Haze diminishes into boredom
Patient for the right emotion
Flooding into sheets of evidence 
Stifled groans of penance

Light emits heat in waves
Wary of pretentious knaves
Details tattooed into skin
Checkmate wide open king

Filing offences of varying degree
Past eyes future with envy
Let the pain run its course
Thorns inseparable from a rose


If I were kinder to myself
Maybe I could look in the mirror
And not see the flaws
Others have pointed out
Or made reference to
Without stopping to ponder
How carefully my soles touch the ground

If I were over confident
Maybe the mirror wouldn’t exist
I’d be caught up in the persona I exude
Unaware of compliments and curses
Heedless to any failure
And unable to bear any kind of weakness
Only focused on my own pleasure

If I were honest at what I saw
The opaque surface reflecting not distorting
Revealing every beautiful dent of individuality
Every scar and wrinkle earned
If all my glories rested in my service
All my achievements brought joy to others
I’d have seen further than mere appearance
Touched the divine connecting us

To The Ends

I don’t give you half the credit
For putting up with me
I don’t remember when you walked in
But you’ve stayed

You have a way of popping up
When I least expect it
I know I wouldn’t be who I am
If you didn’t have a hand in it

I’m not the best of mates
You’d probably list me: acquaintances
But the fact that we’re in touch
Should prove to you my affections

As we struggle to share this space
It’s natural to drift apart
Know that your memory won’t fade
Your presence irreplaceable


Wave calls to shore
Receding till the emptiness shows
Then yearning as fingers close
A union so thunderous roars

Winter and springtime, seasons of a lifetime
Sparks that turn into cleansing forest fires
Volcanoes that simmer to cold stone
Reach within to return home


Visions of your serenity
Haunt my dreams

Fingerprints float around me
Petals that soften my footfalls

Twinkle in your eye
Innocence to wait for touch

Twist in a pirouette
To a soundtrack I crave

Laughter of forest brooks
Pulling me from the depths

Embracing life without fear
A kiss worth countless deaths