Big Boys don’t Cry   “Big boys don’t cry” 4 years old, with tear marks down his cheeks The result of an accident in the garden. He holds his breath and puffs out his chest Because he is a big boy now, And he must show it. “Big boys don’t cry” 16 years old now,

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Hemmingway’s Tears   He stood near the crib, Where the baby once lay, And opened the curtains, To reveal the light of day. He typed on his laptop, His eyes tired and worn, “Baby shoes for sale Never worn.”   Bryan Costello   Unique   I come with no wrapping paper or coloured bows I

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Monster of the Seas   It looms behind me I’m frantic, shouting profanity It grasps me, it’s in control The monster has me in its clutches Then, I’m up! I’m standing! It’s like I’m flying Then, the shock of cold The peace of the ocean Silence, deafening Getting up, I hear The triumphant whoops Satisfied,

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Your Own Happiness   The key to happiness does not come from other people Depending on other people for your happiness, won’t do much for you You gain true happiness from yourself, and you only Don’t overthink the past – what has happened, has happened Don’t overthink the future – what will be, will be,

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As I Look Back   I sit there at the bar, As the lump behind it pours another whiskey. I admire it, peaceful, still, so small less than a glass half full Or in my case a glass half empty. An entire life described in a six-inch glass. SUCCEED, SUCCEED, SUCCEED… I told myself as

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Winter Lullaby   The comfort of the rhythm The pattering of the rain Like a sleepy lullaby singing on the window pane The howling wind that blows a gale That sweeps the day into the night The storm that thunders through the town Is no match for this fight The wind that bites in winter,

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Who am I   Who and what I want comes from being strong Classy and fabulous, This is my song! I am not less, I am more. I am a woman — I frown — I cry — I hurt and yell at the universe Nevertheless, I make a difference. Like a girl, I smile;

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Unnoticed   Untitled. Unseen. Unheard. Unnoticed. Still your absence of recognition is noted. Sly. Coy. Fake. Unnoticed. Others do not see it, but others are not focused. Together, yet miles apart. Unnoticed. I stare at my feet, say nothing, and I know you have noticed. Accomplished. Proud. Satisfied. Unnoticed. You now know it’s working, ignoring,

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