flower

i love this flower,
the little girl said
as she plucked the red bloom
from its green stem.

i think it’s just so pretty,
she continued happily,
holding up the little red flower
for everyone to see

before tossing it to the ground,
and skipping happily away
it’s beauty suddenly forgotten,
never meant to stay.

Steel Your Heart

Steel your heart
for these are hard times
Don’t close your eyes,
don’t forget their crimes

For things are no longer
what they seem,
And maybe they never were,
all of us lost in a dream,

lulled into complacency
as evil festered, undeterred,
the lines between good and evil
long ago blurred

So steel your heart
but don’t close your eyes,
know your truth–
don’t get lost in their lies

We’ve Run Out of Kindness

we’ve run out of kindness and compassion somehow
the world just seems too distracted and enraged
no one can tell the light from the shadows anymore,
most of us feeling alone and betrayed

what is there to live for each day
when all of us struggle to find a bit of good
in everyone we meet everywhere we go,
all of us just wanting to be seen and understood?

Conjure

Conjure me a story, my love,
and make it up as you go.
Tell me how much you love me
tell me things I don’t yet know,

like how much you love to see me laugh,
or the way I twirl my long hair
around my finger as I’m watching you
as if making sure you’re really there

for sometimes love, it comes and goes
like a magician’s slight of hand,
one minute you’re there and then you’re gone
like love notes in the sand.

via Daily Prompt: Conjure

Simplify

can we ever simplify our love, she asked,
to what truly matters the most?

do i love you because of all the things you’ve given me
or is it in those moments when you hold me close?

is it in the way you hold my heart in your hands
like it’s the most precious thing that you own?

Our love simplified is all this and more, he replies,
it’s the only love I’ve ever known.

via Daily Prompt: Simplify

31: Conveyor

you look utterly divine,
her lover said
as she lay underneath the covers
of his bed
wearing only a slip of
expensive French lace,
and a Mona Lisa smile
on her beautiful face

you’re a conveyor of lies,
she replied
though I like how your love for me
does not hide
everything you say
is plain as day
you don’t seem to care
what anyone will say

for they don’t know you like I do,
he whispered in her ear
they don’t know the secrets
you reveal to me whenever I’m near
but all this doesn’t change
how perfect you are to me
with that Mona Lisa smile
that’s only mine to see.

via Daily Prompt: Conveyor

28: Inkling

it was just an inkling,
nothing more,
the softest of whispers
before the dawn

his touch speaking volumes,
a sweet caress
as she folded into his arms,
become his to possess

his to hold,
his to bind
all his to do as he pleased
two hearts entwined

and in the morning light,
when the doubts would flee
she knew then he was hers
utterly, completely

via Daily Prompt: Inkling

27: Inscrutable

i wish you’d tell me things, she said
i wish you’d tell me lies
instead, you are inscrutable
every emotion hidden behind your eyes

tell me the things you wish for,
tell me your dreams
let me be the one you turn to
when the demons gnaw at the seams

but i tell you these things already
he whispered in her ear
as he wrapped her in his warmth, his love
till he swallowed all her fears.

via Daily Prompt: Inscrutable