Commiserate


Photo credit: Alvimann from morguefile.com




Only when the rain pounds
Into the night
And dark clouds swallow
The moon and stars
Am I left feeling
That the world is crying
Alongside me
Trying alongside me
To understand the sun

Dana



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Butter


Photo credit: sideshowmom from morguefile.com




Flowing into my life
Slow, smooth, steady
Melted butter on crackling toast
Causing unexpected
Amazingly awesome results
... And I am extremely grateful

Dana


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Love From a Tortured Mind


Photo credit: abundantc from morguefile.com




Whispered Words
Wheeze past trembling lips
Ruby Red
Like the blood that drains
From her veins
Pulsing to the beat
Pounding in her chest
In an attempt at
Ridding her body
Ridding her mind
Of the thought...
Of the feel of him
Against her fragile heart

Dana



* Don't worry my peeps... I just made this one up!
Written for Wordsmith Studio
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Sentinel Spirit

photo by Dana Dampier




Before I see you...
I feel you there
Perched
Your presence
Strengthening me
We convene
In silence
Your message received
Understood
Watching you
Watching me
Moonlight binding us together
The universe binding us forever
I carve you into my skin
To never forget
My sentinel

Dana

Embracing Resolution

Me... and
Sunset infused water
As if Van Gogh painted upon a liquid canvas
Rushing upon a sandy coast
Wrapping itself around my toes
Reaching out with foamy tenderness
In an attempt to comfort with the depth of it's knowledge

The rhythmical ebb and flow
Aiding my deep contemplation
Pushing thoughts in
Pulling thoughts out

Licking the salt from my lips
Ocean breath stirring
Strands of hair
Glowing fire in the setting sun
One tear escapes fathomless eyes
Merging with the ocean as it falls

Exhausted-Cracked-Broken
My soul
Feeling unworthy of
Deserved happiness I'm owed

This is the beginning though...
The sunset
The waves
The sand
and... I

The beginning of a new way of
Thinking-Feeling-Living
The beginning of a long journey
To having patience for what's to come
To finding peace
To accepting the way things are


Dana

Raw

photo by Mark Haley




Raw, yet breathtaking
Despite a harsh landscape
Stone by porous stone
Stepping lightly into the horizon
And into a reassuring breathe of air
Raw, yet breathtaking
Crumbling, but not yet ready to give

Dana




Written for The Mag
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Imprisoned Torrents


Photo credit: can131 from morguefile.com



My loves...
Can't you see the boards
Nailed across my chest
To keep the storm of emotions
From bursting forth
And sweeping those off their feet
Who choose to ignore my love
~ Dana





For Wordsmith Studio's Creative prompt
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Lost All Sense


Photo credit: wintersixfour from morguefile.com





Breathing becomes impossible
When the sound of your voice 
Finds my ears
Halting any sense that I had left
Leaving me dumbfounded in your presence


Dana





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Imperfect Beauty


Photo credit: ardelfin from morguefile.com




Banishing thoughts of imperfection
Allowed a smile to play upon her lips
For stars to dance within her eyes
And THAT made her beautiful

Dana




For Open Link Night @dVerse Poets Pub
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Unable to stray from who I am


Photo credit: ARTG33K74 from morguefile.com





I can not banish these emotions into the depths of 
Night 
The moon 
A confidant- Won't allow it to be so
My own heart won't allow it to be so
The stars
Communicating their displeasure through Morse Code
Reminding me that this is who I am
Perpetually sacrificing
Myself for the sake of others


Dana



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Milestones


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Dana

Summer Soap


Photo credit: mconnors from morguefile.com




"What are we doing?"
I ask myself
As we drip lazily through the days
Like warm honey
Like our world is crazy, awesome
When I know that's just a lie
"How long will it be before we end this soap opera?"
I wonder
Because every drama heated day
It gets harder to make that dreaded change
Life isn't meant to be a walk in the park
On a beautiful spring day- More like a night in hell
A walk must be earned through
Hard work and lessons learned
We've got to take off the shades
To allow the blistering sun to shine upon the situation
Only then will we see it's true nature
Seeing the beast for what it really is and
Fighting that bitch with all we have
Then maybe we can stand in the
Cooling spray of a sprinkler
If only for a moment

Dana



Open Link Night @dVerse Poets!!
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Out of Necessity


Photo credit: Gillianlee from morguefile.com




Your words - Echoing
Inside a somber mind
Gives rise to emotions
Thought long ago to be
Suppressed
Not out of want, but
Necessity

Dana




For Open Link Night @dVerse Poets
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Photography ~ Water

photo by: Dana Dampier

Dana




* Photo taken at Buhlow Lake Recreation Area in Pineville, LA 
~ For Wordsmith Studio's Creative prompt
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Nature's Nudge


Photo credit: blackbird from morguefile.com



Birdsong
Drifts across the magenta sky
Lulling me to think deeply
On unsavory thoughts
Bark laden arms
Cradling the feathered friend
Who gently urges me
To confront the truth
So I may be as peaceful
As she...

Dana



Open Link Night @dVerse Poets Pub
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Wish You Were Here


Photo credit: danielito from morguefile.com




On Summer's breeze, I ride
An emotional air coaster
Fevered from words once voiced- Never forgotten
Pale skin burning in the midday sun
While my heart burns for you
Flames melting any hope
Of reconnecting
Hair of glowing embers
A beacon, spotlighting
An always lone- Me

Dana




For Wordsmith Studio's Creative prompt
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Can't Get You Out of My Head


Photo credit: rollingroscoe from morguefile.com





As the last trace of sunlight makes way for the moon
And the stars begin their journey across the sky
I'm left within the darkness
Alone- My thoughts
As uncertain as the night
Fall to you
Haunting me
Unceasingly


Dana




Open Link Night @dVerse Poets
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Not of this Earth


Photo credit: clarita from morguefile.com




Cosmic orbs
Sparkle within your eyes
Harnessed directly from the stars
Dancing as you smile
That brilliant smile
Capturing the essence of you
A magical soul
A wondrous being
That can't possible be of
This dying Earth
Put here... my guess
To bring beauty back into
My little world

Dana




Open Link Night @dVerse Poets
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Changing Direction


Photo credit: dyet from morguefile.com



Rolling through the days
Trying to find my place
Establish myself in an
Unforgiving world
Making necessary changes
Paving my way
Cause I've turned from
The old, broken road
No longer willing
To keep circling 'round
I've set my focus ahead
Shedding fears, Shedding tears
Lightening my load
And in a few years
I'll be free to roam
No longer lost
I'll be found

Dana



For Wordsmith Studio weekly prompt
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Go Ahead and Try


Photo credit: markmiller from morguefile.com




Rain on my parade
Cause I know you will
Eager to bring me down
I've got to tell you though
It ain't gonna work
Cause I've already won this round

Dana



For Wordsmith Studio's creative prompt
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Just let me be


Photo credit: sioda from morguefile.com



One "Hello" from you
Is all it takes and
I'm groveling at your feet
One "How ya been?"
Is all I need and
I'm jonesing... jonesing
Again
The minute I've steeled
My heart against- You
Decide to need my company
Shattering armour into a million fragments
Giving me the illusion that
I've been set free
Really though you've torn my heart
With your predictability
Cause there you are...
Then there you were
Leaving me on my knees
Jonesing... jonesing
Again

Dana




For the 30x30 challenge
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You're So Wicked


Photo credit: openphoto from morguefile.com



Wicked are the thoughts
You've given to me
Wicked is the sight
You make me see
So close... so close
You stay- But
So very far
You - Play
With my heart
With my mind
Causing these wicked thoughts
Thinking you're mine

Dana




For Open Link Night @dVerse Poets Pub and 30x30 challenge
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The Story of Us


Photo credit: ARTG33K74 from morguefile.com



I awake to your
W h i s p e r s
Tingling vulnerable skin
Fevered
Trembling from their tender caress
Yearning 
For physical touch
Having traveled miles of
Darkened highway
Your soul meeting mine
Telling the story of
Usssss
As we intertwine
A connection- Deepening
With every moment that
Our mind is made aware
Of our love


Dana



For 30x30 challenge
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Photography~ Childhood



photo by Dana Dampier



Sometimes life calls for a bit of silliness!

Dana



For Wordsmith Studio
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Hypnotized


Photo credit: nacu from morguefile.com



Eyes burning with determination
You draw me in
Hypnotized by the power
I see within
The truth
Spilling like tears
Pool in my mind
While sipping your thoughts
Like sweet red wine

Dana



For Wordsmith Studio
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Photography ~ Silence



Dizzy from a broken heart, I'm lost to words... so I remain silent.

photo by Dana Dampier



Dana




For Wordsmith Studio
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In Denial

Ponytail by Last Exit




The truth floats heavily
Suffocating the room
Curling up within every corner
Every crevice
To make it's bed
To peer inside your
Soul- Judging
Your lack of action
Until you set it free

Dana



For the Mag!
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Lighthouse Dandelions

Lighthouse Dandelions by Jamie Wyeth 



With a wave from bored fingers
Unrest is brought to the sky
As dandelion seeds float
Taking root in unknown harbors
Aeriel travelers upon the ever moving winds
Fairies dancing within the elongated shadows
Of naked discs and pallid tubes
The Priest's Crown standing proud
Among haters and lovers alike

Dana




*For The Mag and dVerse!
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Love Spell


Photo credit: ren from morguefile.com



Words spiral around me
As they fall from my lips
Floating... dancing
To my quickening pulse

Plucking the universe
In crystal form
Bejeweling red curls
And a broken heart

Whispering love letters
Into the wind
Chanting... chanting
Your name

In hopes that you may
Look my way
Look my way...

Dana



* Written for Poetry Jam
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Burned


Photo credit: lukeok from morguefile.com



Sketch my heart
In charcoal
Portraying the scars
So others may point judging fingers
Like winter hardened twigs

Flaws
Bold in black
Beauty
Buried in shades of gray

Spectators trace my charred lines
Smudging them...
As my memory blurs
From your thoughts
Affixing me with the unimportant
Like we never were...

Dana



* For dVerse Open Link Night
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Photography~ Books

photo by Dana Dampier




Dana



*For Wordsmith Studio
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Smiling, but not


Photo credit: cohdra from morguefile.com



I can't shake this emotion
Can't get out from underneath
This sadness... heaviness
That I'm not suppose to feel
But it's there...
Unmoved; unrelenting
In it's existence
I am determined though
To never let you know

Dana


Open Link Night @dVerse Poets Pub
Please let me know your thoughts!
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All We Need Is...


Photo credit: Schick from morguefile.com



I search for you
On a thousand faces
Caressing the marks of time
And pain

Within the places that have
Slipped through the cracks
Forever hiding in shame

I reach for you
With constant embraces
Examining the souls
Of the sad

There
You can be harvested
Polished and glorious
Waiting to be recognized

... and applied

Because you reside
In all the races
Within all aspects
Of life

Dana



~ For Wordsmith Studio and dVerse Open Link Night
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Stung


Photo credit: riyas from morguefile.com



Stinger
Puncturing soft flesh
Within seconds
Wilting the flower
I was to become
Now
I'm just a mess

Dana





~ For dVerse Poetics
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Photography ~ Flower

Photo by Dana Dampier




Photo by Dana Dampier


Dana




~ For Wordsmith Studio
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Photography ~ Birds

Photo by Dana Dampier





Dana





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Words Imprisoned


Photo credit: kconnors from morguefile.com



Words held prisoner
Behind quivering lips
Afraid...
Afraid to let them fly
To be heard
... and rejected

Dana



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Pocket


Photo credit: lb6364 from morguefile.com



Collecting
Treasures
As we meander through nature
My three boys
Collecting
Miniature treasures
In which I place within
My pocket

Dana



~ Written for Poetry Jam
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Photography~ One

photo by Dana Dampier



Dana



For Wordsmith Studio
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Photo ~ Spring!

photo by Dana Dampier






Dana





Wordsmith Studio Photo Prompt
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You and I

photo by Peggy Goetz




We are the same
You and I
Both lost
Incomplete
Souls
Shining like beacons
Upon a foggy shoreline
Searching to find the other

Dana



Written for Poetry Jam~ Reflections
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Taking In You


Photo credit: carygrant from morguefile.com




Deeply
Taking in you
Rapidly shuddering
Overtaken by your presence
Essence

Dana




~ Writing Cinquains for dVerse Poets Pub - Form For All
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Diffusing Anger


Photo credit: dhester from morguefile.com



A ssssighhhh
Escapes parted lips
hhhhhhhh....
Warm breath leaving filled lungs
In an attempt to caaaalm flustered nerves
Before tempers
Rrrrrrage
And the plonk of
Metal meets skull

After all... don't want to mess up a perfectly good frying pan.
baahahahaha.....

Dana




~Wordsmith Studio's Friday Poetry Prompt: Sounds
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Photography ~ Early

photo by: Dana Dampier

photo by: Dana Dampier




Dana




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Finally In Bloom



photo by Dana Dampier



As the first eager buds
Spring
Upon bald branches
Paving buried paths
For the less courageous
To embrace renewal
To bloom
Within the suns healing glow
To absorb nourishing rains
After a life sucking season
... As do I

Dana




~ It's Open Link Night @dVerse!!
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Wandering


Photo credit: jdurham from morguefile.com



Wandering eyes, Wandering mind
 Marred heart
Searching for that missing piece
Buried beneath fertile green earth
Feeding the roots of ancient trees
Cavorting among stars and mingling with the moon
Whispering hints with the aid of the wind
Like a lost lover
Kissing skin with each wave crashing upon the shore
Echoing through lonely mountain tops
A ghost among the shadows
Waiting, Wanting to be found
Longing to mend the hole
That would complete my soul

Dana



~ Written for Open Link Night @dVerse Poets
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Wiped Clean

Photo credit: Alvimann from morguefile.com



I warned you
There would come a time
When the dirty lens
You handed me to gaze through
Would be wiped clean
And reality could present itself
Dressed in happiness and brightly lit dreams

Dana





Written for Wordsmith Studio's Poetry Prompt
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New Acquaintances


Photo credit: alice10 from morguefile.com



I speak to the darkness
That I've grown accustomed too
Because it does not judge
Having been exposed to
All the worlds fears
The tears shed while alone
The madness that grows
Within a fevered mind
After the day has given you
The cold shoulder

Dana




*Written for dVerse Poets
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