I cannot abide the solitude

turned angry and embittered

by fate’s lilting laughter


the silence, deafening

the darkness, luminescent and purple

the torment, etched inside me in indelible ink


amid clinking glassware

and the soft-jazz pulse of a martini bar

people chatter and mingle


yet there is a clouded vacancy

in all their eyes

if they meet my gaze at all


scattered thoughts, disjointed memories

( baby’s breath, seashells, Mateus Rose )

come to mind and quickly flee


recollections so surreal

it’s as if it all happened

to some better version of myself


leaving me lost

broken and bruised

a casualty to fate’s lilting laughter


About digthroughlife

I am a fifty-three year old poet who also writes fiction. I worked twenty-three years for the USPS, though never enthusiastically. I am a member of French Writers Worldwide and have had several poems published in French and Spanish. I hold strong opinions on music, film, and human rights. Some of my influences are Charles Bukowski, Arthur Rimbaud, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Sylvia Plath, W.B Yeats, Bob Marley, William Blake, and Hunter S. Thompson. I'm an avid fan of the New York Yankees, Oakland Raiders, and Indiana Pacers. I like traveling by car. I enjoy seeing rock and alt-country bands in small venues. I hold a black belt in Taekwondo, but no longer spar due to injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident in 2005. I play acoustic guitar. I love Crown Royal whiskey and California Kush. Women are both the bane of my existence and all that sustains me. I believe strongly in the power of love and heartbreak. View all posts by digthroughlife

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