Ode To Thee

You look through me with those judgmental eyes
Those eyes that hide surprise until you realize
I don’t care if you stare ‘cuz I’ll just stare right back
I’ll counter your attack as you lunge for my back

Who’s got the upper hand? You’re so smooth and cunning
Why’s it me you’re shunning? Look, see? Now who’s running?
Run from me, or from you? Run away! Run away!
Why keep your bouquet when you knew you wouldn’t stay?

At a disadvantage, I’ve no words of wisdom
I don’t know where you’re from, I can’t get you to come
There is no hope for us, we have gone way too far
It’s all become bizarre, we don’t know who we are

And we can’t get back there, to that place we once were
That time when we were sure, tell me you remember?
That was a time of dreams, of love, of hope, of trust
It seemed that we were thrust before we could adjust

Into that time of us. But all of that has changed,
It’s all been rearranged, turned sullen and deranged
Oh! How I want you back! Back here where you belong
Back where our love was strong, should have been all along…


Last Modified: July 30, 2012 at 12:30 am
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Published by: The Poet Darkling

The Poet Darkling is an award-winning poet, lyricist, author, editor, and freelance writer. She is currently working on her fifth poetry and monologue anthology, as well as her memoirs. In 2013, The Poet Darkling had the distinct honor of writing an introduction and closing poem for the short story anthology, “Broken Spokes along the Way,” by author Vance R. Farrell. She is also an esteemed member of several writer’s groups, including Writers-Network, and All Poetry, and was featured in the All Poetry anthology “Rewrite Sunlight” in 2017. Born in Chicago, Illinois, The Poet Darkling currently resides in Northeast Tennessee with her family, her pet black widow spider (whom she calls “Walter”), her imaginary muse (whom she hasn’t named), and her many diverse personalities. Since her childhood, The Poet Darkling has survived all manner of physical and sexual abuse, as well as mental illness, drug addiction, and long-term homelessness, and her poetry reflects this. With a steady voice, diverse subject matter, and the singular intent of helping others not only survive the darkness, but thrive there. The Poet Darkling appeals to a wide range of readers. She speaks for the traumatized soldier, the weary mother, the confused teen, the abandoned senior, the disenfranchised minority, the serial killer, and anyone who has suffered heartbreak, addiction, abuse, mental illness, and even the sting of death – and all in perfect rhyme and meter…or not. Following her own doctrine of “Live first; learn later,” The Poet Darkling is currently working on her M.A. in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University, where she also earned her B.A. in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Professional Writing, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. The Poet Darkling is proud to be a member of the Sigma Tau Delta (Alpha Pi Psi) and Alpha Sigma Lambda (Sigma Psi) honor societies. When she is not writing, or plotting her bid for Poet Laureate of the United States, The Poet enjoys talking to herself, wandering around aimlessly and poking dead critters with sticks.

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