Scarred Heart (a poem)

my fragile heart

cannot bear this world –

my heart is hard, scarred

after witnessing breaks of

societal conduct

street-rioters that make me

want to flee

to calmer colony planets

in sci-fi futures

where utopian dreams

are realized & we live up

to our potentials

(Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash)

Beware of the Apartment People (a poem)

The people in this apartment complex are so nice!

They smile, ask how I’m doing

I can tell they mean it by their bright eyes,

gentle body language, the way they speak of

this complex as a community.

But why does it seem so strange?

Behind these pearly-white smiles,

are they planning my demise?

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Reborn (a poem)

This birthmark on my back is a mark I carry

from body to body – I die, am reborn

in another time, but my soul remains the same –

forever after the same truth, relentless in pursuit +

snared in masses of mankind + the death-march of progress

toward blood-soaked extinction or utopian dream

(Photo by Majid Rangraz on Unsplash)

Note: This poem was inspired by a theme in the novel, Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell. It’s a terrific book and I highly recommend it!