A Wise Woman Writes

Every day offers a chance

To step away from the past

Embrace a new self

There is a warrior waiting

To reveal the path

Soldier of fortune

Did I shine my light on your fear?

I was trying to show you the way

Confusing knowledge with madness

Compassionate care

Drag it into the woods and set it on fire

Inhale toxic fumes

Suffocation is a small sacrifice

Burn your voice

Stop the echo in my head

These are the ties that bind us

Destruction and creation

Your words slice through my skin

Embedded in my bones and calcified for life

Tell me to live in the moment

Not understanding it’s haunted

Term life

Maximum security

Hooray for civil participation

Incarcerated by regret


In watered down spirituality


Into awareness

Lost your dream

All I hear is a scream

A gift from God

What a cruel joke

Dread is strapped…

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Words that Hurted

when monsters rage through dreams perverted violence urged from impotent stage roles reversed compassion subverted ravening stooges tower beyond mortal cage thugs terrorize bigotry reverted re-write rules of power omnipotence asserted war of hate wages decency deserted by narcissist avower proclaiming, defaming kindness downtrodden values diverted wounded souls evil labeled dictators’ worth inflated his campaign … Continue reading Words that Hurted

Would anyone Notice?

John W. Leys

Darkness of His Dreams

Would anyone notice
If I just disappeared?

If my voice grew silent,
Words stopped flowing,
Notebooks unwritten,
Poems un-posted.

Facebook, Twitter un-updated,
No pictures, no quotes,
No retweets, likes, or replies.

Would anyone notice
If I just wasn’t here?

No non-committal nods
In the corridor at work.
No awkward small-talk
In the lunchroom.
No pretending interest or concern.

Would anyone notice
If I just disappeared?


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LAST CALL: Blood Into Ink Writing Prompt Challenge Deadline: July 31, 2017

There is still time to submit to Brave and Reckless’ Blood Into Ink Writing Prompt Challenge. Guidelines Writing Prompt- Blood Into Ink Using the writing prompt above, write a 100 to 800 word original, previously unpublished piece that integrates the writing prompt.  It can be poetry, prose, short fiction or even essay.  The prompt can be used as … Continue reading LAST CALL: Blood Into Ink Writing Prompt Challenge Deadline: July 31, 2017

A Room So Still and Quiet It Hurts: A Collaboration of Warriors

In memory of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and all that wrestle with the demon of depression and have walked too close to the edge of the abyss. Christine Ray In a room so still and silent That it hurts Stark white walls Razor sharp edges Etch my soul Draw blood That drips slowly soundlessly … Continue reading A Room So Still and Quiet It Hurts: A Collaboration of Warriors