What They Don’t Tell You — Poetry

What They Don’t Tell You

after the happily ever after
is how fast your life turns to grey

how you lose tiny pieces of yourself
first your voice —
nothing you have to say is ever that important
next your appeal —
you look nothing like the porn chicks he prefers
then your dignity takes a walk
followed by your self-respect —

and then you awaken one day with amnesia
you don’t know who the hell you are
nor why you are in this shitty marriage —
you are alone, friendless and jobless
in a dark hole with no help in sight

Marriage should come with warning signs
bells and whistles and quick exit doors —
or at the very least, a coffin in the bedroom
to practice death upon

©January 2014, Lori Carlson

I was reminded of this poem of mine after reading Patience’s poem

What They Don’t Say

It is enchantingly beautiful and hauntingly sad… Please have a read and support her blog LOVELETTERSTOAGHOST

He Is Risen — an Easter Poem

Through betrayal and denial
from those most trusted among you
through trial and accused
by those you came to save
you never gave up on love

Though they beat you
You arose to take more
for your purpose was not nearly done
there were still so many sins to atone

They mocked you
and called you “King of the Jews”
and you forgave them

They nailed you to a cross
and spat upon you
and you forgave them

What glorious love you showed
to those who despised you
what glorious joy you give
to those who love you

Even in death, your life
touched thousands who gathered
at your feet. And three days later…

“He is risen”

© March 2011, Lori Carlson

A Sonnet to Desire — Poetry

“Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.” ~ Lao-tzu
O Desire, do not hold me so!
You, a rogue with a wicked tongue
To seduce me into your bed
One night with you would do me harm
Your kisses are as sweet as wine
And your touch charged by Cupid’s bow
Your devilish smile stirs my blood
Your stare captures my pounding heart
O the turmoil you put me through!
You will take then leave me all alone
Let me go, Desire–tempting soul
It is peace and freedom I need

©June 2014, Lori Carlson

April — National Poetry Month

Hey Friends!

If you are a poet and you are looking for sites honoring National Poetry Month, pop on over to these sites. They even have prompts!

NaPoWrMo.Net — 30 poems in 30 days

Wild Violet Literary Magazine

Poetic Asides

If you are participating in any of the numerous poetry challenges this year, leave me a comment so I can check out your blog!

You can see my own PAD Challenge from Poetic Asides on my Promptly Written blog