Disengage


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That space
Where heaven and earth collide
I hunt for tranquility
For beauty
In that place
Where you hide
When else where
None is to be found

Dana



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Imprisoned


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You trapped me in your web
Lured me with your lies
Imprisoned within the world
You spun
While spitting in my eyes
Words burning like venom
Eating at my heart
Until only a shell remains
Crumbling and marred

Dana



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On The Mend


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For years I did fret
Over potential out-comes
Not making a move
Though...
Now my fears are realized
And I've realized
I was stupid not to do so

So...

Here I am
No longer fractured glass
And can see the truth
Behind the smoke
Attempting to repair this
The whole of this
The best way I know how

But how...

Dana




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Submerged


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The look in your eyes
Calls to me...
Drawing me into your quiet mind
And I am submerged in beautiful thoughts
Your voice quietly whispering
Your dreams
And I listen entranced
Like never before
As I float

Dana



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Digesting


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Swallowing hard
Ingesting your words
They fall into my gut
With a thud...

I'm sickened
With the thoughts
Of what could be
And what is...

Knowing it never will be

Dana



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Call Me A Clown

Emmett Kelly


Paint on my tears
And sallow frown
Put on my clown suit
Let's hit the town
I'm good for laughs
Stab me with your horns
Make me bleed
I can't feel it anymore
Your happiness matters
It keeps me moving on
Down this road I travel
Wearing the mask I've always worn.

Dana



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Far From A Fairy Tale


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You dream us
A beautiful life
Worthy of  fairy tale status
You, a humble King
I... your Queen

But once alone
You- I
In our lonely,cold castle
Nothing's farther from
Reality

Dana



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There You Stay

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There
Among crumbling plaster
You stay
Unmoved
Unaware
Of the dangers that surround you

A
Crumbling soul
Destined
For destruction
Once realization
Of your demise settles in

Dana



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Independence

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Like lily pads upon the water
I float
Upon your pool of madness
I ride the waves
Of your emotions
And decorate your
Existence
But just once
I'd like to bask in the glory
Of the sun
Without you

Dana



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All For Show

Parading within the spotlight
You never could resist
Putting on a good show
For an eager crowd of strangers

Those of us who know
Though
Can smell the stink of dung
Clinging to your every word

Dana



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In Flames


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My thoughts
Dripping fire
As you fan the flames
Of hatred
My words
Smoke
Upon the wind
Lost to the night
Never though
Will I become the wildfire
You desire me to be

Dana



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Charis

Charis, Lake Ediza, California, 1937 by Edward Weston



Even Devil's country
Couldn't shake her loose
Of her soul
Her spirit
That now resides above
Conquering the desolate
Sadness

Dana



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Childish No More




Congratulations
On reducing me... to you
And I was too blind to see
The monster you've made of me
I am ashamed of my childish actions
So I stand tall against your efforts
To turn me into the very thing I hate

Dana



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No Regrets


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Dear You know who,

I resent the way you look upon my decisions
I resent the way you look at my life
It's not yours to live or control
It's mine
And I regret NOTHING

I know why I made those choices...
I knew what I was getting into
I know the me inside my head
I'm sorry you don't
And I regret NOTHING

I regret nothing
I regret nothing

And I'm sorry if you do
But I refuse to give you control

Dana



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Push Pinned


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You cradle my likeness
In the palm of your hand
As you push pins
Deep into it's heart
Jabbing... Jabbing... Jabbing
Until you are certain
Nothing more remains

Dana



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The Truth Lives


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Speaking thoughts, fears
Slipping past trembling lips
Breathing life into syllables, sounds
Professing them absolute
There's no going back
No denying what was spilled
Only Truth lives here now


Dana



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Lessons


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Apparently I have a lot left to learn...

Lessons linger within the shadows
Of my day
Ripe with anticipation
Popping out at the most
Inopportune moment

"BOO!" they scream
As their laughter echo's inside
The walls of my brain

Vanquishing their evil grins
I change tactics once again
While sporting a smile
To navigate through the complications
Of my crazy, beautiful life

Apparently I have a lot left to learn...

Dana



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Presence



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I sensed your intensity
Your stare
A definite change of atmosphere
Of attitude
Before I spotted you

There, in the dark
A black form
Within the ashen room

You
Watching me
As I -You
Our curiosity intermingling
In silence
As the hour shifts to three

Your presence, my friend
Is as real as mine
And I am not afraid

Dana



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Midnight

by Curtis Wilson Cost



Golden light
Filtering through marred panes
Pierces the darkness
Lending little comfort
To the unknown
Little comfort
In a lonely, sleepless night

Dana



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Scream

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A tangled mass of words
Hunger to scream
Through grimaced lips
And slice where the sun don't shine

No...

I refuse to let that occur
I will smile sweetly
As I tear shit to shreds
When no one is looking

Dana




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Reaching For The Stars



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Stumbling through the days has proved to be problematic. Even more so than what I'm stumbling for.
The reasons why I should break free stack higher than those that keep me chained. Yet here I remain. Here I stay within the walls of dying hope and happiness. Here I struggle to trudge through with smiles and laughs for those who will never understand.

I look to the moon and stars for a message. I lose myself within their power and knowledge in which they have bestowed since the beginning of time. Grabbing star dust, I sprinkle my eyes in order to regain a lost spark that once resided among deep blue knowing. Taking moon dust, I lather my skin to regain the radiant glow of my youthful lust for life. I pray the words I long others to hear, but in the past have fallen upon deaf ears. The ears that exist here... hear all. They understand.

 Falling to earth; to reality I shed a tear for the immense pleasure that remains so short lived.

Dana



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Putting It To Good Use

It Must Be Time For Lunch Now ~ 1979, Francesca Woodman


String them end to end
  Forks, Spoons
Leave them dangling
In the wind
  Clink, Clink, Clink
Of dingy silver
Amusing a hungry soul
The only way it can

Dana



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Medicated

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You proceed the same...
You speak like always
   I observe
Fluttering about or
Lounging leisurely
   In this manner
   Nothing has changed

Same obnoxious jokes
Filtered views
   I notice
You just can't fix ignorant
With pills
   In this manner
   You are still you

Still unmotivated
Unmoved to accomplish tasks
   I sigh
Having to be told what your
Priorities should be
   In this manner
   Nothing has changed

You are who you will always be...
  at least you aren't yelling anymore

Dana




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Spew


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Words rupture in my mouth
I upchuck
Spewing thoughts
Opinions, feelings
All over your
Surprised face

Drenching you in
Questions and excitement
marks

Disagreeable you
Wipe them off and
Toss them away
Like they never where
In existence

Dana



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You don't have to "get" me all the time

Definitions spring from words
Being read off the screen
Coming together in space to form
Automatically 
One universal theme

Some people "get it"
Some don't
Either way it's alright
I don't want to be analyzed
Just appreciated

~ Dana



Flying Down, 2006, by David Salle

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Solitude



HERE
  this place
  this world
  is mine

My rules suffice

HERE
  thoughts are protected
  a mind can wonder
  justification wins

The world is mine

HERE
  i'm beautiful
  i'm knowledgeable
  i'm all

Everything to everyone

HERE
  i am okay
  i am safe
  i am free

In my mind

HERE
  the world is mine

Dana





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Life Within The Season


Mothers pallet is comprised of an earthen blend
With golden underscores
Leaves heavy with paint rain downward
Crunching beneath sneakered feet
Creating a most beautiful symphony
Rewarding a more lively and aware world
Whom celebrate her genius within her masterpiece

Anxious mouths and belly's
Teased by scintillating aromas
Drifting throughout inviting spaces
Gift chocolate greetings
Including pie crust smiles
Warming chilled emotions
As they arrive

From abbreviated days
And jewel encrusted nights
Where wooden smells invade the streets
Rolling like fog
Cars moving steadily through
Like ships on a cheerless sea
Sailors eager to spy the sunny promise of home

Where pots explode with nourishment
Love and pride
Partake of it; homemade comfort
Surrounded by familiar faces
And constant verbal excitement
A lullaby crackling beneath the hearth
Quiets the night so all may lie beneath cloth layers

Dana



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His Venus

Venus and The Sailor, 1925, by Salvador Dali




Tongue skimming across cracked lips as
Tobacco smoke curls around pink flesh
Rising in the direction of his gaze
Becoming night
In which his Venus illuminates

Longing lives within bloodshot eyes
Having witnessed death, destruction
Longing floats upon lyrics of a sailors song
Howling
Desiring her to leave her perch
To join him

His arms outstretched to accept

Nightly he awaits her spirit
Upon the heavens she graces
Guiding him toward her- Home
Envisioning her manifested
Cradling her glory meant only for him

Dana



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A Painted House

Picture by Dana Dampier


Morning Solitude
Penetrates wood pores
Awakening A Painted House
Luring anxious Windows and Doors
To fling outward accepting
The decisive Suns spotlight
Baptizing it in an ethereal glow
As birdsong fastens the mood

Dana




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Breakfast

Breakfast, 1921, Fernand Leger



Buttered happiness
Floats atop sticky pools
Ripe with sweet, hungry smiles
And lips stained blue
From pancake memories

A perfect morning in a mostly imperfect world

Dana


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Reprieve


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The scent of coffee and rain awakens the house
To find that relief from heated days
Arrived upon the wind
Creating a collective *sigh* to gather in the air

Once shut for protection
Doors and minds fling open to the world
Inviting in the crisp scent of cool
And the promise of Autumns return

Stale breathe escapes into the atmosphere
As hope swells in the belly of the neighborhood


Dana




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Night's Conquest

Picture by Dana Dampier

Stardust peppers my lashes
Setting eyes aglow
As moon beams flame my soul
Night crawls atop me as I rest on bare earth
Embracing my curves
Whispering... whispering breathlessly
Against pale skin
Seducing me toward darkness
Promising endless pleasures
Pleasure to no end...

Dana


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Soul of Night

Summer Night, 1913, by Albert Bloch



Atmospheric souls cushion the night
Conceived of earth and specter
Wandering between worlds of reality and theory
Respecting the universe beyond our sky
Caressing, loving the presence of others as they merge
Forming one entity
Touching hands to heart
As they converse within a wooden sanctuary
Instilling their thoughts, knowledge into our dreams
While they observe our slumbering bodies

Wandering between worlds
Soul of night

Dana



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At War With Me


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I have yet to breathe
enough hours to rid
my mind of you

acquiring enough minutes
to spend contemplating
your soul

defying every second
that your existence
spills away

fearing the day
you forever take leave
from my life

It's not possible for me to love you,
yet I find myself trying

Dana




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Starlit Dreams

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My heart weeps at the magnificence of the midnight sky
During summers last act
Moving me to cry as I thrust my face upward
Outward to accept the gift of this sight
My heart aches to sparkle as brightly
- just once
To burn with as much power and passion
Having a great impact on all who behold me
Moving them to emotion as I am moved
My heart yearns to roam the vastness of space
To be free from the pain life causes
To dance with the heavens as I gaze upon the sphere we call home
- just once
To experience the flight of Angels while adorning their jewels
Witnessing their brilliance
Knowing their knowledge of mans overall goodness
To know for all eternity that we as people will shine alongside the stars
Being capable of love and respect
- just once
Before I descend to my world and look upon the faces of my cherubs
And be reminded constantly that they are why I'm still here

Dana




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From The Start... I Knew

Edgy vibes drip like sweat from your skin
And leave traces of a lie on mine
Rendering me cold
As we shake hands for the first time

      You don't know...
      But that's all I needed

      To know
      To stay away

Shifting from one foot to the other
Attempting to hide your real you
I see you scan my possessions
For tasty morsels

A hicked up Alan Jackson
With mistrustful eyes
That I can instantly discern
Strives to pour on the charm

It is my gift to see
To feel
That your an ass
And nothing more


Dana



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My Guest Post on Later, Miss Slater

Do you remember the exact moment you realized your dream... what it is that you want to do for the rest of your life? I do and I wrote about it on Later, Miss Slater as my first guest blogging post. Come by to read my post and show the lovely Sabra Bowers and I some love!

A Lovely Place to Dream ~ Guest Blogger Dana Dampier


Dana


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The Sum of Summer


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Droplets
Of
Sun
Infused
Dew
Dribble
Into
My
Faculty
As
I
Relish
Life


Dana



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Fused


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I consumed from the depths of your eyes
Now I thirst for more
Devoured the words tumbling past your lips
Still no wiser than before
Inhaling your essence
Unable to resist
Ingesting your being entirely, savoring your nourishing soul
Which will be the death of me
Since I have found peace in you
Now we are eternally fused
Just as it should be

Dana



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Break On Through

image by Francesca Woodman



Fractured
Broken
I'm shattering through

Exposed
Open
I'm starting anew

You'll never know me
I don't recognize myself
I refuse to be what you've made of me
A shell of my former personality

Break on thru to the other side

Dana



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Game Changer


















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Seething
Breathing
Massive thoughts

Shaking
Breaking
Down my brain

My eyes glisten
With knowing
But it's ignored

At
This
Moment

I
Now
See

You are more
Than you've ever been
And there is no going back

Hateful
Spiteful
Spitting venom

Saying
Playing
Blame games

Your eyes sparkle
With knowing
And it's meaningless


Dana



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She's a Workaholic

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There were fifteen pictures left and spare flashbulbs in her pocket

Photography takes her away
To that place
Where nothing can touch her

No words  biting at her bruised flesh
Negativity filling her lungs with each sad breath

Just her and her trustworthy camera
Which is the only thing she can depend on
Consisting only of plastic and metal parts; no heart

Where's the Wizard of Oz when you need him...

The coolness of it in her hands
Dissipating the heat from her anger

That last fight was a doozy...

Looking through the lens
Into a parallel universe
A world filled with smiles and beauty
With love

That special place she covets
Where she would gladly reside forever
And so she tries


Dana





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An Evening of Awakenings

A Dinner Table at Night, 1884, John Singer Sargent




















Delicate pink illumination reflecting off my glass
Masks my disappointed face
The sadness encasing my features
The tears welling within my breast

I let you back in
I allowed you to mentally break me
And I said yes
And you said you loved me

A potentially amazing evening
Has been shattered by your
Neglectful attitude
And disrespect

The more you speak
The more I want to rrrrip the smirk
That frolicks on your lips
The glee dancing in your eyes

You think you've won
You think you pulled a fast one
You've won nothing
But a world of hurt

Because now I'm pissed


Dana




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Being Misunderstood

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I've kept a journal of sorts
An archive of emotions
And was prompted to retract time

Scanning... scanning through memories
When I come across one
That claws for my attention

Titled: Misunderstood

"I'm surrounded by a room full of people, yet I feel loneliness inside.
All are familiar, kind faces that I love. They don't get me though"

Yep... I remember
I recall this one in particular
So I read, I retreat

I read with compassion
For the woman who wrote it
For the time and place she was in

"I want to let someone in.
I want to be understood"

For the woman I still am

"They see the me that I want them to see. They see the smile I want them to see.
Nobody knows me with just one look. Not one can tell with just a glance. "

Yes... I determine
She most certainly "gets" me
My state of mind

Desperate
To
Connect

Thirsting
For them to
Realize

Somethings never change
And I've still not discovered
Someone... anyone
Who sees past my play

Dana



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It's Not Complicated, but I Am

By: patriciaegreen





















What I was...
Who I am
Shouldn't matter

Just tell me
How do I make you feel?



Do my words pulsate through your body,
Lulling you into a state of understanding?

Do my eyes tell you things
My mouth can not say?

Does my caress propel chills up your spine?

Does my poetry kiss you in places
That have previously been ignored?

Tell me...
How do I make you feel?

... and that's what matters


Dana



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Mischievous

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Mischievous Meanderings
Find me

As the summer days
Grow long

As I find myself with
Nothing to do

As I laugh wickedly
From behind innocent eyes

Only I know
What I'm capable of

Dana









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Fear of the Future

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Beads of water trickle down my face
Converging with salty tears
My hair, like fire, a mess of matted curls
As the rain attempts to beat me down
From a souless sky

Standing there...
Amid the darkness
Waiting for the night to swallow me whole
Fearless thoughts racing through my mind
My body chilled and aching from cold

Numb to it all
No other soul but me in sight
No one but me and lonely dark night
You ask "Why so bold?"
Truly I don't know
Why I was released
My fear of the unknown

Unknown lies in the shadows
Unknown dances alongside the leaves
Unknown falls around me like rain

Yet... my fear has ceased
... My fear has ceased


Dana


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A Fraction Of My Mind


Figure Eight, 1952, by Franz Kline





















Encircling
Intertwining
Thoughts

Forming a figure 8
Within the confines
Of my complicated mind
Although unfocused
I watch them form shapes
I don't want to understand

But...
They most certainly understand me

Hello... they breathe
As I shift my eyes
So they won't know
That I know
What they want


Dana



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