Archive for ‘TJ Therien’

June 3, 2014

A Dragon’s Tale

by tjtherien

A Dragon’s Tale.

May 22, 2014

Lessons in Literature

by tjtherien

Poetry challenge: Sonnet poem.

I have been Cyrano for far too long,
Hiding behind my nose and sing song words,
Roxanne, my dear, I have done you so wrong,
Because I have been loving you in thirds,
Not letting you see who I really am,
Concealing these feelings I feel for you,
My finger stuck in the dyke and damn,

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May 8, 2014

The Debt Slave

by tjtherien

The hole was dug before you were born
The system was geared to keep you down
To earn your share of wheat and corn
You will toil and in your own sweat drown
Inflating the cost of a loaf of bread
So your stomach will never be full
To afford a roof over your head

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April 9, 2014

Everything is Dandy for the Dandelion

by tjtherien

Poetry challenge: Free verse.

 

During my residency in this abominable life
I have known the gruesome and the beautiful,
I have known the thrall of the flawless embrace…breathtaking
As I have known the sorrowful swell of heart cleaved from chest
I have known a precious few worthy and winsome people
And I am thankful for having known them
Because they have taught me the tangible lesson
That I contemplate in my solitude
Amid the myriad of superfluous and discombobulated thought
Scrumptious morsels of truth for the peckish mind grown plump on falsehood
I abandon the gospel of the pompous and the eminent
And the absurd squabble over what is right
What is proper about this world I have come to loath,

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February 6, 2014

Rhyme Royal

by tjtherien

Poetry challenge: Didatic poem.

Words wrapped into stanza in perfect coil
The scheme of all schemes lay at this apple’s core
a-b-a-b-b-c-c, poet’s foil
The sharpest blade in poet’s chest of war
Rusted because it isn’t used anymore
Now thought of as peculiar, odd and quite queer
Lost in text collecting dust year after year

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January 24, 2014

In Memory of Debbie; TheGirlwiththePen

by tjtherien

She was the Girl with the Pen
An Angel in the world of men
May she rest in the arms of the Lord
Amen

December 19, 2013

The Most Difficult Time Of The Year

by tjtherien

Christmas poem: Challenge.

It’s the most difficult time of the year
(Ding dong, ding dong)
It’s the most difficult time of the year
(Ding dong ding dong)
Cold winds are blowing, liquor is flowing
Nauseated by all the fake good cheer
It’s the most difficult time of the year

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December 7, 2013

Desperately Seeking Clarisse (Monorhyme)

by tjtherien

Oh guide me bright and brilliant light of Polaris
Deliver me from Maggido Via Maris
That I may kneel at the feet of the heiress
Caretaker of the heart of calcified sclerous
She waits for me beneath moon and star on the terrace

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December 5, 2013

Legacy of US (Monorhyme Sonnet)

by tjtherien

Poetry challenge: Monoryhme.

The legacy of man’s lust for gold
Is one that is countless ages old
Ever since very first wheel rolled
Bridges were built then they were tolled
Creating capitalistic mold
To multiply wealth a hundredfold
Money monopolized and controlled

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October 10, 2013

Bright Lights (Tetractys)

by tjtherien

Splash
Skyline
With neon
Steel and glass
Write on the night in electric crayon

September 24, 2013

When First I Heard The Song Of Turtledove (Chant Royal)

by tjtherien

The years had passed by me, all forty-five
An empty life without a legacy
I felt more like the dead than I did alive
When I chanced upon an unseen beauty
God could not a more perfect being create
That neither sin, nor vice could desecrate
I encountered her by the riverside
In the glow of dusk nigh the eventide
Aquiline features with skin of olive
First time ever upon true beauty spied
When first I heard the song of turtledove

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August 11, 2013

In Poor Taste (Limerick)

by tjtherien

There once was a boy named Beiber
A reject of the elves of Keebler
Teach this imp some respect
And ring his scrawny neck
For calling Anne Frank a “Belieber”

July 18, 2013

Craft

by tjtherien

Like an alchemist studying formula
Back crooked, bent over book,
Astronomer deciphering nebula
Or a fisherman sharpening barb on hook

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July 14, 2013

Wine and Vinegar (An Analogy and An Allegory)

by tjtherien

The truth is about wine and vinegar
Is in essence the two are similar
They can be made from the same piece of fruit
Or plucked from the same vine
And while they may share the same root
Vinegar will never be wine

July 8, 2013

Paradise In Paradox (Poet’s Corner Poetry Challenge 8 Line Oxymoron Poem)

by tjtherien

It is when giving means taking
Dictators of Democracy
Repair the world by breaking
Enslave the populace set free

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June 28, 2013

Ominous Owl (Not Quite A Huitain)

by tjtherien

From his perch upon highest bough
Raptor vision spots weak and lame
Crying who-who-who can it be now?
I heard the owl call my name

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June 8, 2013

When Tanka Meets Haiku It’s True Love

by tjtherien

Two saplings touch roots
Seasons pass they stand apart
They grow together
Beneath the earth entangled
Above ground giving each space

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May 25, 2013

Poetry Challenge: Self Portrait.

by tjtherien

At Forty-Five (Timber) Poem.

At forty-five
I’m still alive
But I am older than the earth
What would deprive
Me of my drive
Would try to rob me of my worth
But I survive
I even thrive
I have since the day of my birth

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May 22, 2013

The Wrong Crowd (Timber)

by tjtherien

A clique a claque
Who’s got your back?
The hipster in the black beret
The svelte Slovak
Hogtied hunchback
Or the arrogant Popinjay
Chummy Cossack
Bathed in shellac
Staring back with his eyes of grey

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May 21, 2013

Spiritual (Timber)

by tjtherien

We lay awake
The love we make
Innate spiritual taproot
We sate we slake
Slither like snake
Entangling limb and offshoot
We arch we ache
Quiver and quake
Upon our heavenly pursuit

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May 17, 2013

Beat

by tjtherien

In trying to find my own voice
I have howled like Ginsberg
Tried to wash away the dust of the road
With cheap wine like Kerouac
While listening to the bluesman wail
Like Burrows I dined on a naked lunch
Of stupefying drugs
As the cockroaches of Kafka
Scurried through my addled mind
Through a stream of distorted consciousness

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May 11, 2013

Mount Pinnacle (Poetry Challenge: Landscape)

by tjtherien

How do I even begin to explain the scenery?
The magnificent flora in splendor and greenery
The lady of the land lying seductively on her side
A silhouette on the horizon, heaving breast, hips wide
Head propped up upon crook’d arm and hand
She silently surveys the lay of the land…

May 7, 2013

Self Portrait

by tjtherien

Plucked from the pages of Dostoyevsky
I really am quite the caricature
Cartoon buffoonery played out tragically
Edvard Munch could not paint a more accurate picture
A sketch of tormented soul draped in melancholic shroud
The nightmare that evolved from the dream
Random thoughts the Madman wonders aloud
In order to silence them I scream
At sunset I fight the dying lights
Beneath star bright under dark form of magic
Everything pales in the shadows of white nights
While the moon waxes and wanes nostalgic
The hours unwind and death draws nearer
This is the idiot I see when I look in the mirror…

May 5, 2013

The Sphinx

by tjtherien

I am the sand swept sphinx
Lonely sentinel
Desert heart
Slowly eroding
And showing the ravages of age
My purpose known only by my creator

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May 4, 2013

Acquired Tastes

by tjtherien

In youth I was a Sweet child
As a teen I had a Salty mouth
Umami didn’t like my un-Savoury friends
As a young man I had Spicy sex
In midlife I began to Sour on things
In old age I have grown Bitter and cynical

April 29, 2013

By Heaven I Swear (Rondeau redoublé)

by tjtherien

By heaven I swear by all that I hold dear
Bound by promise for as long as I breathe air
More than sweet nothings I whisper in your ear
This something we share is something very rare
There is nothing in this life that can prepare
For crystallization of feelings so clear
No matter what happens I will always care
By heaven I swear by all that I hold dear
Your heart I hold sacred, your love I revere

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April 27, 2013

The Widow (Sestina)

by tjtherien

Perennial bloom upon ancient tomb
Ivy climbs the walls of olden towers
When will the waltz put on pause resume?
Beautiful bouquet of spring time flowers
Reinvented new identity assume
A statue under the sun of noon time hours

Having spent well over ten thousand hours
With her heart enshrined in a sacred tomb
Locked away in imaginary towers
Life sputtered and stalled and would not resume
Arranging her hair with wild flowers
Her grief was too much for one person to assume

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April 26, 2013

The Heart (Tyburn)

by tjtherien

Burning
Yearning
Learning
Earning
The heart is that burning yearning pit
That will keep us learning earning it

Tyburn is a six line poem consisting of 2, 2, 2, 2, 9, 9 syllables. The first four lines rhyme and are all descriptive words. The last two lines rhyme and incorporate the first, second, third, and fourth lines as the 5th through 8th syllables.