Paper Heart

Another really old poem revised



How long have I dwelt here

On the ocean floor

With the weight of the world

Pressing down

And no air to feed my lungs

Screaming but soundless

As I struggle to the surface?


There are beasts

Beneath the water

In places so dark

That light cannot pervade them

They wear the faces of men

But bear hearts like glaciers

Impregnable fortresses of ice


I have swallowed creation

A poisoned, anonymous lust

Existing bitter within me

I would have given

Anything to escape

No distance, no matter how great

Could take me there


To know the nature of man

At his worst

Is to see my own reflection

Such horrors as I face everyday

Moments that even nightmares

Will not claim


I know the other side of love

The hate that breeds violence

The hate that makes men falter

And surrender to controversy


I used…

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While I Still Dream



Is a courtesan

Summoned nightly,

Arms twining around

A delicate neck,

I draw red wine lips

Against a paler flesh

Chasing amnesia,

In eyes as sensual

As cascading lilacs



With your smile

All I need

Is your belief,

Your soul


To nostalgic intimacy

Take me back

Before oblivion

Consumes our love,

Take me back

While I still dream

Prompt 31 “Take me Back”


Loss of love, friendship, employment, youth we’ve all experienced a sense of longing (even if brief) for the restoration of a relationship, state of being, or situation. Is there anything or anyone you’ve lost? Has hindsight clarified your illusions or created a crippling nostalgia? All forms of media are acceptable. Your entry can be fiction, non fiction, or a combination of the two. My entry is totally fictional and encase there is any confusion the “I” in my poem is male. The loss can be based on choice(s) you’ve made or events that were not within your control but you wish, nevertheless, to alter. You do not have to use the phrase “Take me back” but you are welcome to do so. This prompt comes from an idea given by a very talented writer whom you can visit here Summerstommy