Poem #21

I think I’ll just do poem a day sporadically for now, whenever an idea strikes.

It’s not that it’s my fault,

maybe the timing was just bad.

People sing upbeat songs,

until one day there’s happiness to be had.

Years of hopes, wishes, and expectations.

Decades of dreaming of transformations.

I’m safe where I am,

that’s not to complain,

but I see you outside getting by in the rain.

If I step outside,

can I weather the flood?

Will my own instincts guide me?

Put fire in my blood?

I know I’m supposed to see you,

I don’t dare put the spotlight on me.

It detracts from the betterment of others, you see.

Do I dare feel good, when others don’t?

Do I dare stop trying, when others won’t?

Must I stop chasing this selfish dream of mine?

If I sacrifice what I don’t have,

will happiness be thine?

~Niki

Poem #19

Unrelated, having some weird issues with my mouse and trackpad every so often as of late. Right clicking is still possible but not left clicking, or in a more recent development, right clicking seems to act like a left click. Honestly it could be a feature and I just never noticed.

One step forward,

Two steps back.

Three steps sideways.

Four round the track.

My mind is everywhere,

can’t even stop for a snack.

~Niki

Poem #18

Unrelated, but I reconnected with someone from my past recently. It’s strange to be catching up after more than a decade of living our own separate lives.

Promise me tomorrow,

is all I can ask.

Keep me in your memory,

and I’ll be up to the task.

As long as I stand here,

rose wrapped up in thorns,

I’ll be on the journey,

for which I was born. 

~Niki

Poem #17

I really don’t have a consistent schedule for these. I’m trying to put them about 24 hours apart but there are gaps, and there will be gaps until I get it figured out. This isn’t a formal challenge or anything, it’s something I’m doing for me. I’ve also been asked to do some illustrations for a literary project, it’ll be interesting!

Rock me gently, o’ waves,

Sweet slumber—dreams that last for days!

Your gentle warmth caresses in the night,

Til’ the dawn is breaking and the sun shines bright.

~Niki

Poem #16

Doubling up on poems today, but poem-a-day is really helping me! I’m writing a narrative (albeit, out of sequence) right now and things are going smoothly. I hope to be able to have something more to show than just poetry soon.

From one side to another,

I suddenly turn.

Consumed from within,

Emotions shall burn.

A cry from the world

brings me back from my bliss.

An ongoing nightmare,

can we wake up from this?

~Niki