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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #510 on: May 21, 2018, 01:28:45 pm »
Counting down the days
Until we meet again
Time it passes slowly
Each hour as if ten

When we can be together
No longer far apart
Two souls again as one
With but a single heart

With a flare most becoming
And a smile curiously charming
A roguish reputation trailing his steps
Rumours most dark and intriguingly wicked
Swirled in his passing in whispers aplenty
To cloak his reputation in debonair decadence

@🎨Abigail Larson


Within flickering flames
I see an angelic face
As you were then
Before you fell from grace

Why have you come
Here to me now
To you I swore devotion
I made it a vow

Memories slice deep
They pierce my soul
Please take me with you
Without you I’m not whole

#SenseWrds 395

Peaceful serenity
Calm and soothing
Sweet balm of conscience
Surrounding my soul
Lost in my dreams
Where LILACs do bloom
In tranquil profusion


In whispered dreams
Deep in the night
I feel your touch
In arms that hold tight

But you are not here
You never were
You slipped away
My hear did tear

Demons do flock
As murderous crows
Haunting me still
A door I can’t close

🎨1 - Angela Taratuta/2 - Enmi Wahlbäck
Slow falls the curtain of night
To shroud the world in somber shade
Blacker than a Raven’s wing
Quieter than a new filled grave
Souls bewitched do shift and rise
To greet the moon and their solemn demise


🎨Abigail Larson
Strawberry lips and candy floss dreams
Wrapped in sugarcoated promises
Offer carnal satisfaction to your secret addiction

Among the stars
Shall we together soar
Let our dreams take flight
Today and evermore


With a surgeon’s skill
You made your mark
Without hesitation
Then all grew dark
Just a little more
I’ll not tell
Beyond and below
You know me so well
Crimson spills
Ever so fleeting
But dig deeper
My Maker I’m meeting

(Image credit/source: Azra Spahovic on IG)
#PoemTrail 255

Shifting sands
Through time surround
Not what they seem
Tis all a lie
Unveil the truth
As you believe
From the dust
Shall you rise
What you wish for
Shall you truly receive

#SenseWrds 396

Inscribe your love
Flowing curlicues
Tattoo my heart
In rainbow hues
Colour my mind
In heavenly shades
Of a paradise found
For all our days


In some shaded bower
Where wild BLUEBELLS grow
Shall we meet in secret
Where none shall know

And BEAUTEOUS thoughts
In soft confusion
Tumble and spill
In cascading profusion

As Beast to his BELLE
Shall you be mine
In this here and now
Until the very end of time


So fragile in this fleeting time
A barest brush of air in passing
Is that you?
                     Or my mind amusing?
Close my eyes and there you are
A smile playing upon your lips
My silent lover tender and true
Always there
Always you


Crushed by the hand of vengeance
I fell with a silent scream unto the abyss
This killing joke that Fate did play
A poison spreading with diabolical infusion
No candle flickering before a darkened mirror
Whispered incantations
Shall ease my suffering & humiliation


Vanilla frosting and cocoa perfection
Craving becomes a sweet seduction
Molten allure in chocolate confection
Teasing my senses to drooling salivation
Seducing my palate into sublime addiction


Wandering phantoms haunt me still
Hopes and dreams of what once was
Drift and weave directionless
Amidst the endless blue

#DimpleVerse #23words

A mind BEGUILED succumbs
UNFURLING thoughts
As petals sunkissed
In enraptured acquiescence
Of an Eden found
Where none did exist before
A gentle smile of BONHOMIE
Fleeting upon lips seeking more


Chasing butterflies
Or were they dreams
Fleeting they passed
Shimmering wings
In every hue
They called to me
Drew me on
Ever out of reach
Yet always in sight

#WrittenRiver 1400

The die were cast
No taking them back
The choice made
The path selected
Demons discouraged
In sly whispered conjecture
My conflicted soul flinched
But the Devil was seductive
My destiny now sealed
Those invisible shackles tightly cinched

#IntrigueVerse 126

Within the reflection
I went looking for myself
In crystal pools so clear
I searched and searched
But all I found
Was an empty broken vessel
Surely there's more to me
Beneath the surface
Hidden yet fighting to be free

#art ( 1- Jody Kelly /  2- Honore Daumier )

One to the other
Always together
Ever struggling
Unresolved to our fate
We silently fight
This schizophrenia
A poison
My true self
Or a lie I tell myself
One shall win
Or one shall fade
One seek the light
Or one die in the shade

#DarkLines 252

📸(Eric Lancome)

All of my life
Within this suitcase
My dreams
My hopes
My reasons to live

Ever so neatly
Pristine perfection
Preciously guarded
Folded precisely

Always at hand
Within my reach
Treasures I keep
Under lock and key


Words spilling recklessly
Tumbling forth in wild profusion
Falling dangerously close to accusation
They sliced with vicious accuracy
Cutting deep as never before
And slowly my heart bled in cornered confusion


Tattered thoughts and timeworn words
Faded remnants of a life long lived
Now gathering dust in lonely corners
Where none do notice nor enquire
Unseen by all and heeded by none

(Image credit: John Aiello)
#PoemTrail 256

Fairness and light
All things bright
That’s what she was
As all would tell

Beloved by all
She graced the world
Her smile and laughter
Like a flower

#VerseAngel 169

Sung sweetly to me of what could be
As DAWNing rays gilded the sky in silvered hues
And my heart gladdened to see such divine luminescence

From the depths
He shall rise
Legend and fantasy
Brought to wondrous life

Touch the flame
Breathe the fire
Ignite my flame
Feed the desire

To touch the sky
Walk upon the edge
My life to thee
I solemnly pledge

(pic): Art by Bayard Wu challenge.
#WrittenRiver 1402

Seal the ring
Sand the floor
Liven your bow
Close the door

In the gathering place
Shall we congress
Meet me here
I’ll be in a white dress

Then we shall dance
The night away
Lost in each other
The world at bay

#WyldeVerse 62

Learn to love once again
Listen with your heart
It’s always your friend
Let go of what you fear
Unlock the bars of your soul
For beauty surrounds you
And within you it thrives
If you can but feel it
Tis the song of a thousand lives


So tender is love
Within my trembling palm
Do I offer my beating heart
With all that I am
Or ever shall be
To you I am bound
Until the very end of time


Take my hand
Walk with me
Along the path
Beneath the tree
Through the meadow
By the stream
A haunting love
A beautiful dream
Whisper my name
And I’ll whisper back
You’re still the one
‘Tis no act



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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #511 on: June 03, 2018, 03:25:58 am »
Drowning rapture within your arms
Bathed in the circle of your loving charm
Floating away on a cloud of dreams
These stolen moments are all we can have

#carnalverse 163

Fire calls to fire
Drawing the heat
From ember to flame
She was the spark
To set him alight
Out of the dark

(🎨both) by Ryohei Hase


A wave that breaks upon the shore
Spends itself
                          There is no more
Pause and breathe
Take a step back
Let emotions cool
Respond after that

#WyldeVerse 63
Lingering thoughts of a time long ago
Haunt the rooms within my mind
That once were filled with light and laughter
Now dark and empty without any echoes


It could be sweet
Upon my tongue
Or bitter
As the vilest drug

To say I’m sorry
The pain I wrought
Betrayal in your eyes

#verseangel 172

Escalating heart beats race
A fever running like fire
This naked need
To feel your embrace
Drown in sensation
Succumb to aching desire

#DimpleVerse #23words

Two crowns upon a battle field
Claimed by all
Won by none
While high on high
The heavens clash
In the stormy language of clouds
Afore the sweet clearing of the sky

Tread with care
For the ledge is brittle
One false step
Upon your path
And you shall tumble
Unto your death

#darkjoke #darktale

Soft caress of warmth
Upon an upturned cheek
Innocent pleasure
In this golden moment
Across the miles
I kiss my sunset
And think of you
Kissing your sunset too


These veiled promises
Made one unto the other
Do seal our fates
For all time together

Beneath gossamer threads
Silken and pure
I think only of you
And know I am sure

(🎨Jake Hicks)

#PoemTrail 259

From ethereal wisps
Dancing across a Summer sky
To doom laden thunderheads
That lower in sullen violence
The language of clouds
Speaks fluently of human nature

From the shadows shall they creep
Hidden in a darkness so thick and deep
Soul withered demons seeping forth
To gather in my mind whispering of death


Sweet meadow scented summer breeze
Sun gilded tresses that tumble and tease
Whispered promises of fulfilled dreams
In a bower where magic & wishes convene
Innocent laughter that rings in the air
A Mid Summer madness calling us there

( 🎨 Tamar Frank  )

#NatureVerse 118
Bittersweet indulgence
Temptation undeniable
Beckoning “taste me”
Of a craving intense
Becoming addictive
I am the slave
Before my master
Doing whatever
Needs to be done
To feed my yearning
This eternal need

{photo (1) mystikavontana.gr (2) Flickr}
Entangled within desire’s web
Interwoven destinies converge
Corrupted pleasures seeking expression
In the tapestry of life find carnal redemption

1) Ayami Kojima 2) Gemityy - DeviantArt

In some dark chamber
We cannot see
There hangs a tale
A travesty

No sound is heard
No echoes roam
Nothing stirs
You are alone

For the truth that you seek
The secrets and trust
Lie concealed within
Shrouded in dust


These fleeting visceral stirrings
Where memories dwell deep within
There can I still feel you
A warm glow within the centre of me

(🎨: Marcela Bolivar)
#PoemTrail 260

A cry in the dark
A scream in the night
The city alive
So brilliant
So bright
Sufferance be damned
Vociferate from the roof
Let your voice be heard
Set free the ever loving truth

🎨Elisabetta Renostos artwork!

#poeverse #mpy #amwriting #vss

I lay down with the lambs
Fool thought me one of the sheep
I played it cool all the way through
Kept my head down nothing to lose
All the while I watched and waited
Patience my strength unabated
Until the day, the hour should come
And I would rise and overcome


A tight rope we walk
Every day
Measuring our words
All that we say

To keep the peace
Or not
As we choose
Not everyone’s a winner
Sometimes we lose

These balancing layers
One upon the other
Are the frames of our lives
In which we live
In which we survive

#WyldeVerse 64

Sweet serenity holds me tight
When I feel lonely in the night
Calming my racing mind
Soothing my swift beating heart
Until I am come to that secret place
Where only peace inhabits my space

{photo (1)natbg.com (2)eligasht.com}


My pristine world became surreal
As the absinthe fairy teased my mind
Expectations tumbled and fell so low
That fantasies soon began to flow...


Art by Tim Walker

Sunset kisses upon a beach
Far from home and out of reach
We danced in the sunlight for all to see
We threw our cares to the breeze
This was just you and me


These too soon goodbyes
They cut so deep
A whole become two halves
To walk a lonely path without shadow
A part of me now forever missing
A jigsaw missing that one vital piece


This scarlet thread that binds us
Weaving between our existence in rhapsody
And the drops of forever upon our tongue
Time is a boon we recognise too late
When eternity’s scar fades to white
And we succumb without fear unto our fate

#FocusedVerse 78
#GreatExpectations #Dickens
Riotous rhapsodies of colour
Bedeck the world in jewel hues
& SUMMER whispers SOFT promises
In the playful breezes that tease my senses

#DimpleVerse #23words
🎨Kent Wallis


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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #512 on: June 17, 2018, 02:27:23 pm »
This fleeting sunshine of soul
This happy time betwixt the shadows
All to quickly passes
Fading from the mind
Until all that remains
Are memories and echoes

Blood red was one
Bone white the other
Inseparable in life
As they were in death
Two halves of a whole
Split cruelly asunder
They haunt the earth
Their souls left to wander


#DarkLines 261
Where nothing is real in a tangible world
But look a little closer and all will be revealed
Unlock those sealed portals of your mind
Let the veils that blind fall from your eyes
This world you know a sham in cruel disguise

We knelt to pray
Parley with the Gods
But they ignored our words
And we became their prey
Every night and every day

#DimpleVerse #23words
Succumbing to his seductive spell
That sly temptation his eyes did promise
Even as his lips wove images of carnal delight
Before the night had begun to dawn
A deal with the very devil had I sealed in blood
Taking risks at every turn I consumed the apple fate offered

When all five senses fell deeply asleep
My sixth sense kept me wide awake
What they could not see, hear, feel or touch
It kept me company, protected and loved

(🎨Andrea Benge)

Twisting in never ending spirals
We writhe in contortions unbelievable
No undulating rhythms shall orchestrate me
In free flow am I once again set free
To breathe, to dance, and most of all - just be me

🎨Taylor Christine Photography

Amidst a sea of clover I lay me down
Let the world in madness spin gaily on
While I in sweet repose count my blessings
And thank the Lord for all that I have

(Image credit: Scott Weber)

#PoemTrail 263

Emotions run deep between the lines
A BEAUTIFUL SOUL speaks from the heart
Articulating feelings in cascading rhyme
We SENSE WORDS that spill in profusion
Exotic verbal bouquets offered in salutation

Tribute to @_Sense_Wrds 💕


Down the hole
Head first I roll
Tumbling and falling
Your name my voice calling

Fantasy and insanity
One and the same
In this world so magical
With creatures inimical

Queens red and white
Mad Hatters and mice
I try to escape
This world not so nice


Waste not this precious gift bestowed at birth
See what’s important - recognise its worth
Mercilessly unspooling before my eyes
Time slips past and I can only whisper goodbye

#Ashverse S2 20

SUBMERGED within my own thoughts
The waters whisper quiet wisdom
Eddies of calm soothe my senses
And I am baptised, reborn once again

#DimpleVerse #23words

Evergreen & timeless he waits
Concealed in the folds betwixt time
Time not his master
For U hold the power
As the sands expire
& your heartbeats fade
So shall you draw him
To your side
Be not afraid
For U are not alone
He has come
To guide U home

📸Chris Halderman
#DarkLines 264

I need you here
Right now
Beside me

Can you hear my voice?
Feel my thoughts?
Or am I forgotten?
Was it all for nought?

Within my heart
Shall you secretly stay
Until the end of time
Forever and a day

#VerseAngel 177

Steel-edge dreams from far far away
Of galactic mysteries & wonders amazed
A brutal brainstorm of calamitous desires
Where hope meets fear in a maelstrom of fire
Reality’s revolver loaded & cocked
Turns upon itself as the Gods do mock
🎨 1- Dan LuVisi 2- Erik Schumacher

As the moon did wax and wane
Fireworks exploded in jubilation
While comets in a midnight sprint
Tore their flaming path on high
And far below in a broken world
We stood and gazed in awe


North, South, East & West
I stand at the crossroads
My choice a best guess
My past behind me
My future ahead
Does it really matter?
Whichever direction I choose
Such opportunistic speculation
Leading a path of mortal peril
Unto my final destination - death

#IntrigueVerse 129
Tracing the path within my mind
Gentle curves and sensuous lines
Your alluring labyrinth leads me on
Drawing me deeper I am overcome
No map do I need to chart my course
Tis all from the heart and without any force

#PoemTrail 264
🎨Dani Olivier
Take a jagged breath, then one more
Ignore the corpse bleeding out upon the floor
Our brief encounter needs no words
Actions speak louder, no voices heard
Your untouchable need plain in your eyes
A serenade of sorrows shall bless yr demise

#PoemTrail #FocusedVerse #FocusedTrail
Fantastical mysteries come quietly to life
Weaving mysterious imaginings in a wondrous web
In this landscape of dreams shall I truly find myself

#DimpleVerse #23words
Their sensuous scent lingers still
Drenching memories I remember so well
Smell the roses and I slip back in time
To the last time I saw you - when you were mine



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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #513 on: July 05, 2018, 01:00:21 pm »
In the end
When all is said
And the sun has set
Where do I belong?

Familiar places
Empty of faces
I once did know
But now are gone

Forgiving what I’ve done
Seeking personal absolution
Back upon my feet
Though mired deep in destitution

#ashverse S2 E21

Drifting on a breeze
Without a single care
I’m a carefree wanderer
Travelling everywhere
My bed the soft grass
Above me only sky
The moon my nightlight
The river my lullaby
No walls shall encroach
Freedom is my name
Forever shall I roam
No day shall be the same

Bathed in soft morning light
She wore the kisses of the sun
Remembering his touch
How it all had begun
All just a game
Or so she told herself
Yet here she lay
Counting the hours
Until he would come again
Seducing her mind
Murmuring her name

Pic 1: Steve Hanks

The shadows we follow
Echoes of the past
Clouding our minds
Truly nothing shall last
Surrendering ourselves
With open minds
Seeking within
That elusive truth

#art Brooke Shaden photography (both)

Sable lashes concealing a dangerous mind
From a world grown cold, cruel and unkind
Silken veils that shield wicked thoughts
That inner demons commanded
From a soul overwrought

(Image credit: Hedy Lamarr by Laszio Willinger, 1940)

#PoemTrail 265

From the White rose of Winter
To the Red rose of summer
And the Seasons in between
She’s a bright light dancing
A breath of fresh air
Bringing joy and laughter
To everyone

🎨~ @SquidMitchell

Ethereal rays of gentle light
Delicate as diaphanous gossamer
Bathe the spiritual forest in mystery
As fleeting apparitions weave and flow
Casting their magic wherever they go

See Jenny dancing
See Jenny running
See Jenny laughing
See Jenny screaming
Above her head
Silken locks streaming
Bloodcurdling balloons
Behind her streaking
Close they shadow
Wherever she flees
They’ll surely follow
Run Jenny, run
Far & fast
Away from me
Destiny cast


Twin souls in passing
One Summer’s eve
In gilded luminescence
Did eyes meet and hearts beat
Fate drew them together
One unto the other
And capricious Gods smiled
& watched from SILKEN SHADOWS
As destinies unfolded
And prophesies evolved


Alone without a home
And the wind whispers

#DimpleVerse #tenwords

In a time of dreams
Of hopes set free
I heard your voice
Whispering my name
Asked a question
I nodded

#DimpleVerse #23words

This blackout to be my mortal shroud
No starry starry night on high above
To light my path on this lonely road
Nightmares haunt my imagination
Echoes of fear and consternation
Trail my steps until termination

#horrorprompt 219

All is hushed reverence
We whisper a soft goodnight
To the sinking of the sun
And the closing of the day
In quiet solitude
Do we kneel
Give thanks
And pray

(Photo courtesy of BonnieHenderson at @morguefile_site)


This veil of dreams
My ethereal shelter
Soothes my mind
Calms my soul
As the fog lifts
I clutch at fading wisps
That melt too fast
And leave me naked
At the accusing mercy
Of my turbulent past

#art 1) Jazek Kubicki  2) unknown

#madverse #MadlyWylde

Red and black
Crimson and noir
These be the colours
Of pain draped hearts
Their taste of happiness
To be hemlock flavoured
No bliss on this Earth
Shall they ever savour


My soul a desert
Ravaged by time
Where nothing now grows
All is dust left behind

Then you came
A breath of fresh air
Bringing the rain
Showing you care

Quench my thirst
Drench my mind
Pull me under
Steal my time

#VerseAngel 181

📷Bruce Ayres

We trail the steps of those before us
They are long gone yet still surround us
In the fading echoes of a dying breeze
Along crow road amidst crowding trees
Ethereal memories forever frozen
In a time immemorial we are the chosen

(📷Izard Kane)


A devil unleashed in the dead of night
When all is silent and hidden from the light
She knew it was wrong yet still she dared
To ride the wave with no inhibition spared

Pic 1: Tolga Cetin Photography
Pic 2: Saul Leiter

#carnalverse 166

Welcome night visitors
Ethereal and silent
They’re with me still

The ghosts that I called
One lonely night
So long ago

Spectral companions
I know them well
Sent from Heaven
Or really Hell?

#art 1) Kirsten Keller aka Lhianne 2) Christian Weiss

#madVerse #MadlyWylde

No cosmic cunning mystery this
Secrets and lies laid in plain sight
For all to see who wish to
He prowls among the stars so bright
Woodland wisdom set Heaven high
To set ablaze in wonder the starry night

(Image art: “Fox in the stars” by Meluseena <Lisa Falzon>)

#PoemTrail 268

Through blood did we wade
Waist deep & more
Following the King
All the way to the enemy shore

Valorous honour  we wore that day
When Mars brandished his sword
& showed us the way

Here on the bank
Where the wild flowers bloom
Shall we make a stand
Or face our doom


Time and imagination
A dangerous combination
When nights are sultry
And blood runs hot
When dreams come true
Now I wait for you

#DimpleVerse #23words

His fiery oratory lit the spark
A flaming torch down through the years
In an all-consuming conflagration
The once smouldering wish of a nation
Became the raging inferno of freedom

#IntrigueVerse 132

Come fall on me
Drench me whole
I beg of thee
Bathe me in liquid DECADENCE
That this SPARSE desert
This parched spirit
May breathe once more
And flower again


From the light did she stray
A long time ago - year and a day
Now she trails within shadows deep
The Dark Nun they whisper
As by her they creep
No mortal gaze may view her form
She is a wraith foretelling the demonic storm

📷Doruk Seyman
#DarkLines 273
Her name was Fate
Though some did whisper
Gazing spellbound
In midnight moonlight
As stars scatter
Across velvet skies
Celestial deities do bless
In brilliant cosmic luminescence
Her fame throughout the universe

#art Alan Simas


Look below the surface
Of pristine liquid serenity
Into a world where mermaids frolic
With flowing angelic fluidity
Enticing curious lustful eyes
That covet with greedy carnality
& succumb unto their siren call
And their elemental sensuality

(📷: Eric Wong)

#PoemTrail 269

Forced upon downward motion
snowdrifts footing still
frozen time and place
only echoes of sun
traces left behind
Shades of warmth
Barely a trace
This frozen wonderland
Do gently grace
Collaboration with @MercurialNight
#DarkPsychPoetry #amwriting #poetry
A juggernaut out of control
A BOULDER unstoppable
Slamming through barriers
BOWLED OVER chaos strewn behind
BOLDER and bolder
He crashed on by

#DimpleVerse #23words

Fly the Black
Give no quarter
Take what you want
Give nothing back
The cry of The Brethren
Harsh and wild
They lived by a code
And by a code
Did they die
Without regret
Nor shame implied
They stood their ground
Or swung ‘til they died


The fife shall play
& the drum shall beat
Hear them echo
Down the years
In the Declaration
Of our hopes & fears

Fireworks blaze
In a Summer sky
Cold beer & laughter
A holiday high
In the air is a sense
Of excitement
& wonder
On this beautiful



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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #514 on: July 25, 2018, 01:20:05 pm »
Upon the precipice
Poised as if in flight
I paused
               To stare
Into the beckoning maw
The seductive darkness
Of the fathomless abyss
That whispered promises
Seducing my wavering mind
& with but one step
I fell

Warped masochism twisting my soul
Rending my flesh in imagined flayed torture
These webbed nightmares that haunt
Ever tightening their crushing embrace
Creeping horrors that immobilise
Chilling my blood to ice
“No escape for the wicked”
They taunt


In some shaded glade
Far from the madness
I’ll rest awhile
While TALL DREAMS loom
Among drifting clouds

#DimpleVerse #23words
Did she tempt you with seductive wiles?
Tantalise your jaded palate with something new?
Or was it the forbidden that caught your eye?
That clouded your mind as you spurned my love
This day shall you rue and forever curse
As the day your life went from bad to worse


Oh how my wicked mind does work
Conjuring deviant images
Rich in sensual carnality

A world that judges
In harsh condemnation
Cannot comprehend
Nor even condone
My disobedient imagination

#intrigueverse 133

Never stop dreaming
Reach for the stars
Be all that you can be
Let none keep you down
For they are the ones
Who keep to the shade
Afraid to try
While you can soar
With the eagles
Way way way on high

Did she tempt you with seductive wiles?
Tantalise your jaded palate with something new?
Or was it the forbidden that caught your eye?
That clouded your mind as you spurned my love
This day shall you rue and forever curse
As the day your life went from bad to worse


Nightingale of the night
Drew them
One by one
They fell
The POWER wielded
None could deny


Bound by love
Addicted to you
Hold me close
Never let me go

My flesh is yours
We are but one
Beneath the moon
Beneath the sun

Pic 1: unknown

#CarnalVerse 167

Left behind
Each day
A little farther
The road to go
That bit longer

She cried aloud
Once upon a time

That together we’d be
Forever and always
I would be yours
And you’d be mine


Hark! They come
The riders of the night
From the valleys of the north
Hidden from sight
With no moon to guide
They know these hills
Silent shadows who ride
The cry of an owl
The scream of a death
Onward they ride
As the land holds its breath


🎨Reivers Moon, E Martin
Lost in the void
With no way out
The walls are closing
There is no doubt

My flesh is crawling
My lungs no more
I’m suffocating
Down here on the floor

Help me, please
My eyes do plead
As I flail for your hand
With no hope of ease

📷Daniele Serra

276 #DarkLines

When time hangs heavy
And on my hands
My mind goes wandering
Through foggy mists of memory
That shift and part
Glimpses of echoes long forgotten
These winding roads of time
Without maps I travel through
Ever watching
For sight of you

#photo by S.C. Everett

He wore darkness like a shield
Mysterious and opaque
Within this shroud of mourning concealed
Writhed a haunted soul that none could break

#WrittenRiver 1456

Within my heart
There lies a secret
That none can know
Nor even speak of it

Lest they betray
In jealous frenzy
My precious prize
The root of all envy


Too late for you
My dear old friend
Rest now at ease
Your time at an end

Returned to moss
Secure in sylvan bonds
Rise no more to walk this earth
To dust shall you return
To dust is all your worth

(📷Tunebm Flickr, Bruges Cemetery, Belgium)

#DarkLines 277

Lost in daydream LIMBO
What COULD HAVE been
Haunted my mind
In tropical nirvana

#DimpleVerse #23words

Always hurrying
Gaze upon some distant horizon
Some goal just out of reach
Never noticing
Completely unaware
Of those at our sides
Or guarding our backs
Always too late
Until we find ourselves alone
Abandoned to our fate


Serpentine gaze
Of the Medusa born
Forked tongue enchantress
To the brim filled with venom

Beware her coils
That surround you tight
Drawing you close
Though you may fight

She knows you well
Your every desire
Casting you down
Unto the fire

#writtenriver 1458

On some sunny outcrop
Where dark has no place
In the final day of reckoning
Shall I know your face

When all shall be measured
Our true worth known then
That in the hallowed hereafter
Shall we meet again


Awash with whispers
In the ebb and flow
The ocean speaks
As winds do blow
Mischievous waves
That lap and play
Murmuring rumours
That none dare say

(Image art credit: Jimmy Lawlor)

#PoemTrail 272

Tis a well known fact - almost elementary
That I myself consider almost rudimentary
That with careful and detailed observation
Of the matter at hand to be investigated
Shall deliver to me in all good time
The name of a certain Monsieur Moriarty

#intrigueverse 135

Up the stairs
Out of sight
Anticipation burning
Of the coming night

Satin and lace
Glass of red wine
All is prepared
Tonight he’ll be mine

Pic 1: unknown
Pic 2: Jennifer Williams Photography

#carnalverse 167

In blood we waded
Side by side
Brothers in arms
Honour & pride
Unto the end
All we had
We gave everything
Good over bad
My liege, my King
We bow to thee
Warriors true
Desiring nothing
Our fealty we swear
Now & forever more
To you alone
From our very core


Deep in the forest
Where none dare go
Silence enshrouds
& shadows grow

A warrior bold
True and fair
Steps forth from the light
He hasn’t a prayer

The knightmare he seeks
From rumours grown old
Craves his blood
With an appetite cold

🎨Jason Farmer
#DarkLines 279

Seduced by shadows
Desired in dreams
She captured hearts
Wherever she went
Kissed by light
That caressed
In flowing strokes
Bathing her beauty
In sublime luminescence
She drew the eye
& hearts did follow

📷by Gigi Stoll

#prompt kissed by light / seduced by shadows


Stuck in a moment
Locked in place
No way forward
No way back
The here and now
All that I know
I am at a standstill
Nowhere to go
Is this my fate?
No future before me
All that I am
Or ever can be

#VerseAngel 183

In gentle waves
And shades of blue
Shall I laze in the sun
And dream of you

In the sweet infinity
Of the heavens above
Do I see our future
Veiled in a haze of love


Draped in mourning
The Black Widow comes
With gut churning terror
Sweet scent of fear
You are my prey
And I am near
Don’t try to run
There’s no where to go
The Widow will have you
In all good time
For now you can scream
And then you’ll be mine


Just once
Well maybe twice
I’ll think of you
Whisper your name
Within my mind’s eye
There you’ll be
Captured forever
Wild and free


Secrets uncovered
& truth revealed
Through the eyes of another
We are no longer concealed

Our true natures bared
Nowhere to hide
Do we brazen it out
Or hide away out of sight?

The scars we bare
Both inside and out
Are hidden no more
Of that - there is no doubt

The pain - it cuts
Slicing me deep
With every memory
The demons creep

The fire and flow
Of wounds unseen
This deathly cascade
I’m trapped within

Sweet Absolution
It cannot be mine
Doomed to this fate
Forever and all time

(Image art credit:Casey Wheldon)

#PoemTrail 274

Slipping away
Seconds to minutes
Gone too soon
In a relentless flow
That does not cease
Cannot be recalled
Except in memories
Treasured and precious
Sweet everlasting
Moments of eternity

#photo by J.V. Sommers

Playful breezes dance in DELICIOUS abandon
UNVEILING teasing glimpses of ivory and cream
To the DESIRING slumbrous gaze of heavenly gods


#art by Lee Zimmerman

Golden streaks gild the skies in luminescence
A wild dawn awakens with brilliant grandeur
And the primitive peace does slumber yet
While hummingbirds dance in flight
Through meadows sweet and wildflowers beautiful

(Image art:”Tooth and Claw” by Martin Wittfooth)

#poemtrail 275


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« Reply #515 on: August 04, 2018, 02:32:01 pm »
Crimson glow upon the horizon
A bloody portent adorning the heavens
Whispered moon prayers offered up
From awestruck wide eyed believers
To a radiant jewelled ornament
That hangs in ruby luminescence

1) Crimson glow
2) Moon Prayer

(Image art : Android Jones)

#poemtrail 276
Mermaids and unicorns
Dragons and faeries
Borne of imaginations
Mysterious and fantastical
Sweet siren of the sea
No man could resist
Weaving her flowing allure
She set fast her coils
& drew them deeper
Til they were seen no more
#WrittenRiver 1475

Art by Wenqing Yan challenge.
A single whisper soft touch
All that it took for my mind to wander
Memories unspooling like a movie
And with an aching slowness
All my good intentions unravelled
And I was back where we started
As if all our days were still to come

#verseangel 185

From Winter’s grip
Shall blossom forth
In delicate fragrance
Awakened with a single kiss
A solitary pristine rain drop
That with an ANGEL’S TOUCH
Tenderly nurtures a floral birth

A Collector to himself
A scavenger to others
Consuming lost souls
Hoarding with greed
And a rapacious hunger
He scours the Internet
The channels light and dark
Drawn by the animal within
Always craving yet one more
This addiction a sickness

285 #DarkLines

(📷Matu Santamaria)
Succulent sweet forbidden fruit
The silent snake within his Eden
In the beguiling depths of her sinful eyes
Lurked a truth he dare not acknowledge
Or the respectable man he thought he was
Stripped away to reveal the true creature beneath

Black as night
Dark as sin
On the surface
An Angel
With the Devil within

In passion’s craving
Carnal addiction
Ensnaring your hunger
With easy seduction

This siren call
You cannot resist
She wove her spell
In this salacious tryst

📷1) EAS Photography 2) J-Glam


Denied too long
Buried too deep
Her spirit raged
From within
It screamed
She was patient
Her time would come
Then she’d cut loose
Watch them run


Harlequin clowns
Smiling Cheshire cats
A full deck of cards
March hare in a hat
This wonderland
Such wild fantasy
Where nothing makes sense
Am I in time for tea?


Out of sight and out of mind
All are gone well before their time
Yet still they linger beyond their tomb
In the Shadow garden where old souls bloom

(📷Leslie Ann O’Dell)

#DarkLines 286

Weave your magic
Beneath a full moon
Sing to me softly
Of hopes and dreams
In silvered rhyme
Hypnotise my senses
As twilight wanes
Call to my yearning soul
With your midnight song
My spirit shall not forget

#WrittenRiver 1480
Sticky fingered sweetness
Slumbering Summer gardens
Ablaze in brilliant hues
Tempting BEE MINE
They buzz and sip
Drunk on nectar
Busy busy busy

#DimpleVerse #23words

Treasures undreamed
Deep in the ground
Lost for aeons
Thought never to be found
X marks the spot
So clear and true
Dig! my boys, dig!
And fortunes are ours

#verseangel 188

The path unclear
Route eradicated
With stumbling steps
I have no direction
My destiny clouded
Covered in fog
I close my eyes
And breathe
Feeling the panic
Slowly recede


This sweet sensation
Flooding my veins
I’ve found you at last
Such relief from the pain
Through thick and thin
The bad and the good
To gaze upon your face
Is a gift long sought



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« Reply #516 on: August 19, 2018, 01:11:01 pm »
Capricious Gods toying with hearts
Mere playthings to their mercurial whims
Did they blink an eye when I crumbled within
Watching as my love cast me down
Without a thought they turned away
Their gaze to dwell upon some other unfortunate clown

#PoemTrail 278
Above the waves they slowly rise
Inch by inch and all is revealed
To the hot gaze of a burning sun
Or the cool serenity of a silver moon
What has been aeons in hiding
Shall once again be bared in beauty

#WrittenRiver 1484

📷The Mary Rose
A glittering treasure
Too precious for one
Such exquisite adornment
Must be protected
Shielded from acquisitive eyes
This beauty to be concealed
& in their jealous envy
Their craving to hoard revealed

Madness seeps like poison
Within my veins
It burns
It ravages
This torment consumes
A craving for more
I cannot deny
My weakness flourishes
Succumbing I fall
Deeper and deeper
Spiralling down
Light fading fast
Let me go

📷 1) Graphic Design  2) Marcela Bolivar
Did my soul recognise
When first we met
A kindred spirit
Or is this kismet?
With a succubus kiss
You drew me in
All consuming
Your lips spoke sin
Hypnotic confusion
My mind not my own
You took what you needed
& reaped what you sowed

photo (Anders Rokkum)

#DarkLines 288

Screaming her madness to the air
Echoing laughter returned to her

You me
And a dream or two
So far have we come
From all we knew

Oh how they scoffed
When first they heard
Shaking their heads
Spilling dark words

And here we are
Proving them wrong
Each day a blessing
Together we’re strong

📷Candice Zugich

#verseangel 189

Soft apple scents suffuse the air
Sweet Summer orchards ripe for picking
A hot sun bathes the land in golden balm
While dexterous pickers dart nimbly
Swarming like bees amidst stout trunks
Gathering their bounty with greedy ability


Silently he slumbers
Majestic even then
Locked within marble
He guards forever more

(pic): Art statue at Chatsworth

#WrittenRiver 1487
Let your inner light shine
Cast out that suffocating darkness
In bejewelled glowing hues
Of startling brilliant luminescence

#DimpleVerse #23words

Moving shadows flow in liquid silence
Chilling spectres beyond Holy grace
Such curious creatures with luminous eyes
They watch and wait with a hungry gaze
Your blinding pride shall be your swift demise

art by J. Eichas

#writtenriver #VampireWeekend
A hungry yearning
Exposed in her eyes
She waits and wonders
Watching the moon rise

Will this be the night?
Or just another dream?
When his lips spill promises
That aren't as truthful as they seem?

Pic 1: unknown

Amidst ivory satin does she now rest
A spray of lilies upon her breast
What’s done is done and in the past
And so it shall read as her epitaph


Hear my words
Heed them well
Of the future I speak
Upon portents I dwell
An advisor to the beast
Or so some do say
But they understand not
Their minds clouded gray
Look 2 the wild
For all that U would know
Those carrion feeders
The wolf & the crow
(📷Dean Souleles)
#DarkLines 291

A hot August night filled to the brim with temptation, and bourbon and no drunken regrets

#soullayers @savage_depths
Beneath a black velvet sky laced with stars
Lay me down gently amidst ivory satin
Seduce the mind as you tempt the flesh
Sweetly wrapped in naked aggression
As you moan your torment to the moon
In a blinding rush that’s over much too soon

#photos Jackson Carvalho


I swear I saw stars
When he kissed my lips
The whole universe
As he wrapped my close
Within his dark lashed eyes
Slumbrous yet oh so bold
The mysterious MILKY WAY
I did wondrously behold


Betwixt these pages
Buried deep
Lies so many secrets
So hard to keep
Each brilliant line
So well composed
Combines in chapters
Of masterful prose
An author revered
A pen of such skill
To read this a delight
Such a blessing and thrill

#IntrigueVerse 140
Far far away
Beyond the horizon
Out of sight
Never in view

I imagine you there
In some humble dwelling
Where our souls can meet
Just we two

Our very own island
Lost beneath skies
Where none can reach
There alone do we bide

(Image credit: Oscar Keserci)

#PoemTrail 282

NEW MOON rising in the sky
Heavenly harmony way on high
Beneath her gilded CRESCENT
Illumined in beautiful brilliance
Chaos reigns in raucous confusion

“I will tame you” he did arrogantly vow
“Like hell you will” the storm did growl
And so they fought until the end
Back and forth like two old friends

#WrittenRiver 1495

Crisp green apples so ripe in the sun
Bursting with tartness upon our tongue
From forest green to orchards lime
Nature’s paintbrush in hues sublime

#WrittenRiver #GoGreenToday


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« Reply #517 on: August 31, 2018, 01:29:25 pm »
A barricade of foaming brine
All that is between them & mine
This sacred land of my family’s birth
Our roots & blood sunk deep in the earth
Onward they come upon the tide
2 prey upon those who can’t hide
We shall fight or die where we stand
This 4ever our own homeland
Just one day
So quickly done
The fall and collapse
Crash and burn
We didn’t see it coming
This fade to black destiny

Echoes of heart break
Be still my beating heat
Once upon a time
No longer a fantasy
These ties so unbreakable
Now ruptured and torn
My captured heart set free
In the sweet surrender of release

Down the track
Through the trees
Over the bridge
You didn’t burn

A forbidden path
You know so well
The secrets we keep
Send us straight to Hell

Don’t look back
So far you’ve come
A little bit more
And then you’re done

They are the watchers
Statues in the mist
Silent sentinels
Adrift and alone
Always there
Seen from afar
Bearing mute witness
To a world grown dark

(Image credit: Oscar Keserci)

#PoemTrail 283
I am the whisper in an empty room
The flickering candle piercing the gloom
Wherever you are there shall I be
Always beside you though you’ll never see
Through the looking glass
Beyond the shadowy veil
Catch me if you can
And we’ll weave a haunting tale


Hold me close
Tight as you can
Swaddle me in love
All that I am
This heart is bruised
But she’ll bounce back
Oh never so abused
Time heals all
Or so they say
Never let me go
I fear I’ll fade away


After the flame does come the gentle glow
In the silent gathering of the darkness
This nocturnal aviator born aloft
In wreathing curls of spiralling smoke
Does quietly succumb and slowly fade

(Image cred: Hydra on Deviant Art )

#poemtrail 284

In harmony do we wondrously weave
Through life our feet following the steps
In a mystical rhythm felt in our blood
The drumbeat of destiny deep in our heart
That thunders “dance ‘til we’re dead”

Across the grey sea of loneliness
Lapped by the gentle waves of mourning
I think of you and your loving arms
That once did hold me safe and true


Seasons change
So does love
As Winter to Spring
A blessing from above
Through life we walk
It changes us
Though we do not know
And cannot conceive
What Fate has in store
Nor destiny weave
Yet whatever does happen
Our souls remain true
When U think of me
& I of you


Flirtatious lips that do beguile
Teasing looks bestowed all the while

Poison spreads
Seeping through cracks
Slowly dripping
Whispers flow
From mouth to ear
Onward they go
Stem the flood
Silence is best
Mind your own business
And ignore the rest

In memories of Summer
Do I remember you
In the warmth of the sun
As it plays upon my back
Or the impish breeze
Whispering across my neck
Long lazy days
With nothing to do
Chasing clouds across a sky
And thinking of you

{photo bl4ckoutphotography.deviant.com}


Passionate nights
Lost in ourselves
Everything just right
A universe we created
Designed from the heart
Here we thrive
Never apart

#DimpleVerse #23words

I am the rhyme
You are my reason
Tipping the velvet
Inside the silk
Satin sensuality
Succulent carnality
Stroke a path
Feel your way
Taste my abandon
Sweep me away

#DsubVerse 497

In empty rooms whispers ethereal
Betray apparitions not corporeal
Echoes from the past they still remain
Haunting the living night and day


In budding splendour
Does she bloom
Kissed by rain
Blessed by the sun
Delicate hues
Bejewelled shades
Decorate the earth
Set the world ablaze
Shimmering nectar
Offers temptation
Sweet and pure
For our delectation

(Image cred: “The Seedling” by Ursula Abresch)


My hero
My friend
My love
My fate
I never saw
Didn't believe
That there was one
Just couldn't conceive
Now I know
Blind no more
Safe in your arms
Behind closed doors

The wild blue calls to me
From the depths her siren song I hear
Rolling waves drench me in salty spray
Seducing my will as they break upon me
Carrying me away on charging white horses


A possessive mistress never letting go
She owned him now and all would know
No flesh and blood could come between
The city was his life
                              The city was his queen
#poetry #iamwriting
📷zabrocki / vettriano

Gaining traction
Every mile
Faster and faster
See my smile
Spinning wheels
Round and round
Taking me farther
No feet on the ground
Speckles and shadows
My past left behind
The future is bright
Sunshine of the mind

(Image credit: Shuichi Machimoto)

Whispering willows above me flow
Down where the wild flowers still grow
Here in peace shall I rest forevermore
Where the voice of nature soothes my soul


🎨John William Waterhouse

No more troubles in my world
The sunshine has come
Chased the dark times away
I’m free as a bird uncaged at last
Leaving behind the shackles of my past



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« Reply #518 on: August 31, 2018, 03:30:38 pm »
You've written some good poems here. Thank you very much for sharing.
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« Reply #519 on: September 09, 2018, 01:34:30 pm »
Harness and spurs
Through the night
Thieves and ruffians
Their moss set alight

Theft - war - vengeance
Forever their trade
From the East to the West
Nowhere were men safe

Bolt the iron door
Pray hard it holds fast
For if it does not
This night’ll be your last



A river of blood
Across a lamenting land
They did so carve
With sword and lance in hand

Their time now gone
Long in the past
Dust to dust
We let them rest

No more shall they ride
These forsaken hills
Yet their memory lives on
Their echoes heard still


Beautiful Selene shining bright
Lonely beacon in the night
Trailing stars in brilliant stream
Shimmering diamonds so serene
Radiating dazzling luminescence
That boomerangs across the universe

As Summer wanes to a golden glow
Just before the return of snow
Comes a time of harvest yield
& farmers gather bounty from fields
We welcome Autumn in all it’s glory
Dazzling hues of red, gold & brown
Mother Nature does wear her crown
September days - I love you so

Test her metal without remorse
Be not gentle in the art of force
Flesh & blood enshrouds a frame
Formed in alchemy without shame
A spine chilling cyborg beauty revealed
Layer by layer with exquisite precision
Her humanoid flesh unpeeled

291 #DarkLines

(📷Alexander Fedosov)
Oh wicked deceit!
You stabbed me true
Right through the heart
Oh how could you!

Thunderstorms now rage
Deep in my soul
My peaceful world
Now consumed whole

Tempestuous demons
Whisper to me
Probing for weakness
& finding it easily

#IntrigueVerse 143


Strange dreams they come to me
Day and night they torment me
I cannot see what they portray
These hidden messages just for me
Mind bending perceptions
They wear me out
This cannot continue
Of that I’ve no doubt

#photo #art by Caleb Friesen

Wide open spaces do call to me
The wild country
Beyond wild flower meadows
Where butterflies dance
I’m in awe of the HORIZON
My soul can just breathe

Upon gossamer wings
Whisper soft
He comes to me
My guardian angel
In times of trouble
He seems to know
Wrapping me close
Never letting me go
He gives me strength
Calm and peace
He sets my aching heart
Always at ease

Oh I remember
You were the first
Who fed my hunger
Quenched my thirst
Did you know it then
As I know it now
What I would become
When we made that vow
Neath a full blood moon
All Hallows’ Eve
We swore in blood
We did then believe


Love’s myth holds true
It does overcome
He who lived in darkness
She who walked in the sun
His legendary solitude
His burden so harsh
Called to her compassion
Beckoned her soft heart
To draw him to light
As he’d protect her from the dark

(🎨Anna Pazyniuk)

#PoemTrail 287

In the long winter of your absence
When my soul did slumber
There was only everlasting night

With FEARLESS grace
He threw himself from the cliff
Unto the waiting blue
Endlessly tumbling
DOUBTLESS wondering
If the sea was his friend

#DimpleVerse #23words

Addictive poison without regret
I quench my thirst and yearn for more
These venomous veins beneath our skin
Black as the demons we’ve let within

Prompt 293 #DarkLines

Behind a veil
The moon has retreated
Her silver light
Now hidden from view
The world spins on
The hours tick by
Will she return?
What chased her away?
Guess we’ll never find out why

📷 von Gerhard Dangl


Stranded upon some faraway island
Left high and dry upon the sand
My gaze turned outward towards the sun
Unsure what I’m searching for
Is it for more people or sweet solitude I yearn?


Oh precious heaven that was foretold
A land of silver and shimmering gold
We came so far across the wild sea
Over mountains vast to a flowing prairie


Come morning’s rosy fires
Gracing the misty skyline
What was revealed
In smouldering splendour
A nightmare come real
In a fate destiny did render

Erratic emotions
Spiralling control
Twist my mind
Consume my soul
Funky dreams
Or nightmares come real
Desires unleashed
In a fantasy revealed

#SlamWords 🎨FabienPerez
Whispers in corners
Condemning eyes
Those busybodies
I so despise
“outlandish” they said
“kinky” they accused
But I saw the jealousy
Behind their words
The burning curiosity
That left them disturbed

Words and images
Both strange and peculiar
Appear before me
Yet seem so familiar
What do they mean?
Or even foretell?
Are they of heaven?
Or worse
Of Hell?



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« Reply #520 on: September 22, 2018, 12:43:46 pm »
A murderous circle of crows overhead
Betray my conscience, fear and dread
No blackbird mercy or penance paid
Shall ever condone the sins I have made

Prompt 294 #DarkLines
 (📷Laura Makabresku)
...Silence speaks louder than words
Commanding attention though nothing is heard
The ascent is so steep
Don’t think of the fall
Keep your eye on the prize
A crown of stone & thorns
Shall all be yours
On the dread day of judgement
If you hold your nerve

📷Luka Skalabrin

These ties that bind
A web of blood
Barely there
Yet felt so strong
Deceptively fragile
Yet hold us together
As worlds fall apart


Come sing to me of wonders amazing
In a beautiful world full of treasures surprising
When I wander and drift within dreams
Let me imagine and think of a life supreme


Fields in bloom
Marching in line
No place for me
I’m chaos defined

Mercurial Gods
Grown cold and cruel
Torment mankind
A barren wasteland
Once a paradise
Icy landscape now
Not worth much
Beneath a Winter Moon
We march along
Slaves to their whims
As the world still turns

#InkedMagic 36

Leaves whispering in the breeze
Sing to me gently - a sweet SYMPHONY
Listen with your soul
To the TREE SONGS of the forest

#DimpleVerse #23words

She was the jewel
The precious gem
Within his world
She shone so bright
No diamond found
Could ever match her
No better love found

Bury my heart
Deep and low
Behind the willows
Where none will go
Never forget me
I know you’ll try
For that alone
You’ll surely die
A black rose
All I need
To mark the place
Where I now sleep
But not for long
I shall return
A final revenge
And you shall burn

Tattered remnants
Patchwork memories
Sewn together
With forgotten love
We are one
They seem to say
Yet not for long
Edges soon fray
As petals strewn
By a careless hand
The stitching unravels
Fragments are lost
And we are alone
In a desperate land

These are the precious GOLDEN MOMENTS
So FLEETING we barely notice them
Before they are gone and the sunshine fades
And we’re left in the dark chasing shadows

Two souls reunited
Sweet emotional maelstrom
Did the universe align
Or were the Fates feeling kind?
Ephemeral hours
That’s all they allow
Until we’re torn apart
Set spinning wide
Until the next time
Tis never goodbye

Beyond the veil
They patiently wait
Always so close
Never far away
In the dead of night
When all is quiet
You can hear them whisper
Call your name
Beckon from the shadows
This isn’t a game
Beware your fears
They thrive on them

296 #DarkLines
(📷Julie Gibson)
Wistful day dreamer weaving such hopes
That never can be in the cold light of day
Here in the dark the truth is so harsh
Where you are is the one place I never can be
Where you are is the one place my love is set free

(🎨Fabian Perez)
#PoemTrail 291
With or without you
I’ll never forget you
The world spins on
Nothing is the same

The sun shall rise
The moon shall wane
And I’m left here
Calling your name


Heard yet unseen
They pass on by
To where I know not
I strain to hear
A tear in my eye
But they are no more
Faded to nothing

#DimpleVerse #Autumn
Gild your brow in a crown so gold
King for a day so I am told
We bend the knee and bow so low
Yet your power is fleeting & gone by tomorrow

Fill me with fire
Watch me burn
Flames lick higher
I never learn

Touch my soul
Set me aflame
Watch me go down
Screaming your name

Igniting passion
All consuming
Ashes and dust
Barely breathing

Blood overheating
Oxygen low
Rampant excitement
How far shall we go?


Look back in regret
Or is it relief?
Were we better together
Or did it cause grief?
Hindsight so easy
A simple task
Yet the pain is so deep
We still wear a mask

Scents so heady
Suffusing my senses
A delicious
Serene and sublime
Blooming sensuality
Time after time



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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #521 on: September 22, 2018, 01:02:29 pm »
You've written some good poems here. Thank you very much for sharing.
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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #522 on: October 07, 2018, 07:14:21 am »
Twisting turning
The path so unclear
We stumble in circles
Sometimes apart
Sometimes so near
I follow you
You follow me
There are no rules
No restrictions here
Love will be our guide
If we only let it
That is the truth
Let us never regret it


Moonbeam serenade in cascading silver
Bathes the forest in luminous brilliance
While whispering foliage fall in tumbling waves
To lay scattered and forlorn upon the ground
Autumn’s herald in burnished colours
Cooled to stone beneath Selene’s chill gaze

#BardBits prompt 27
Smouldering season of gentle mists
In hues of copper ~ burnished gold
To ravish the senses and the land
In beauteous BURNING CALM  serenity

#DimpleVerse #23words
Hush my lovely
Do not fear
Tis only the dark
Of night drawing near
Still your tongue
Swallow the dread
Betray not yourself
Or on the morrow
You’re dead
Guarded and quiet
The way to be
There are no words
I pray you
Don’t speak

(Image credit: Benoit Courti)

#PoemTrail 293
Words with a viper sting
Poisonous and swift
Straight to the heart
My breathing stopped
My world crashed down
This serpent’s touch
Chilling and cold
Tore us apart
Buried my soul

#DarkLines 298
Screaming demons haunt my mind
Scraping my senses until I’m blind
How do you bounce back when it all falls
And taught snapping strings fail to hold
My tormented heart feeling like a yo-yo
Caught betwixt emotions that blow hot and cold

#photo #art by Mossar

Full moon rising in the night
A diamond shining ever so bright
The Gods are watching
In Heaven up on high
Their gift to the Earth
Precious jewel in the sky


With curves like a sand dune
She was grace and beauty
Style and elegance
Drawing the eye of one and all
Such innate sensuality
Ingrained from her head to her nails


The LAST KISS of Summer
Fleeting bliss
In shades of gold we bid farewell
Before Winter blankets all
I’ll hold you in my senses
Until Spring comes round again


It must be the music
Sweet rhythm and rhyme
That flows through my blood
Keeping perfect time


Expend your fury upon gilded sands
Let your fire be soothed with a gentle hand
In feathered waves you lap my shore
Where the ocean’s fringe frolics evermore

(Image credit: Stanislav Edward)
#PoemTrail 294

Drowning in desires I cannot express
Overflowing emotions that swamp my mind
Confession a weighted burden I cannot flee
These passions that consume my carnal need

Luminous promise within your eyes
Reflected in the gold of a morning sunrise
Glorious perfection in the heavens above
Let’s us reside here forever wrapped in love

She smiled
He stared

He smiled
She waited

They moved
As one

Lost within each other
Two souls recognising
The universe aligned
In a passion all consuming

Whiskey soured his mood while moonshine sharpened his bitter tongue

Autumnal mists in ethereal veil
Fall in languid wisps of white
To wreathe the brow of the highest hill
In gossamer skeins of celestial light

#photo credit: 1- Adam Dobrovits || 2- J.D. Price

#NatureVerse 134
As black as night
Tis plain to see
The forest calls
Come to me
Innocence white
Sweetly naive
Blind unaware
She cannot conceive

#DimpleVerse #23words

Which one was he?
Magic whispered from his fingertips
A world he conjured before my eyes
Was it real or my fevered imagination?
Born of desire and fascination

Only the strong dare to enter
The fearless, The bold
The brave of heart
Those unafraid to face their demons
As Hell does tear their world apart

#MadCarnival #MadVerse
Crawl, beg
What’s it going to take?
Why are you screaming?
You’ll never escape
Pay the price now
Don’t begrudge
Let the Demons in
‘Til they fill you up
Hungry shadows
Await your fall
Then down you’ll go
Wishbones and all

#MadCarnival #MadVerse

Wonders to behold
In the dark of the night
As the carousel spins
In showers of light
Beneath the surface
Not all is as seems
Nightmares & demons
To haunt your dreams
Not so innocent
Wicked & wild
We’ll take your soul
Turn you back to a child

#MadCarnival #MadVerse

Nothing so mercurial as a woman
With moods ever changing
A classical beauty serene in repose
Graceful & poised as any composition
Transforming to lascivious wildness
Her rock n roll spirit unleashed

#CarnalVerse 176
1: dolcemania: “ by Sarah Stiles Photography
2: Mark Umstot
The Raven waits
My patient sentinel
Time ticks on
Still there he is
Keeping watch
Ever vigilant
He knows what’s coming
He can foretell

#poeverse #NationalPoetryDay

A leap?
A jump?
Or a fall from grace?

Did you know?
Did you care?
What waits for you?

What you left behind
So far away
Is there no more
Just walk away

(Image credit: Casey Wheldon)

#poemtrail 296

Macabre ghouls at midnight rise
To cavort in celebration of their demise

(pic): Art by Stephen Gammell

IMMERSED in colour
Vibrant shades
She blooms in glory
A colourful parade


What lies beneath?
Who can tell?
Cloaked in monsters
Demons from Hell
Come taste my sin
I cannot deny
I’m a slave to temptation
And your time is nigh


 🎨Jenna Barton

In the dark of the night
They shall arise
Their hunger inhuman
They crave yr soul
When the carousel starts
The game shall begin
Count the seconds left
U cannot win
Where will U run?
Nowhere to hide
Just lay yourself down
Upon the dawn
U’ll rise
#MadVerse #MadCarnival #DarkCircus
Slippers and roses
Once upon a time
Now all gone forever
Except in her mind
Midnight Cinderella
No more a princess
Just a poor lonely waif
Another victim of excess

#BardBits 41

🎨JMB / Iren Horror

Captured within the prism of my mind's eye
Elusive yet glorious garbed in Autumnal hues
The land breathes again in a new beginning
A phoenix arising from the Summer fire


Perhaps it was the sun blazing in the sky
Or the golden hues of a land set afire
& made this love nest ours

#DimpleVerse #23words


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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #523 on: October 19, 2018, 01:43:02 pm »
In the fading of the light
The dying of the day
Hope does linger on
Love always finds a way

#photo credit: 1- Nicodemo Quaglia || 2- J.F. Jane

Trapped inside this demon cage
Distorted desires vie with rage
No warped perceptions incarnate rise
As smoke & mirrors conceal our demise
The games we play within our minds
Let slice n dice killers run amok in design

#Madverse #MadCarnival #DarkCircus
Bide your time for there is no rush
At the crossroads of life there is only hush
Lay down your dogs upon the ground
Let them growl their worst in vicious sound
At the dead of night she’ll soon be here
Mother of the Dead & always so near

(Image credit: Jo Freyr)

#PoemTrail 297
In burnished hues she illuminates her world
A glowing beauty set ablaze in Fall shades
Where coloured feelings blend and merge
In an emotional maelstrom highlighted with joy

Tick tock tick tock
Hands move on
It never ends
I know he’s near
So very close
I feel his heat
It’s hard to breathe
Anticipation builds
My beating heart
Sensation floods
My mouth so dry
It’s been so long
But I know why
His wife, U know
Our “ointment” fly

#dsubverse 🎨Vetrianno

Or so they said
But not to her face
Too much had she bled
Within her mind
Coloured her view
And made her blind
To the wondrous potential
Of all she could be
If only she’d imagine
She’d then be set free

These urban canyons that time left behind
Echo with unfulfilled dream scheme screams
Forgotten alleys in debris scattered shadows
Vie with rat ridden roadways where only ghosts roam

#IntrigueVerse 146
🎨Leonid Afremov

Guardian angel longing to be free
Trapped in a city choked by humanity
Shackled and chained by the Gods long ago
She gazed at the sun with hopeful eyes
Dreaming of dancing under shimmering blue skies

Pic 1: von trapp photography
Pic 2: Marino Parisotto

How cruel the Gods that torture me
With wishful thinking dreams of thee

🎨C Schloe
Come closer, they tempt
With their cruel sly smiles
My flesh crawls in warning
As my heart is beguiled
I’m torn between running
Far far away
Or succumbing to Fate
To die another day

#MadCarnival #darkcircus #madverse

Read my lips
Never my eyes
I am a deceiver
I can not deny
Nothing is real
All in your mind
Life is so cruel
No one is that kind

Cherry hues to beguile my eyes
No sweeter fruit do I crave a taste
Fate clothed in temptation’s veils
Lures me with a seductive siren call
And with a groan I surrender my soul
The punishment worth the spiralling fall

#IntrigueVerse 147
From lips that speak the prophecy
Fortunes are spun within webs of wonder
Draped in feathers, gems and gold
The Fate of all is mysteriously foretold
We kneel before the Oracle supreme
Wrapped in awe that this is no dream

That first glimpse
A mere soupçon
Barely a taste
Set the spark to the flame
Igniting my interest
My over weaning curiosity
Leaving me breathless
Poised on the edge
Ready to soar
Spread my wings
Freedom beckons
With only a step

#DimpleVerse #BardBits
BLINDFOLDED and uncaring
She danced on a knife edge
Tempting Fate
And the Devil smiled
Knowing he’d won

#DimpleVerse #BardBits

Of death and roses
He spoke to me
Within dreaming shrouds
Weaving mysteries
Draped in mourning
Moonlight and shadows
Halloween beckoned
And the Devil smirked “hello”

🎨Candice Ghai
#DarkLines 304

Whisper it softly
Ripples in a pond
Say it slowly
Savour each sound
Lighten your heart
Set your fears aside
Step out from the shadows
Take centre stage
Trust in yourself
You’re free of the cage

#verseangel 209

With every breath
Each beat of his heart
He fell ever deeper
Couldn’t bear to part
The essence of her
So precious and pure
Became his whole world
His last wish coming true

(🎨: Laura Makabresku)

#poemtrail 299

Mysterious discovery from the past
I call your name in a spell softly cast
Reveal yourself - be unafraid
I mean no harm and patiently wait
For the wonders of Nature to unfold
The way she falls a glory to behold

(Image credit: John Poppleton)

#PoemTrail 300

All consuming darkness is all I need
In silent shelter where none can see
Patiently nursing my aching desires
For the one who comes cloaked in night
Turn off the lights and let the shroud fall
Mourning shall come when we heed the call

#verseangel 210

Let the flames burn
Consuming all
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Into the fires of vanity
We pour our hearts
As the inferno rises
Our new life starts


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« Reply #524 on: October 26, 2018, 03:44:09 am »
Beautiful work Lady Winter’s Tales 💟


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