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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    The Earth has torn itself to pieces; All the mountains and hills, All the rivers and rills, Are coasting on the clouds; Gorgeous, crumbling palaces. So thickly they crowd in the sky, You can leap through the turbulent air, From one flying isle to the next, Beyond even the dizziest heights,...
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    Marching resolutely onward, with sole obsession forward. A blank awaits the silly backward lookers drowning in the shivering, slate-sweeping shower. One’s main challenge is avoiding the deeper puddles. A slight uptick in spreadings, in growing, concentric waves. Step softly. Disconnect...
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    Often when I take a nap, I awake to find that I have severed my left arm, with my body weight, cut off the blood to the arm which does not write for me, which does not cut my meat; poetic carnivore, I will survive. Dangle the dead weight from the bed's edge and let sluggish life slide, sa...
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    The loose gravel of the hiking path crunched underneath our feet as our group from my paper-flat hometown gradually scaled a tall hill in the Marin Headlands Institute. Led by a camp counselor, we were an odd assortment of tired parents assisting their bedraggled children and bedraggled children as...
  • Fiction > Thriller/Mystery
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    Many times have I gone to the window at the front of this house. It is on the second floor and, when viewed from the street, rises out of the sloped, black-shingled roof like a cliff of white siding and powder-blue trim. I do not turn on the lights. I have no fear. This house is not haunted. No...
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    These ignorant eyes have yet to witness Any major tragedy And the angst in my fragile, teenage heart Has not wracked me so exquisitely That I might grow to view the world And all it holds so bitterly. And yet, Despite it all, or lack thereof, I feel an all-consuming need To scrawl my thou...
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    Can we see the air we breathe As it washes over us in silken waves, Bringing life on invisible currents? And are we as likely to stand in a lightning bolt? See charges cascading into the sky And sea sand melting into glass? When I see you, When I hear you; I can feel you, Rushing, flowi...
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    Orange is the color of joy, Of happiness; Not like red of anger or Yellow of cowardice. Orange is positive. Orange makes orange juice Out of life’s lemons. Orange isn’t primary, Orange is a combo, Unable to exist on its own. Happiness isn’t primary, Happiness can’t exist on its ...
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    What a special life That has no cause for sorrow Loving parents at home, All four of their forerunners living, And laughter and light and cousins and siblings. What a special life That returns to a quiet street With neighbors strolling And their families living nearby Known by name like c...
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    I think I’ve been tainted by the fantasy genre. By tales of unsuspecting people who find that they have powers beyond their wildest imaginations. I wish daily…hourly that one day I could encounter aliens or develop magic powers or communicate with my mind. I, being a teenager and all, am stru...
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    As gay rights becomes an increasingly heated issue in the United States and the world at large, I am more often transported to a simpler time, or at least a time when moral complexities worked themselves out on their own. I remember in elementary school, how I went to after-school care. A small fa...
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    Today is a 5: Nothing goes your way Especially in the academic realm Indeed 5 out of 10 is an “F” You forget important things until The last second And deadlines fly past like World War bullets Your feelings are not often shared And secrets you would rather hold Close as scared...
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    They say that an artist’s head is In the clouds; And the clouds are pretty; But so is the starry shore Where moonlight glints on the sea Just so, And the night fish Luminesce in the still glass. And where would he be Without the grassy knoll; The hidden trickle of water Flowing thro...
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    I look like I’ve seen a Ghost, you say, A deathly pallor upon my face And silver a-sprouting atop my head I look as though I were almost dead I did see a Ghost ‘ere I rushed to your side He’d glowing hollows instead of eyes Snow a-lining his hair like lace I tried to flee from that do...
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    Two dogs in a PT Cruiser They watch and wait patiently, In the suffocating heat, For the Owner to return And drive to Great House; Waiting, hoping, knowing not; Two dogs in a PT Cruiser....
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    The boldly effulgent Disc of luminescence Of glorious, blazing fury Grows by thousands of degrees Inscribed between the infinite horizon And harshly silhouetted pine trees The flawlessly rounded globe Raised at its peak to a delicate taper Revels at the instant the divinity colors it An e...
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    Some folks I know do long for a time When simpleness couldn’t be beat A time when doors were never locked And children played in the street. Even I can sometimes find I wish I could travel back in time And know the forgotten naiveté Which was pure as morning dew, they say. But if I we...
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    Silent drops tremble Before they tumble Make a circlet ripple On the mirror liquid puddle A gentle shifting A tiny head lifting Bedewed petals spreading Perfect life sifting Water from an earthly bedding Titanic giants rustling A thousand birds bristling Through greening leaves bustli...
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    And you call it a simplicity A triviality It doesn’t affect you You don’t get it What is it? Why? But the platitude means little. And you look but don’t see The design that makes cloud shapes Out of spilled milk And innocent heart Things that are not born and not made But found ...
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    Golden shafts of light Strike the dappled floor I know reactions of Helium made them But I don’t know how I’ll study chemistry on Monday Tall, valiant trees Reach for the sky I know they funnel water to their crowns But I don’t know how I’ll learn about hydrodynamics on Tuesday ...
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    I sit with my friends on the gray concrete, Backs to the chain-link fence, And a green, grassy field Spreads out beyond like a mini-forest. There are jokes told, Good humor floats in the air Like spring pollen, But I must be allergic. I open my mouth And I want to laugh, But I barely m...
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    Why do I have an umbrella? In case it rains, of course; Around here—around you The weather can turn on a dime The sky is a glowing sapphire now But what if it grayed like aging hair And the floodgates opened Would you leave me Without a raincoat? Oh look, There’s a front coming in...
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    I’m a fantasy junkie; Look at my books and my movies; Look at my poetry; The whimsical and the magical, All I make mine. And when I timidly wiggle my fingers Look for a charm to grow from the tips, I think of a solution for problems; Perhaps the escape to words Will show me how to fly a...
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    Silent beating A hidden, frozen heart Summer birds A flock glides through Winter Black Night shapes. Crescent scythe Reaper's ancient dagger Sliver moon A knife's mirror edge Black Night shapes. Deep purring A shifting nighttime herd Black-emerald trees Nocturnal giants move i...
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    The endless search for atomic words How many do you need To show off your linguistic power And create a giant explosion; Destroy the upper atmosphere of peoples’ minds Perhaps they’re for a failed test, Maybe they’ll brighten an unrequited crush, But where is the explosive syllable T...

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