I am afraid of her…

She whispered.


I am afraid of falling,

And I am afraid of the standing still.


I am afraid of staying numb forever,

Unmoved and frozen in worn out armor,

And I am afraid of the exposure,

Of catching fire under a blinding sun.


I am afraid the roots of loneliness

Have grown too far-reaching,

Too deep to be torn to the surface,

And I am afraid my love

is a storm tossed ship lost at sea.


I am afraid these broken pieces

Left behind from so many sorrows,

Are too sharp for innocent mortals,

And I am afraid I don’t quite recognize myself

When whole and happy.


I am afraid of all that’s hidden inside me…

The passion, the hate, the wild wind,

The sorrow, the overwhelming joy,

The untapped ocean depth,

And I am afraid it can no longer stay contained.


I am afraid…

And I am choosing to be brave.



Their Favorite Coffee Shop

He watches her,

From across their favorite coffee shop,

Revels secretly at the sight of her

Getting lost…




crafted ages ago,

In another time,

In other places,

About other loves…

Ink on paper,

Heartbeats etched into exquisite lines,

Passion bled from dark poets

And tormented souls.

Her breath catches,

Her eyes close briefly in silent wonder,

Swirls of fragrant steam forgotten

In the mug beside her.

He watches her,

From across their favorite coffee shop,

Envious of the words that could

Ignite such a soul.


Watch it Burn 

Light the match.

Fan the flames.

Watch it burn….


That girl you used to be.

The weakness soaked in excuses.

The regrets that have paralyzed.

The fear you’ve danced with too long.

The demons that wrestle against your resolve.

The bridges that keep you shackled,

To a place that no longer knows your name.


Light the match.

Fan the flames.

Watch it burn.


And rise.



Battle Axe

Her midnight words,



Let loose by fear,

Had always been a battle axe,

Fashioned to frighten away,

Bent towards annihilation.

They tore down,

ripped apart,

Severed limbs

And organs…

More often her own.

She had always been destruction for the things she wanted most.

Until one came…

who could finally withstand

her blade.


Can you? 

Can you take her at her worst?

When the demons she silenced so long ago get loud again

and her insecurities bleed raw truth from whiskey loosened lips?

Can you watch while she sets her whole world on fire?

With her honest tongue

And acid tears driven mad by the truth in her head?

Can you bear to hold her when she becomes the hurricane

she promised was buried under the rubble you started to clear away?

Waiting for the crack in the surface

That would set it free ….

Can you take her at her worst?