A show of weakness
The kiss of death
One scent of doubt
They’ll be nothing left.

Stay one step ahead
Or she’ll leave you, too
Don’t be surprised
When she walks out on you.

Boredom sets in
You won’t see it coming
You’ll be blind sided
She’s amazingly cunning.

She’ll leave the room
In mid conversation
She’ll find someone else
She has so little patience.

The dismissive remarks
The hurt and the pain
When she is finished
You’ll feel so ashamed.

There’s no going back
Once she is done
Once you’ve lost your luster
You’re no longer fun.

If she does call
Don’t pick up the phone
Remember she’s cold
Cold to the bone.


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You stood there at the doorway
There was nothing more to say
Your heart had just been broken
He was sending you away.

He buttoned up your overcoat
He kissed you goodbye
He said  he’d always love you
Until the day he died.

But, you weren’t as ambitious
As he needed you to be
Your bank account was empty
Too little there …. you see.

He  needed something more than
You could do for him
He was power hungry
Your future ….. rather dim.

You took the elevator
Walked out and hailed a cab
Drove cross town to the west side
Felt dejected and oh so sad.

He called you one  year later
You met for dinner at your place
Should have known just what he wanted
By that look upon his face.

You made love for hours
Then he left you …. like before
Nothing changed , nothing to gain
He walked … right out the door.

Your heart remained broken
It would never …. ever mend
He had no intentions
Of getting back with you, again.

You went up to the rooftop
Walked over to the edge
Three fights up was good enough
You stepped off the ledge.



Pushing thru the dark clouds
Finding your way clear
Finally getting over him
No doubt, no pain or fear.

Years of meditation
Falling to your knees
Prayers for strength and guidance
All you need is to believe.

There is life on earth without him
True love and honesty
He filled your heart with darkness
What a tangled web he weaved.

Devalued, mocked and ridiculed
A master of the game
He played you like a violin
What you felt was guilt and shame.

A scavenger, a con, a thief
Who somehow found his way
Into your mind, into your heart
But, he’s not there to stay.

Picking through the remnants
Broken pieces on the floor
It’s time to let go of memories
It’s time to close the door.


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Look into the mirror
Comb through your hair
Powder your nose
Decide what to wear.

There are creams for the aging
Gels for your hair
Botox and astringents
Applied if you dare.

Blue painted toe nails
Pink hair just for fun
Lipstick and liners
To wear when you run.

Powders and lotions
Roll on and take off
Special removers
With soft cotton cloths.

Cosmetic bags
Filled to the brim
Doing all that you can
To look good for him.


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The noise never stops
Though it waxes and wanes
It’s persistent, it’s constant
The message… the same.

You could have done more
You settled for less
All on your own
You created this mess.

No self esteem
You’ve given up
Unable to strive
You were never enough.

No life line, here
Nowhere to turn
All of your bridges
All have been burned.

There’s no safety net
To catch your fall
There’s nowhere to run to
There’s no one to call.

You’re walking in circles
Losing your mind
Now facing the truth
You’ve run out of time.

No second chances
No one really cares
No one will be waiting
They’ll be no one there.

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Stranded and isolated
Separate from everyone else
Feeling I am better off
No longer need your help.

Paddling faster than anyone
But lagging so far behind
Allowing the weak to move ahead
But, afraid I’ll run out of time.

Tired of the gossip and chatter
The languishing looks and remarks
Tired of excuses and pretenses
This water’s infested with sharks.

Waiting my turn, holding the line
Hasn’t made any difference to me
I’m still being battered, I’m black and I’m blue
It’s time to let go and be free.


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Beyond the shoreline
Of the ocean, resides
A handsome merman
And his beautiful bride.

Her fiery red hair
Her emerald eyes
Her sparkling gills
As blue as the skies.

His dark hair and eyes
His turquoise fin
Sets him apart
From other mermen.

They live in a castle
With sea horses and knights
Protected by sharks
All day and all night.

Sea dragons abound
Bat fish and eels
You can hear them at night
They screech and they squeal.

On special occasions
They can be seen
On top of the water
Or within my dreams.

The kingdom before them
Filled with creatures galore
There you will see
Stingrays and more.

The colorful coral
The shells large and small
Make up a fortress
Comprised of them all.

A magical waterscape
Deep down below
With fish fins that glitter
That sparkle and glow.


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