need to give me what is best for me because you will sense that the gift is more than I can afford.

~*~

pride
kattom

bragging will be the death of me for
i think that without it others will see
my many faults.  but it seems itís the other way around:
my pride screams without making a sound, when
it is itís transparent disguise that allow my failings to abound.

~*~

Why?
  Eric Domkowski 

 

I've run the gamut of my emotions
all for you
and how do you choose to reward me?
With awkward silence and loathing glares?
Where's the gratitude I deserve?
I lived my life for you.
Where's my statue, my monument?
I want to hear you scream my name to strangers
I lived my life for you.
Tears that now stain my cold pillow
all fell in your name
and this is how you repay me
for the time we shared?
Where's my medal of service?
I wear it on my soul
forget
there I go
the unrewarded soul.

~*~

THE SNITCH
cella

The snitch who had an itch
Thinking it would make him rich
 
He had a tale to tell
He blabbed and told it well
 
It was his victory to claim
He took aim and placed the blame
 
An innocent party to foil
He sat back to count the spoil
 
But many victims watched
Wanting him to botch
 
The plans made in deceit
To observe the snitch's defeat
 
Then his plan he did hatch
But soon would meet his match
 
They had a gun for hire
He took aim and he did fire
 
Now the snitch's butt was to boil
As he was swimming in hot oil
 
No one felt particularly bad
Because the snitch had just been had
 
Now he was caught in his own trap
For the scheme fell in his lap
 
He did not see it ensuing
Although it was his undoing
 
When at last he took the fall
He did not think it funny at all
 

~*~

Why?
  Nallely Malfa bon 

 

Every night before I go to sleep,
I close my eyes and I ask myself why?
Why is my life the way it is?
Why must I suffer the way I do?
I wish I could find an answer to all of this,
So I could get rid of all this misery!
 
I cry looking for an answer,
and yet I'm still confused.
Why can't everything be tight the way it used to be,
instead of being loose.
 
Sometimes I want to end my problems,
with just a blink of an eye.
Sometimes I wanna get rid of myself,
and commit suicide.

Maybe when I'm gone it will all be fine,
but to all of those people who loved me
and those who hurt me,
I'll leave behind, just wondering why?
~*~
 

"I can't believe you're gone"
 yussuf, ymzone

 

it's hard to imagine,

that you're no longer in my life,
cause you're the first I ever loved,
and the girl I thought would be my wife.

I know we were young,
and I know at times naive,
but I loved you with all my heart,
and a part of me died when you had to leave.

I still can't believe you're gone,
after all the things we shared,
and after wall we sacrificed,
to make it through the years...

It's hard to imagine, that you're no longer in my life,
and as I try to go on and I try to stay strong,
I just can't help but think,
that a life without you would be wrong,
I can't believe you're gone.

~*~

THE DAYS I LOOKED FORWARD TOO...
brownsweetnezz

I USE TO WAKE UP LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU...
I USE TO GO TO SLEEP KNOWN I WON'T HAVE A NIGHTMARE BECAUSE YOU WOULD COME INTO MY DREAMS...
NOW A DAYS I WAKE UP AND WAIT TILL A TEAR ROLLS DOWN MY FACE...
BECAUSE I KNOW I WON'T BE SEEING YOU...
I SLEEP KNOWN THAT I WILL HAVE A NIGHTMARE OF THE DAY WE BROKE UP...
YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO ME...ALL I NEED RIGHT NOW IS YOU IN MY LIFE...BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU I AM NOTHING IN THIS WORLD...

~*~

ONE - NIGHT STAND?
Oscar A. Roa

A fling, no ring to bind you in
Just a one-night fling
But what if to me
It meant more than a moment
Of pure pleasure and ecstasy?

Our fervor more ardent than the flickering flame
Which in the moment we experienced no shame
Our passion was innate, not mere fate
We succumbed to each other's being
While mutually agreeing
This would be no binding feeling

That night you appropriated my desire
To prolong this burning fire
You left me bereaved, abandoned me with the need
To breathe you in once more
And for me to adore
Every inch of your body,
Encore

~*~

I hate the way you came into my life
And I hate the way you left
 
I hate the way you said you'd be there
And the way you said you don't really care
 
I hate the way you make me cry
And the way you make me laugh
 
I hate the way you never call
And the way you made me fall
 
I hate the way you made me a promise
And didn't see it through
 
But most of all, I hate the way I still love you
And knowing you don't feel it to

  Jessica

~*~

Brimming with turmoil and suffering, life has become a disappointment to me
Having only one sole desire, a peaceful life
But having learned that true harmony is only received by one means
Not through money or achievements, or not even through love
Only in death does true peace show its form,
And my soul longs for that death
.....but fear stays my hand from clenching that fate

  Carrick Boyle-holmes

~*~

 

 "EVERYTHING"      
ABEL ALMAREZ
 

WHAT IS THIS PLACE I DON'T REMEMBER?
WHO IS THIS FACE?
PROMISING FOREVER.
THEN WALKS AWAY WHEN EVERYTHING COMES TOGETHER.
DRENCHED IN BLOOD.
SOAKED IN GUILT.
TURN AND WALK AWAY FROM EVERYTHING I BUILT.
MOTHERED BY HEAVEN.
FATHERED BY HELL.
I HAD EVERYTHING BUT WAS TOO STUPID TO TELL.
IT SO HARD BREAKING THE ICE.
EVERYTHING WENT WRONG.
I MADE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE.
I KNOW WHAT I SAW.
IT ALL SEEMED GREY.
EVERYONE IS GONE.
EVERYTHING SLIPPED AWAY.
~*~
 

Wonder
Jaime Griffin

 

Sometimes I wonder how I would be if I wasn't the real me

Would I be:
skinny,
fat,
short,
or tall?
Would I have:
green eyes,
blue eyes,
big eyes,
small?
Would I be:
smart,
caring,
dumb,
or crude?
I guess I'll go through life without knowing,
How I would be if I wasn't the real me.
 

~*~

I AM WHO I AM
 
It's not that I'm bragging but I'm declaring that I'm the One
I'm so great and nice and I'm no son of a gun
People around me would say 'What?!?'
Insults hurled at me I'll swat
Forget all the mistakes that I've done in the past
Just remember the name of the person who's gonna laugh last!
Troy Edison Tiu Yaw            

 

 

 

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