Barefoot in Paris

Dawn breaks, she wakes Runs to work in bare feet Torn dress, wears less To afford enough to eat Long day, factory Blistered hands, tired mind Street is cold, town is old Alleys smell like cheap wine And the night never ends The rest of us don’t understand And she scans the crowd for friendlyContinue reading “Barefoot in Paris”

Proud

A thousand soldiers, five remained The rest were buried without names Scorched red flesh under the blinding sun And they said we were the lucky ones Burned salt stains on my cheek Last night’s wounds still run deep Dry tongue, blazing skin Heart barely beating Fool’s war, no one wins Breath swiftly fleeting The moonContinue reading “Proud”

Exodus from La La Land

I might have stood a hundred feet if life was kind and love was sweet I’m not a dreamer I can handle the truth I’m a believer But I can’t believe you   You cut my hair and made me blind You said I was too dangerous like every girl who won’t fall in lineContinue reading “Exodus from La La Land”

Cat and Mouse

Burning eyes and dripping nose Running by on tippy-toes Ticking seconds in my head Till I slip and snap again Spiking panic, ice-cold dread Will this nightmare ever end? My mind is racing, too fast to stand Red-hot venom blazing in my hands Wish I could split this deadly brain till only skin and boneContinue reading “Cat and Mouse”

Volcano Eyes

In the mighty mountains of the north dwelled the golden phoenix Goddess of fire, queen of ash, her beauty rivaled Venus Most powerful, most worthy, but exiled and betrayed Yet it is the hunter, not the gazelle who should truly be afraid For two cold years she lay in wait, trapped ‘neath the avalanche ofContinue reading “Volcano Eyes”

Savior

Running, stumbling Crashing, tumbling Darkness, I’m coming Tried so hard to swim in the gaping abyss but no islands lay within my sight so I begged the Lord to let me slip beneath the curtains of eternal night My savior sat tall upon an ebony steed ‘Twas no prince, but a raven-haired queen who awakenedContinue reading “Savior”

Empress

Twelve years in Siberia The winter kills a man but a man I am not Trains slice through the storm To a future full of sun and a bestselling plot Higher, higher, don’t look down A girl has no name but she can bring home the crown Men of steel and men of stone haveContinue reading “Empress”

Spinning

Trigger warning: This poem is inspired by someone’s struggle with an eating disorder and other mental health concerns. It’s not explicitly stated but it’s an underlying theme. The world was spinning A thousand buildings blurring past A thousand people through the glass A strange new world of too much light that only brightened in theContinue reading “Spinning”

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