Racing Fear

The fear won today

got one over

cast me aside

with the slightest kick

and the wink of an eye.

I will try harder

to set the pace

fear only won

today’s meaningless race.            .

Ill be back tomorrow

at the blocks

hope in mind

knuckles of rocks.

Everyday a gun start

with will in my eyes

and grit in my heart

I embrace this race

I embrace each start.



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Somewhere In Between

Somewhere in between

half way across swollen stream

half awake from happy dream

I walk the way

in between.

Dragging feet

solemn stands

holding soul

heart in hand.

Stumbling across

uneven pavement

uneven land

sinking deeper

into sand.

I’m nearly there

some day’s worse

return the spell

a mind cursed.

The drop greater

than any low

happiness a brief

passing show.

I walk along

in between

my happy time

rarely seen.

As soon as it is there

it is gone

leaving this haunted man

to wander on.



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Thousand Yard Stare

Thousand yard stare

full of worry

full of care

lost behind

a troubled stare.

Stares a blank page

no time to engage

left behind

this unbreakable cage.

What goes on behind the eyes

only this man knows

a wonder of looks

a series of sighs.

A click of finger

 wont break the stare

of this man

full of worry

full of care.



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The Restaurant & The Anxious Man

Scratching chalk boards

amongst the chatter

clinking glasses

make ears shatter.

Nervous leg dances around

mind projects troubled frown

these eyes get lost

amongst constant drown.

No one wants a troubled friend

all ears

but none to bend.

Come along

it will be nice

disregard the chill

the winter ice.

Try not to scream or flip a table

must act calm

show I’m able

to remain in this place

remain at this table.

Try to talk

make them laugh

put on usual

jokers hat

we mustn’t fall

into misery’s trap.

I cant do it

I want to go home

retake my seat

my depression




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Black Dog Returning

He is on the return

this black dog day

from distant shores

once far away.

I have had my hit

of positive feelings

now back to empty eyes

empty feelings.

Just a few more hours is all I ask

no more fetching

of depressions mask.



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Good Feeling

Remain with me on this good day
don’t let me down nor go away.
Keep fear at bay
save it for another day.
For now let me smile on this happy day.
Tomorrow is then
today is now
leave me free
by sorrows scowl.
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it used to make me strong

but over time

made me weaker

there was irony

all along.

Hands sweaty

back arched

ready to battle

moments charged.

The shake of the rush

courses through

strength of ten men

unleashes on you.

Guns blazing

no glory

the sad tale

of a once true story.

Punching walls

knuckles bleed

with a wide arm stance

stood a man in need.

But that time has past

Its no longer me

a mournful regret

of the man

you see.



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Sandman Trip

What destination will I take tonight

when sandman takes me on his sleep flight.

A subconscious choice made for me

not in control of my dreams destiny.

Will I see friends of past times gone

a time when we were more as one.

Will there be horrors on the trip

rooms locked

sinking ship

lead feet


falling pit.

Sandman Ill leave you to surprise

the trip is yours

seen through only my eyes.



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Fears Coming

It’s not here yet

there is no regret

that emotion

hasn’t come to me



playing its game

all aboard

my memory


It’s way off for now

a distant cloud

a dark blanket

a tears


In the distance may it remain

the sad times

on some distant

far away


Happy to be calm

a wonderous charm

guide my mind

away from all




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