loneliness

Desolation

photo credit: Scott Wright Photography

photo credit: Scott Wright Photography

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DESOLATION

Where do you go when memories hurt
and the present isn’t great, either?
A question to which I always revert…
where do you go when memories hurt?
Will an escape to the vast, dry desert
bring relief? A much needed breather?
Where do you go when memories hurt
and the present isn’t great, either?

2016-07-12
P. Wanken

Family Ties

 
FAMILY TIES

Is it best
when leaving the nest
to no longer be
from the family tree?

When you marry
do you no longer carry
those in your heart
from whom you were a part?

It can be lonely
when it’s just me only.
So, Brother, remember
I’m still a family member.

Please, give it some thought,
as you tie the knot.

2014-04-20
P. Wanken

 

Written for Poetic Asides April 2014 Poem-A-Day Challenge DAY 20: Family

A New Song

 

A NEW SONG

My hand is empty
the music, gone;
the ache of loneliness
has become my song.

2012-08-16
P. Wanken

 

This poem is inspired by Music Notes #2 prompt from Elizabeth. The YouTube link was for Mama Cass Elliot’s song “Make Your Own Kind of Music.” The instruction is to use the song as inspiration to write whatever we want…as long as our response is 15 words or less. I believe I’ll be studying up on some of the short poetic forms out there. This form is the naani.

Also posted as Day 43 at “100 Days of Summer” (on Facebook). 

Lost In A Crowd

LOST IN A CROWD

Is there anybody there?
she asks in the crowded room.
Her words linger in stifled air.
Is there anybody there?
She is met with stares
then conversations resume.
Is there anybody there?
she asks in the crowded room.

2012-06-18
P. Wanken

Inspired by Carry On Tuesday prompt #160, to use part of the opening line of Walter de la Mare’s poem “The Listeners”…Is there anybody there?