Chance

Drips of despair
Thread my empty hopes
Leaving trails of loss
That never find their way

The absence of certainty
The lust for security
The holes that rest inside
That we cover in shame

The rubble of rusted trust
The scars of past wounds
The footprints of broken time
That leave an open gash

Won’t you take this hand
With a step toward unfamiliar
For the chance to live again

And put behind all that was.

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Unspoken

Lies twist around my tongue
Hatred breathes a lullaby
I’d stop to look at myself
Yet years have stained me

I’m the derailed dream left behind
The shadowed loss one couldn’t find
The withered hope of timid time
The scars of life that make us blind

The shadows haunt the broken soul
Left as a knot beyond repair

I reach inside the darkened cloak
To touch a heart drained of hope
Nightmares hold and hang still
A weight forsaking human will

Dusty trails and darkened tombs
Time that seems to end too soon
The steps we take toward a fate
That leaves us empty with a wait

That dry feeling on the tongue
Of words unspoken yet remembered

Still Standing

Blood is turning black inside
A dream is only half alive
Half a heart yet still composed
This emptiness unveils the lie

The sunset in this dream
A lasting hope, unredeemed
A wish half bloomed, barely seen
Left broken, ripping, seam by seam

Angelic whispers trace the air
Yet pain is far beyond repair

These scars trace along my soul
Carving symbols past control
A place once made for a heart
Left in the wind to rip apart

The shreds left of memory
The shadows of myself
A smile of recognition
A pierce that sends me back to hell

It’s the bloom of a painful end
That brings a halt to life’s pretend

The strings attached to broken me
Stitched deep into the bone
Wither in the past’s denial
Leave me standing, strong, alone

It’s not how we pull ourselves back up
It’s the certainty that we do.

In The End

I’ll take the pain
I’ll watch it rip me apart
I’ll feel the hole
Where I once had a heart
I’ll take the time
I’ll put the past behind
I’ll share a smile
While I’m losing my mind

It’s not what you get but how you hang on
The scrapes and bruises at the rise of a dawn

This seething rage
Eats the pure that’s inside
These eyes reflect
All the pain that I hide
A soul is stripped
Laid down, empty and bare
As it dries in the fog
In the middle of nowhere

Shadows bend and play pretend
The moment of now; a past repeating again

As words get caught
They’re carried away
Planting seeds of rumor
That grow by the day
I sketch a story inside
I scribe a fable of time
In hope that someday somewhere
I’ll be able to find

When we lose our way, we lose our place
We forget who we are beyond our face

Stand still, lock the grip
Don’t lose who you are
While the pain’s deep inside
A peace is never too far
Holding on, break the will
Bend a way to break free
In the end things will fall
And left standing I’ll be

Things can break us
Only we can truly ever let go.

Shoulder To Lean

The blood inside turns to black
A point where there’s no turning back
I shut the door, I sew the seam
A broken soul, a pain, a fiend

The loss inside reaches still
The faded whisper of a will
The scars that stain a better time
That leave me walking, broken blind

I feast on the overcast
The pain that’s never meant to last

A rift of broken, empty dreams
I’d wish if I knew the way
The air tastes thick, I’ve given up
All the chase inside a day

As a tear glides down my cheek
Broken here and feeling weak
I reach for you while knowing

I need a shoulder to lean on