Challenger Deep

I had to get the water out

Weighing down the ship

Loosened all unnecessary luxuries 

Threw them o’er the side

Checked the vessel for leaky seems

Tightened all the screws

It seemed our voyage was at a loss

But I was simply recovering from you

I told the crew

To take leave

We wouldn’t be setting sail 

Pirates boarded the ship

Used up every resource they could find

I tried to fight them off

Then I simply let them come inside

Began to barter and haggle

Convince myself I was in control

The ship had changed 

The vessel that once saved my life

Now felt like a tomb

Carrying me to a final deep sea dive

I found myself sleeping during the day

Riding the waves at night 

Eventually all sleeping ceased 

I walked half dead when the sun was up

Fell into unconsciousness for an hour at a time

Never enough to find myself

Sanity was walking the line

Now I’m sick of feeling stuck

Always hated fighting the tide

The doldrums love seeing me lose my mind

I won’t allow it this time

You deep sea creatures

We are coming for you

Upgraded to dive

I didn’t make it traveling the seven seas

Forced beneath the surface

I’ll make it my home

Challenger Deep

We’ll see how far you really go

What ungodly souls live inside

Displaced Dirt

I’m trying to find pieces

To connect between here and there

But they keep exploding in my hand

Mutilation unparalleled 

Remaining unseen

Trying to compare 

Physical handicaps 

To

Emotional catastrophes

A state of emergency

When you finally stop to care

Just long enough 

To feel badly

Then brushing it away

No need getting to know someone 

Who is simply going to fade away

No need fighting for the unseen

When their skin doesn’t inspire rallies of rage

No need loving someone 

When they won’t elevate your standing in this social parade

I am a placeholder

A secret

An unpleasant passing thought

Fighting to matter

To someone

Only causing more dirt 

To be displaced 

A desert full of half dug graves

One day I’ll find a home

And lie this body to rest

Elephant

Cookie crumble

Cookie crumble

Fill the pieces

Glue the lines

Sugar

Sand

Sugar 

Sand

Scrub

Scrub

Scrub

Sanity away

Break

Past the point

Of breaking

They don’t want to see

Wrinkles 

Under

Worried eyes

Looking pathetic

Looking lost

Fill in doubt

With fictitious peace

So what if you don’t sleep

When they don’t have to see 

The worried look

Carved into 

Worried brows

Fall asleep

Extra strength

Double dose

Close those overthinking eyes

Nothing happens for a reason

There is no blessing in disguise

Sometimes you aren’t meant to finish

Just to get a prize

Not everyone is meant to be 

An elephant inside

Sun

Summer

Set

Your colors 

Down

Pick up with that heat

Leave the skin

Marked by your presence

Tell us how to stay discreet 

Punish the unprepared 

Embrace those that 

Understand

Being loved

Giving it up 

One drop at a time

Until they’ve been let down

One 

Too

Many

Times

And it no longer has a name

Sun

Do you see us

Scattering across

Cracked dirt

We wait for you every morning

Your indifference

Draws us in

Laceration of the Heart

In fact

I have been 

Freed

From the shackles of worry

As the earth collapses in on itself

For when everything is lost

What more can be done

But to love

Those left standing 

Amidst the rubble

The little 

The fragile

The pure

They will be my heart

And I will carry them with me

From this world

Into the next

I will protect them

As best a mother can

But there will be inevitable hurt

So bone crushing

I can’t keep them from it

Despite my strongest desire

To keep them bubble wrapped

Protected

In the end 

All I can do

Is heal the cuts

And bruises

And lacerations of the heart

With tight hugs

And gentle shoulder squeezes

Because when it comes to love

I love them so stinkin’ much 

It makes me bend the bows of the trees

And stop the flowing of the seas

It is misunderstood

And under prioritized

But if I could

I’d do it all again

Averted

You have a slight lisp 

And your front teeth tilt inward

You change your temperament with the flow of the wind 

You love seeing me

But hate when I won’t go 

Your mind is tightly wound

And its anxiousness bleeds through the cuticles of your thumbs

When you feel 

It hurts

So you built up a dam

Well I’m the little Dutch boy

And I’m stopping the flow

Of energy 

From one reservoir of thought 

To the next

I will go

Quietly 

Into the 

Night

But I will not avert myself 

From thoughts of you

You Old Demon

Everyone knew from the start

Looking at me

Looking at me

Looking down at me from the start

They didn’t bother to swim out

S.O.S.

“The victors are never

Tried for war crimes”

So says

Bucchianeri

So you traveled the globe

Looked up skirts

Tipped your hat as you walked out the door

Now here we stand

Me on the other side

You breaking down the door

What is it 

You old demon

What is it you came looking for?

Red Death

It’s a cold place

That remembers everything

In all of her evil glory

Walls painted red

No masque to hide death

It is etched into her skin

Behind curtains of tissue 

Find your name

A tally mark for each time you died

Each time you let meaning become life

The empty abyss opened up

Swallowed you whole

You silly pretty thing

You misunderstood creature 

You misconception of a man

I will walk those halls with you

Wait on the other side

But only we

Can look

Our own death

Right in its

Bloodshot eyes

Summer Nights

I love summer nights

How they feel

A welcoming friend 

Come out and play

The moon winks at the sand

The world calms down

To a softer beat

Infusing life into dead cells

Calmly

Traveling the galaxy

Looking up at the hole punched sky

My favorite place

Is a summer night 

Midst the trees

Against the shore 

Being held in your arms

Tonight I’ll sit and wait

Hope you open your door

Weary Heart

One 

Two

Punch 

To the

Gut

Fall down

Buildings stay up

All around 

Up 

And 

Down

Side

To 

Side

Collide with imaginary lines

In imaginary lanes

Filled with demands 

And quotas

And rules

And regulations

An appearance 

Of watching out

For

Your own well being

Reality is more dull

Shaky 

Around the edges

Of just enough

To lead to

Insanity

Of the heart

Of the 

Oh so

Weary 

Heart