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A Poet’s perspective is a blog for me, an aspiring writer, to share my world and work with a wider audience. I intend to feature many aspects through this site. These will consist of blog posts, poetry and writing, photography, and media reviews. I hope my posts will remain engaging to you and provide a personal sense of how I see the world. I intend to add contact information soon in order to connect with readers. Thank you for viewing A Poet’s Perspective!

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The Good Son

I wear many masks.

I’m sure you’ve seen them.

The one I don the most

I call The Good Son.

 

The Good Son is quiet.

He keeps to himself,

His burning truths

Remain stifled inside.

He does not let fly

His bottled venom,

Instead swallowing it all.

 

The Good Son is dutiful.

He wipes your vomit from the toilet bowl,

As an accomplice wipes down a crime scene.

He washes the sink,

Watching evidence swirl down the drain.

 

The Good Son is patient.

He bides his time until he is free.

He faces your drunken insults with stoicism.

Your slurred words only fall to the floor before him.

 

The Good Son does not engage.

His time is devoted to being scarce.

He remains cloistered away in his room

From your roaring curses

And thunderous door slamming.

 

Within his fragile dwelling he comes to realize…

The Good Son is breaking.

 

 

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What It Takes

It only takes one message

Of ten words

To cut the cord.

It only takes one message

Of three sentences

For him to leave.

Ten syllables

For the idea of a future

To slip away.

One line

For you and him to end.

One night

When all the memories

Rise and swirl around

Your brain like

Dead leaves in the wind.

It only takes two words

To heal.

I’m done.

 

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Dormant

The day I leave you

I will spread my wings.

Until then I remain

Dormant, dreaming

Of that day.

 

Your Power

You have power

Over my emotions.

So much that

Gods would tremble.

I gave it to you,

The fool that I am.

Now it is gone,

I fear I’ll never

have it again.

 

Broken Heart

A broken heart

Makes bad choices.

Two splintered halves

Cannot function

As whole.

Would you expect

Broken wings to fly?

 

The Cruel Mistress

Living with you

Is a life caged.

My jailer

Your liquid courage

Thinly masquerading

Liquid rage.

 

Your judgement can never

Be truly clear

Looking through frosted bottles

Filled to the brim with my fear.

I’ve learned to count time,

Not by minutes, hours, or years

But through subtraction

Of your discarded beers.

 

Your whiskey is strong,

Burning away every plea

Lacing your tongue with words

To burn loved ones

Until they can only flee.

 

This addiction is a cruel mistress

Who takes as much as she gives.

So convinced you are

That you consume it.

In truth, it consumes you as you live.

She is your first love

Who reigns above all others.

A marriage pact in sin.

As long as you two

Are intertwined together

It is certain no one else can win.

 

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Private Storms

Storm clouds roll in

Over my mind.

I’m not ready

For the rain.

 

Hanging above, they deliver

Me their tears

No one else can see.

 

I move through crowds,

The only one needing shelter.

Thunder claps deafen me to your words.

 

A cold, white sheet of rain

Wraps itself around me

And obscures everything from view.

Calls for help are eaten up

By every drop.

 

Resigning to the will

Of my private storm

I press my hand to its walls,

An act of finality…

 

Before the wall is pierced

By an umbrella opening.

A face hangs under it.

The face of the one

Who found me.

 

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Writing Is An Act Of Courage

Conventionally, writing is thought of as a creative act. It is creating something from nothing, giving voice to an idea. While I don’t entirely discredit those notions about writing, they seem almost too simple. In my experience with writing, I have found it to be an act of courage. All my writings (poetry, stories, essays, journals) have a singular connection: they express what I can’t or won’t communicate with others. This can include certain people or events that have impacted me or very private thoughts and feelings. Writing can be an act of courage because it brings private ideas into reality when a pen is put to paper. There is something seemingly concrete about writing a statement out. It gives preservation to a though with the once fluid ability to slip through one’s mind and memory. Put simply, the action of writing declares our ideas in a more definite form. From this concept come the reasons that writing should be merited as an act of courage. For myself, the reasons are: writing allows me to face necessary truths about myself and it is a source of strength.

Writing allows me to face necessary, if sometimes unpleasant, truths about myself. This is because writing is a skill nurtured in solitude. Long before being shared or circulated, writing is a sharing of secrets kept between the pages and I. The best example of this in my writing life is my private journal. My journal is where I reflect on my life and myself as a person. There is no need for filters or social graces. There is an amazing sense of trust in solitary writing. Pages cannot talk, nor can they judge. I can openly process my feelings and motivations, even those that make me seem small. Writing allows me to face necessary truths because they are harder to deny when they stare back at me from a page. Writing gives the truth a state of permanence.

Writing is also a source of strength for me. My writing allows me to process. Writing helps me process feelings, fears, ideas, and thoughts, in my most articulate way. I’ve always thought of my poems as pieces of me. If read as a collection, they would give a mosaic-style complex image of who I am. Or at the least, how I see the world. Writing poetry is a form of exorcism. This is especially true when I write about a difficult topic or from a deep emotional state of mind. Poetry is a means of expelling heavy emotions that weigh me down. Casting those emotions from myself and onto the page gives me cathartic relief from them. If I’m able to contain emotions within a finite page, then I can understand them, communicate them, analyze them, and maybe resolve them. This is where strength comes from.

While concepts like creativity are relevant for writing, the most important lesson is in courage. Writing is an act of courage, it expresses commitment to ideas and will to own them. In writing, we confront deep personal truths and find strength in processing our own emotions. These skills require all the courage we have. 

 

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