A bell here is a fitting subject for the droning sound of a refrain poem. The poems are more playful then melancholy on the whole. The form depends on the sum total of the refrains, the net effect of the tone of the poem: these poems are meant to be read aloud. We fund the publication out of our own pockets and rely on donations to offset some of the cost.
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Of the many excellences which I perceive in the order of our State, there is none which upon reflection pleases me better than the rule about poetry. And, lastly and chiefly, they cry out with an open mouth, as if they had overshot Robin Hood, that Plato banished them out of his Commonwealth. And the metaphysic, though it be in the second and abstract notions, and therefore be counted supernatural, yet doth he, indeed, build upon the depth of nature. And there is another artist,—I should like to know what you would say of him. Time will pass. It is a thorough and vigorous argument written by a practitioner of the art, who also had a strong education in the classics.
This chapbook of prose poems belies an uneasy truce with death, disease, and dying. The subjects of the poems are often aging and dying parents and the vulnerability of an infant daughter. As a whole the poems take on fragility from many different directions. Then the suitcase fell off and the tire exploded.
Everyone felt worse because nothing had been predicted, no sign of trouble on such a sunny day, while road salt glittered its million cheap promises, and strands of videotape flashed down, then bright, in that clean light. Skip to content February 23, February 27, Jonathan Taylor. February 23, February 27, Jonathan Taylor.
January 9, February 23, Jonathan Taylor. October 20, Jonathan Taylor. Thanks for your interest in local poetry! October 20, October 20, Jonathan Taylor. A clear home so I can see every danger from on top. As time passes You finish all of your classes The good memories lasted But you're happiness crashes And you wonder why You sit down and cry Relieve your stress with a sigh But the pain remains.
Lay Me Down. As the day drags on I sit and reminisce the good times And ponder why you had to go Nothing is the same I stutter everytime I hear your name It hurts me to see your family in pain We all miss you. Dear Dad. I wake But I do not feel awaken Your love has gone And it has depressed my soul So when I wake and your not there I am woke but not awaken Once upon a time your presence Your love. Year Eight. You lodged bullets of attraction.
Are We Free. Are we a free people, a free country, with a truthful servicing of liberty and justice for all? In the 3in by 2in. In the 3in by 2in picture. Lust is a Satisfying Sin. Sleep,A deep land,filled with a rejuvenating waveWith each wave being more restful than the last,As the waves crash into the soire that is the unconscience,The mind rides the waves spinning tales upon tales ,. I live in this broad bubble that I all a life. But i know thats not right. I have become so scared of failing thatg I no longer try. Dulled passion just trying to get by. Maybe if more people knew.
Dare Gravity. To the Hungry Girls. Unrequited Love. The brain waves in my mind are like an ocean during a tsunami Big and ceaseless, powerful. Neurons connecting too fast Mind racing Heart speeding Sweaty palms Too many connections. Psychoanalyze Me. I am not the only one in the White Room. Sheer fabric whispers from the windows Goblet in hand, I drink to the Grecian lady White dress, raven ringlets frame the face Of porcelain A laugh escapes. It is fearful to think about where I will be. Murmurs of Me. Flowing melodies have encapsulated my heart since birth. The Puppeteer That Stole Her.
This is for the women with the broken bones With the shattered heart and tattered clothes This is for the women with silent voices Who made tough choices that were seen as pointless. Undying Fantasy. But then, in a moment, A quiet word is said A small gesture, sure. My heart beats every second. A Memory. A memory. As Glass Shatters. Hear that?
It's the sound of blaring red sirens, Innocence shattered on the cold marble ground. Two bombs were dropped that day.
The one in the building: Seventeen injured Two dead. Sit still and look at the Speckles of dust … drifting down… Wandering through the … air Like your thoughts of the future Unbeknownst. Wander further and you ponder, About many things unanswerable. The Family Meeting. Why do I let the things that crush my soul Bruise my demeanor, my attitude, my outlook on life?
Is it because my mind, a vast space filled with dreams of love and adventure, Hope and happiness, splendor and joy,. Do I have to be broken? It seems these days the only way to be considered for anything is to be a battered, broken, shell of a person. Ticking Time. It just keeps ticking. Do I let it pass me by. November Walks. Whispering winds sounded through the cool night Shivering, trembling, she quickened her pace.
Not sure why, the still shadow gave her fright Unknown to her, the shadow had a face. When a Tree Falls. If a tree falls in the forest. A Need For Change.
City Girl Creature. Poison Ivy. The first time I picked up a pen to write - to write with purpose, searing intent stored in my mind - I was liberated, overjoyed! I was to let ring the deepest thoughts I could find:. Don't You Remember? Don't you remember all the good times we had As kids, Just the two of us against the world?
I certainly do. I'm the one who remembers everything, Remember? I still do. A Different Show. You want to know what makes me tick? What makes me feel like giving up just a bit? It's the Republicans and Democrats, strong as can be, Giving no space for other possibilities. Leaving for College. The one that takes the knowlege. The one who carried on.
The wish of going to college, Is the fear that brings a dawn. I look upon others For the help to bring hope, But what of the mothers. All boys create despair,. Do Not Cry My Friend. Do not cry my friend. The story of life was not meant to be perfect. Life after death? Well; no. More like death after life. There is no shortage of strife. It isn't exactly where I wanted to go. I admit, I ended my life early. What will You do? I am different but the same as you, We both have two eyes, one mouth, and one nose, Our features may be a little different, But what is the difference? You have blood rushing through your veins,.
People Say. A Letter to You. Present Tense. I was Trapped in a tumultuous turmoil of trepidation and insecurity, a tourniquet of timidity restricting any temeritous thoughts from flowing forth to fruition; in a word, overwhelmed. I was. Setting My Reality. Allow treasured ruins to turn your treasures to ruins. With the unceasing tick of time, your life is now your own, Creation and exploration of your own mind, making possible fun of your youth; yet, maturity of being grown.
A Person Of Courage. A person of courage Could be a firefighter, a doctor Someone who upholds justice. But I found a person of courage in someone else. A bit more.. It Shouldn't Be So Hard. Proving to myself. Sidewalk Education. Right and wrong. Right and wrong, criminal and justice I have never understood where these ideals of right and wrong begin.
When they are a result of societal norms and when they are a result of simple though and humanity. The Builders. MLA format is cruel to the trees. Those pale promises of untouched space on the backs of papers. Fairy Decadence. I stared into the fire and found that I had become my shadow, slithering through castles young and old, who thunder about the earth in titan glory, while morphing my bones—to click and burn—aligning with yours.
Heartless Lover. My name is Ed,. Glory Days. I noticed you were a bit sad so I wrote this to cheer you up. The Secret. I have a secret And when I tell it Hot will turn cold And my world will explode And I'll be left in the middle of nowhere. I have a secret And when I tell it Friendships will end. Chaos Cranium.
I have a whole world contained in my head. Not the whole world, but my world instead. Collected in a memory bank of nostalgia and song lyrics and the actual song if I hear it. When you told me To grow up, I thought you meant, "Kill your heart. Dutifully, plugged the tears until I suffocated. Are you proud of me? The Epidemic.
There is a growing city Upon which the red creeps, A place that is full of People in the streets. The plague advances Bit by bit, Lowering the people Into a dark cold pit. Temptations, deceit Tricked, trapped, but it looks so good Ways of sin and men. Instructions: How to Fix a Heart. I have always dreamed of being a toy train. Spreading smiles on happy boyish faces But have I ever drawn a smile on a face?
The anger burning when I hear your name. Pull me in farther,. I'll Show You. The look you give me when I tell you I want to study away from you,. Because I'm Stuck. Wind is waving bye While the sun caresses doubts Silence brings the anger And leaves confusion on the couch Tears are hiding from pain Who carries smiles all day Lingering at the door is misunderstanding. Enter a world known as Earth Know that whatever you say has no worth There is freedom of speech but that is a lie And nothing is ever as easy as pie Look around and you will see Something that will forever be. Math and numbers make me tick.
Band Aid's Can't Fix Everything. Let me read it. No, because it's about her. About the way she eats and the way she doesn't. Lost in Love. I see it everywhere Kissing, hugging Holding hands Everything a couple does. I see it everywhere Except for me. Alone is all I will ever be. No relationship has ever found me. Indelible Embroilment. There are moments in the night when I wish for someone to lay next to me, embrace me in their arms, and not let me go till the moon finally takes its leave.
A mind's cry. She doesn't know the effect She doesn't know the tears My eyes are bruised with waterfall cries She is always there Yeah I guess I can't knock life I feel the stress What is it that I say? Arcade Games. When I walk into work the air is cloying The musty glow of past play-sweat clinging to the air, The whipping of sugar has begun in the back Building the wispy crystals into pastel clouds.
When the dust settles. A cloud arises from the west, Sweeping the desert land in a rose tinted hue, Bringing back fond memories, Of a small world that I so dearly knew. On Music. Music is my heart, The rain, the pulse. These words So far, Frustrate me. Pain is the one that seeks the darkness. Always inside and completely lifeless. What makes me tick. What makes me tick are these sick, unrealistic expectations of women. Stuck in here for Eternity.
Stuck in here for eternity: Lost in darkness; I will never see. No voices ever speak to me, Stuck in chains for eternity. My breath runs slow, My heart losses track. Selfish User. Turn your lips to mute! You stress her out over pointless things You should stop right now and…. Irrational Understanding. Bitty Dean.
What I Don't Know. I wish I was an astronomist I look at the stars and all that comes into mind is how much I don't know about the world I wish I was an expert not just about space but about physics, anatomy,. There will always be people who work harder. I am smart. There will always be people who are smarter. I can sing. Others can sing as well. Ongoing War. The Compassion Tick. Some are driven by their money Some are inspired by their honey Some are propelled to influence What makes me tick is to make a difference.
A difference can help one in need. In less than a month's time, My world will change From the familiarity of my home and siblings To the unknown of university. Who will I meet? How will I progress? The infinite possibilities dash. Dusk's Domain. It's not the place of in-between, Nor the place where souls scream Night is, as night does Not in this world, or the one above For if you stay, you just might find By dawn's break, you've lost your mind.
The Heart that Fell Asleep. I don't like to think that my heart stopped beating on the night when the blanket wouldn't warm up and the moonless night seemed especially suffocating. Anything can happen any day,. On Myself--Revisited. I met my lover for lunch down the street. My lover, who taught me how to exist In the twist of this hiss, this fizz and sleet Who brought me this bliss, who's Anger, I kissed.
We sat outside on two summer-hot seats. A Closed Off Girl. A Neighborhood. For to fall is to fail,. Listen up I got to say something, This is the start of a new revolution. You Did This. I am ony six years old. As that night was not cold, my heart was chilling to my soul,. Writing is an act of thought, A Muse chased into eloquence, A wild idea, tamed and caught And realized through writer's sense The cause itself, irrelevant, The processes behind it too,. Purity of the Unseen. Sea of Love. Poem Of Masks. I don't know when this started really. This feeling of falling.
This feeling of emptiness that started as a dark seed and seemed to grow and grow, taller and darker, branching into the paths of my mind,. No Matter What. The Sin-Caster. I saw you who was myself. Everyday I see it It's on the tip of your tongue You want to put us down.
Crying children. What do you stand for if you don't stand in prayer? We can't eat bagels everyday. A tallis is no scarf. The drum beats out — stand for your people,. Don't worry, it gets better. A rhyme here and there can make a point.
Stay away from that stuff as your friends pass the joint. We The People. My thoughts tend to wander. From work, to school and my day. Most times I day dream. Flying, Traveling, Running away. My duty is here, working. Empty Colloquy. There were multitudes of peopleToo many for me to grasp.
In My Neighborhhood. After Hours College. Gears of Mind. Elusive answers Ponder questions Get your gears on a drive. Just to keep that drive. Standard beauty ideals are failing us. People demand Curvy but skinny. Tall but petite. Modest but sexy. Pure but experienced. Natural but modified. We can't have it all,.
The Friend in My Head. I swear we've met before. Are you the reflection I see in the mirror, Or the slam of a broken door? You seem recognizable to me: an old childhood friend,. Suicidal Clown. This fake smile is bone structure Painted on to mask my frown You don't see fear nor pain or sin, I'm a suicidal clown. Blood seeped through my long sleeve as I prepared my noose of belts and sheets. More than just a simple metaphor.
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It started with just one. A World Built on Lies. A woman walks up to the church with tears in her eyes She looks straight down so no one sees the tears that she cries She walks alone In long dark clothes So she can say "goodbye". Where I walked. Trapped beneath a wicked confinementIn an embryoni. The Music in Me. Being understood, isn't always me I cannot always say what's deep inside, you see. But when I close my eyes, I hear the rhythms speak;.
My Darling,. All my life I told you tales about monsters The beasts underneath my bed Always telling you they wanted to kidnap me When in fact they wanted me dead. In the Mind of the Beholder. Happiness stapled to the surface Discontent smohered in smiles Despair cloaked in giggles.
The world of alone. She feels alone in this world. Beauty Above All. A girl once told me that my most redeeming quality came from how gracious my heart and intentions were, and that no matter the circumstances, others come first. I lay on my back,My back to the world. I watch all the clouds,The clouds start to swirl. The swirls turn to pictures,That rest in my head. A magical dream. I dream of you when I fall asleep. What Will I Do? What will I do?
Will I answer duty's call? Will I cure a disease? Will I build my own hall? Will I make fire cease? Will I lead a nation? Will I explore space? Will I destroy stagnation? Every day, I wake up and pray to the Lord that I can go out into the world and act as a shining light to those who are lost in the darkness. I try to speak my mind, But is there no difference between a compliment and a homocide?
Quiet shaves away at erradicated emotions, My acne scraping when whips are creasing my flesh. I often ask others what they dream. I often ask others what they dream about. Burgundy Lips. Living, loving, and losing Inside my heart's been battered and it's bruising Following my dreams is harder than I thought. Some Are Bilingual. I've been accepted to college which is such great news the only sad part is that I'll be away from you.
Away from your love, away from your laughter but it is ok I'll be fine, I cant stay forever. Little girls and little boys See the world as it should be Little girls and little boys Even dream in the daylight Little girls and little boys Do not ever have worries Little girls and little boys. Late Night Thoughts. Wanting success Future on my mind. From Time. Tick, Tock. Tick tock, The clock strikes one o'clock.
The sky is dark, the stars shine bright, Everybody, but one, is asleep tonight. How could you? You left us when I was eleven You just walked out Said it was over. It's been five years You still haven't changed dad It's bullshit to think you would. A description of who she was. Night after night my dreams felt so bright because she made me shine with all my light. What if. What if she's the one I can trust and turn the me into an us. What if we can be the us that "everyone" tries to bust.
You ask me to pay the grocery bills, when I'm not allowed to eat the food. I see rainbows burst through the sky And have the sudden urge to run and cry They all laugh and they say, "dont even try" And I say, "oh why, god, why? You are. You are an angel at heart and a goddess at sight.
You are my beautiful Aphrodite. My attempt to want. This is my attempt for getting you naked. Yea, the earlier me is being amended. So please help me acomplish my new goal. Stand Tall or Fall? The Vampire: A Poor Beast. A warped and revolting creature,That has many known names ,fury, wraith, bloodsucker, tormentor, Vampire,. Understand This.
I am an amazing person. They Were The Girls. Continuing Your Road. It provides us knowledge about world.
Chaos In An Enclosed System. On the surface my demeanor is calm. To anyone who talks with me it's as if I've not one qualm. Beneath this exterior lies another person entirely. A person who dreads failing; who has become obsessive and miserly. On Bisexuality.
Power of a Mind and Voice. For all a chance, a choice. Broken Illushen. The illushen of the world around me is falling appart, and now i see how cruel this world can really be. How it tests you and takes away all purity, nothing is really as it seems. I'm not a strong as i apear,.
Good Girl. He likes the way you twerk. The way you move your hips and make your gluteus maximus go berserk. To the Stalins and Hitlers Your dream needed an audience. Where it lacked one, one was found. Ordinary crowds became worshippers-- Sucked into an infatuation That was entirely designed by yourself. Language Barrier. I have seen the other side, More than eight thousand miles away. I have seen the other side, And it's like nothing you've ever met before.
The streets are lined with ramshackle stores,. Melodies flowing, swelling, undulating, Waves invisible to the eye, yet invokes the senses Creates an active mind Induces tears, fears, ensnares the heart, With a strength unparalleled. High School Hallways. I hate walking in the hallways Of my high school. For one thing, There are way to many people.
They walk with no purpose While mine Is to get to class. Yes, there is 6 minutes. This Artist. Many shaped who I am. Many more shaped those who shaped me. I hope with my words many will be shaped by me. A spark in darkness created a universe that we all know. Broken Relationships. I find myself shedding tears for past shitWounds t.
Regretful She. As she sits there crying, She regrets what she's done. She says over and over to herself, "I am young and I don't mean anything I say. Money Hungry. Fighting for Balance. Hush Now. The voices get so loud. The Girl in the Baby Pink. All I could do was just sit there and cry. All I could do was sit there and catch the mascara stained teardrops that attempted to scar my cheeks.
Or was I even wearing mascara? White Noise. I stare into my brothers' eyes to see the icy glow of the history untold and the present to behold. While we speak words of ticking keys and blink behind the screen of lies. No One. Hello, hello, is there anyone here. Oh dear God, what have I done?
Almost Giving Up. I remember those lonely nights. That time in life when I was done, emotionally crippled. When I cared less for myself than even my enemies did. I used to whisper horibble things into the abyss,. Fell For You. And didn't bother to stay and cover my exposed wounds. Tick loves to tick me off! Tick is a small unidentified creature. A smirky grin is his best feature. Tick is my car's worst enemy. He knows how to get the best of me. At night while I sleep,. Even when we are apart. I wish my voice to reach out to those I love, for them to wipe their tears is smile so they know I'm with them, thinking of them, and they are not alone.
What could I be missing. No one was ever asked to be born, but like always God is on a mysterious mission. John Green, Again. Sorry Doctor King. Two Feet to Success. I figured out that maybe I actually like the rain. Since I was your soil and needed light and water to survive, I wanted rain. They planted your seed in my rich soil to grow.
Didn't Have a Name. How do I rid my mind of your presence? You linger like the scent of incense, drifting through my thoughts. An individual with a question to a world. Last of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Sadness is Fake. This morning I looked up in the skies Past the prickly trees Their green arms a border for the clouds And blue skies. The world is so big, Sometimes I can scarcely imagine. The word perfection consumes us all, consumes the thoughts of imperections and tries to change them into something perfectly woven together, or to flatten a small bumb,.
Never Knowing Life. This is the best time of my life yet the most stressful all at the same time. Planning the rest of my life before it even starts. Nothing is going to go as planned, I guess that is the fun in it One Breath At a Time. Notes in metal veins. This is why I am here,. My internet connection, Where did you go? Words that taunt,Words that flow,Words that tease.
If not writtenThey will certainly flee,Escape your mind to bleed. For they will be never moreThen a thought, that drifted with the wind,. Letter To My Father. Dear Dad, You know how much I miss you, But being a good father to your kids had always been an issue, Mom used to say that you were just a drug addict,. An era to end mere watching. There I stood. Tragically transfixed in cowardice, trembling in fear, no voice of my own, so afraid to speak out I took to writing this poem.
The Runaway. Born and bred, true blue, and loyal. To have a hometown I would feel like a royal. A place that I know, love, and trust. I'd try to return; get there "or bust". Family nearby would be a nice bonus;. Your Word Is Your Word. You told me you were going to do something, but it wasn't done.
You told me you were going to teach me how to speak anothe language, I wasn't taught. You're Not My Dad. I don't know why there are so many pictures of you and us. Small Town Blues from a World Traveler. How Do We Fly. In this great big world, we are raised. Seventeen years under our parents' wings before we are shoved into the real world in our eighteenth year. How are we expected to make our own decisions,. State of mind. Hear the butterflies beating their blue wings; beautiful and sad. Listen to the wind shut your eyes.
Where has Annie gone? She's been out way to long "Who died and made her queen? Star-Crossed Stupidity. We were Romeo and Juliet, My depression and me, Me and my depression. A tragically beautiful romance Of star-crossed lovers,. La Femme Nikita. If Depression were a person, She'd be a woman. An independent, seductive femme fatale, because The most feared being in the world is a woman who can.
Disclaimer: This is not a poem, Because my depression is not, was not, and will never be poetic. I used to think. Looking into his eyes I see the pain. Builders, Not Construction Workers. I am a woman like any other woman, and that is, apparently, a problem. This is not a problem concerning the "uniqueness" of each woman, or the preservation of individuality. I am a lover Running my fingers through her hair And gazing into those green, green eyes Adoring the tilt of her head And the lift of her lips Their softness agonizingly sweet.
The Blind Carrier. Family's forever,love is blind. Death's forever,they are blind. Scared Most of the Time. Will they see through me? Walks amongst the grass, with a smile to the sun. Warmth about his heart, the boy longs for lasting fun. Fear so compelling, he walks a path through debris. So dark and twisted, is to man's reality. Down the Rabbit Hole. Color Blind. Excellent Unexcellence. History has taught me white excellent.
Shawn Carter and Mr. West are preaching black excellence. In the end we are all human. Yet to Live. Lucid dreaming. Traveling on my sub-conscience whim. Want a Piece of Mind? Have a Piece of Mine.. I want to go inside the head of someone elsethat way I can think thoughts that are beyond myselfI want to know what they know, see what they see,I wonder if they even think about me. The Fall. The world is crumbling as I stumble t. The Question. Is journalism right for me? Any time so one would ask me what I wanted to do I had the answer ready to Spring out out, quick as a whip.
Ready with a quip. In, and then out; in and then out. These are the constant reminders I have to tell my self to keep me focused,. Considered Friends. I can still remember those late night phones calls text for no reason and bumps in the hallway like no one could see us. Confessions of a First-born Daughter of a Divorced Couple. Sweetheart, let me in. It's time for our lives to b. Crazy seeing how Social Media is ruling things.
Kids learn their ways from what they see instead of their parents teaching them what they should be. That Girl. Hey, did you see that girl today? What was she wearing this time?