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She wore her scars like wings
This life has hurt her with no regret.
This world has changed her into someone new.
Those sweet ocean eyes forget
What they’ve seen that made them smile.
They’re filled with painful memories
That cascade down her broken body.
Her scars mark her skin like pen on paper.
Creating a figure of more than the outline.
Those scars with a story bring her to life.
They lift her to the stars and
Off the uneven ground.
They hug her like the night holds
And she’ll fly away
Light as a feather
Strong as a sword
Until she can’t see this earth anymore.
Under the Weather
My Conifer yearns
for love, just like anybody else.
She'd fall head over heels everyday for her unadmitting,
Though her blunt stilettos dig deep into the ground
And her prickly nose lifts high towards the sky —
no one can notice her helpless dive.
The Wind thrills as his touch evokes a whisper
from her chapped lips,
As the Earth forever longs for her to trip
into his soft, green arms.
My Conifer's love only remains towards the ever-traveling Autumn.
She wishes for him to caress a blush
across her figure, and whisk her
of her leaves.
Autumn's harem has no place for an Evergreen.
She remains helpless to the courts of the Wind and Earth
(who, dare I say, are never loverless),
And resilient against the aggressive plays of Winter.
It’s interesting how
You never see the same sunset twice
I like forget other people
Exist in my world too
I like to skip
In the rain
In the snow
The faces of the forgotten
But now everything beautiful
Faded from the beating sun
It just doesn’t stop, does it
Coming back day to day
To haunt us
To remind us
We’re still here
It’s hard to live
In a world that doesn’t love
It’s hard to love
In a world that refuses to live
All I see are people dwelling
Sinking in a muck
A muck in the beating sun
That continues to swallow
And never dry
Colored pencil on paper
Albert laughed, looking up at the bloodied sunset.
“Hell of a Tuesday, eh?” he said, looking around at the men. They were all soaked in sweat, their skin flaking off onto the ground. They glared at Albert, squinting at him in tired fury.
Albert went around the circle of men, thumping each of them on their backs in quick succession.
They winced as he came around to them, cheerful as ever. Robert sighed, finally standing up to meet Albert’s eye.
“Boss, I dunno what we’re doin’ here, but this geology fellowship ain’t very fruitful so far. I think I can safely speak for all o’ us when I say we ain’t sure you’ve been leadin’ us quite right,” Robert explained, gesturing around the circle.
Albert laughed, a little too forcefully.
“Not leadin’ well, huh? Y’all ain’t able to see that my erosion techniques are the best in the whole goddamn world. You’ll see in time. It requires a little thing y’all don’t know called patience,” said Albert.
The men frowned in confusion. One man, wiping the dirt off his forehead, timidly raised his hand.
“What is it, lad?” Albert snapped.
“I’m sorry sir, but you called your techniques of settin’ off bombs in the caverns erosion techniques? It just don’t quite make sense to me. You see, I’d understand if we went down to the Mississippi River to see the erosion along the riverbed, but blowin’ up the caverns is jus-”
Albert laughed again.
“Y’all just don’t know leadership. Bein’ a leader requires innovation, new techniques, and y’all are just too close-minded to see that. Leaders take charge, head the way into the battle. They’re first in lin’ for the action. Y’all wanna see leadership? I’ll show you leadership. Imma march down to that cavern right now and show y’all what this fellowship is all about. Y’all wanna see leadership, then follow me.” yelled Albert.
No man went after Albert as he marched out of sight down the dusty path. They could hear him hooting and hollering, but they didn’t bother to see what kind of trouble he would get into.
After a few minutes of silence, Robert looked up in alarm.
“Wasn’t the next round of explosives set to go off at-”
A loud bang could be heard in the background, followed by a petrified scream. The men all jumped in their seats, but didn’t get up.
“So much for leadership,” sighed Robert.
The Day Our Planet Dies
Today is the day our planet dies. You sit on your back porch with a hand in your hand solemnly thinking of all that will be lost. The history, the stories, the memories you have of yourself and others sitting on this very porch. All gone. Everyone you have ever loved gone, everything you have ever hated gone. All gone. But how gone are they really? Their atoms will be scattered but you take solace in knowing that their matter will never be destroyed. Maybe billions of years from now they will be a part of life forms we could have never dreamed of. Forming new history, new stories, new memories…
A blinding light flashes, their hand slips as simultaneously the lives of all the many living things on the planet come to an end and the planet’s various atoms begin a journey of many lightyears, searching for a purpose.
Gazing at me with an empty stare
she calls out my feelings
like no one has. The one who
lost her breath
spitting meaningless words
to a grown woman with a half-listening ear.
I climb down the stairs to the main room
where I meet her eye to eye, only
this time she walks
through my spinning head.
This time she is not there.
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