Cat’s Life

Perched in the window
sill, staring out at the birds
luring them to him.

Eyes glide back and forth,
mirroring the swift movement
of her loose shoe lace.

Stealthily crouching
behind the love seat ready
to pounce on his prey.

Lounging atop the
tower, away from every
thing and everyone.

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One Day

Reluctance radiates from her

curved spine and trembling limbs.

They all can see her nerves

sitting comfortably

on her shoulders,

whispering sour melodies of inadequacy and failures she may never experience,

but already owns the scars from.

She’s quiet, they say

to each other, but

never ask her why.

If she could, she would

recite the constant aria

that she hears behind her ears.

But her anxiety pins

her mouth shut,

and expects her hold it all in.

She’s distant, they say

to each other, but

never come to her.

Her mind wanders and she wonders

how she can continue.

She cries alone, wishing

someone would somehow know.

But–

One day,

she will be able

to steady herself,

she will roll her shoulders back,

and stand tall.

One day,

she will be able

to unfasten her lips,

and bandage her wounds.

One day,

she will.

Can’t

I want to write poems
of hope and inspiration.
poetry that wields
power and strength.

But all that comes
from my pen
touching paper,
is fragments
of feelings deep
in the hollow
of my heart.

Those dark,
unwanted thoughts
that tease my body
into insomnia
and fester
into jagged
emotions scrambled
all over my face.

I can’t be at peace.
I can’t be me.
I can’t-
be.

now

the piercingly sharp
teeth of my mind’s
mouth persistently
snap and snarl
in the face
of my weakening
spirit.

self-
loathing.
deprecation.
unappreciation.

my brain won’t
quiet itself
but my heart
is too numb now
to fight the noise.

Here

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Here–

Simple words
drip
from vacant voices,
mindless tongues.

Empty sounds
fill the unfamiliar
surroundings.

Heart pounding,
forcing smiles.
Eyes staring,
palms resting
on my shoulders.

Here–

My hands quietly rattle
the light grocery bag
holding
my past
as I follow them
to a room.

my room

They say they’re here
for me,
they say they care.

But all I hear
are vague sounds
echoing
from the mouths
of strangers.

Simple words
that have been said before.

Here–

is now
home.

Song Sparrow

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Their song is sung
in even the darkest of nights.
Bringing the world around them
once more to life.

Their voices-
so vibrant,
so vivid,
so poignant,
and clear.
Gives them strength
to face their fears.

For the sparrow sings
its songs of life
in moments of power
and in moments of strife.

No matter how far
they may roam
the song of their soul
makes the world their home.


The song sparrows are one of the most adaptable animals on earth and can live in the best-or worst- of situations, and throughout it all, they continue to sing.

I think these birds can teach us a thing or two.

No

Sneaking a small glance
over my left shoulder
to gather a glimpse of who,
of what
I once was.

Never were my sights
set on my past,
but now my eyes
can’t seem to stray
from a looking-glass
perspective.

The longer I look,

the closer I become.

No.

Keep my eyes straight,
keep my mind steady.
Grow–
don’t fade.

*It’s crazy where your mind will take you when you just start typing away with no planned thought. This is the first poem I have written in about a year and a half so please be kind. It was written in less than 5 minutes and I had no idea where this was going when I started typing, so I guess you can consider it “freestyle”? haha