Dandelion

Come here 

Dandelion

Let me give you a kiss

Blow you away 

Into the future

What have you got to risk?

I’ve tried touching you

Always falling apart

I had visions 

Sneakers on railroad tracks

That was back then

When the world was round

Looped around 

Connected on all ends

Before strings were cut

Seams violently split

I saw you holding a diamond

Delicately cut

Placed it on spidery fingers

White strip teeth

I’ve never been that kind

Hair tangled in the wind

Dirt from the mountains in every pore

Colors chipped 

Edges jagged

When it comes to choosing 

Someone to stand behind

I never knew how to be in that line

So I sing what I want

Dance how I can

Strong in my shoulders

Lifting life up with both hands

I’ll die knowing

I could have been a prize 

In another life

In another way

If only I had learned 

To walk that way

Maybe it’s better 

To not be put on a shelf

I’ve always loved moving 

Directly where 

The sun hits the earth

Advertisements

All About

Rest

Time

Heal

Grow

Be angry

Let go

Love is always buried underneath

Between the harsh words

And angry looks

The sun gives us

Opportunity

Each morning

To try again

To get it right

To hold on tight

To shoulders that carry

Too much weight

Pulling at joints 

Ripping at cartilage  

Surgery can only masque 

The damage

But I can hold you

In my dislocated arms

Squeeze you 

Until you feel important 

Worthy to be loved

This wasn’t your fault

It wasn’t mine

Sometimes life is all about

What you can’t hide

What you can be 

Despite these 

Heinous crimes

Bottom of the OceanĀ 

I swam at the bottom of the ocean

When home felt submerged 

I contemplated my existence 

No conclusion 

Short term

I felt uncomfortable with my own 

Thoughts

How low we can go

I let my body drift 

Through murky water 

Lightly filtered music 

All that kept me sane 

Sitting on couches 

Felt like a tomb

Walking in rooms 

With no exit 

I can’t explain that weight

Placed under the skin

Sometimes it’s hard to breathe 

Sometimes a marathon is ran

Thoughts paralyze

And I sit

And I sit

And I sit

Hearing all of the voices 

In my head

Feeling all of the pressure 

Stay in bed

Could break me

It’s hard to tell

All I know

All I see

Are mistakes 

Made 

In a lifetime

I don’t recognize

Now I’m a prisoner

In my own paradigm 

I keep seeing images

I haven’t yet lived

Then wondering why 

That damn bridge 

Keeps breathing my name

The only receiver

You can’t save me

Yet

I can’t do it alone

Recalibrating

I’m going to

Start this thing

Over again

Why can’t I

I’ve always said

Based life on a 

Lie

Dream

Misinformation 

Now I’ve been educated

Ready to take a thoughtful approach

That doesn’t take itself too seriously

Dusty books

Broken bones

Everything ends up 

As the same dirt beneath oblivious feet

I’ll travel the solar system

Maybe run into you

Make you wish you could catch my incessant    

Thirst for climbing

That drives each foot forward

Making life go 

Oh so abruptly

With no shock absorbers

Full impact

Felt through the heart

Which is why it beats so powerfully

Working it’s way through the pain

I don’t feel anymore

All I feel is an urge to be inspired

Expand on a temporary world 

That will barely know my name

But those of you 

That spent time 

Entangled in my arms and legs

Will never forget 

The way I lived 

And laughed from the inside

Old Fashioned

“Old Thinking”

Men passing 

Pornography 

Around at the bar

This is funny

As they smoke their cigar

Women with large naked breasts

Makes them laugh 

Without shame

Call me

Old fashioned 

Whatever

I’m sick of this one-sided game

Women feed the disease 

With attention seeking ways

A night of cat and mouse

With one final aim

Wouldn’t it be nice

To talk and be heard

To be more than skin that covers bones 

Imperfections that are abruptly pointed out 

As if we forgot what could be seen behind our doubt

Watching hips swivel 

Necklines plunge

There’s a difference between being free

And blindly fastening our own chains

30 days and 30 nights of being touched without permission

Expectations clearly laid

A right to our bodies

Implied and assumed

No interest in our brains

I met a man who looked me in the eye

He talked to me 

He listened when I spoke

Heard when I paused 

Respect given and received

No assumption of my body’s obligation 

To make him feel like a man

Shockingly rare 

Refreshingly calm

Anticipation unforced 

Rules we once knew

Rituals we once followed

Before we became beasts 

Tackling each other in dark corners

The mind is so much more seductive 

Than an animalistic urge

To conquer and claim

To own and submit

I look forward to finding out

How deep this old way of thinking goes

Boundaries

We all thought we’d save each other one day

Not realizing who was causing all of this pain 

What a thing it is 

To see a person 

Stand by another person

Even when they’ve fallen down

Instead of

Stampeding 

Saving up fortunes

Not letting white picket fences be torn down by our neighbor’s bad luck

Because that would be tough

And we all should have boundaries

Protecting our American dreams

One “Z” at a time

When it comes down to it

We are looking for our own reflection 

To follow down the aisle

But what happens when we don’t recognize

The sound of our own voice 

Or 

The look of our own eyes

When life has stolen who we thought we were 

Who are we?

The imageless?

The lost?

The misplaced?

The unwanted?

There is no persona to attract

No love to be found

What they don’t understand 

Is we could be pulled up with a little faith

A little courage from you

To walk beside

I looked into your eyes as you pulled me up

I watched as the light faded

I realized 

I was simply being tossed aside

I can’t help but hope

It is what humans do

But my mind knows

I should have never loved you

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