poem by sami st nicholas

Edvard Munch: The Scream is picture of ghostly figure screaming in fear

The Breakup

[POEM] I had a breakup today
A parting of the ways
A coming to an end
A breakup with a friend

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ocean turbulence

To Be Fair in a Love Affair

[POEM] To be fair.
It didn’t start out this way.
You were loving and so kind.
So sweet and tender.
You called me all the time.
Spent hours talking. . .

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cave on side of mountain

His Secret Place

[POEM] He has a secret place.
That he goes to.
I’m not welcome there.
He escapes to spin his dreams.
(And wallow in his pain?)

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Rhythm and Rhyme

[POEM] My life don’t rhyme like some folks do.
It doesn’t gel in rhythm.
It walks a beat that’s syncopated.
It doubles down and triple steps.
It squeaks, it whines, it shimmies.

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woman yelling in frustration


[POEM] Stuck in a daze.
Stuffed in a box.
Stultifying zest.
Stumbling in dark.
Stumped beyond measure.
Stunning intransigence. . .

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young boy reading bible

God Is Not Superlatively Perfect

[POEM] In the English language.
The word perfect has a superlative meaning.
To be the best, above all the rest.
At the top; Unsurpassed.
Free from flaw, impeccable and pristine.

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men's slippers


[POEM] I wonder if he knows.
I wear his slippers when he’s gone.
Even though they’re almost.
. . .but not quite.
Twice the size of mine.

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a wooden mask

The Mask

[POEM] I checked in on him the other day.
He seems alright to me.
He sits in the corner.
And peers out occasionally.

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Heartache Is…

[POEM] Heartache is
The realization that your life is not.
the way it was the day before.
And the day before was better.

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woman face in profile in dark

My Moses: Ode to an Alcoholic Dad

[POEM] I was five years old or thereabouts.
And I heard the shouts.
Piercing the darkness of my room.
It was you and mommy too.
Why is this my earliest memory of you?

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