RealTalk Poetry • Untouched Places

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Take your steps long
and make your steps smart.

Never let your steps stay
in the place where they start.

Find pavement that’s fresh
and views that are new.

Find a place that will let you
be the YOU that is true!


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RealTalk Poetry • A Life Beyond Sad

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They say my smile’s bigger
since you last made me frown.

They say I sound better
since you last let me down.

I gave you my all,
from my mind to my heart.

I gave you it all,
and you tore it apart.

For the years that I wasted,
I won’t waste a day more.

And my tears,
– they will freeze –
on your cold hardwood floor.

There are no words to be said,
or goodbye’s to be had.

I have to believe there’s a life beyond sad.


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Understanding Life • The For Better Or Worse Life Promised

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“For as long as we turn our head to the bad of reality, we’re missing our chance to stand up for the good.”

We live in a fast-moving world that often forces our heads to turn to the bad instead of the good. But we cannot live this way. We cannot focus on what’s wrong when there’s so much that is right. There is so much to believe in.

We must stop and look around.

We must stop and look around or we’ll miss a puppy see a flower roll in its first flower bed or a baby take its first steps. We’ll miss the ‘thug’ on the bus give their seat to an elder, or your neighbour – smiling wide – as they hold open the door. We’ll miss one homeless person share their sandwich with another and a child’s face light up, with a new teddy in their arms.

We have the ability to see what we want.

With every step, we remind ourselves of heartbreak and pain. The humans that start war and the evil on the news. We look away to avoid a society we’ve been taught to hate. Of course, this world is full of broken people.

Misguided people.

But, for as long as we turn our head to the bad of reality, we’re missing our chance to stand up for the good. We’re missing the for better or worse that life promised.


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Love & Lust • Just Another Guy

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“They’ll never know the places we’ve travelled or the stories we’ve told – all while never letting go.”

Girls will meet you.

They’ll shake your hand, learn your name, and catch a glimpse of your mischievous smile.

But, they’ll never know the comfort I get when my hand is interlocked in yours. They’ll never know the places we’ve traveled or the stories we’ve told – all while never letting go.

They’ll never know the times I called your name. Laughing and kicking as I surrendered to your tickle match. They’ll never know the pain behind those late-night-calls, the times I was drunk and vulnerable at 2 a.m.

They’ll never love your smile like I do. Embracing every chance to see it shine. They’ll never know the way your voice cracks mid-laugh, nor will they understand the jokes you mutter from your half amused smirk.

To her, you are jut another handshake.

Another name. Another mischievous smile.

To her, you are just another guy.


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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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