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    A Handful of Poems

    So I've been getting a lot of good advice about coping with stress and emotions and some of that advice has been to write. So here's some of my poetry:



    HOPE


    "Hope, hope!
    Will be enough!"
    Rip my heart out
    Call my bluff


    Hope hope!
    Is born to die
    One breath taken
    A final sigh


    "Hope, hope!"
    Is the battle cry
    Of desparation
    Before we die


    "Hope, hope!
    Will be enough!"
    Rip my heart out
    Call my bluff



    SORRY


    I can't tell you how sorry I am


    Sorry I betrayed the people who trusted me
    Though the temption was strong at first
    Always I turned to whiskey
    Recently though
    Thats changed
    Even so I only added on
    Drinking is a supplement now


    Can't begin to explain what I've done
    Underneath all the deceit
    There's only more weaknesses
    There's nothing I could do to make it right
    I did what I was supposed to help others stop
    Nothing I can do to make it right
    Guess the only thing I can say (though it'll never be enough) is I'm sorry


    HIT THE BOTTLE SOOTHE THE STING

    Hit the bottle
    Soothe the sting
    Embrace the numbness
    Following

    Hit the bottle
    Relieve the pain
    Each burning sip
    Delivers the same

    Other remedies
    Will cease to cure
    But whiskey's relief
    Is always sure

    PS- some of these r kinda dark and they rnt meant to be taken seriously as suggestions or anything, theyre more of a way to vent and express emotion.

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    Hey th118,

    These are so great! I really enjoyed reading them, you've got a very strong voice and I really appreciate you sharing these here. And thanks for the clarifying note there, too, they may be a bit darker but it's cool that you feel like this is one way you can vent and express yourself, I also enjoy writing!

    Are there any other art forms that help you vent or express yourself?

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    thx Luke! i like to paint and draw too (tho im pretty bad) and i like to play and listen to music. i find drawing helps when the emotion is still kinda raw and u arnt too sure about it yet. u can still get it out on the page without trying to understand it. heres a less dark poem that i wrote a while ago:

    MOTHER MARY

    Mother Mary stands
    All alone behind the church
    Bent head and outstreched hands

    Not found unless first searched
    She keeps vigil by the stream
    Beneath the bluebird's perch

    She appears as though a dream
    Always there but not quite so
    Her gaze both gentle and keen

    Being who I am, would I go
    Would I dare approach her feet?
    With a troubled heart, I say no

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    CHRISTMAS EVE

    I should be filled with hope
    Its Christmas Eve tonight
    But the only thing I feel
    Is your hopelessness for life

    As I think of the storm
    That looms above our heads
    I lose my breath in fear
    My chest tightens with dread

    I long to fix it all
    But I don't know what to so
    I'm so scared to get it wrong
    I'm so scared of losing you


    WINDOWS OF THE SOUL

    Darkened pools
    Of secret pain
    Always there
    But never plain
    Silent screaming
    There the same

    When in those pools
    I dare to peer
    I see a mystery
    A secret fear
    What brought the pain
    That's hidden here?


    SCARS

    When you see my scars
    Do you know what you see?
    53 prisoners of war
    From the Battle of Misery

    When you see my scars
    Do you know what they are?
    71 records of pain
    The shards of a falling star

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    Hey there,

    I just wanted to jump in to share how blown away I was by this thread and your self expression. It's truly awesome and inspiring and I couldn't help but show it some love as the Comment of the Week (I kinda cheated by making it your whole thread). Take a look here: http://us.reachout.com/forums/showth...8727#post88727

    Thanks for raising your voice and offering to share your words with us!
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    Hey th118,

    These peoems are great

    I've always loved poems, but I can't write one to save my life 😂

    -Hailey.

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    thx everybody! im so glad u guys like them! here are a few more:

    DON'T GROW ATTACHED TO FLOWERS

    All screams end in silence
    As we pause to take a breath
    All struggling ends in sleeping
    As all things rest in death

    No need to count the stars
    For all of them shall fall
    Don't grow attached to flowers
    The frost will take them all

    If you feel the need to mourn
    There'll always be a funeral to attend
    But just remember in your mourning
    It won't matter in the end


    WINTER TO SPRING

    From blinding white eyes will ache
    From bitter cold hands will shake
    In numb pain each morning I wake
    And so I know its winter
    Blurred lines between the days
    Gray light from sun's pale rays
    Ice and snow block all ways
    And so I know its winter
    Cabin fever makes the head ache
    The feeble fire I struggle to make
    Is a disappointment more than I can take
    And so I know its winter
    But suddenly I hear a bird sing,
    "Have hope! For I herald spring!"

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    These are great poems. Thanks for sharing them. Keep it up.

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    THE HALLS


    Wild woods whisper
    Calling your name
    Once you hear the song
    You're never the same


    Bold brooks break
    The soft near-silence
    Is it part of the song
    Or an act of defiance


    In those ancient halls
    Not carved but of wood
    Is a secret safe haven
    For the misunderstood


    The sad sit and soak
    Up the music of ages
    The sapling, the oak
    Life at all stages


    And when we leave at dusk
    And must consider our scars
    We miss those halls
    And turn to the stars


    Through the night
    We wait for dawn
    Through the nightmares and tears
    We must carry on


    Till the sun comes and grants
    Us permission to enter
    The halls of sapling and oak
    The novice and the mentor

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    MAYBE


    Can't quite tell whats going on
    Achiness and fuzziness cloud my head
    This feels like I'm floating away
    Could be I'm dissipating, disintegrating
    How can i be sure?


    Maybe I'm already gone
    Eventually well all be gone


    I can come back though, right?
    Faking hope or feeling hope? I'm not sure


    Yesterday comes back foggy, then gets sharp
    Ouch! I should have been careful
    Unfortunately, i forgot... but that was the point, wasn't it?


    Cant help but see the irony
    As it happens, I wonder if I'm seeing things
    Not sure it matters... maybe were all seeing things


    Pull me back! Quick!
    Lift me out of the water!
    Even now, maybe Im not too far gone
    Actually maybe i am
    Someday i will be or have been... but
    Even in death they say there is hope

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    IF IT WEREN'T FOR YOU


    If it weren't for the people I'd leave behind
    I'd throw it all away
    If it weren't for the people my actions would harm
    I'd end it all today


    I don't care about what's causing the pain
    I don't care if there's a way out
    If it weren't for those people, I'd drink it away
    Let the whiskey burn my heart out


    I don't care about what the past has to say
    The future has no appeal
    Hope tries to speak of possible good
    But at present the pain is what's real


    So if it weren't for you, the people I'd harm
    I'd drink it all away
    But instead I live in the twilight, drinks
    At night and lies in the day

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    A STRANGER'S ANSWER

    I think a woman must have asked this question
    Or rather this series of them
    So if on this earth one questions their worth
    Well I've written these questions for them


    "When hope becomes a four letter word
    And speak it, I dare not do
    After what's happened to me could it possibly be
    That some how I'll make it through


    Am I worth the trouble I am to myself
    Am I worth the past I carry
    The parts of me I rather not see
    The sad parts and the scary


    What will come of the struggles I trouble with now
    And the pain that I've gone through
    The trials each day that come my way
    Is there a point to what I do"


    When I finished this list of questions
    I left it on my desk
    When I returned to complete it I saw it didn't need it
    For this a stranger had left


    "When I prayed in the garden that lonely night
    I was tempted by many things
    By despair and fear of what drew near
    The terrors tomorrow would bring


    But in all that darkness there was a soft light
    Something beautiful but clearly hurting
    Hurt by her own and hurting alone
    And only I could relieve her burden


    Gently her plight reminded at me
    Harshly the fear beat me
    In exhaustion i was inclined to give in
    But by love, compelled to beat sin


    I looked into the future and saw
    The woman that I saved
    Down somewhere on earth she questions her worth
    And struggles everyday




    So when she asks, 'Am I worth it'
    This I say to her
    'Child for thee, it is that I bleed
    And cry and struggle and suffer'


    'Your worth cannot be measured
    By standards mere mortals hold
    To prove your worth I came to earth
    In the long past days of old'


    'So your worth I'll try to explain
    In words that you'll understand
    You are worth the birth of Christ on earth
    Of God's Son in mortal land'


    'You are worth the pain and suffering
    The shedding of immortal blood
    You are worth God's tears and fears
    Falling in the mud'


    So child when you feel you are alone
    Don't forget that I'm here for you
    No matter the difference that caused this distance
    I'll always believe it's true'


    'That you're worth the sunshine I made
    And are more beautiful by far
    Than golden rays on summer days
    That warm where ever they are'


    So write this at the end of that list"
    The end of his letter did say
    Though no name was given for this answer written
    It was signed with a simple J

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    WE ARE

    We are the freaks who made the circus
    Now there's a place where we belong
    We are the sounds lost in the silence
    Gathered up to make a song


    We are the feet that made the path
    So we'd have some where to go
    We are the ones who told our secrets
    Because someone had to know


    We are the stars out in the night
    When the moon abandons the world
    We are the ones who continue to speak
    When we were forced to make up the words


    HERE'S TO

    Here's to the broken
    Who carried on through
    To the ignorant and oblivious
    Who never knew what to do
    To the lost and forgotten
    Here's to remembering you


    To the worn and the weary
    Who may never find their rest
    To the thinkers who were not speakers
    Who were better than the best
    To the veterans and soldiers
    And the battles we'll never guess


    To the hopers and the dreamers
    Whose spirit remains alive
    To the fighters and survivors
    Who simply refused to die
    To the steadfast and the loyal
    Who never said, "Goodbye"


    THE TEAR


    I saw the tear make
    Its way down her cheek
    I wanted to save her
    But i just couldn't speak
    But that single tear
    Washed away her disguise
    All the years of deceit
    To the tiniest lie
    A just for that moment
    She revealed the metaphysical
    Through a moment of weakness
    God became visible

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    It was all I ever wanted
    As the dawning light drew near
    The ghosts that kept me haunted
    Went reeling back in fear
    Now I’m giving it to you
    I see you’re running out of air
    You know what you need to do
    Now you know that someone cares
    You may doubt yourself
    But know I never will
    Trust in hope and hope in self
    And watch your story be fulfilled
    You are the most important person to you
    You have the strength to do what you must do

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    Don’t play “tomorrow”
    In the key of sorrow
    When you can play “today”
    Any other way


    Your hope can be sure
    Even when you’re insecure
    Even lies are truth
    With the trust of youth


    So believe what you need
    Whether enlightened or deceived
    If it gets you through the day
    It’s true in some way

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    The tide rolls by
    Reflecting the sky
    Then it fades away
    In a salty wave

    She sees her future
    In a broken mirror
    She watches doubtfully
    Crying silently

    I waited by the phone
    So you wouldn’t be alone
    But when the call came through
    I didn’t understand you

    I know what its like
    To fear the light
    And I’m looking for a fix
    And wondering what I missed

    You told me one day
    There are things we’ll never say
    Could I change your mind
    If I told you mine?

    Our lives have shadows
    Our song’s have sad notes
    But notes can be rearranged
    Our lives can still be changed

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    Hello th118,

    I really love reading through your poetry. You've got such a wonderful talent, and I hope that it's something you'll continue with! Do you keep your pieces in a special book or folder? I have kept most of my writing from the time I started, and I think it's nice to look back on everything!

    Thank you for sharing with us!
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    These are awesome... you're so talented, th!
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