Miscellaneous Poems



While you go off
to slay some dragons
and aid the side of
Right and Truth, I'm
left alone to fight
the fallen demons
you've left bhind.

A trail of them,
resulting from your
wars, taunt me with their
presence. I trip
up here. I stumble
there. "No more!" I say
"Enough! Come back!"

I hate to stand
alone amidst this
carnage. I dispair
the task ahead.
Would that I could slay
your dragon, and you
would do this job.

Tomorrow there
will be more dragons,
or flights into space,
or a goal in
a game well played, or
a movie deal, but
Today, you clean!

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Starlit blackness,
cold and closed in,
silently deafening.
Here I make my home
The only light--my ship.
The only warmth--me.
The only conversation--in my head,
or, sometimes, a spoken command
to my fingers
as they hover and dart
above the controls
that keep me going.
No up
or down,
but what
I want.

All this space is mine
as far as I can see.
Dark.
Cold.
Silent.
Yet I say
I am free.
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