RealTalk Poetry • A Mind That’s Unable To Fill

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They tell you “don’t”,
but it doesn’t matter.
You do.

They tell you there’s good
but you don’t think that’s true.

They say you should run
but you just walk away.

They ask you to leave
but you’re anxious to stay.

They tell you it’s wrong but
it just feels so right.

They say it’s impossible,
when it’s right there in sight.

Our minds want what they can’t
and crave what they shouldn’t.

We want and we wait
for things we otherwise wouldn’t.

We’re cursed with a mind
that’s unable to fill.

Yet –
we’re watched and we’re judged
by the strength of our will.


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Love & Lust • If Silence Speaks I’ve Got A Lot To Say

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“We must accept what silence says in place of words. We must live with our words left unsaid.”

I refused to walk away without a goodbye.

Without telling you about the chaos in my mind. Without convincing you that my insanity went away when you did. But you never gave me the chance. You never let me speak. You took my obvious hints of loneliness for desperation. You felt the power. The ability to manipulate me. The ability to play puppet to my emotions.

Realistically, you were just a pawn piece.

You were pushing me closer and closer to lessons I needed to learn.

To the strength I always needed.

To the past, that stabilized my once unsteady steps. But, there was still so much I didn’t know. So much you hadn’t said. So much I hadn’t heard.

At the end of the day, we must accept what silence says in place of words. We must accept the way our thoughts often stay our own.

We must live with our words left unsaid.


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Understanding Life • The Pictures In Your Cubical

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“Happiness is the smallest things in life. So small we often miss them.”

The pictures in your cubical cover lifeless walls.

The walls that close in with routine and hushed voices. With tea kettles boiling and old food in the fridge. The pictures in your cubical are a constant reminder that although your heart may speak the loudest, your head plays the safest. Your heart wants simple happiness, but your head knows you must work.

So, you look at the pictures in your cubical, remembering what happiness really is.

Happiness is the grass your family lays on.

It’s the yoga lessons you rush to after work, and the pizza tradition you cling to – every Friday night. It’s the journal entries you write at 3 a.m., the guitar lessons you apologize for ahead of time, and the Netflix shows you love to watch, on a rainy Sunday morning.

Happiness is the smallest things in life.

So small we often miss them, for it’s the little things that are big things that you’re throwing away with the hands of the clock. That’s how we eventually run out of tomorrows. We’re left with no do-overs. No second chances.

It’s time for you to take a chance.

You can’t keep wasting minutes of an already short life.

You can’t keep watching chances get lost in time.


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RealTalk Poetry • Free To Complain

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You’re allowed to be angry
and you’re free to complain,

but why live your life
with such negative pain?

A lot could go wrong
– of course-
things could be said.

But, the more you complain,
the more of life you will dread.

Live with a positive outlook
and an excited mind.

Live with hope in your heart that
life will not rob you blind.

And live with intention to be the best that you can;

because when life’s cruel and unfair,
remember, it’s meant to follow a plan.

Yes. That plan may break you.
Time after time.

So, remind yourself often,
that after Winter comes Springtime.


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Understanding Life • Adulthood Promised Great Things

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“There is an incredible future to be made out of your past.”

Adulthood promised great things.

You grew up, willing to surrender the easy sense of comfort; for the confusing sense of freedom. But no one told you the truth about life.

How cold, bitter, and lonely it really can be.

Your childhood blanket that once doubled as a shield withers into threads. The house you grew up in acts as a home for a new family, making memories in place of yours. Your parents are a phone call away, but there’s no spot in their bed for you to crawl into. There’s no ice cream in the fridge – served with the promise to make everything better. There’s no teddy bears to hold your hugs, or cartoons to distract your tears.

But regardless of the cruel world that is adulthood – there is hope.

There is reassurance that people amongst us are wearing sincere smiles. Inspired by the innocence in life. There is love after love. There is life after loss.

There is an incredible future to be made out of your past.


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