To a Father,
please, don't bury her. she is afraid of the dark.
From a Mother.
Please sign up
or login to post a critique.
Fragment #4One thousand black umbrellasunfurl, nylon wings spread &shadow strange faces: theworld fades, grey.
within her lies a weightwith hazel eyes shuttered,she feels the thunder roll over her senses;it is in this moment that she is beautiful,though her space is emptyand there is nothing to witness it,except an apple tree too shy to bear fruitand a handful of disgruntled red hens.she waits for the rain,her face upturnedand impatience throbbing in her bloodstream;rain has been one of the few comforts in her lifeand she revels in its tang still.slowly, as if to tantalize her,the rain falls to strike her facein a quick, bruising flurryand within moments it coats her eyelids,blue with sleeplessness,and her mouth,half-pursed and wilting from disuse--but oh, we are not here to watch it rain upon her.no, we are here for something more,something that lies deeper,something that she does not let linger--we are here for the shyest of souls.below the soft,tanned flesh her body writhes,ever moving in its desire for fulfillment.this need,though primal,is far from sexualand she does not desire the c
some things aren't solid outside the mind.you couldn't knowthat the boy sittingbeside you in AdvancedEnglish was going tofetter himself to the oceanand break the sound barrier (andhis mother's heart) with hisscreaming.you couldn't know that the girl sitting threerows back in Computing One-oh-Onewould fall so deeply in love withthe colour of the sky that she would spend a summer practicing knots just tomirror the pale, bloated hue.you couldn't knowthat the man walking byat seven a.m. with a briefcase beneathhis arm was on his way toblow his world apart, along withhalf a dozen strangers.you couldn't knowthat the woman rushing throughthe supermarket was on herway to drown her sorrowsin the eyes of another womanwhile her husband was busydrowning in himself half a mileand a gunshot away.you couldn't know.
Fragment #5There are sea shells in my earsand they are dripping with the sound of thesea; it whispers, let me be,let me be.
The Anatomy of a Teenage SummerThis is not a poem about youand me, because; It is not about the collision oflips, or the wild stirring of young heartsthat beat in tandem. It is not about the whirlwindbetween the sheets, or the emptiness ofyoung lungs after a skin to skin marathon. It is not about eight fingers and twothumbs meshing together like a flesh and bonezipper, or the way whispers caressed premature scars. It is not about mussed hair the color ofburnt oak, or the way clothes never quite straightenafter being tossed aside in a frenzy. It is not about kind words and clammypalms, or the childish innocence shed below theboardwalk in forty degree heat. This is not about you and me becauseit is no love story. It is a memory.
alcoholism is the last to blamewhen you don't drink,you can't blame the mistakes you make on inebriation.instead,you have to hold them close to your chestand pray that nobody else sees them before you prepare your defence,before you scratch away their most soiled partsand spit-shine the rest,and even then you spend your lifepraying that nobody will ever look any closerbecause spit and hope can only conceal so much.
straw housesi.there are mice in thewalls. i share mysecrets with them inyour absence.ii.you left a mugof cranberry tea on thewindowsill and the local antshave made a swimmingpool of it -- their bodiesleave a dirty,red-browntrail across the bencheach night.iii.i didn't bother tofeed the cat and shehas calcified, tortoise-shellbody wrapped around theonly pair of shoesyou didn't take.iv.the neighbors collectyour mail because i refuseto scoop it outof the old postbox younailed to the fence -- thespiders are at homewithin it.v.your mother calls. itmight be once aweek or everyother month, i'velost track. she talksabout seeing me, cookinga casserole or threeand force-feeding me: ihang up.vi.you aredead or goneor both and i can't afford thepower bill.
to the ghosts with you, my deari came not to be kissed,or to have myself cradledin the curve of a throat,but to be broken,to be diminishedby your lack of affection& over indulgence of sexualization.but i,uneducated in your intent,found myself left entirely whole& incapable of the furyi had sought to sow between theridges of my aching ribs.
The Problem With Elia.she could have been a violin;born a week too late, she hadmelancholy in her bones: doctor lizbettook time out of her schedule to pluck hernewborn strings - calloused sanitation againstmottled pink-and-yellow flesh & thrashing limbs.in three more years, she will havenothing in her bones at all: doctor estairdiagnosed her with iatrophobia to fuel herinstinctive chords - ripple-free shells of liquidlobotomy & a capsule to callous her pink-and-yellowflesh against the thought of just getting over it all.ten years after that, her mother willfind her face down and thrashing: her dustbunny bones will flex as she retches up her memoriesfor display - lawyers will spend the next few years pawingthrough them with clawed hands and heaving breathing untilone day, they find lizbet and estair huddled amid the rubble of her bones.
Funeral WeatherMami touched my back,reminding me to kneel. The prayer lasteduntil the rain stopped pouring,the pallbearers standing by the casket,white gloves on white wood.The grass was wet at the cemetery.Papi told me he didn't want a Catholic funeralwhen he died."It was right for him,"he whispered as Abuelo descendedwith his red roses. Papi squeezed my shoulder,trying his best to cry like he had yesterdayand the day before.I held the printed obituary. It promised,"He was born into eternity."Now the priest rambles about communication,how kids today don't bring situations to their parents,and tragedies like these could be preventedif everyone just opened up at the dinner tableor at least sat together.I know when to kneel,when to stand,waiting for Michael to move his headso I can catch glimpses of the pretty girlwhose picture has been cropped and enhanced,blown up into a portrait that looks more watercolorthan photographic,unlike the flesh and bloodof Jesus Christ o
here is my heart, and here is my home.i am done writing aboutblood. you can find mein the "new beginnings" isle, splashed with scar tissue and pale skin--i amwhole. dear child, open youreyes: there are stars, a galaxy, andthere is breath in your lungs. the past is neverforgotten, but you have lived through it,swam through it andmaybe died a little through it, but youcame out on top. when this winter ends, itwill end harshly;but spring comes every year,and i hope that youremember that;i hope you open your eyesto rain and i hopethat you fall in love with it, and i hopethat you let life movelike i had to.
.he told me prayersare uselessand if i really want hisforgiveness, i should get onmy knees and beg
On Wanting Everything to Be RightYou got too comfortable,forgot he could make mistakes,and set your consciousness asideso he could mend the thoughtswhich have remained disorderedin your fumbling sobriety,despite the years of learning to copewith the pace of regularity:scraping the mailbox with his key,dining out every Sunday,setting the thermostat to sixty degrees,and changing despite every effortto remain apathetic about his plans,how your name became a constantin his living equations,the variable which defined the function.On the morning you leave,only your luggage and body will movethrough the summer shadowsof oak leaves shaking in a breeze,and only your barest senseswill know the satisfaction of hearinghis footsteps behind yours,cicadas composing another song,a car door slamming shut,the engine firing up,though your muscle memory isn't enoughto bring you peace or independence,money or place or dignity.When you turn onto Justamere Road,you'll picture the nightstandon your side of the
a time to rise, and a time to fallI have never asked her what it is that she misses so much. Whatever it is, it turns her eyes blue mid-winter and chases the heat from her cheeks. The truth is, I never thought it was my place to ask: after all, I'm nothing but a stranger in her quiet heart. And even now, years after we first met, I do not ask her. She stretches one morning, all smooth edges and warm spaces. She looks at me as she always does before she tumbles out of bed, and her eyes are blue. Again. The weeks melt away and I am staring at six years worth of winters, all rolled into one. It chills me and my teeth chatter. She doesn't say anything but I know that she has caught me looking, has inhaled my shiver and tasted old winters in it instead of fresh laid snow. There is no fooling her, there has never been any chance of that: she always knows. I give up all hope of further sleep and step out of bed and onto rich, plush carpet. It is a violent hue, bu
i forgot to remember you this yearaugust 24thwas just another daythis year.i didn't buyyellow carnations andi didn't cry.i don't knowif this means i'mmoving on or ifi'm forgettingyou were everhere.
can you remember how it used to bei.when our world shattered, i wasn'told enough to know. i knew ourmother cried at night and clutched the sheetsuntil her knucklesturned white; that you shutyourself in your bedroom and turned yourback on what was breaking;i only knew for sure the day hesaid it's only temporary, kiddo, that itwas done, a permanent fracturein glass already strained. my world was ending,and i could only watch.ii.our father didn't count ashome for the longest time. he wasn't areplacement for themother we missed during the days, and he knewit, i think.i think it broke his heart.that first christmas was half a tree becausethere wasn't enough roomin the duplex for a full one, decoratedwith bud light coastersand tiny ornaments strung on with unfolded paperclips. a lot of them broke whenthey were flattened, and i never saw thesymbolism til my childhood was gone.iii.i think mother lostherself for a while, there. i knew shewasn't sleeping, but an eightyear old doesn't know h
train windowsI.in Appleton, Wisconsin, there is a boy named Caelwho dreams of Copenhagen and draws demonic flamingo.his spine is curled the wrong way from countless years of binding.his parents do not approve of his gender. he loves them anyway.II.in Bay Village, Ohio, there is a girl named Roxywho sleeps with her eyes open. her dreams climbup her purple bedroom walls and sprinkle into her hairas she watches, wide-eyed. she smiles like sunshine.III.in Salem, Oregon, there is a boy named Andrewwho writes poetry about the laws of physics.he is going to college to learn how to be a professional.he has ramen-noodle hair and soup in his veins.he told me once that sometimes, love can swallow you.IV.in Farmington Hills, Michigan, there is a boy named Jordanwith big hands and a smile that makes him look 6 years old.his favorite word is cumbersome because he likes the way it rolls.he kisses like a firework and hugs like a fireman.i look for him in everyone.V.in Pawtucket, Rho
Last Flowers to the HospitalThe last flowers to the hospitalwere peach calla lilies,upturned cups. (Overturned cups.Peach cordial smashedacross the sterilitical floor-way,the frantic hup-hup-hup-hupwith no clear reasoning,with no response.) A late responseto those wilting hours;the last flowers to the hospital.The first flowers, burnt around the edges with funereal inertia, to lay beside her in the ground.
GreenwareGod took a pottery classand could have spun perfectpots from the store-boughtclay the instructor found halfoff with an expired coupon.He could have thrown slendervases on a rickety wheelor molded leather-hard discardsinto elegant tea cups.The glaze on his biscuitsunblistered; His earthenwarefree of crackle; no shiveringto be found on His mugs.God took a pottery classand made sure every piece was flawed,and called them perfect.
Darkness vs. LightDarkness creeps so slowly,I am caught by surprise.Somehow my world plunges into unending sorrow.All it takes is a song,A poem,A nudge.Then I am falling.Silent screams echo in my ears.I struggle to find a light bright enough.Something to fend off the darkness like a sword.It isn’t fair to face the darkness knowing there is no escape.I will not die.I cannot.Life clings to me against my will.Where is my other half?My soul mate?My light?I don’t want to be alone,Facing down my demons without a shred of hope.Need me.Find me.Shine so brightly I will be drawn to you.I can’t forget I need to shine.I just feel as if my light is dimming.How will you find me if I am swallowed by my darkness?A light.A flame.A spark of hope.I need a way to defeat my sorrows,So I can help battle yours.Please.Just a glimmer of hope?
Tapestry of TimeParting ways is natural.No one stays close forever.Love is the stuff of dreams and fairytales.Friends walk away.Love takes work.Life is full of surprises.Beginnings.Endings.Sadness and darkness.Beautiful light and glimpses of joy.Forever is a really long time,But can pass in the blink of an eye.All together,Life is a beautiful tapestry,Shimmering with possibilities.
LifePlease grab my hand before I fallAnd pull me back to youI feel I'm slipping after allOr maybe breaking throughJust take a shot and save a lifeBefore I'm gone for goodI vow to you I'll hold you tightThe way you know I shouldIf I should fall I'll die beforeI ever hit the groundAnd I'm not waiting anymoreI'm drowning, let me outYou have the choice so make it rightAnd lead me back to shoreWithout your hand I lack the fightWithout you I'm no more© Jarrett Douglass DeLude
BrokenI tried so hard to put my faithInto your waiting handsTo let you bear a bit of weightTo help you understandI gave my trust as if it`s freeAnd not too hard to earnI let you past the gates to meAnd then the tables turnedWithin my walls you tore me upYou chewed and spit me outAnd when I fell you kicked and punchedYou knocked me all aroundAnd then you left, without a wordNo sorry or goodbyeAnd here I've laid, both bruised and hurtAnd still I wonder whyWhat did I do but give to youWhat you had wanted mostWhy did you tear my heart in twoAnd put it on the roastI heal, but questions burn withinI wish I knew the truthBut in the end I guess you winI'm broken, just like you© Jarrett Douglass DeLude
DustThe picket fence is worn and brokeThe swings have turned to dustThe flowers died from all the smokeThis dream is far too muchThere's cracks in every sidewalk hereAnd through them grow the weedsThis beauty just a thin vinearAtop the lives we leadThere's vines that grow on every signDisguising what they sayThe bricks have stood the test of timeBut every one has greyedThere's not a tire left intactThey've all succumbed to rotThere truly is no going backBack to the life we soughtIn every broken windowpaneI see a broken dreamI walk across this empty laneIt`s splitting at the seamAnd so I leave this empty placeThat once was full of lifeBut in the end there's no escapeAnd no one else in sight© Jarrett Douglass DeLude
we've never been experts on anything else.i've never beenas much as they told me i would be.i've always believed in the sayingthat you would whisper to mein the dark, that"a whole is always greaterthan the sum of its parts,"but what happenswhen the damned parts won'tfit together?what makes these piecesinto a whole, anyway?do you know howto attach the uneventiles of a mosaic into aportrait of a mindlessyou and i?am i supposedto model my completed puzzleof a soul after you,you masterpiece of dust,you constant constellation?i've seen you.i've watched as youglued yourself back into anillusionand i listenedwhile you screeched your wayinto my chest and held yourselfin contemptwhen the dried bloodthat held you togethermelted.i could feel you breaking apartwhen you burrowed into one ofmy fragments and gripped tightlyas i clutched at that empty holethat you always wanted to fill,and i knew that when you appeared to me nextin the mist of night,clenching your broken fingers intofists and crumbling
KidsWe're just kids, that grew up too fast.Due to expectations and isolations.Adaptations, illustrations, separations.It's not how it used to be.I wonder will it last?One words replies,No surprise,Now it's lies, cries, guys and skinny thighs.Oh I despise, but I'll advise,Do not trust a soul.Blasting music in our ears,Hiding from the sneers and leers,They're picking on the queers.Aren't they our peers?Alone, and other feelings I've never known.Upgrade your phone.Dye your hair a darker tone.Wear cologne and dig the drone.Welcome to the cool zone.Background chatter,Break and clatter.Always saying,"I'm fine." or "it doesn't matter."Am I flatter or fatter?Definitely the latter.Watch my heart shatter,And the pieces scatter.Cause we're just kids, who grew up too fast.Due to expirations and deprivations.Situations, innovations, realizations.It's not like it used to be.Now we're an outcast.
But SometimesSometimes I am not tryingto help you keep onfightingSometimes I am tired,my legs are heavy, andI just want to wrap my armsaround your neckand drag you downwith me(Down, down, downonto the tangled bed sheets,so you can drowntoo)But I alwaysswallow my selfishnessalong with my tears,force my spineinto surrenderand run no matterhow heavy my legsfeelSometimes I pretendthat I am not humanbecause I love the wayyour eyes shine like starswhen you smile
Fragment #3To a Father, please, don't bury her. she is afraid of the dark. From a Mother.