OPEN MIC ENCORE - Part One
October, 2002

 
TIME SPENT ON A FALL DAY
  DON C
    THE SPLENDOR AND MAGNIFICENT OF A WONDERFUL FALL DAY.  WARM YET A TOUCH OF COOLNESS COULD BE FOUND IN THE AIR. THE TWO FRIENDS SAT WITH THEIR BACKS TO THE PECAN TREE, EATING AND TALKING LIFE.  FOR THAT BRIEF MOMENT, TIME IT SEEMED WAS STANDING STILL. LAUGHTER MIXED WITH SOME SADNESS WAS WHAT THEIR CONVERSATION CONSISTED OF. MUNCHING PECANS, ENJOYING THE WARMTH OF THE SUN AND THE COOL BREEZE THAT CARESSED THEIR FACE, WHAT ELSE COULD THEY BE IN NEED OF. TIME HAS PASSED, AND YEARS HAVE SLIPPED BY. THEY NO LONGER STAY IN TOUCH, LIFE'S CHOICES HAS CAUSED THEM TO GO IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS. WHEN A WARM WONDERFUL FALL DAY HAPPENS, I OFTEN THINK OD THAT SPECIAL DAY WITH MY FRIEND.

~#~
Being 62
George Daily
                    Like life
                    This Autumn stream
                    Flowing over rocks
                    Carries beauty
                    As it passes.

~#~

ENOUGH
Bryan Armstrong    

Do you ever feel that you're not enough
And are you kicking down the rough
Are you Flying under what you should be
Now you're starting to worry me
 
A star is born in a far off place
A wonder lost in you're space
For lost ambitions to be who you are
Because they all look very far
 
Is the curtain falling or is it already down
Are you still lost or were you finally found
I guess in the end it's really all up to you
And what you choose will be what you do
 
Now will you grow up or give up the fight
Is it goodbye or goodnight
Is the sun going to set or will it rise
When you collect the final prize

~#~

LIBERATED
AUSTYN NJOKU
And as gloomy darkness recedes
Like a rearwards staggering giant
Acute vision returns like
A long lost only surviving child;
Light floods my very dead heart
Revives and frees my stale soul;
I see the clouds so evenly part
Many white-winged fairy beings
Slowly descend and encircle me;
I feel light and pure like a dove
As innocence pervades my being
Sailing through silky convolutions
Spread like white endless lily gardens,
The air is painted with wet perfumes
And choruses from hidden cherubs
Lure and urge me gently on and on
With white soft wings flapping by
On my left and on my right side
Forming pathway to infinite whiteness;
I feel joy overflow the entire cosmos
I feel filled with warm sated peace
I forget to remember to look backward
Earth becomes a black blob so far away!

~#~
PLATINUM MOON
Nancy Neel
 
Twilight earth, dusky face,
Darkness spills across its face.
Platinum moon, lustrous light,
A perfect orb hangs in the night.
Majestic moon, colossal mass,
Reflecting bright as polished glass.
Grateful eyes, humble thought,
Standing small in this moonlit spot.

~#~


Alone
left out and confused
I'm missing you.
 
Lonely
Trying to be there
but no one seems to care
Where are you?
 
I need your hugs
your laughter
our talks.
 
Tell me I'm wrong
Everything will be alright
in the end.

Sarah

~#~

~Enchanting Angel~
katt diaz

Like a puppeteer you have control
Of my heart which you have stole.
You bind me in your chains of enchantment.
With these my reach has gone to it's extent.
Your love and happiness is wanted,
By a soul who wishes to be undaunted.
The way you speak in your vernacular tongue,
Sounds so hypnotic by the way how it's sung.
Sing to me my fallen angel,
About the place which you had fell
From careless hands that had dropped you.
Sing to me saying, "I love you..."
~#~
Sleep
Kris Rowe
Have you swam your green oceans,
  have you prepared for your sleep,
did you stop to smell flowers,
  have you time left to weep?
Will others remember,
  did you touch someone's heart?
Did you revel in wickedness,
  were you doomed from the start?
          Your night is upon you,
          pray to be blessed,
          ask for forgiveness
          as you lay down to rest.
          The soldier is night,
          and your guide is silence...
          Dream now;  you are weak,
          follow lacking violence.
          Do you drool in your sleep,
          does it drip, just like wine?
          Do you wish you could stop it,
          do you wish it was mine?
      

~#~

YOUR NOBODY GIRL
wendy savage
What lives on in you
where no spark remains
passion and drive have long since vacated
your barren uncultivated plains
you're a cold empty house
with no fire in your grate
no plans shape your future
just a dead leaf in the wind of fate
Inherently cold you're emotionally dead
callous to the bitter end
your heart left when your brain wasn't looking
never to be seen again
my endless stream of childhood tears
left unwiped by your hand
wanting to bathe in the river of your love
but abandoned on hot arid dessert sand
so easily you ousted me from your life
with no vestige of guilt or sorrow
no more than an extra on your stage
not even a memory in your tomorrow
~#~
Love is against me
 
I am Jo Black and only that, I will tell you no lies,
U need know nothing more than I so love your hazel eyes,
 
I am here to watch over U, just like another blues sky,
If I was any closer, and you watched me too, I would take you to another high,
I am the arms that embrace you, and a shoulder for you to cry,
I am a shoulder so lean on me, and tell me what your heart desires,
for I am you're angel of love and war,
Jo Black, a servant and squire.
 
I hide beneath your shadow at night
holding U asleep,
for I am you're angel of love and war,
Jo Black, a servant and squire.
 
Love is but life as a challenge you seek,
it holds you high and embraces you when you're weak,
Should I ponder this retched earth,
and find that you release me from this curse,
beyond the flowers and over the trees,
at night I fear you hold the keys,
I pray to the one that knows and who sees,
that you live a wonderful life next to me.
~#~

A drop in the ghetto
There used to be flowers,
Where now there is mud.
They grew near the river,
That's now flowing with blood.
There used to be pride,
And they've taken that too.
The men with crooked crosses,
When they branded you.
There used to be weekends,
when the children played.
Now they line them up,
In a twisted parade.
There used to be a name,
People called you by.
Now your a number,
Waiting to die.
There used to be hope,
But that's still there.
It's all that's left,
In the stench of despair.

Berni Weisskamp

~#~

Born to fly free, like the wind.
Dancing with the ripples and the tide, a violent storm erupts from deep within the sea.
Yet the angel doth not stir, instead she cries.
Crystals cascading from her deep green eyes, to drown the whole world.
Lightning crashes, while yesterday dies.
It's intentions fall are no more.
Angel weaves her words, she lays her dark veil on the world, to shield us from her soul.
She lies her dreams upon the edge of a knife while she dances in heartfelt flames.
Radiating confusion as she watches her pretty dreams fall, crying once more as they lie broken and twisted on this dirty red floor.
Why don't you fly away pretty angel?
As the worlds engulfed in her tears, she cleanses herself in pale blue calm.
She leaves the worlds pain behind, as she starts out on this dusty road.
See she's learning to fly, but she has no wings, and coming down, it's the hardest thing.
As I watch her leave, I write down the story of of a little girl, who chose to be an angel.

Jessy Burns 

~#~

"Gulls"
E. William Martin
I hear them
And I know
They can hear me.
 
My thoughts
Halting from the hotel
Of where we used to come
 
Sitting under sun
Glowing
Wearing dark and naked sky
 
Spinning like a top
To some bronzed man.

~#~

 

MEMORY
John Fleischman
 
I'd do anything for you to be "the one".
Well, almost anything.
And I don't mean "the one" as in forever after.
You know what I mean.
I want you to show me what it's like, to set me free, and to make me feel wanted.
I need you to be patient and playful.
But most importantly, I need you to care.
Comfort me with your hands.
Seduce me with your breath.
Heal me with your lips.
Everything I need you can give to me.
I'll surrender to you, let you do it your way.
Even if it's not what had been in my dreams.
For one night only, all I am belongs to you.
Leave me with something I'll remember.
Anything at all.
A kiss.
A smile.
Corruption.
Fingernail marks on my back.
It's all up to you.
One night.
Just one night.

~#~

STORY
Maggie Parks
 
From an unknown source
On a cold empty day
Falling into my life
Like a shadow that crosses a wall
We begin
Carving a space
Of words that spill
Sentences that collide
Plaintive sighs
Emptied with restless hope
Your voice reaching me
With a sound
In the night
We where just a story
Of a loved worn book
And this is where
We end.

~#~

                                 Escape
   My only escape is my own little world.  I used to go there all of the time.  But she took away my world and replaced it with something better.  Now, she is my escape.  Her laugh is the best.  Her smile's the greatest.  I escape into my mind where she's always there.  I dream of her when I'm upset.  When I'm hurt.  When I need to escape.  She is perfect. I've said that before.  She's the perfect escape.  I can be annoyed with family and friends.  But, I could never be annoyed with her.  As I write this, she is sitting right behind me.  I escape from my worries and she doesn't know she helps me.  someday she will.  I wonder what her reaction would be.  Then I get scared 'cause she might get angry.  I hope not.  Cause I know she'll find out.  She's my Escape.

Mark Bass

~#~

once upon a time
Jennifer Birdsong

the princess
the only person to understand me
the only one to love me
forgot who she was
and to my surprise
forgot me
fallen like the princess she once was
I fell to the ground
broken
never to rise again
unloved and neglected
like a ugly hag
sadness swept over me
with a sharp dagger
plunged into my chest
I lay fallen on the floor
in a pool of blood
no one loving
no one caring
forgotten for all eternity
~#~
 

Walking on the beach-

sun sets, leaving tired eyes
to embrace the moon
shahed

~#~

Alone,

Every night...... in a dark room
longing for someone to remove this gloom..
Apart, away in another dark room.....
not close, but far we are...
There is someone feeling me.... loving me..... holding me....
Although..... we've never been together before

Saba

~#~
WHISPERING WINDS OF LOVE
By Sandra L. Wagaman
 
Lo, and I heard the whispering wind
Sound out your name
Like the lonesome wail of a far-off train whistle
As I rested beneath creations clouds of consciousness,
And its feathery fingers
Tickled my inner-being while the
Drum of my heart beat out the rhythmic pattern
Of the love I felt for you.
Whispering ever so softly, the wind enveloped my soul
And held it captive for too brief a moment
Like it suspends a flying kite
Then plunges it to the ground as if it
Couldn't be bothered with so small an object.
 

~#~ 

UNSEEN
SANDY BAILEY


        THERE IS NO PEACE IN MY HEART
                 I HAVE YET TO SEE LIGHT IN MY EYE
             I KEEP SEARCHING FOR THE PROFOUND
            YET I AM WHOLLY EARTH BOUND
        THERE ISN'T A PLACE IN THIS UNIVERSE
         TO BE FREE, A SOUL SUCH AS ME
          THE LIGHT I SEEK MUST COME UNIQUE
            I SEEK THE YET UNSEEN

~#~

 
Sitting here by the window, watching the rain falling onto the ground
I think of you again, Why am I always thinking of you?
This must end, tonight is the end, Itís over..
I fell for you, I fell in love with you, And how do you repay me? You use me, You abuse me, You treat me like crap. What am I to do now? Keep my love growing? Keep surrendering to your touch? Each time you call it tears through me, When I hear your voice I wanna die...
DestructionÖ is what you remind me of, HateÖ is what I feel now..
We could have been so happy, But you couldnít stay, You had to find another
I donít need this anymore, I donít need you, I thought I couldnít live without you, But I can fight, Fight all that my emotions throw at me
For I can find someone better than you, Someone whoíll respect me
Whoíll love me.. The rain reminds me of tears, All the tears Iíve cried for you, All the times you hurt me, But this is the last time, The last time Iíll cry your tears, For this is the end, This is goodbye..
Goodbye to what we had, Goodbye to all I gave you and wanted to give
Goodbye to all the pain, Goodbye to all my love, Never again will I need you, Never again will I love you.. I hope youíre happy with your life, I hope youíre glad with how it ended, Did you think you could drag me along forever? I guess you were wrong, Now itís your turn to cry..
 
Samantha
~#~

Vision
imobannon
 
i can see us veronica-
in that house
with that ocean
and those mountains for a view
 
i can see us dancing
to some slow song,
like
sweet jane
or,
i don't know.
 
and there's a boy
he's 10 years old and strong
he plays football
and chess
says he wants to be like me
 
and two beautiful
little girls
olive skin
fair eyes
with your smile
your mind
 
i see us together
even in separation
you in the garden
me in the garage
both of us
tinkering
content
 
the way things might have been

if i had asked
while you were still listening.
~#~
Why
Kristine
I am here! Oh, please come back!
I cry myself to sleep, wishing you are by my side.
Wanting to hold you in my arms not wanting to let go
Oh why did you go?
I am here with tears in my eyes,
Just wanting you home.
Why did you go?
Oh why?
~#~

"HOW??????????" 
AHYEINNE LOPEZ LAVIGNE

                                                                     
LETTING YOU GO IS NOT EASY                                                                        
FOR I'D LOVED YOU AND YOU HAVE MADE ME CRAZY.                                
IT IS VERY  HARD FOR ME TO LET GO OF YOU                                          
BECAUSE ALL MY LIFE ALL I WANT IS YOU.                                        
HOW I WISH THAT SOMEDAY I'LL BE YOUR BRIDE                                
BUT IN TRUTH I KNOW IT'S ONLY A WISH AND ONLY A LIE.                                
OH! HOW CAN I PASS THIS THROUGH..?                                   
BECAUSE LETTING YOU IS JUST ONLY BEING HARD TO DO...........

~#~

 In Love with you
Ingrid Kirby
in the midst of a october sky, I think of you.
Wanting to hold you
feel you warm skin against mine
Embrace in your arms
gaze into your endless eyes
kiss your tender sweet lips....
As i take a slow breath I fall deep in love with you.

~#~

Am I Running Away?
Lora Joy Cabanilla
With every rising sun,
I believe that there's hope
That everything will be alright,
And suddenly, I wake up
And the new day has just been gone
I must leave every dream and fantasy
'Coz they will never be reality
The hope that I hold in the
depths of my heart,
Turns into frustrations, as I,
go to every walk of life
And then I realize that,
the only way to depart is to simply say,
my long and last goodbye.

~#~

The little girl a bit too insane
Icing over her secret pain
She knows she doesn't belong
She always tries to be tough and strong
She takes her knife and goes upstairs
When she cuts herself her anger flares
She curses God for her despair
No one seems to notice
No one seems to care
Alone in her room it's her own pain she bares
Isn't it isane?
This little girl was happy once
This lonely girl is now gone
Isn't it insane?
I wish that I could help her
But she screams to let her be
Oh my God--how could this happen?
How could this girl have become me?

Jenn Creasy

~#~

My heart is like a glass,
fragile and first class.
There is no heart that is low or high,
There is only first, As well as mine.
My heart can shatter,
but that does not matter,
because what is done, can't be undone.

Noel Rojo

~#~

True Friends
Charity Johnson
At my funeral
You were my only true friend
You were crying
You were dying
Inside
Wishing that i was still alive
But this was meant to be
It was my destiny
To be an angel
Sitting on your shoulder like a tangle
In your hair
And I will always be there
You know life isn't always fair
I wish everyone would care
As much as you do
I love you
You are my only true friend

~#~

Musical Awakening
Sandra Tockey
I listen to music
for it stirs my emotions.
The notes all run together,
and forms an awakening
that comes out of my fingers
in the form of words.
It arouses my feelings,
enrages my soul,
for it is inside me
that the words are formed.

~#~
Tortured Soul
Pheonix
He sticks needles in his arm, one for each lover who has done him harm,
He can feel no pain when he is already being tortured.
A drop of blood for each lovers' sake, in addition to his heart ache,
How much more could he take, his sanity being blurred
Every razor, every knife, every girl he couldn't make his wife, oh his conscience stirred,
His heart filling with an immortal despair, The gleam of a knife raised into the air, bluntly his fate occured.

~#~

"DEATH"
Jon 
Vengeful strains rain pain to the people
KKK clan meetings to hang the feeble
hatred burns in unjust cause
the devils voice whispers to us all
cause some will die by evils hand
cause evil controls the will of man
and man will do wrong as long as he listens
to deaths lost way deaths only mission
to take the life of those who live
but never repay the ones that give
give themselves to others trust
but thin death strikes down the just
the people must rise and realize there place
go to the depths of hell and close its gates
face your fears the time is near
when death will be struck down by his own spear
death thinks he's winning but its not what it appears
for this is the end of deaths long years

~#~

I like Whiskey on the rocks.
I like rum with my coke.
I like jack with my lemonade.
I like vodka with my oj.

I like marlboros for breakfast.
A can of copenheagen for dinner.
but there's one thing, that I really wanna.
and that's to smoke some Marijuana
 
Erick E. Severns

~#~

we have been through our good days
we have been through our bad days
We have had our laughs
We have had our cries
We have had our good times
we have had our bad times
In the end we will all have each other

Brittani 

~#~

The meaning of life to me.
      BILL BRADY                                                                                  30-10-2002
                                                                                 
LIFE is the most wonderful thing given to us, and as an individual I decide its path.
As it appears to be mysterious everything is plain to see.
With friends they are all around you, patient by your side.
TRUST is something we give naturally but we must learn not to be so judgmental
as we were all once the same.
With LOVE if you are willing, give as much as you can because it will return to you much greater as if it were a gift.
So to me LIFE although can be confusing, its destiny is to be decided by ME.

~#~

Though the miles be many, and the road be long
My light ne'er dims, my hope doth wax strong
That I should find thee, Love, when I awaken
Some sweet nigh morn again.  I hearken:
The beating of our hearts I number
As time twixt Lightning Flash and Thunder.
Glory be!  The sum it dwindles fast!
Naught heralds thy return to me at last.

Eric Lovett (...Missing my wife)

~#~

Friendship is leaving
When you leave, will you care?
Will you send me letters?
Will you keep in touch,
And hold with me your trust?
Friendship too strong to lose,
Tears too hard to stop.
Will you be there for me?
Like I was there for you?
To cheer you up when your crying,
to hug you when your blue?
Please stay a little longer,
And tell me you'll miss me too.
          
                             By Sarah Jane Edwards
~#~
 
My Love for you
Andrea Lopez

 

My love for you is o so true
Every night and day I think of you
My love for you will never end
Ill always love you even if we are just friends
My love for you seems so unreal
And just by saying I love you explains exactly how I feel
Crazy  but i think god blessed me with an angel from above
And just to show you i really care i writing you this just to show my love
please never leave me cuz i really do love you
Especially every little thing you do
to my love ruben i love you babe
Alwayz'n'froever your Girl drea

~#~

God, y u let the devil produce kokain, it's seduced my friends brain's
I hope u can C, I kan not let this be
It's time 4 me 2 step up
I ask all 2 understand im bekum'in uh man
So it's time 4 me 2 rise & clear these Lies
Kokain, uh product of the devil
It seeps in my friends brain's, make's em' feel level
God, Alleviate Lucifer's hate & inaugurate my pear's clean slate
This Kokain' explains Y this pain remains
God, my Unique Soul's conflicted for my Dawg'z R addicted
Lord, 4 the life of me, I kan not C, Y u don't notice
The devil's got they life in that strife & there's no bliss
Well this man wont take-it
Show me that thing, Ill brake-it
Here me lord, no more, I DON'T GIVE UH FUK
Im fed up, please lord C that my friends R stuk
Jesus Christ pick em' up
Fuk the lies & Madness
These R desperate cries from Sadness
SOON, 1 by 1 my friends turn to the gun, BOOM
Now u kan find this Souljer on the boulder stare'in 2 the moon
God I kan't understand why kain's on this land
I ask all 2 perceive my art
Kokain's uh produkt of the devils deceitful heart
At the start I didn't know yayo would rip life's apart
I would have stopped them then, b4 it dropped 4 men
Kokain, put out from Lucifer's lust
Listen, as I Bust these absurd words my cheek's glisten
Emotion's Hard 2 speak, tears fallin' down my cheek
Dear god, please lord, My spirit feel's week
These Here Tears aint madness im writen
Kokain aint no game 4 my friends, there soul's R fighten'
Y u depressed, when I ask that they blast bak
Please, holy spirit, no lies, these my cry's kan u hear it
2 those who left take uh deep breath bekuz u escaped death
Things turned bad bak here & Lord knows I aint shed my last tear
I pray every night for the next day 2 B light
But for them, my dear friends, the kain's in they brain & it's dark
Left uh gaping hole in they intricate soul
I kant do no more, 2 many life's R tore
Last night I was kryin' & my tears reached the floor
My essence was dyin, flyin' out the door
I love my friends oh so Much
But they have my deepest trust so I must not speak
Just watch em' fall deeper each week
God, the stake's kokain creates bekum'z steeper each week
I want 2 ask them 2 stop the emotional violence
But it's un-fair, lord I swear my soul's been silenced
So I pray 4 u 2 help them get through what the kokain's about 2 do
When the clock strikes 11 and they soul's lifted 2 heaven
Judge them not as if they were addict's
Please c that was just they mind's habit
Understand - these boy's never became uh man
Please Lord watch over my friends
I now give my beloved krew up to u
Peace & luv

~**Chubz Written**~

~#~

ANXIETY
K. Christensen
 
There are demons that live in me I defeated one today,
They take control and run your life won't let you out to play.
 
I don't know where they come from but they'll consume you over years,
They thrive and grow more powerful from feeding on your fears.
 
If they gain you you'll be lost, inhumanity will take place,
Everyone will criticize with disgust upon their face.
 
One by one you'll find out who your friends are not,
Disregard their unawareness, do not feel distraught.
 
It will make more fuel for demons to suck away your breath,
A terror that burns out of control, you may question peace in death.
 
Death can't overcome them, they'll follow even past,
Find a way to conquer and be freed from them at last.
 
Hold a piece of valid self and nurture it with truth,
You may have to search to find it maybe back to early youth.
 
There are no magic remedies in a bottle on a shelf,
Only you can find the love that lives within yourself.
 
I promise a recovery a victory beyond compare,
To gain control and find your breath a solution to despair.

~#~

being friends is the hardest thing to do when you know in your heart he's the one you've always been wishing for, the one you want, the one you need, the one you'll never stop loving

Julianne

~#~

Only God Knows
devildog
I hear the songs
I see the shows
And heard the fairy tales of love so dear
Where does it come from
I donít know
Who does it come from only god knows
 
I hear the songs
I feel so low
I see the shows
And I want to know
 
Whereís my special someone
Where am I loved
 
Iím loved at home because of blood
But whereís the love I see in the shows
I want to find that someone
I want to find the one who cares
 
Where will she come from
How will I know
Only god knows
~#~

 I LOVE YOU
ASHLEY SHAW                  
 
                         I LOVE YOU
                         WHY CAN'T YOU SEE
                         I LOVE YOU
                         WHY CAN'Y YOU RESPECT ME
                         I LOVE YOU
                         BUT YOU' RE NOT READY
                         I LOVE YOU
                         I DON'T WANT TO
                         I LOVE YOU
                         SO MUCH IT HURTS
                         I LOVE YOU

~#~

Do you ever feel that you're not enough
And are you kicking down the rough
Are you Flying under what you should be
Now you're starting to worry me
 
A star is born in a far off place
A wonder lost in you're space
For lost ambitions to be who you are
Because they all look very far
 
Is the curtain falling or is it already down
Are you still lost or were you finally found
I guess in the end it's really all up to you
And what you choose will be what you do
 
Now will you grow up or give up the fight
Is it goodbye or goodnight
Is the sun going to set or will it rise
When you collect the final prize

Bryan Armstrong     

~#~

WAS IT A DREAM

Eartha L. McElveen
Funnel clouds amidst a late night storm building with intensity . . .
Lightening pierces the dark sky illuminating every hidden crack and corner . . .
My heart begins to race with the force of a hundred thoroughbred horses.  I relentlessly struggle to slow the pace, but it was out-of-control.
My arms are limp and my hands shake as I pace the floor wildly and then like a hunter stalking his prey, I crouch to the floor.
Suddenly a horrific feeling of helplessness and fear comes like waves of an ocean at high tide enveloping everything in its path . . . washing my dreams away.
My only escape from the turmoil was to sleep.  When I awoke, I couldn't remember why I was so afraid?

~#~

I feel the heat, the soft whisper of a sudden motion,
I'm lost in you, your movement against the fallen stars,
Its sad to say but I think we will never be again,
Cause tonight I just may find the strength.
 
I put my soul on the line, my very self, all I am,
When before I can even close my eyes you destroy me,
The gun is loaded and if I get a chance...
 
Be here tonight and hold me tight cause if my finger shakes I just might..
And if I cant be this then I cant exist Ill just pray I wont feel a thing.
 
I face the sky my long time friend and tears stream down my face,
Their made of lonely depressing pain and streaked with a little fear,
I know this is wrong but I cant go on with one more beautiful day,
If I could only fall asleep and never wake up, be carried of inside of my dreams.
 
This is it, the thought's grown on me, Finally pushing past the odds, I hope it's not to loud, I dont want that.
And if I had it my way, they would never find me here,
Goodbye to today, I never got to see forever.

Stephen Talbot 

~#~

SILENT SUFFERINGS
Yasleh Rita Ayu Mat Yassin
I screamed!!!
Nobody heard!
 
I cried!!!
Nobody saw!
 
I am surrounded
by people who are
squeezing me dry.
 
I am suffocated
by their needs, wants,
and desire.
 
I screamed
and they ignored me (nobody heard).
 
I cried
and they turned away (nobody saw).
~#~
Thinking of You
-Kryston Haag
 
Up all night, thinking of you
Praying that my dream will come true.
 
Hoping in time we'll be together,
Knowing in my heart
I'll love you forever.
 
He'll lead you closer one day at a time,
One of these days, you will be mine.
 
You don't believe me, who's by your side
Claiming that she loved you the whole time.
~#~

Deep in the depths of the forest, lives a mysterious figure that surfs the night under the moon. I warn you, your curse arrives soon. I sit near my night light, writing starry eyed. But something is happening: Street lamps are cracking, people are panicking, but I'm just sitting there- shedding one tear. Disasters are happening this year. I mourn for those who run and hide, cause I just bring out what's inside.

GeraMeyman

~#~

SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT
                    composed by: Bret Culliver/aka Cry Baby

AS THE MORNING DAWNS, ANOTHER DAY BEGINS
WITH OUR HOPE & DREAMS, WE'RE ALIVE AGAIN
 
WE GIVE PRAISE & GLORY, FOR THE TRUTH THAT IS IN HIM
FOR W/OUT THE BELIEF, OUR LIFE CHANCE WOULD BE GRIM
 
WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE, FOR GOD PLANNED IT THAT WAY
TO BE JUSTIFIED IN OUR FAITH, & WORKS IN EACH DAY
 
THERE IS NO LIMIT, TO THE LORD'S ABUNDANCE OF LOVE
WHICH DESCENDS FROM HEAVEN, LIKE ON WINGS OF A DOVE        

~#~

Just Because
Susie Bohannon

Why do you love me I love you just because,
you are the love of my life, you have made
me so very happy. And I smile and say its
just because. I think God every day for
putting you in my life. When I get down
on my knees at night I ask God why he put
you in my life he whispers in my ear
just because,

~#~

The stars seem brighter
The roses sound beautiful
The wind plays with my hair
Picks me up for a ride in the clouds
 
My heart soon stops
My humble body tumbles down to earth
Faster then the speed of light
Lands in a field of morning glories
And its all born again.

vera 

~#~

LOVE
TERESA FORTUNE
Love is misunderstood
But understanding.
How can love come with such a price
But yet not be bought?
How can love be so simple
But yet be so confusing?
People say love heals all
But yet it leaves so many wounds!
Loves color is red
But yet leaves my heart so black!
Love is the opposite of hate
But yet causes so much of it!
     Maybe love was never
    meant to be understood!

~#~

Earth Bound Child
 
Earth bound child hides in the mist.
His head is in the sky
And his roots are in the ground.
 
I will keep you safe,
I will keep you innocent
From this hell which our enemies call home.
 
You long to be free of the barriers
Which keep you in my arms.
You begin to hate, the one who keeps you safe.
You long for the smell of freedom.
 
Child understand, I vow to teach and follow the old ways,
Thus you shall too.
I fear the enemy will twist your mind,
And steal your innocents.
I blind you for your own well-being.
 
The pain and anger grows with in you.
You begin to plot your freedom.
That freedom though seems so far away,
But again you are blinded.
 
My followers may be abandoning me,
But I still have you, my child.
Your mind is strong though,
And I fear you may drift from my arms.
So I shall take away that window,
From where your ideas flow from.
 
You stand up, cry and fall down to your masterís feet.
You can only just remember the idea of freedom,
But now you cannot imagine it.
This confusion lays fear in your heart.
 
Normality starts to fall back in place for you and I.
My hands yet again cover your eyes,
To keep you safe and innocent forever.
I hold you tight in my arms once again,
And I remind you,
That you are an earth bound child.
 
By Danielle Kriegler

~#~

The Acceptance of the Inevitable
 AV Fenton
Happy are they that contemplate
Nature's intricate scheme of things
And, in their minds, they can relate
To the inevitability concept It brings.
 
The acceptance of the inevitable:
That Nature never changes its ways
And what has been by It acceptable
Will continue to the end of days;
 
Its path was set from the beginning,
Its components intricately related,
Its mechanism immune to tampering,
Its destiny refusing to be deviated.
 
It looks upon all the human effort
To meddle in laws they cannot change
And knows that what's of real import
Humanity has no power to rearrange.
 
The wise quietly observe and ponder,
Unmoved by the frantic bustle about,
The futility of this labour and wonder
If the others will ever find this out.

~#~
Who knows what Iím going through,
Through this infinite darkness,
When I question whether or not
I will see the light again.
Oh how I hope just to get a glimpse of that light
That ever hopeful and radiant light
What have I already given for that light?
How much more will I give for it?
What else can I do?
Where can I go from here?
I canít move,
I canít breath,
I canít see,
Without my light.
Do you know what it feels like to be lost,
To be lost and not know the way out of anything,
Not knowing if youíre headed in the right direction,
The direction that will lead you to that ever glowing light.
Oh how that light shines,
Never fading, never dull.
What I would give to hold that light?
When I get that ever so precious light I will never let it go,
Not let it escape my grip,
A grip that would take all my strength
But still would not be enough,
My strength alone cannot hold onto that light.

Greg Van Buren

~#~

 

HEARTBREAK AND TEARS
                          by: Jennifer Clewis

Heartbreak and tears,
That's all I can remember.
What was wrong with him?
Could he not see my pain?
I hear the screaming,
I remember the pain.
Why couldn't he stop his violent actions?
Why did he violate me so?
 
Those horrid nights come back to me now,
Remembrance of the innocence he took.
I feel his hands run over my body.
As I lay on my bed, I try to ignore the feeling inside me.
The overwhelming sickness is growing stronger each minute.
Thank God he is leaving, fixing my clothes.
Now come the tears I can no longer hold back,
Trickling ever so softly down my face.
He got his pleasure, and he gave me the pain.
I lay there wondering what I did to deserve this disgrace.
I wake up the next morning, such pain I have not known.
"No!" I think, "All this was a nightmare!"
Those nights of fear and pain, so easily forgotten,
Until I discovered them again.
 
Now I see what happened to me,
I realize my dad was not so.
He had no heart, for he couldn't have,
No, he didn't, his actions prove it.
 
I feel relieved to not have that "secret"
To know my family is there,
And to know that man I called "Dad,"
Can never disgrace me again.

~#~

Ticking Bomb
Lacey 
I can't let go of this pain inside
I'm like a bomb waiting to explode
 
I have to hold on to this pain in side
It's al I've ever known
 
If i suppress it, it will leave
At least that's what I hope for
 
But be careful now, don't step on me
Anything could make me blow
 
Please God! Help me! I have to let this go
I can't go on a ticking bomb, it's to out of control

~#~

If only, momma
by Diana Rivera in 2001
 
Whisper to me, momma words of love you never spoke
Whisper
And choke your anger
And strangle that which lies within your cerebrum
And stab it
And leave it for dead
Whisper to me momma the things I never heard
The things I needed to hear when just a child was I
Whe 15 years old was I
When I awoke to bloody wrists and painted thighs
Itís too late now, momma
I bleed too much now
All the time now from my wrists and other places
Whisper to me, momma and do not shout in anger at me
Early in the morning
Late in the evening
Do not shout at me
Creepy crawly things lurk inside my mind and grow
Into my soul
Low and Behold!
I have grown
Up
Tall sunflower shining in the glistening sky
But you deny me Momma
Momma
Momma
Momma you call me a dandelion
Momma Iím not a dandelion
You call me a dandelion in your grassy life
And you blind your eyes to the world outside the cage you built outside yourself
Inside your mind
Whisper to me, momma and put down the hand that abuses me so
Often that I have begun  to like it every day before I awake
And twice daily on the holidays
Whisper to me, momma soft and tender
And put the gun that does not kill but tortures
Me and nails me to a cross to crucify me
Momma
Momma
Momma stop it
You squeeze my heart
Too tight
It bleeds
And I clench my fists in anger
Momma I think I may be a Jew
I think I may because
Because I think that you are Adolph Hitler
Iím looking in the mirror, mommaÖand I donít see what you see
Momma
Momma
Momma if only
Momma if only you loved me
The way I do you

~#~
Forever On
by james quinton
 
life like time
will always move on
 
everyday a different song
what you had
you can never get back
 
don't let your world collapse
 
those who you love
will die one day
 
so don't hold back
if you have something to say
 
what you had
you will never get back
 
don't let your world collapse
 
life will always move on
forever on
forever on
 
let go of fear
and hold onto what's dear
 
the eternal wisdom
that's in our heads
trapped by the distance
of our voices
 
don't let your world collapse
what we had
we'll never get back
 
life moves on
forever on
forever on

~#~

Safe Harbor
D.D. Delaney
In the halls of justice and law
I've seen the gavel fall
on the heads of the innocent.
(My very own head has its lumps.)
 
From this I learned
the State is one cruel Mother.
Once giving life,
She loves to smother
it out, with glee.
 
Better to lay low here with me,
my love,
than climb the tree
of society.
Forget vanity!
The only safe harbor
is insanity.


~#~

TRANSPARENT
-Nicole Kleppinger
 
My song to sing...My final note on the subject of you
 
I thought it was, at least
over a year ago
But somehow you remain, creeping in when least expected
 
I saw you last weekend...you looked...SO GOOD!!
(Marine man...mmmhmmm)
It's been so very long
 
Your eyes actually lit up when you said HELLO!  To me!
 
I saw it with my own eyes...and that causes me surprise
 
You're just supposed to be a friend of a friend now
An acquaintance with personal history with me
I still recall the way you kissed me...and made me...
weak in the knees
 
Oh, how I do hate that.
 
I wish I could not care about you
not care if your smile is sincere, or forced
not care if you have found love
not care...if you'll be okay
 
That won't happen though, because I always care
I've always cared in fact
 
I don't want to lament about a love that never was
that could one day...be...
 
I need to live my life here
while you're there, wherever you may be
Protecting us all...and protecting your heart
Because that is what you do...I see through you
But tell me...do you see through me?
 
My Final Note on the Subject of You...maybe

 

Open Mic Encore - Part Two

 

 

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