And I Will Be Okay


Photo by Dana Dampier



Stretch me
Bend me
Scratch my surface
With your lies
Sketch my broken heart
With your eyes
Turn me
Twist me
Upside down
Chisel my face to adorn a frown
Burn me
Bleed me
Cut out my soul
Hide my dignity that you stole
Whatever you do to try to hold me
I'll never be what you've often told me
Time will show you to be wrong
Time will place you where you belong
... And I will be okay


Dana

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Another Life

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Like a moth drawn to light
I am drawn to you
From our earliest days
I have felt your pull
And have allowed it to guide me to you
Not understanding at first
How important your role in my journey
Would be
I did realize however...
That you were different
That you were special
I must have known you in a past life
I feel you've always been there
I think I loved you in another lifetime
Since you never leave my mind
Deep within I feel we've traveled together
Since the beginning of mankind
Never that afar...
Gently touching each others life
If we happen to drift apart
I know it's only a matter of time
Before this world brings us together again
More than just love or respect
It's rooted in the heavens
In the stars

Dana

Four Way Stop

Me



Stuck
At the intersection of want and need
I always seem to be...
Stuck
Needing to go both ways
Yet, wanting neither
Since I'm SUPPOSE to pick just one
... Or so I've been told
Therefore, I do nothing
Unmoved like a speed bump
Staring at the stars
Waiting on an epiphany

I want both...
Not having to choose between either
I WANT BOTH...
Unsure though
That I have the tools
To pave my own like many before me
Who carved their paths
Through stone
Through impossible storms
... or so it must have seemed
Because they made it
THEY MADE IT!!
Battle wounds evident and honorably worn
They made it...
... and I must make it too

But how?
How do I begin?
How do I make my life my own?
How does one pocket the world
Twisting and turning it upside down
Molding it and transforming it
To fit every curve of one's being?
A love note to one's self
Tucking it nice and neat in one's heart
To be unfolded and reread with a smile
Over... and over... and over

Tell me...

How...
... do I NOT be....
Stuck


Dana


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An Ace Would Be Nice


A Game of Patience, 1937, Meredith Frampton 



One...
Two...
Three...
Breathe
As I flip the cards dealt to me
Preparing to face what is to come
Poker face ready

Frayed clovers
Faded diamonds
Broken hearts
One...
Two...
Three...
Breathe

Dana



For Magpie Tales
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Open Reel






The phone rrrriiiiinnngs
But it's only you
So... I don't answer
To avoid the drama you'll evidently play
On repeat...
And with your stop button broken
All I can do
Is pull the cord


Dana

For Magpie Tales
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Faking It

photo by: Dana Dampier


I hear your name
... I hear your name

It calls to me
Incessantly

Quietly I scream
Behind the smile
Because I can't get you out of my head

Dana



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Bareback

photo by Dana Dampier


Tangerine clouds buffer my cracked surface
Coloring the last minutes of day
With hope
Coloring all of me
With hope
As if wanting to confirm it's return through hue
A new day will arise ...
Upon it riding infinite possibilities
Of every nature
... And I will be there
Holding on tight

Dana


For Poetry Jam!
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Lighting The Way

photo by dana dampier



The sun never ceases to light the way... it is you that chooses not to see the direction in which the rays point.

Dana


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Raining the Blues


Photo credit: mconnors from morguefile.com




Rain falls
The Blues spin
Needle upon vinyl
Scratches and pops -drips and plops
Lulling me to wander
Ponder
Sipping tequila in the candlelight
Under the watchful eye of night
As it hides in the corners of my room

Dana



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Bar Napkin Poetry - I Miss You

photo by Dana Dampier




Dana


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Feasting On You

Feast in the House of Simon, 1610, El Greco




Feasting upon your eyes
Savoring warm
 Strong
  Flesh 
I hunger for your smile
 Laughter...
  Words
Your vitality meshing 
  Within mine
On a bed of hot coals

Dana


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Beads of Pain


Photo credit: Alvimann from morguefile.com



Like beads of rain upon glass
My pain gathers
Each droplet
A heartache
Forming a mass
Within my soul


Dana


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Thought Flurries

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Chasing thoughts... ideas
As I watch snowflakes chase each other
Through a grey sky
And drift down
   Down....
      Down...
To be laid to rest
To become part of one
Massive heap
As do my feelings
When I can't get my mind off of you

Dana



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When She Loves You


Photo credit: krosseel from morguefile.com 




Placing her heart on a sliver of moon
She sets it afloat upon a pool of stars
With one gentle breath
She will give you everything she's got
... and more


Dana


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Learning to Love Myself


Photo credit: can131 from morguefile.com




I must feel love for myself more
Than the guilt your words provide

Respect myself more
Than your money can buy

Through your tears and pain
Mine must hide

Sacrifice...
   Sacrifice...
Always for you

Never again
Will I


Dana



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