how do you do it?

how do you keep on going
when the world is falling apart,
when your answer to the question
“red or blue?” determines if you’re worth it…
or not?

how do you turn away
from the raw pain in people’s eyes
denied their right to live, to love, to be-
all because others believe
in the lies?

how do you go about your day
knowing death is just a sound-byte away
a video feed blasted to the world-
a woman’s last minutes
on display?

how do you do it?
i want to know
how do you keep on going
when there’s no other place
for us to go?

halfway across the world

I wish I knew what to do,
how to help you in any way
But I’m helpless from where I sit
halfway across the world

I’m sorry for being callus, for saying
maybe you could do this or that
for that wasn’t what you needed to hear from me
halfway across the world

A thousand friends on Facebook, you say
and not one of them could lend a helping hand
I wish I could do more than just listen to you cry
halfway across the world.

the man who got away

i don’t think of you as much as I should
but on this day, i do.
for i remember the one christmas we spent together
my brothers and me sitting in the back seat and you

i remember driving around the city in your mercedes
when you said you had to hand out the gifts
to the public servants who waited on street corners
sacks of rice in the trunk and stacks of hundred peso bills

i remember the smiles of gratitude on their faces,
of how proud i felt being your daughter then
you were the man i looked up to so much
how i wished we could do that all over again

but that was the only christmas we ever spent together
and the memories that remain are now so few
like the sound of your laughter and the sight of your smile
and how my whole world revolved around you.

merry christmas, daddy

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 be 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