Wings

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I have to stay sober

And keep my wits about me

This intoxicating feeling

Is making it rough

Those first flutters of

The butterflies in your heart

Are hard to resist

The wings go crazy

And the rush of feelings

Is often so intense

But I will not close my eyes

And let the emotions

Wash over me

My eyes are wide open

Struggling to see

If there is love in my future

Or is this just wings in the wind

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Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – sober

Love Just Isn’t Fair

Your luck in love has been fleeting

Even though you have a lot to share

You squander your emotions

On men who just don’t care

They’re only there for the moment

Then off to who knows where

Maybe you should just give up

And forget about being a pair

Because lovers are never perfect

They argue and pull out hair

So ignore the pull of romance

And just hibernate like a bear

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Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – squander

Mumbles … Benefactor

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“Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it acceptable to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity.” – Zoltan Kodaly

Art comes in many forms and can truly move you.  Whether it is a photograph of a mountain you want to see some day, a sculpture of an inspiring person you wish to be like, or a painting of a field of flowers you can practically smell, it all touches a part of us that brings joy.  It could be an intensifying piece from a symphony or the gentle movements of graceful dancers in the performing arts that brings back a memory or entices a moment.

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Art can open our eyes to other cultures, times and ways of life.  Teaching us, inspiring us and so often an encouragement to keep moving.  One of my favorite forms of art is photography.  A mood can be captured with the press of a button.  The right lighting and composition can create a response you never expected.

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As the winter months come upon us soon, why not plan a trip to a local museum?  You can escape a little with the beauty of art in a nice warm environment.  Just like stopping to smell the flowers (natural art if you will) you need to take time to appreciate the beauty that has been created all around you.

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Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – benefactor

Play On

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Music affects the soul

It brings emotions out in the listener

Music affects the heart

We can’t help but feel good when we hear a favorite song

Music affects the mind

Memories come drifting back with every note

Music affects every aspect of our lives

Let it play on

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A song that has been on my mind recently and Tom was one of my Mom’s favorite so in honor of her this Mother’s Day evening…. hope you like this little bit of blues.


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – aspect

Remembering Him

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The first sign of love

I felt my heart flutter

You lifted my mood

I was happy again

We fit together so well

Your positive spirit

To boost my troubled soul

I began to feel hope

I began to feel happiness

I began to feel love

All emotions I had been without

You taught me to have faith again

In myself and in a world

Where good things were possible

I will never forget you

You were my life saver

You were my friend

You were my love


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – emotions

Silent Hell

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Alone at a table in Village Inn, she began to write while she waited for her food.  Helen was stressed and had to get away from her hectic home life for the day.  She had just grabbed her coat and walked out the door.  Now she was trying to write out the troubling emotions into some poems.

Her food arrived and she set her notebook on the seat next to her.  Her mind was still swirling with thoughts and words.  When only about half of her food gone, she pushed the plate away and moved her notebook back in front of her.

Our lives are hell

Reacting to each other

Never really talking

Why bother

You’re usually drunk

Now I seek hope

With or without you

I must find peace of mind

She seemed pretty satisfied with this.  She dated her notebook page and signed it.  Thinking of a title she wrote Silent Hell above the poem.  Another poem about her chaotic life.  It would really break her heart if she knew this made the hundredth poem, she had written this year and it was barely March.  She set the notebook back out of the way and slid her plate back in front of her and finished her lunch wondering if he even had noticed she was gone.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – village

Trapped

I feel it build inside of me

I begin to embrace the rage

Knowing it gives me strength

A way to get out of this cage

My emotions have been trapped

For far too many years

I wore the mask like a pro

Hiding all of my fears

But today begins a new me

One to encompass all I feel

No right or wrong feelings

Only ones that are very real


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – cage

The Poetry Man

(This is a little something I wrote for a friend and he encouraged me to share it.)

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Words that are music to the heart

Familiar but like a new discovery

Engaging feelings in me

Sounding of a symphony

Like lyrics to my favorite song

I find myself in a comforting sway

Moving to the sounds of your voice

Reading emotions in every word

A concert held for the masses

But truly encouraging one

Singing from the soul

Your kindness echoes of an encore

A time to replay the song

And give you a standing ovation

With Feeling

comedy and tragedy

The truth is hidden within

And should not be kept silent

Express your feelings

May they be good or bad

Let your loved ones

Know that they matter

It’s ok to cry when you hurt

Laugh when there is happiness

And scream with anger

Locking down your feelings

For far too long

Can leave you with only

The loss of expression

And an empty hollow life

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – express

and for those of you still with me a little bonus…

The Letter

Dear Me,

I didn’t mean to hurt you

And lead you down this path,

But my emotions were all tangles up

In thoughts about the past.

I didn’t mean to jeopardize

The future you had planned,

In the heat of the moment,

It just got out of hand.

I could say it was a mistake

That won’t be made again,

But I can never be sure

Of anything again.

Anyway, I have to go now

It is time to face the truth

And hope that things will fall in place

Not crash right through the roof.

So, I write to ask forgiveness

And hope you will comply

Because I can’t live without you,

Signed lovingly, Myself and I

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – anyway