Help me choose!
Comment on which poem(s) you like the best. I'm gonna enter them into a contest, but I only want to present my best work. Thanks!
Gloomy, burdened, dark with pain
its cause I could not find
it slowed my step and thoughts of me
were flooding up my mind.
Then suddenly, through some small sort
of miracle I guess
the cold wind stilled and sunshine brightly
lit upon my face.
I felt such joy and gratitude
and that I will get by.
I am convinced it was a gift:
That comfort from the sky.
Bits of paper cling to a notebook's spine
Confessions to be pulled out of my soul
I need firm hands to tear them all away
and ears to listen as my words spill out
The job is messy, quite undignified
and yet rewarding when the task is done
Fragile, weak, small without my paper bits
you kindly help me take them to the trash
Princess Di: age 7
A galloping child
knows nothing of guile
head crowned with golden flowers
Holes in the knees
of hand-me-down jeans
escaping the evil king's powers
She's frightened and still
she sprints down the hill
Eyes wide and breath short with excitement
The horses draw near
but the prince she can hear
to save her, much to her delightment
She climbs up a tree
from there she can see
him slaying the guards all around
The king runs away
Her prince saved the day!
He helps her back down to the ground
But now it gets dark
The forest's a park
Her playtime and daydreams are done
Thanking her friend
for the fairy tale end
she goes home to sleep with the sun
If I had ears I first would hear
The wind's high pitch from moving fast
Then painless crash as I met house
crescendo-ed laughs with each return
If I had eyes I'd keep them shut
For being thrust into the air
would be enough to lose one's lunch
With blurs of color streaming past
My nose would smell the young boy's hands
His sweat from repetitious play
And then, too soon, the paneled wall
the ling'ring cedar still remains
If I had nerves I would feel pain
As bruises blue became rebruised
And wounds were not allowed to heal
Forever suffering-- endless game
Reasons for William
I sit on the dock and watch the boats sail
passengers laughing, enjoying the sun
though some look with longing back to the shore.
I know the feeling -- stuck, trapped, alone
Remember that time? Seems ages ago
we ran down the dock, impulsively jumped
right into a boat. We sailed for a day
sun shone so brightly; the water was fine.
Then after some time it lost its appeal
felt claustrophobic though out in the air
but you steered the boat still farther away.
I wanted to dock but you held the oars.
A storm began brewing, crescendoing wind
the boat began rocking, my hands clutched the sides
the sound of the waves crashing against wood
was just like my gut, and naucious I felt.
Then we tipped over. The rest is a blur.
Somehow I made it, safe, back to the shore.
That's why I sit here and watch others smile
enjoying the constance of my solid ground.
Like steadfast knight
with foe to conquer, boldly he stands,
with not a sword but
rubber weapon in my father's hands.
He strikes! Impact
causes crumbs to dance on the table.
Mother glares: she
just wants a nice meal, if we're able.
slay the small black wing-ed enemy,
he slaps and slaps
but buzzing means the fly still lives free.
Fly swatter hits
right in between celery and chives.
The fiend is dead!
Our father has saved our very lives!
All cheer but mom.
Table is a graveyard for dead flies,
But through her hand
I see her smile, twinkle in her eyes.
power lines slice through faintly pink
like kitchen's sharpest knife
the thick sweet blanket
of "cloud" that mom likes to make
with thawed whipped cream
hint of strawberry jello mix
generic brand of cottage cheese
God's recipe shows no sign
of Miss Muffet's preference
but in His broad bowl we call sky
long, thin leftovers of night
after my eyes have had their fill
the flavor tastes of orange
like mother's after I've already
removed the squishy mandarins
as rays begin peaking over lofty mountain tips
my eyes taste a
dampened, inoffensive lemon
all traces of night now seem but shadows
as sky lightens
and earth is made ready
for vibrant sun's
air pleasantly warm
reminding us of a sun-baked day
steady creak of the porch swing
keeps time for a soft orchestra
and subtle wind
whispering wisely to ancient trees
your sharp intake of breath
indicates the first sighting of a firefly
And gradually the field is a vast galaxy of stars
which live but a moment-
just long enough to fascinate
then, stifled out
one by one
in Night's thick blanket.
like nothing happened at all
I see her in their faces
though lacking lines from years still to come
framed in heavy hair
not as white or wispy soft
Mother's movements look so familiar
the way she softly taps the table with her hands
just as she had done
just like Miriam
As they retell her stories re-retold,
passing them from mouth to mouth, reverently
as one should handle one of her precious quilts
I see her in them
The stories form bit by bit
pulled from each memory
on the particular wording
she may have used
of Big Clause and Little Clause
or the shocking lack of mentality
of dear lil' Epaminondas
is clearly communicated
there's laughter at the accuracy
then tears at her memory
I cannot yet recite her words as they
and my youthfulness does not reveal much resemblance
but I see her
in that ancient skirt
its unusual style for these times
but my favorite to wear
I see her
in my desire and attempt
to sew patches of random old projects
into something to keep someone
warm and comfortable
much time is spent
and every stitch says "I love you"
I'm beginning to understand her
She called me "friend"
and I become my own
as I begin to see her in me
there's something so poetic
about the candle
never moved, never opened
fire never playfully teasing the wick
the smell of apple cinnamon
never fills the room
never performing the expected task
only touched three times a day
so as to hold a tube in place
as liquid drains
in a slow steady pace
leftovers of some
for one who cannot taste or smell
other tools may think it useless
but its consistence is vital
it, being there, near the sink
helps the helpless
left thigh unusually warm
from the weight of his head
as he sleeps
seeing him this way
as my heart nearly leaps
from my chest
wishing to be his
wishing to still know more about him.
Life is so beautiful
so short but so full
when he's there to fill it up
was there really a time
in my life before him?
were my smiles real?
did I really know joy?
did I really have love?
and I know
my life will always be filled
his tired sighs.
or it won't be life