Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The End

It was a beautiful day
For a swim at the beach
Somewhere
Far away
Well out of reach
A really long shower
And a very close shave
Habit
Routine
Like I ought to behave
Polished my shoes
To a shimmering shine
Empty
Too big
No longer mine
Freshly pressed suit
White shirt and tie
Look sharp
Smile
It's a good day to die
No note on the counter
No kiss on the cheek
Day at the office
Or not
So to speak
It was a beautiful day
With a warm ocean breeze
Somewhere
Far away
I was up to my knees
The water was cold
Shoes and suit wrecked
Ebb
And flow
Tide up to my neck
The fury soon silenced
Peace in the land
Save me
I'm lost
Written in sand


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The Promise

I made a promise
That I intend to keep
Today I was thwarted
So tonight I won't sleep
A new chance tomorrow
To capture the dream
No rest for the weary
Or so it would seem
I hold on to Hope
It's all I can do
I know I won't fail
My promise to you


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Slide

Slide
Into the depths
To the heights
Of the depression

Slide
Along the edge
To the center
Of the hole

Slide
Above the noise
To the chaos
Of within

Slide
Below the surface
To the outside
Of the darkness

Slide
Under the threshold
Of the exit
To your soul


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Wasteland

My pen has ink
But the page remains blank
Mental quicksand
Swallowed thoughts
As they appeared and then sank
No salvation for words
Lost before they arrive
Disappeared
Without sound
Perhaps the next will survive?


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Chandelier Shadows

In the dark
Of the chandelier
I can't quite make out
What comes near
Shadows on the ceiling
Darkness in my heart
Whatever's coming
Is tearing me apart


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Lilies

Two angels overhead
Pray
Grim Reaper in the corner
Kept at bay
Lilies are my favorite flower
Sweet fragrance soothes
At the witching hour
Triangles and the color gray
Tears raining
As he slips away


© 2017 Michael P. O’Connor. All rights reserved.

Oddbits

A collection of my untitled 2017-18 Twitter-first exclusives:
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  • January 24, 2018
My happy exterior
Betrayed by my stubble
I'm afraid
But unable to say so aloud
A rock endures silently
I am a rock

#persistence


  • January 23, 2018
A light flickers faintly
And then is extinguished
Plunging all into total darkness
Where the silence is deafening
And awareness is infinite


  • January 23, 2018
It envelops me
One dark mass of gloom
I wonder if my tiny remaining spark
Is strong enough to light the way

#UnansweredQ



  • January 23, 2018
Where is your salvation
When the burdens of life crush you down
Will you rise
Or be defeated
Do you have one more ounce to give

#UnansweredQ



  • January 19, 2018
Walled in
But also surrounded
There is no way out
Except through
Time to test Immortality
Destiny beckons
Fate awaits

Or perhaps, one more cup of coffee first?


  • October 16, 2017
Today I am broken
So call all the king's horses
And all the king's men
Because there's no way it ends like this

#YouAreObsolete


 © 2018 Michael P. O’Connor. All rights reserved.
 © 2017 Michael P. O’Connor. All rights reserved.