I’ve made friends with the dark

I don’t need to resist or shy away

But I no longer feel the pull

The heaviness of the shadows

Whether they be in my mind

Or in the corners of a night-filled room

The chains have disintegrated 

Into the smallest pile of nothingness

Powerless are the demons who hunt

Waging war with the light in my soul

It is mine. And it will be bright.

I like to listen to sad songs

They remind me of where I’ve been

And where I’ll probably go again

But just as the song always ends

So will the despondence

Uniformity

Not a diamond in the ruff

Just another brick in the wall

A needle in a haystack

Overlooked and unfound

Not born to stand out but made to fit in

All in white, we move in accord

Sleep in tandem, eat as one, work in unison

Our very own Anthem, we tread forth

Mason houses line the exemplary streets

Nothing out of place the whole eye can see

No different than those vermillion residences

We swallow our independent inclinations

Not a diamond in the ruff

Just another brick in the wall

 

Anatomy of Writing

These letters are dancing across the page,

and as you read them

I wonder if you’re taking them in

Breathing them into your lungs

digesting them into your bloodstream

or if they’ll simply disappear as you exhale

They were formed in the innermost part of my core

Rose from the dust of my bones

and slithered through my veins

Where my blood ebbs and flows, to and fro

Heart to brain, head to toe

Pen was lifted as words were shifted

The hemispheres of my thinking organ

Carefully crafting the right words

To see you. To feel you. To reach you.

You

Are a walking

breathing

loving

thinking

nurturing

worrying

sleeping

dreaming

crying

creating

falling

standing

reaching

smiling

working

living form of art.

And don’t you ever forget it.

colors

I long to paint the sky. For colors to blend and bleed and slip around the sunset. To wash over the warmth of the wind as it weaves in waves of wonder. For what is the color of beauty? What hues do you see when it’s brushed across the horizon? Which tones are muted and hints are highlighted? To each their own beauty.

The Forest and the Trees

Those trees out at the park

You know the ones

They saw the full-faced smiles

Quietly stolen kisses

Bathed in moonlight and darkness

Though we were nothing but luminous

With you I saw the whole woodlands

And we picked out the perfect trunk

Limbs against limbs

Faces finding fingertips

Souls meeting in between

Like deserts finally finding rain

Industrious

A stained window on the wall

Color washing in like a wave

Illuminating her dark quarters

Diamonds and triangles dance

Through slant cuts and shining suns

Even in moonlight she beams

Angles shift like tiny mysteries

Gears that never stop turning

Dull moments do not exist

While in her immersing presence

Solidly, she seeks her light

Longs to reach further places

Shapes to take better form

For she is too close to see it

The splendor she’s cast all along

Breathing

Is a battle all in itself

You look around and see the trees

Hear the road noise, feel the breeze

And realize you are living

Sometimes you just have to survive

But in truth, each day is a win

Every breath is a battle

Each time you open your eyes

Fresh from slumber or barely conscious

You’ve decided to continue

Learn to let go of what you can’t control

And just breathe;

Rally

Some mornings it takes a little more momentum to push the covers off of me

Sometimes I need to muster a bit more courage to speak

There are days when I have to try a little harder to move my feet

To put one in front of the other, raise my head and breathe

Some nights I toss and turn trying to slip into a slumber

While other times my eyelids are only longing to be lowered

And though there will be foggy days until the last sun I see

It only makes the days without it full of vibrant clarity