Posts tagged ‘struggle’

July 2, 2019


by dokurtybitz

I woke up
Went through the motions

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May 5, 2019

Chalk Bones

by Anita Lubesh

chalk bones whips blush poem

My cheeks inherited
these whispered blushes.
Above them sits one jewel
in the traverse
of my brow’s flesh,
a stream of teardrops,
permanently nestle
in the body of my face –

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June 4, 2018


by Bhavya Prabhakar, India

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My pen is shaking

I am agitated

My notepad is topsy-turvy

With the struggle

I revere the most

In this bloomy air.


The confusion relies

On my pen

Am I writing sense

Where are the words

What come before

And after.

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May 7, 2018

Ballad of a Stray

by Nick Anthony

“Shoo!” they say to me all day,
As I wander, unwanted and alone,
Down lonely streets, looking for meat,
And a dry place to call my home.

Among the two-legs, I scavenge their dregs
My ribs bruised by their kicks,
While snobby Maltese snub my maladies:
Rabid and half consumed by ticks. 

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December 11, 2017


by Renwick Berchild

And he blows his head open, because he is in the army; he does not
want to go back. He makes it clear.

I was his friend, when he was alive and in high school.
I am his friend again, now that he is gone and fading.

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August 8, 2017


by Nick Anthony

When I was young, you were invincible.
You were like Superman, but better
Because I had never seen evidence
Of a Kryptonite that might harm you.

You seemed to effortlessly
hold back the dangerous flood,
And fearlessly protected me
From ever encroaching reality.

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July 16, 2017


by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm

In disbelief,
He described
her exact words to me
they were:


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June 25, 2017


by Renwick Berchild

Pieces of me didn’t break. Socks I didn’t roll, shirts
I didn’t fold. Hardly limbed, I carried
each cup of malice in my clenched teeth, and scoured lands
on ten quadrillion purring wheels, a wave of
stampeding machinery, throwing up trees.

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June 18, 2017


by Renwick Berchild

As we walk our backs are low, our hearts pointing into our guts,
roll and hardened into seashells, gripped inside, the soft parts threatening
to spill onto the carpet.

We are not being defeated by malice – just absent-minded greed.
The foundation is removed brick by brick beneath our reddened soles.

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June 14, 2017


by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm




No Calling

No Contact

No Caring

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June 7, 2017

Last Gate

by Renwick Berchild

I know that I forgot to love you.
I know that I forgot to sew back on the sleeve.
I know that the arm that is now bare, and bears the marks,
forgot to extend, grasp, and lift he.

I am aware that I was born.
I am aware I am less than what was allotted to me.
I am aware that I caused great harm,
that I never granted explanation to she.

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March 10, 2017

The Flame is Alive

by scatterednotebooks

by Belen L.Méndez

The flame is alive
but it’s fighting
trying to burn on

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December 12, 2016


by Jem Croucher


The pressure of the tightness
like a vice around my chest
This cruel incumbent halting
any chance to get some rest
Insomnia resulted
as breath comes short and fast
the hours passing slowly
’til the morning comes at last

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October 18, 2016

In Need of Maintenance

by Nick Anthony

For months I stood there
Teetering upon the precipice;
It being clear what I should do
Yet all I would or could choose
Was to merely waste away in fear.

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August 28, 2016

The Struggle: Haiku.

by Nick Anthony

Upside down egg pits
Swallow wasted ambitions,
Flushing them long gone.

August 26, 2016

A Hard Wednesday

by Renwick Berchild

I twist under the streetlight, tell the tales of dead bodies rising.
I kill under the streetlight, speak the tales that crush us.

Dying for endings, daring devils, trading
our cigarettes, our coats, our sex for a bite of real love.

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August 26, 2016

Chronic Misunderstandings

by Renwick Berchild

Sushi misunderstandings,
Damnable doors that only swing one way,
Cold slabs of meat that hang in windows,
Cars and cars and cars and cars and
Cars that crash beneath my balcony, voices spark,
Howl and groan and cry to their dead parents,
Dead lovers, dead selves,

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July 12, 2016

There is Always More that can be Done

by Renwick Berchild

Faint fountain before the lantern light,
Fairest fauna bending in,
Fragile creature
Dying slow,

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June 16, 2016

Growing Pains

by Renwick Berchild

Pretty red dot devours the tip of the knife with
Pretty bad cut and pretty tall shout and a pretty
Fast race to the kitchen sink where I take a bath
In pretty cold water with pretty bad sting and

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February 18, 2016

Forty Feet Above the Sea

by russtowne

I stare from a small wall

Forty feet above the sea

It stands as a lonely sentinel

Protecting the unsuspecting

From an ugly plunge to a beautiful

Rugged boulder-strewn beach.

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November 15, 2015

Need I Fear

by Venkat


Need I fear your words
hot as coals
Need I fear your eyes
sharp as arrows
Need I fear your silence
dark as caves
Need I fear your reasoning
heavy as rocks

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January 4, 2015


by dokurtybitz

With the cold inhumanity
Of the lives we lead
How can one
Avoid fading into the
Gray mush
Like a zombie

May 30, 2014

Between Mountain and Sea

by Venkat

As we grow in age
From birth to the end
Through life’s cage
A truth we cannot bend

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April 12, 2014

I’ll Be Going Now

by Heather's Starting End


If I retreat from this world for a little while
Would you miss my face,
My attempted smile?

I’m not sure where to go,
Not sure where I’ll hide
Like the evening sunshine
entwined in dusks stride

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April 9, 2014


by Venkat

Word well said
In books of wisdom
Reason for a bird’s flight
To propel high above
So by a power
Rise within

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April 8, 2014


by Heather's Starting End


I came down hard on you
Came down really hard
Disappointment in my head
Neglect swam in my heart

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March 14, 2014


by Venkat


Life with no direction
By all dreams, undone
Clogged in every notion
Nowhere to move or run

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February 23, 2014

One Relationship

by Venkat


One relationship
A life’s marvel
Seed of all relationships
To have firm feet

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