Second to Someone

Those eyes haven’t looked at meThe way they looked at herThat once-upon-a-time whenYour heart would skip a beatOn her every appearance. Your lips have never sighed my nameLike they still trace hersWhen you, wrecked, heartsore,Cry a river on your pillow cover. Fingers, they’ve never caressed meThe way they cling to her nightdress,Or thumb through that…

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Worth

I know you get the urge sometimes to cry out, to vent. You seek an ear; any pair will do. The thing is the ears you crave are the ones that refused to hear you out in the first place. They are the source of your pain. But any ear does not, in fact, do.…

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My Anodyne

Your tainted love It trickles down Like an IV drip, Plops into me A bit by bit, and I feel Foolishly sanguine, comatose. I am your hallowed vessel, On a lethal dose of you I’ve overdosed. I never noticed When my own blood Turned to water In your hands, When I found myself warped Into…

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Broken

Mirror tonight show me not My own reflection. My tired visage seeks A change From melancholia that blights My sunken cheeks And has settled itself In the hollow of my neck. Mirror tonight haunt me not With irises darkened from pain This shroud that hangs loose In folds around my bones Feels like foreign skin…

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Itch

This itch Hurts, Suffocates, Bleeds. This itch I’ll scratch Till I reveal What’s hidden Underneath. All your Excuses; All your Pretences, I’ll scratch, Scratch, Scratch, Till nought remains Of your conjectures And your lofty disdain. What are you? Only a scab I want rid of. A reminder of A deleterious past; A fetid pus Born…

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Who Am I?

I hate my skin right now. I wish I could peel it off Layer by layer Shed each layer – Wife, daughter, mother, woman. Me! Live unencumbered, No enclosures No censures No restraints On who, or where Or what I be. I hate that you think That I should just be so – Pretty, charming,…

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The Adulteress

Stop handing me crumbs of love, I’m no stray. I want to be the sight You wake up to each morning. The name that tastes The first kiss of your lips. If you cry, I want to be The first to know why. If you smile, I want To be the reason why. If you…

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TPC Romance Week Post#9: Jealousy

  I’ll die a thousand deaths To hear my name on your lips. I’ll lay my heart on the floor So the muck of this earth Sullies not your fair tread. I’ll rest by your door side, In winters frost, For a chance encounter. And I’ll travel a million miles To have a moment With…

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Vengeance

Love isn’t a band-aid; You can’t slap it over every wound And hope it will heal. Time isn’t a panacea; Some wounds go in too deep, They never stop hurting. ‘Give it time’ and ‘love conquers all’, They’re only glossy varnish,  When tears and entreaties fail. Let me have my vengeance. Sometimes it’s the only salve…

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Alive

I feel like I’ve wasted an entire lifetime, On choices that weren’t mine to make. I  feel like this person I’ve become, Is a stranger I wouldn’t deign to look at, If she weren’t wearing my face. I feel like my inner compass is broken, I’m swiveling unhinged, uncontrollably, In blinding dust storms that reek…

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