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143 poems tagged FEAR


»trigger warning«

by Neo Musangi, Jan 27, 2017

"this is not for you". Truant has always been unreliable! / / this is for the ones who taught their tongues to swirl questions / around their mouths on nights that they couldn't ask / the ones who threw stones into waters but weren't excited by the pattern of their ripples- / so they hit their heads on…  sign in to read more »


»Dmitri wears my skin on days he wants to smell death«

by Neo Musangi, Jan 24, 2017

1. / / this matatu is a coffin! / / somewhere in Uhuru, she burns incense to musk the smell of underage sex / / and everyone along Keekorok is walking into mirrors in search of freedom. / / what's the english word for someone who has slept in a broken bed with a stranger, / / or, is it awkward to fall…  sign in to read more »


»After Midnight«

by Bo Lanier, Dec 14, 2016

Eerie sounds all around deep in / the heart of the graveyard AFTER / MIDNIGHT, shadows appear and / seem to move, heartbeat like / thunder in a state of fright, they're / coming from all around, I try to / scream but can't make a sound / wickedness and evil gnawing / away every bit of life well don't / you…  sign in to read more »


»Rain Man«

by Brendon Tawanda Takarinda, Nov 7, 2016

Rain man, Rain man, Rain man. / Pour out your rains to wash all the / Evil away. So much hatred roams / The earth, love seems to be the forgotten / Dream which has lost its worth. / Police brutality used as ammunition / For war. The red and blue colors / From the police car light up the sky / And have the…  sign in to read more »


»Roanoke«

by Bo Lanier, Nov 1, 2016

Well and they came by sea in the 17 century. They had the highest of hopes as they did come ashore the wild wood lands. And setting up housekeeping they were in the best of spirits in the beginning. But in need of more supplies, eventually. Some sailed back to England only to return to a great…  sign in to read more »


»Dusk«

by Bo Lanier, Oct 24, 2016

Oh and as the sun begins to set I come alive / The moon comes curling around the mountains / Like a blue lamp in a dusty pink sky... / I step into the velvet of the night that I love / In my red velvet cape and black gloves, still carrying / A torch for some distant past ancient love and / As the wind…  sign in to read more »


»Ghost Town«

by Bo Lanier, Oct 20, 2016

Standing in the among the ruins of what / Used to be a thriving little gold fever town / I swore I heard music and laughter coming / From the half-moon saloon, I walked around / But nobody could be found still I could of / Sworn I just saw a cowboy walk chasing / An Apache in a cloud of dust well I felt a…  sign in to read more »


»The Accident«

by Sbulelo Sbonelo Mahlangu, Sep 6, 2016

In that midst, I see death / In that sight it's eyeing me... / I'm not dead, / And that's what frightens me / Few more seconds / And that would've been me / Them, us; it would've been me! / Just a few more secs. / He would've been dead / But he's not, / And that's what make him mad / Just a few more secs…  sign in to read more »


»A Real Jack the Ripper in a Small American Town«

by Bo Lanier, Jun 29, 2016

Gladys was a devote Baptist and a / Sweet old lady who never had anything / Bad to say about anybody so when this / Young man moved into the neighborhood / They said you can just look into his eyes / And see he's nothing but bad news but / Gladys said now didn't our Lord say he / Who is without sin cast…  sign in to read more »


»Like a Ghost Passing Through the Night«

by Bo Lanier, Jun 21, 2016

Moon of gold and a storm on the horizon / My cape like gossamer wings in the wind / Oh starlight, star bright first star I see tonight / Send me somebody to love before the reaper / Comes and takes my life... / Well I know it's out there somewhere maybe / Just across the Tennessee River or the sierra…  sign in to read more »


»In The Land of the Red Rising Sun«

by Bo Lanier, Apr 20, 2016

Well and was this another seal broken / As the Pacific Ocean came crashing / Down over the red rising sun... / You stumble around on shaking / Grounds...so much disaster and / Destruction you wonder what else / Is to come as the night sets in... / The darkness is like a Demon you / Cannot escape and every…  sign in to read more »


»Nightstorm«

by Bo Lanier, Mar 11, 2016

So I find myself once again in the shadow of the crescent moon / Back to the marshlands in the throes of an ancient gossamer / Forest...well I can still hear your voodoo beckoning the spirits / And I too can feel the power here where I stand as lightning / Flashes and reveals the silhouettes of the…  sign in to read more »


»A Man In Crossroad And Tears In His Rolling Eyes«

by Jacques Sprenkie Mateya, Feb 15, 2016

Tears rolling as a mighty ocean. / / A man is tiger he doesn't cry / Who said tigers don't cry? / / Reality is a mist in my clouds / Mind's eyes are in the circle of confusion. / In the backyard there is a crackle of thunder. / Eyes rolling like wheel in the hands of gorilla / / I am just like a blind-…  sign in to read more »


»Cradle Of Hope«

by Anne P. Murray, Jan 27, 2016

The white of her was only a dream / Drifting in and out of surreal reality / Her heart and soul needing the same thing / Tired of the white porcelain mask she wore / With forced smiles masking her real fears / Never letting her act slip / It left her face and soul emotionless with silent longing / / Once a…  sign in to read more »


»Come Monday«

by Bo Lanier, Dec 21, 2015

Well just you wait Come Monday / I'm gonna leave a trail of fire up / one side and down the other, you / won't even know what hit you but / that's the power and the fury of the / Tiger and as we all know a Tiger does / not back down from a fight so I think / you'd better run, run for your life 'cuz…  sign in to read more »


»Dread«

by Bo Lanier, Dec 10, 2015

DREAD in my heart, DREAD in my head / Trying to juggle your love and my crazy life / Putting up with so much bull shit sometimes / It just makes you were dead, I still wish for / The best but I've learned to expect the worse / Sometimes it makes me wonder if I just be / Cursed, some say love can see…  sign in to read more »


»They Come«

by Bo Lanier, Nov 19, 2015

Well and They Come like an army in the sky / In the blue of the day, in the dark of the night / Well I know it's beyond belief and I / Wouldn't of believed it if I hadn't of seen / It with my own two eyes...wingless / Chariot suspended in mid-air in a bright, / Bright metallic white light... / They Come,…  sign in to read more »


»Broken Spirit«

by Anonymous, Nov 9, 2015

I used to be creative, / I used to write what I feel. / Now I have no character, / I have no feelin…  sign in to read more »


»Little One«

by Ntombizethu Simphiwe, Aug 13, 2015

Little one, little one / all she needs is someone / someone who can treat her as if she is the only one, / but then there are these streets which mistreat / young girls for a trick or treat / with their deceit / with HIV/AIDS they compete. / / Come in he said, so as I ate the cakes / that daddy baked I…  sign in to read more »


»Tears of fear«

by Manie Van Tonder, Jun 2, 2015

As I lay down on our bed / sadness reappears / Running tears on her soft pillow / wishing she was here / Not crying out the question / why? why? why? / But rather thinking of / ways to die / I miss you my baby! / I miss you so so bad! / Without you I am nothing / my life is just sad / I am so alone and…  sign in to read more »


»No«

by Maria Sharon Moemise, Jun 1, 2015

Cast in concrete, memories of when / I became a woman, forced by men / All I feared became a reality just as / the traces of childhood ran past / / Shadows, wafting a stale sweat smell / Grabbing at me just as I fell / No one heard me shouting, screaming / No! They pushed, breathing, heaving / / A child ran…  sign in to read more »


»Babes in Arms«

by Maria Sharon Moemise, May 22, 2015

If you were just a little child / In a word resembling the wild / where your parents are the beasts / huge fangs awaiting, you as their feast / / If you were that sleepy little one / Awoken by the sound of a blazing gun / Waking to violent prods and painful poking / Not your mommy's loving, gentle stroking…  sign in to read more »


»Power of words«

by Shylet Noma Clint, Nov 6, 2014

When I was but a young girl I just loved opposites, then I didn't know they attract. / Defying the odds and always being the odd one out, now I only find out it's what they call gender. / Female, feminine, phenomenal are words I started understanding when I became a young woman. / Pubic, puberty is not…  sign in to read more »


»The Thoughts of a Dying Heart«

by Endy Senyatsi, Sep 23, 2014

Am I goin' to get another chance to rectify my typos? / Did I make my kith an' kin happy? / Did I live my life to the fullest? / Why did I allow people to break me into million tiny pieces? / Why did I adopt hatred? / Why did I fall for lousy tricks? / Now I'm dying / Dying a slow death / Dying with…  sign in to read more »


»Mirage«

by Choene Alley Semenya, Sep 16, 2014

How jejune is a wish per se when it remains but just a mirage, / Lest for love alone my heart desires without adventure and courage? / How dull can a wish be if it has no intentions of being achieved, / And let my soul rather with mirth rejoice instead of being grieved- / 'Twixt honesty and truth, of…  sign in to read more »


»Insecurity of True Love«

by Zandile Mboneni-Chansa, Aug 14, 2014

It was the sadness in your eyes, / The way you never smiled at me, / But you kept on looking, / And when you thought I wasn't worth it, / You kept on coming, / For there was something in me that kept you intrigued. / / Or was it the sadness in my eyes? / The way I used to put on my fake smile, / The way I…  sign in to read more »


»The Voice, Guess who?«

by Shylet Noma Clint, Aug 4, 2014

I love lonely hearts. / I hate faithful partners. / I love married women and men they are my easy target. / Temptation is my trend. / I hate it when people block me. / I love teenagers who are going through adolescence and life challenges. / I hate it when they abstain. / Guess who? / / I lie but who doesn'…  sign in to read more »


»Believe«

by Ramasela Matlala, Jun 30, 2014

You never said you care. / Yet feel your warm heart. / It scares me and hurts me. / Why do I have to care for you? / / Maybe it's because I feel a void, / You fill it when you talk to me. / You scare me, I care for you / Your voice warms my heart. / You get me to be calm / / I never dream of you, / I…  sign in to read more »


»Is It Still Africa?«

by Blessing Ntsaluba, Jun 25, 2014

Is It Still Africa, where we preach the word of equality but practice non society? / Where youngsters preach equality towards their elders? / / Respect lost, Elders speechless while we lose our sense of humor. / Is it still Africa where lives are lost and joy is reaped?, / When men walk in fear of their…  sign in to read more »


»Our Cultures Forgotten«

by Blessing Ntsaluba, Jun 25, 2014

Our Cultures Forgotten, / Mother Tong Never Spoken, / Equality never shared and Friendship never cherished. / / We are lost by our fathers, abandoned by our mothers / laughed at by our neighbors, taken grant-age by our friends / and even killed by our loved ones. / / Our Souls are no more treasured, Money…  sign in to read more »


»Speak of Politics«

by Blessing Ntsaluba, Jun 25, 2014

Speak of politics then you shall be speaking about a nightmare without a shield of protection. / It is humans who are politicians but men still fear. Politics is a definition of government in control, / government who works for the people and not supposed to be feared by the people but men still speak…  sign in to read more »


»A goodbye note«

by Suman Malekani, Jun 15, 2014

Hey me, I am leaving now / please don't ask me when where & how / I'll be moving with a whole new me / we'll never meet again or ever see. / / The time has come for me to leave / I can't be me anymore it is a grieve / How the new me will be I don't know! / but I can't be you so please let me go. / / Yes you…  sign in to read more »


»Conversation within me«

by Thabo Simon Motsoeneng, Jun 11, 2014

Depression of mind / Soul needed peace, but my / Heart was slowly beating / More and more I become speechless / I tried to whisper in your ears, but u could not hear me / how things will be without my presence in this World of sorrow and pains where humans don't uplift one another, but look down to each…  sign in to read more »


»Icarus«

by Michael Strydom, Jun 5, 2014

Find in me / that part of you / we both seek most of all / / reality / has seen us through / but can not break the fall / / here betwixt what is and will be / I find no comfort here / I am battered, bruised and certainly / most humanly filled with fear / / as I drift through / an endless sea / in…  sign in to read more »


»I Wish I Was Different«

by Thabo Simon Motsoeneng, Jan 20, 2014

I was torn apart / I suffered / To believe I will survive was last thing in mind / If I knew to be in this planet would brought sadness / / Maybe I should have asked God not give me permission to see it / I wish I was given birth by different generation of mankind / My misery could have let to suicide…  sign in to read more »


»One Fair Kiss«

by Pope Tuggen, Jan 17, 2014

I am doomed / Fare and square / Hole in the past / Hole in the future. / Bad! Bad! Bad! / All is bad. / My goody dreams / In one past / All eternity blast. / I am doomed / One fair kiss / Briefly a bliss / Rape! Rape! Rape! / All in tape / Seduced by fifteen / One little teen / Tall, say fair / She no fair / Had, say…  sign in to read more »


»Sowetan girl breaks my heart«

by Kgomotso J Kgopa, Oct 31, 2013

In the beginning / This is me, now reminiscing / It was me and her - Pearl / Our hearts dark, void and without form - like Genesis'™ Earth / Life had just pulled one of it mysteries on us / Life, Love and Time had been kind us thus no fuss / / As I turned to gaze at the beauty on her / I saw that the…  sign in to read more »


»The place called Hlazakazi«

by Phiwe Mbatha, Jul 29, 2013

Sitting inside this cave / Mama tells us to shut up / I smell oranges I think / She says it is a black mamba / It is her cave after all / She is protecting her babies / The sound of guns firing will not stop / I close my ears with both hands / She says I must learn to listen / How am I going to hear her,…  sign in to read more »


»The Shore Awaits«

by Shuaib Yunus Soni, Jul 28, 2013

Find the sea, oh streaming river, / For lost only are you alone. / Through the tangled woods and mountain passes, / Onward shall you find home. / / Veiled or clear, your destiny's set, / The banks have arose to guide you. / What can hinder the inevitable? / When all obstacles fall behind you? / / Masses,…  sign in to read more »


»Prince of Darkness«

by Yolande Du Plessis, Jun 28, 2013

Prince of darkness / Hear my call / Feel the ache of loss in my soul / Bring me back from the light / Take me into your darkest night / / I felt the passion / I felt the lust / I could see the love / Before it fell / / Light takes it all / Darkness prevails / Take my soul / / I cannot breathe / I cannot eat / I…  sign in to read more »


»The blow«

by Yolande Du Plessis, Jun 28, 2013

Shadows embrace / Darkness fills my soul / My black eye contorts objects around / Night fills my vision / As the final blow falls / / Faintly sound surrounds me / Light barely reaches my purple eye / A hand / Retreat / The hand remains / Soft, welcoming / / Standing again / Dark spots remain / But light…  sign in to read more »


»What Do We Do?«

by Natachja De Weber, Mar 2, 2013

Sweet Anene Booysen, / Just 17 years old. / Her attacker was familiar, / So he lures her off alone. / Invited of his friends, / As if it was for fun. / Violate her innocence, / So you can just imagine. / Tells her not to scream, / As her perception changes. / "Don't hurt me I beg you please" / But her…  sign in to read more »


»To love someone sometimes«

by Fortunate-Hero Lekgetho, Mar 1, 2013

to love someone at times / gives you so much grief at times / you run to show them much love / and they complain about the past / you fight for the present / but they dwell on yesterdays mistakes / / to love someone sometimes / you try by all means not to hurt them / but they hurt you instead / and they…  sign in to read more »


»Dangerous Beauty«

by Shiva Kiran, Feb 17, 2013

I stand at the edge of a cliff / In a wind blowing strong and stiff / The brilliant blue water ripples beneath / enticing and foreboding is the glimmering sheath / / Do I leap / Will I fall in a heap / do I dare / To jump without a care / / Will I hit the water / And soak in the thrill / Or is there a rock…  sign in to read more »


»Words in my rear view mind«

by Lerato Jahder Mollomabina, Jan 2, 2013

Let me tell you a story. / Don't feel sorry. / Glory to him but I was angry, / Maybe hungry. / / It hurt, / Maybe I went too far, / Damn! With all due respect though, / I'm not trying to be bad. / / Lord why are you making your presence difficult to believe? / what's your point? / That's enough / I get it now…  sign in to read more »


»Hiding my heart«

by Maureen Direro, Dec 3, 2012

Hiding the core of my heart to the one who loves me, / I thought that he loved me I gave him the core of my heart, / 'cause something about him felt right, / was prepared to lose the world over him, / was prepared to lose everything I hold dear to myself over him, / 'til I saw him that day, / I felt used…  sign in to read more »


»Mystery«

by Dzumbu Mmbara, Oct 11, 2012

You are a mystery, / a secret wrapt in your own eyes; / and when I care to look, / I see a shadow of myself, / in the deep secret that you are. / I ask questions unanswered, / but still your smile abates my anxiety; / and make tomorrow's bliss / seemingly never ending. / but when imprisoned by thought; / I…  sign in to read more »


»Watch what you say«

by Sakhile Koaho, Oct 11, 2012

Watch what you say around people / because what you say affects me / choose your words carefully fool / because I end up looking like you / / what you feeding people / you messing up my reputation joe! / those small pieces of bad info / paint a perfectly wrong description of me / / so what what you say…  sign in to read more »


»A moment all our hearts would shrink«

by Mashell Chapeyama, Oct 8, 2012

Trauma is what is happening inside me / Happening around me and beyond, reaching other people / Should I flee from myself and metamorphose with something else? / Water in the swimming pool would be my first choice- / "Just because the terrorists have just bombed my family," / Their machinations set to…  sign in to read more »


»Got lost at the cemetery«

by Sakhile Koaho, Oct 4, 2012

feel lost, I am lost / / today in search of you / I went and I couldn't find you / have you turned your back on me / so much that you can't reveal yourself to me / / I saw all shade of black stones / gray and white ones / but couldn't fint yours / saw all names and surnames / nations and clans / / but couldn…  sign in to read more »


»EM-P-TY«

by Sakhile Koaho, Oct 3, 2012

empty is how I feel / this house I wanna leave / lonely is how I feel / getting out is all that left for me / mind somewhere else / body still here / my heart has left / seems like I have lost interest / / feel like my organs are separated / from his body of mine / tall walls surrounding them / solitary…  sign in to read more »


»My love has left me«

by Maureen Direro, Sep 13, 2012

My love has left me, / He saw the fool who thought loved him, / Returned no more, / I bet you all he wanted was just to get inside me, / My love has left, / he took my heart and turned it to stone, / it was so hard, / got clean my face and hide my heart from the world... / My love has gone, / I felt so…  sign in to read more »


»Hey Woman«

by Shylet Noma Clint, Aug 20, 2012

Hey woman, wonderfully and fearfully made. / A flower that blossoms in all seasons, areas and atmospheres. / / Your scent gives breath of fresh air / Your presence brightens the day / / Woman your range and brand does not end / uprooted and planted elsewhere it does not change you, it makes you even…  sign in to read more »


»The real creator«

by Rabi Ul Islam, Aug 13, 2012

Nothin' is small, but / God made it / / The best example is human, but / God made it / / Whole universe to a little atom / We can't count, but / God made it / / I'm thinking about all these creations (Of God) / That he made it, then / How big is God / / All those things that God gave us / Are proof for being…  sign in to read more »


»I really hurt him«

by Maureen Direro, Aug 6, 2012

I can't accept it... / My words prove hollow, / I can't forget him... / My memory seems shallow, / He crept into my life and made me happy... / He made my days exceptional, / Gave me a reason to wake up in the morning... / Gave me a reason to sleep at night, / If only he knew, / How much I loved him... / I…  sign in to read more »


»I feel somehow I did not live«

by Nurija Mehovic, Aug 3, 2012

I am not alive / I am sand that just flies in the air / I just go around silent like an ice cold wind / I just fly, my body is frozen as ice / My veins are frozen / My eyes are frozen / / I keep walking even when I am frozen / I walk a path of frozen cold hollow / I feel the pieces of my heart falling…  sign in to read more »


»My troubled soul«

by Tayyeba Irum, Aug 2, 2012

Behind the winning smile on my face, is my inscrutable sadness / his rudeness and impolite stubbornness left me astonished / his blue eyes had a power to impersonate a serene sky / but, now all I see in them is a strange silence / the exquisite beauty in his words once made me mad about him / but…  sign in to read more »


»Gone too soon«

by Ryan Gordon Penn, Jun 29, 2012

Oh what joy / it is to create / Another life, from love / to grow within / / Oh how tiny you are / barely an inch / But what a big / change you bring to me / / If only you could listen / maybe you do / If only I could speak / to my adorable you / / I am committed to protect / you from this strange world / I…  sign in to read more »


»Goodbye Dad«

by Mashell Chapeyama, Jun 19, 2012

His face faded away with his trudge / Towards the roads last bend. / He would be gone in a moment / Perhaps parted me for years, / Probably for the rest of my life. / / His shadow lost clarity, he drifted away / With anxious-hiding smiles. / I looked at him, my eyes moistened, / Tears trickled down my…  sign in to read more »


»The gravestone«

by Abha Thapliyal, May 30, 2012

Every moment, that the past hurts / I turn to my inner gravestone / To remember all that lived once / And all that lies underneath as bones / / Every wound has grown a scar / And every tear has left a track / I never seek what I have lost / Because I know it never comes back / / The stone is grey, cold and…  sign in to read more »


»The tallest shadow«

by Abha Thapliyal, May 20, 2012

There's one thing that scares me / And those are tall shadows / They make everything look dark / Like walking through hallows / / Nearly every sunset brings them / and they glide alongside / and appear like looming sentinels / Or an apparition of something that died / / The moon rises like a pale ghost / and…  sign in to read more »


»If«

by Casey Samantha Boshoff, Apr 15, 2012

If darkness came walking / through my door, / And took me by the hand / so I could blink no more, / Would you know that He loves you? / Would you know that He cares? / Would you know that He sent me / to thank you for always being there? / / If you slowly begin to cry / and realise my body no longer has heat…  sign in to read more »


»Reverend fright«

by Gideon Eze, Mar 16, 2012

The dim moon rumbles round the curtain; / inquishing ferros and terrors of dawn tales / flattering beneath and denut the roof, / in frightful soulful chat, / ambushing the figured chrome / rumbling with the mind! Soul / like tah chee raws / / I evoked in darkness, / leeping through flesh, / in mimicked peeps…  sign in to read more »


»Afridi Is king«

by Rabi Ul Islam, Mar 8, 2012

He holds his bat with all his might, / The bowlers bowl with full of fright. / He is the man, he is the king, / He smashes every ball out of the ring. / / Once he entered the pitch by chance, / And changed the game in a single glance. / He is the man depended on hard times, / For he is the king of all the…  sign in to read more »


»Beyond The Limitations Of Gods«

by Mohamed Amer, Jan 2, 2012

I tell you, there will forever be / No pain, no gain for free / Trapped in endless circulation / Seek the same pixel, in better resolution / Different story, yet the lesson unlearned / All the enlightment, yet the truth undiscerned / To set a course, and to consign that way / To oblivion, all in the arch,…  sign in to read more »


»Think of the little children«

by Leo Long, Jan 2, 2012

So many times we've decided, "It's time we split up!", / But then we find we just can't give up. / It's not for each other; it's for the children we care, / On them it's unfair, / They stand in the corner helpless and bare. / / There's so much to remember my daughter, my son, / But all I can think of is…  sign in to read more »


»Teardrops from heaven«

by Leo Long, Dec 22, 2011

Pitter-patter; tears on the roof, / The world sleeps knowing not the grief, / And in dawning hours the gage is proof / Of a tear shed for life... oh so brief! / / The face of the sky is darkly troubled, / Unnoticed by the sleeping world below / Unconcerned nor woken by the tear drops doubled / Weeping o'er…  sign in to read more »


»Bowing down to my fears«

by Gcinile Mdletshe, Sep 27, 2011

Bow down, / Kneel down, / My life is dragging me down / My soul is seeping towards the groung / My life quickly pray to the Creator / Approach the Man above / Tell Him I depend on His love / To destroy death / And let me be / I still have a lot to live for / Thousand things manifested in me / To be adored…  sign in to read more »


»No tears«

by Fortunate-Hero Lekgetho, Sep 15, 2011

No tears for me / no matter how hard it gets / I gotta save this sadness inside / the only that thing that is real / no tears for me today / / No matter how long the day gets / and all the dreams that might collide / like those screaming walls behind / those falling pieces of earth / screaming to my soul…  sign in to read more »


»The Fallen: Careless Hands of Time«

by Sage PoeticHustler Mokgosi, Sep 12, 2011

Within the careless hands of time, lay unrest, unbound inflictions of pain... / In depths of soil grains are stains caressed with blood left behind by those who were. / But, what was the body when life was always sought to be the soul? / If not a flaw ridden temple happy to be redeemed from the clause…  sign in to read more »


»Between a rock and a concrete surface«

by Absai Gamariel, Aug 17, 2011

Reader, I need your advice on this / For when I sleep, sleep won't come heather / The wages of my sins torment me day and night / The decisions sometimes we make come back to haunt us. / / Love, hate, beauty, greed, and all, the line is too thin. / Am I or am I not, to be or not to be/ / I think I have…  sign in to read more »


»Loupgarou«

by Andrew Totten, Aug 17, 2011

I wish that I had realized the day that I got bitten / that from then on my life would be condemned / I know now that my future as the beast is truly written / and will be all I know until the end / / The hunger that I feel inside now starts at gibbous moon / and keeps me hunting for the next three days…  sign in to read more »


»Beautiful Nightmare«

by Paul Gerard Day, Aug 9, 2011

Darkness rests upon the hills / As the bloody moon soon shines / And all the ghosts come out / To the whaling of the sirens / / It's not a tragic scene this night / As the distant sirens scream / But a beautiful nightmare / Locked up inside a terrible dream / / And the sirens tell a darker tale / Of a…  sign in to read more »


»Imagine«

by Mothibe Johannes Mothapo, Aug 2, 2011

Imagine I am yours, / Let me rephrase, / Imagine you are mine; we wine and dine together, / Imagine your thoughts are mine and my heart is yours, / Imagine, you feel what I feel and what you feel is what I have felt, / Imagine the sense of taste resides in me, / Then I am gone, / Gone to the wilds, where…  sign in to read more »


»These Things«

by Edward Mukwakwami, Jul 21, 2011

They are everywhere these things / I visualise them as extraordinary species / Moving in circles at an incredibly high speed / Mysterious shadows maybe the devil's angels / Like humans with animal features / Cat claws and vampire teeth... / / These things...only visible to my eye / Whose eery sound only…  sign in to read more »


»Svelte and Surpassing«

by Sergio Coto, May 31, 2011

He swats those snug feelings / and dances above this eager relieve, / deciding to reencounter himself again / preparing to fall to the rhythm of a rapture. / / He reaches again to rarefy himself / mire himself to become rational, / pry to belong to purity / before a numb and numerous miscarriage. / / He…  sign in to read more »


»The story of my life«

by Sergio Coto, May 17, 2011

Again fell down to the floor / sobbing my way down after you, / Felt stupid and unconcious before / feeling heartless and remorseful today. / / Do you know why I drown? / Do you know why I fall? / Do you know why you call? / Or am I the one that is gone? / ...I'm fed up at all. / / But before my demise comes…  sign in to read more »


»Love is deeper«

by Lloyd Nabe, May 13, 2011

He loved her... / not enough to sacrifice his life for her, / she believed in inner strength / that black women possess, / she misled herself that / it's a black woman's purpose to suffer / and conquer the pain alone. / / She loved him enough to feed his ego / succumbed to his shenanigans like a concubine…  sign in to read more »


»Times Full of Lies«

by Sergio Coto, May 13, 2011

Everything comes up to my mind like dirt / remembering lies against my will, / I fold myself in to glooming heat / my hipped interest of negligence. / / My integrity falls down / disolving again to your hips, / breaking up and shattering down / like a knag in the thraot. / / Those mindless thoughts inside…  sign in to read more »


»A bullet in my soul«

by Maureen Direro, May 12, 2011

I opened my eyes and the dream began / Rather a nightmare as I could define / I had told a lie / And it felt like there was a bullet in my soul / My heart was pumping blood as if it were a sponge / I still see no use to it / Fact was I had lied / I thought to myself / "It won't last for a month" / Then a…  sign in to read more »


»Childhood«

by Joanna Clarke, Apr 5, 2011

Living in fear-hope death is near / Battered and bruised-so confused / Object of lust-self disgust / Happy Birthday 4-child whore / Feeling li…  sign in to read more »


»Life sentence, no parole«

by Joanna Clarke, Apr 4, 2011

The cloud of depression once again starts to descend, / Victims get life sentences, not those who offend, / A couple of months and they get to walk free, / You should lock them up and dispose of the key, / Paedophiles rights? That's all that we hear, / Where's the child's rights to grow up without fear…  sign in to read more »


»Exodus«

by Ilka Caireen Buttrick, Feb 23, 2011

Winged, buzzing, / like a plague of / locusts rushing / in one direction / away from the adults / that carry light. / My creations / move in mass / entanglement / scrambling through / the forest floor, / their survival / determined to get / to the dark side / of the moon. / So there they / will live. / My imagined…  sign in to read more »


»Tainted«

by Kusain PoeticHustler Mokone, Feb 16, 2011

I ran rampant wild chasing a phantom's dreams / Caught in a spider web fantasy of stringed love / I crumbled to the brink of ashes / In the name of the life dubbed normal / / Crazed infections of life / Adrenaline broken reaches freedom's own free fall / truth / Grazed on the sands of barren belief / Filled…  sign in to read more »


»Your Last Breath!«

by Sage PoeticHustler Mokgosi, Feb 16, 2011

You seethe when you breathe / in deep as if you want the air to feel your soul... / You are facing the wrath of that breath that seems is your last! / Ready to give up because of your past / You let your voice be filled with blasts of swollen emptiness. / In your grinding mind is an intruding cold…  sign in to read more »


»Death Of A Poet's Heart!«

by Sage PoeticHustler Mokgosi, Jan 26, 2011

Silence... / / Then pounds of beastly throat thrashers / Gashing blood, floods of empty thoughts / Screams of dreams forgotten, / Debating mental heart-beats now internal norms / Dictative tumors of turmoil, / It's hunger lingers on the edge of swift / beautiful deathly heavens / Depending on it, I still…  sign in to read more »


»Hope To Stand Is In Your Hand«

by Shuaib Yunus Soni, Dec 12, 2010

Cowardice they call it - those people who don't know, / To commit the act of taking your own life, / But who really knows beside those who have committed, / What really made them thrust that knife. / What went through their minds during that moment? / What could life have thrown in their path so…  sign in to read more »


»I fear you my people, my heart you cripple«

by Karabo Matthews Ndlovu, Dec 2, 2010

crimes we commit, / ourselve we defeat, / women and children we abuse, / all the above we still refuse, / respect we have lost, / we live in a thick dust, / our children backchat, / they're unstoppable, that's a fact. / I fear you my people, my heart you cripple / / the youth is busy engaging, / in alcohol,…  sign in to read more »


»"You..."«

by Lethal Poet, Nov 10, 2010

You came to me / And / Found me on my own space- quit / You assaulted my thoughts / With / Your charisma / Danced your way into my soul...You / You came to me / As a friend / And / As a committed lover / -Yet- / Omitted that feminine cliché' / "Till death do us apart" / Both of us / We were locked in that lonely…  sign in to read more »


»Feeling«

by Blessing Ntsaluba, Sep 24, 2010

Holding a pen in my hand writting the feelings / I feel internal but hidden in the external features. / / Days were dark, day by day anger was expressed / Feelings were unelucidated. / No joy was planted but silence was reaped. / / Silence hurted the most while no one was there to heal and comfort the…  sign in to read more »


»Alone«

by Puleng Monare, Aug 11, 2010

Nobody understands how I feel / My family does not understand my feelings / I'm alone in this world / My friends do not understand my feelings / They think I'm exaggerating / I'm alone in this world, I'm forever alone. / A loner I am / I dream, I think and stress alone / Cause I can't let anyone in my…  sign in to read more »


»When Leopards become Tigers«

by Anesa Dindar, Jul 26, 2010

The paradigm that 'leopards don't change their spots' / always rang true / until this leopard / grew tired of her spots / wanted something different / longed for something new / / until this leopard / threw off that oppressive spot / that before would never change / refused to change / / until this leopard…  sign in to read more »


»Misery loves company«

by Joel Greenup, Apr 29, 2010

Why spend days in my room in loneliness? / People wonder why I'm miserable / They cannot seem to understand the mess / I can't clean up, I'm just not capable / Sometimes too dark to even see my thoughts / The sensation always overwhelms me / Understanding when I connect the dots / Don't they understand I…  sign in to read more »


»Light in the Darkness«

by Ryan Gordon Penn, Apr 8, 2010

How do I grab your attention, when my hands are tied / How do I learn the lesson, for which, these tears I have cried / How do I keep my head above the ever rising water line / When my baggage is strapped tightly upon this leg of mine / / Darkness is not scared of you or I / Darkness collects us all when…  sign in to read more »


»the demons of tobacco«

by Remi Bellefleur, Jan 18, 2010

the demons of tobacco, / came over my uncle. / they brought nothing, / but pain and sickness. / / they were nothing, / but spirits of smoke, / deception and anger, / hollows of despair and death. / / they sweep over the earth, / in search of victims, / to torture with their addiction, / fear, confusion,…  sign in to read more »


»Last night I came across a woman without wisdom...«

by Adnasis Egnahs, Jan 7, 2010

Last night I came across a woman who could not reason or stand her ground, her perceptible and obvious confused mind resembled childishness and idle mind. / / I found her irritating and I could not stand her, she was the opposite of me, I really could not bear to be in her presence any longer, her…  sign in to read more »


»The Mind-Genie«

by Ashok Kumar Madhunlall, Nov 24, 2009

My contented smiles and reverie disturbed by the loud and intrusive pound, / "Who, just who can that be that dares my solitude and bliss thus disturb?" / Barrel-chested, bulging biceps, conceitedly the illusion strikes the curb, / He licks his lips, secure in thought that yet another victim he has…  sign in to read more »


»The New Leaf«

by Ashok Kumar Madhunlall, Nov 19, 2009

The new leaf sprouts into existence, greeting the universe / Uncurling, revealing, playing out to nature's wishes, / The warm rays of the sun touches her veins, she stretches, / Her siblings try to reach her in their attempts to nurse. / / A caterpillar too submits to nature's insistent laws, / Chewing…  sign in to read more »


»Heavenly Panorama«

by Ashok Kumar Madhunlall, Nov 18, 2009

A razor-sharp sliver of ray slits the dark and leaden sky, / Unzips it slowly and deliberately to reveal a hue of orange and red, / A fish eagle calls soulfully, mournfully, echoing in his head, / The screen enlarges, brightens, figures are born, change and die. / The dark sky swallows itself, spews out…  sign in to read more »


»Healing Dawn«

by Ashok Kumar Madhunlall, Nov 16, 2009

The morning rays dances across the shimmering seas, / Reaches land and laps up the sweet dew served by the dawn. / Dancing across the fields, it hears my persistent pleas, / And within me despite my duress, new hope begins to spawn. / And as the warm rays my fears and neurosis begin to still, / I arise…  sign in to read more »


»The Nagging Dusk«

by Ashok Kumar Madhunlall, Nov 16, 2009

The tired sun barely whispers "Goodbye" to the distant hills, / Than they turn from green to orange and then to silhouettes. / That insidious nagging thought my mind cajoles and flirts, / And like the water from my shaking hand all the days hope spills. / A vicious cycle - the knowledge of the…  sign in to read more »


»Tidal Force«

by Ashok Kumar Madhunlall, Nov 12, 2009

Just before dawn on a lonely shore, / I trudge the sands walked by many before, / The water entices me with her cool glaze, / And I find myself swept back by her - in a daze. / I look around me and all I see is ocean and gloom, / Oh! An overwhelming sense of loss and impending doom. / The darkness…  sign in to read more »


»Within Without«

by Ashok Kumar Madhunlall, Nov 12, 2009

Into a million pieces the lightning shattered the night sky; / Incessantly the thunder rolled, awaking every living being. / Every nerve in his brain, circuiting the news, he could not deny; / Cold, clinical, concise thoughts ricocheted, as played out previously in a dream. / The scorched earth…  sign in to read more »


»Cooking Boogies«

by Jamie Lee Plumley, Oct 12, 2009

Based on actual events- As I lay here, in the dark. Staring up at the ceiling. Trying to force myself into sleep. I begin to hear them. The ghosts of the night. I hear the soft footsteps of the dead coming to life a mere five feet from my bed. I hear them in the kitchen. The drawers that hold the…  sign in to read more »


»Right Now - Right Here«

by Esther Odendaal, Oct 9, 2009

Right now I feel so lost / Not sure which way to turn / Unhappy where I am - / Which bridges do I burn? / / Everything that held me / Has strangely lost its grip / I'm totally alone - / And tears refuse to drip. / / I need to haul my mind / From where it wants to go / Thoughts it has been thinking / Just make…  sign in to read more »


»Secrets«

by Jamie Lee Plumley, Oct 9, 2009

I actually thought you loved me / You told me that every day / How was I so blind as not to see / That you could do me wrong in such a way / / I gave you my love, my heart, and soul / But yet you just tossed them aside / I flew over oceans on wings I feared most / Just to find the deadly secrets that you…  sign in to read more »


»Hatred's Heart«

by Jamie Lee Plumley, Oct 5, 2009

Frost now covers my once loving heart / Ice replaces my flowing warm core / Hatred is tearing my caring apart / Nothing is the same as it once was before / / All my good intentions have grown sour / My happiness has taken a turn for the worst / My evilness is growing stronger by the hour / My joy is now…  sign in to read more »


»No Emotion«

by Mary Kettle, Oct 1, 2009

When you see someone try and try again / to end their life get out of their pain / when you are the one they call late in the night / just to watch her lifeless body fight / what little life you had deep inside of you / is killed as she takes you along too / there is no hope as you continue to see / she…  sign in to read more »


»Her Voice«

by Larry Lenwell, Sep 30, 2009

I hear her at night, she calls my name, when I am trying to sleep / Her voice so calm, so clear, so crisp, it runs through my mind so deep / I've heard her before so many times, but never did I listen / Now it seems I hear every word, as my eyes start to glisten / / Come with me she asks so soft, let me…  sign in to read more »


»Small word«

by Nurija Mehovic, Sep 15, 2009

Love is such a small word; / Yet, it means so much. / It's not in the kiss; / It's in the way that you touch. / / Love has many meanings. / What do you think? / Could it leave you feeling sick / Or just on the brink? / / Love in many ways. / Your family; your friends. / Love in a relationship / But it usually…  sign in to read more »


»Inbound«

by Romano Van der Walt, Sep 11, 2009

In a corner crouching / Underneath the shade / Her fragile body hurting / Dripping dry tears fall upon the cement / / Listed as a married / Confessed as lost / Tamed to behave / / The missing puzzle within her soul / Screaming to be found / Sacred is the time as we / Fall upon words / / She breathes so hard…  sign in to read more »


»The Habit«

by Larry Lenwell, Sep 1, 2009

I wake in a fog after the night before / And swear yet again, it will happen no more / The bottles are broken and the tables in disarray / My habit I'm afraid is growing more each day / / The pills the booze and the staying up all night / Have taken my soul and there's no answer in sight / I fight with my…  sign in to read more »


»Woe Is Me«

by Larry Lenwell, Sep 1, 2009

The cold grey dawn comes through the window as I get in the bed / The night has been long, and right now I feel as I was dead / The tequila they poured, and the vodka that followed / I cannot believed that it was a fifth that I swallowed / / My head is in misery and my body is aching / I try to get warm…  sign in to read more »


»A Thought«

by Larry Lenwell, Aug 31, 2009

My life sits still between real and what is not / I sit here dazed at what I think about a lot / Crazed and ruined by life's experiences / Tells me now that I should not have kept those acquaintances / / Woe is me that I stand before you / Shall I ask forgiveness, or bid life adieu / I tell you now that…  sign in to read more »


»Near The End«

by Larry Lenwell, Aug 31, 2009

Once again I am haunted by the chilling air that surrounds me / The bridge is long and no traffic at hand as I look into the sea / To jump into the darkness below and have my life flash before my eyes / I know that halfway down I will want someone to hear my cries / / But they won't hear my muffled…  sign in to read more »


»Shattered Hopes & Dreams«

by Tiema Muindi, Aug 28, 2009

Can you pick up the pieces / When the glasses / Are broken / And pieces / Are scattered / / Can you pick up the pieces / When the ashes / Of your dreams / Are blown away / And spread / Across the land / / Can you pick up the pieces / When the horizon / Of your dream is blurred / The sky of your life / Is cloudy…  sign in to read more »


»When it's over, let me know«

by Tiema Muindi, Aug 26, 2009

Would you let me know / When the flame of your emotions / Is burning low / That my relation with you / Is now but just a show? / / Would you let me know / When the river of our love / Is drying up / That in your heart / My thirst of love / Cannot be quenched? / / Would you let me know / When the lyrics of my…  sign in to read more »


»just go, please«

by Robert Matthews, Aug 7, 2009

why can't you just go away? / why won't you leave me be? / youre always in my nightmares, / your face is all I see. / / you tore my heart to pieces, / you even saw me cry, / but even though your far away, / I feel you're so close by. / / It doesn't make me happy, / it makes my heart ache more, / to know that…  sign in to read more »


»Can you see me now?«

by Haley Melvin, Jul 8, 2009

Can you see me now? / I sit and I wonder why my life is falling down the drain, / I don't know what to do, / All I can do is sit and watch my life falling down the drain, / I want to change it but I don't know how to fix it, / I am so confused in my life that I am in today, / I scream and ask for help, / I…  sign in to read more »


»Pesticides got me petrified«

by Lebohang Ramatswi, Jul 7, 2009

Pesticides got me petrified. / Feelings still scrutinised. / A kiss I've longed for; / Got me yearning for more. / I felt your heart beat, / I climed and unthinkable feet, / running awya from pesticides that / clouded my lungs and left me petrified. / / I love you, you love me. / so, let it be. Hold me and…  sign in to read more »


»The fear«

by Christine Haycock, Jun 8, 2009

The fear of being alone / The fear of a broken heart / The fear of no home / The fear of being torn apart / / The fear of crying / The fear of being unwanted / The fear of dying / / The words of my heart / At the minute are tearing me apart / The fear of losing you / That's something I cannot do…  sign in to read more »


»Let it not be said then (an English sonnet)«

by Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe, Jun 1, 2009

Let it not be said then / That there was no one to warn you / From the time when you're children / To this moment that you've the cue / That life is lived but once, / And if you see it so fit / To waste it and let death pounce / Just because you're not afraid of IT, / This monster that we know as AIDS…  sign in to read more »


»She«

by Laura Arman, May 25, 2009

She walks, / I walk, / She talks, / I talk, / She dances, / I dance / in the ever moving velocity of her mind numbing trance. / In the light of her golden hair she swiftly changed to black, / with the dress she craftly handed, to cover her scarred back. / Through mirror that reflected a glassy persona, / she…  sign in to read more »


»Where are they«

by MmaphelaLylian Kgatla, May 14, 2009

I grew up loving her, / I now can't see her anymore, / I grew up with her, / I loved her every day, / My heart still longs for her every day, / Because she was and is my friend, / where is she? / / I grew in her arms, / I can't feel her arms around me anymore, / She use to lie, cheat and to fight my battles…  sign in to read more »


»Kidnapped«

by Almir Sabovic, Apr 14, 2009

I heard a noise outside it sounded like a UFO. So I got scared so I went under the blankets. I saw a big light. It felt like I was flying after a while. But, really to tell you I was stranded in the ether also known as outer space. Also I was in a huge rocket tied up. It felt like a runway no way to…  sign in to read more »


»Affection«

by Sergio Coto, Apr 4, 2009

Is it advantageous to breath / ample hours of greed and clutter, / dark moments of affection / make my willful thinking weak. / / Learned to deal with hollowness / to heal this sour rhythm, / direct affection to enrich hate / and ennoble a love-giving heart. / / I entertain my soul / with this handless…  sign in to read more »


»There is a first time for everything«

by Zainab Salim, Mar 31, 2009

There is a first time for everything / So don't be scared / There is a first time for everything / Learn to take some risks / / You are here to live only one time / And ofcourse to die only once / So don't fear... / / I know there are fears of every kind / Still take risks as many as you can / Whatever…  sign in to read more »


»Family Fears«

by Ashley Fancher, Mar 28, 2009

I wake myself up in the middle of the night / My face wet with tears and not a problem in site / Pleasant dreams become nightmares as crawl into bed / Far to many thoughts running around in my head / Confused about life and where I belong / Wondering if my decisions were right, or if I was wrong / I love…  sign in to read more »


»Island«

by Andreas Buchholz, Mar 20, 2009

I'm sailin' through a hurricane, / through stormy winds of loss and pain, / the waves are troubled, they are blue, / like a wild beast whose hunger grew. / / Is there an island / in the sea of my tears? / I need an island / in this ocean of fears. / / I can't help but think / my boat's gonna sink / into the…  sign in to read more »


»Tell me«

by Katarina Olesen, Mar 17, 2009

walk around in madness. / I can't figure out why. / emptyness is blowing my head / / tell me who I am / I don't know why. / make it clear to me. / please, im empty / / hate is a feelin' / I feel it now. / people look at me / like I'm a ghost / / tell me who I am / I don't know why / make it clear to…  sign in to read more »


»the monster«

by Katarina Olesen, Mar 15, 2009

when the moon / shines down on me. / i can't hide myself. / you will se me, / as I am. / you'll run away. / away from the monster, / i am. / / i eat blood. / i enjoy see / someone suffer. / but you. / i don't know. / there's something / that protects you. / i can't fight it. / / i haven't hurt you yet. / but I will…  sign in to read more »


»The Lion Man«

by Emmanuel Ekale Esambe, Mar 12, 2009

On our national seal / is a peculiar engraving / of a lion. / Bright, bold and gold, / it looks out with a snarl - / always. / / It used to be different / in the days of old . / It used to be different / in the days gone by. / It used to be a farmer / in a green field / harvesting tobacco leaves - / I wish.…  sign in to read more »


»Joburg by Night«

by Emmanuel Ekale Esambe, Mar 10, 2009

skyscrapers rise / in gigantic prowess / in celebration of / the ugliness of civilization. / / street lamps glare down / with unseeing gaze. / the tenth floor / basked in absolute prot…  sign in to read more »


»Lion Roars Again«

by Jayram Daya, Mar 4, 2009

The lion never roars without a cause / Dawn breaks with the pride on the paws / In the wild go the hungry jaws / Courage and speed leaves no flaws / Stalk and ambush prey like great outlaws / / With the lions roar my guts goes sore / From a snore a sound not to ignore / Power self possessed silence cries…  sign in to read more »


»Demons«

by Ashley Fancher, Feb 2, 2009

Why do you taunt me with your devilish ways / The demon that haunts me / My mind is where he stays / My dreams become nightmares / I cant sleep at night / So I sit in darkness awaiting his fright / The shadows of darkness that dance when eyes are closed / Play tricks on your mind while your indesposed…  sign in to read more »


»Illegal immigrant«

by Mthandazo Lucky KaDlodlo, Jan 11, 2009

Shhhh, please talk quietly, Lest we be found out, / Am a non person within these borders, / For I shouldn't be within these parametres, / Not accounted for in their census, / Not cared, nor provided for, / A nuisance to the locals, / An eyesore and headache to the…  sign in to read more »


»He Watches us even when we freak«

by Ashley Fancher, Dec 17, 2008

Some days I want to give it all up and quit / And yet I stick thru and bear with it / I'm starting to like the person I'm becoming / Instead of the person I was / From my problems I was running / I always knew at the end of the tunnel there was a light / And now that I am closer / The light is starting to…  sign in to read more »


»Why?«

by Ashley Fancher, Dec 17, 2008

Why do I put up with the shit? / He walked out the door / He was fed up with it / I take it all in like that's what im supposed to do / The screaming, the crying, she lets it all out / The question is, on whom? / She takes it all out on the ones closest to her / So for me here comes the emotional…  sign in to read more »


»Not Now«

by April A., Dec 4, 2008

In silence my lips have been drawing the shapes / Of phrases, so vague and deprived of a meaning. / My dreams are about to find an escape / To where the end always meets the beginning. / My black and white fears have got an excuse: / I still have the world - in my heart and around. / I'm no longer free -…  sign in to read more »


»The 'X' of Exile«

by Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe, Nov 18, 2008

The exhilaration of exile / Exited expeditiousl…  sign in to read more »


»Let me die peacefully«

by Happy Towers Mhebheru Mhlongo, Oct 15, 2008

Let me die a youngman's death / not a clean and inbetween / the sheets holywater death / not a famous-last-words / peaceful out of breath death / / When I'm 99 / and in constant good tumour / may I be mown down at dawn / by a bright red sports car / on my way home / from an all night party / / Or when I'm 100…  sign in to read more »


»Unknown Escape«

by Shimano Patel, Oct 2, 2008

Numbness arouses the very pinnacle of being / Pins and needles from head to toe / For a moment in time I feel no pain / I feel free- / / Letting go a vacant emotion, I sweetly clench / A heart beat lost / Within racing pulse / For I must bear / This is the only way- / / Shimmering sweaty hands…  sign in to read more »


»Troubled Waters«

by Shimano Patel, Oct 1, 2008

I sail my ship in search of / The forgotten land / Only known to sailors brave enough to survive / Wild waters and savage storms / / I brave the current so strong, / Of pain and sorrow / Endured thought life / In an endless stream of wrongs / / I sail my ship against wild waters / In the quest to find…  sign in to read more »