Tick Tock

(No, this isn’t a Ke$ha song.)

Tick Tock

Tick tock
Tick tock

Seconds race around the clock
But minutes drag on by
Yet in an hour things change so much
In a day the world’s brand new
A week can be like
A month or
A million years

Tick tock
Tick tock

We dance to the beat of seconds
Step in time with the minutes
Spend an hour laughing
Revel in a day full of fun
Because who’s to say the week will be full of the same
Or that the month will remain unchanged
That next year we’ll all be here

Tick tock
Tick tock

Death can happen in a second
Laughing can change to tears in a minute
An hour can bring enough pain to topple you
A day can stab you more than once
Weeks can be trenches of endless despair
Months can be pits
A year can spell your end

Tick tock
Tick tock

So what will you do with your seconds?
Your minutes?
Your hours?
Your days?
Your weeks?
Your months?
Your years?

Tick tock
Tick tock

June 26th – Talent

On this day so long ago, I went to an art museum with my friends and had the thought that appears in the first three lines of this poem. That, obviously, spiraled out into the entire poem and gave me one of the longest poems of the trip!

Talent

I wish I had the talent
To paint pictures
That look like photographs
Or move my body like the wind
And dance with fluid grace

I wish I had the ability
To climb the highest mountains
And celebrate from their peaks
Or win a million awards
For something that comes easily

I don’t

But I have the talent
To paint pictures
With vibrant words
And move my pen like the wind
To write down my dreams

I have the ability
To climb the highest mountains
With my characters
And win a million awards
For them too

All I need to do
Is never give up hope
And remind myself each day
That for each thing I can’t do
There’s something that I can

June 24th – I Miss You

Hello blogosphere, I’m BAAAACK! You miss me? ūüėÄ I know I missed you guys! Forgive me for being slow to update my blog with the days of poetry I couldn’t post–my jet lag is rather ridiculous… But here is the poem I wrote way back on the 24th of June as I was flying in an airplane!

I Miss You

If you were to look up
Right now
I wonder if you’d see me
As I dance through the sky
And build castles with the clouds
I wish I could tell you
To give it a try
But the space between us
Is too great
Maybe someday
I’ll invite you
To my palace of sunbeams and mist
But for now
All I can do is build
And every once and a while
Send you a shooting star
To say
I miss you

June 19th – My Life

Before I get to today’s poem, I need to make a very special announcement.¬†This week in Jingle’s poetry rally, I was nominated by Jingle for the Perfect Poet Award and now I am very honored to say that I was awarded it. As per the acceptance rules, here is the award (below) and my nomination for next week is none other than the amazing Jingle. Here is a poem from Jingle¬†–>¬†http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/thursday-poets-rally-week-23-poem-post-perfect-poet-award-acceptance/

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/the-perfect-poet-award-4-thursday-poets-rally-week-23/

Now, for today’s poem, I was reading all these poems about people’s lives and it was really depressing! So I set out to write a poem based on my feelings about my life that were POSITIVE! And here it is:

My Life

The sun is shining
The birds are singing
A gentle breeze is blowing
And as I look out the window
I smile when I realize
It’s one of those mornings
I can’t believe this is my life

There are cookies downstairs
A whole plate full
In the shape of a daisy
With raspberry jelly in the middle
I ate three for breakfast
With my mom’s permission
I can’t believe this is my life

I’m going hiking today
Up just one of the mountains
That cover my area
And it’s hotter than an oven
But the view will be worth it
Besides, my friends will be with me
I can’t believe this is my life

It’s one of those days
Where the darkest teenager
Couldn’t find a thing to complain about
There’s sparkles dancing on the water
And not a cloud in the sky
And not a frown to be seen for miles
Yeah, this is my life

June 13th – Silence

This weekend I rarely had a moment to myself, and my ears were constantly assaulted with noise. Now, I don’t mind, but after a while it gets to you. The fact that I’m claustrophobic doesn’t help things either. Today, though, the source of most of the noise went away and I got to get back to simple silence, hence today’s poem.

Silence

Oh Silence
How I have missed
Your quiet bliss
And cold caress
My mind has been
Nothing but chaos
Since you left
You abandoned me
To the violent throes
Of incessant talk and
Crushing sound waves
That made my head
Pound like a thousand war drums
Until my eyes started dancing
With stars
And twitching
To the beat
So I had to sit
Lest I fall
Into a black abyss
You have brought
The sweet darkness with you
Silence
And returned the simple pleasure
Of having a moment
To breathe
Oh Silence
How I have missed you

June 6th – Rain

As you may have noticed, today’s poem is inspired by rain. I woke up this morning to the sound of it, and by the looks of the forecast I need to get used to it. And not just a sprinkle–non-stop, downpour rain. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate the rain, immensely, but I’m not against its inspirational qualities!

Rain

It’s one of those days

When you wake up in the morning

And it’s so cloudy

It’s still dark out

And you can’t get yourself out of bed

And the rain isn’t sprinkling

But pounding on the ground like a migraine

Making your front lawn a giant puddle

And you manage to move

But have nothing to do

Except snap at those closest to you

So you do

Until you fill up with enough rage

That you throw on your raincoat

And head outside before you burst

But the rain is so fierce

That you still find yourself

Soaked to the skin

And you start to cry in frustration

Until your fed up mind says

To hell with this

And you throw off your coat

To feel the clouds’ tears on your skin

And dance

May 23rd – Dance with Me

People say that the weather affects your mood, and I totally believe it. Today’s weather is sunny, sunny-er and sunny-est and I am LOVING IT! I spent practically all day up until now just reveling in the sun. I started thinking about sun, which led me to sunbeams, which led me to remember this phrase I heard one time about “dancing sunbeams” which– Well, what I trying to say is that I ended up with today’s poem in my head.

Dance with Me

Dance with me

Through the shaded leaves of trees

Where we can twirl as we jump up and down

Among the gnarled branches

And maybe we’ll hop on the

Wings of a bird

So we can laugh as it flies and

Join in its trilling song

Then we’ll leap into the air

And land on the water

Making every sparkle our spotlight

Spinning faster and faster

Then we’ll jump and land on a sunbeam

And sashay our way up it

Until we reach the top of the sky

And rest our weary feet on the clouds

Dance with me