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Written by Mel in portal Stream of Consciousness

Balderdash

The smell of

cigars

booze

and fear-filled

sweaty men

was heavy

in the back room

of a restaurant

Working the quarter

Stacks on the table

Dealt into the game

We poured our guts

into our drinks

Topped them off with

lies and vulnerability

then swapped glasses

with one another

Pain written across every face

Guilt unleashed our demons

to mock and instill fear

Not even the whiskey

on our breath

would let us forget

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Written by Mel in portal Stream of Consciousness
Balderdash
The smell of
cigars
booze
and fear-filled
sweaty men
was heavy
in the back room
of a restaurant
Working the quarter
Stacks on the table
Dealt into the game
We poured our guts
into our drinks
Topped them off with
lies and vulnerability
then swapped glasses
with one another
Pain written across every face
Guilt unleashed our demons
to mock and instill fear
Not even the whiskey
on our breath
would let us forget
#DP 
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Written by Mel in portal Poetry & Free Verse

ArapaHoe

Ghosts of generations past

underneath a string of lights

A soulless corpse-like wretch

screams promises

down a darkened street

as death emanates

and embraces in waves of love

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Written by Mel in portal Poetry & Free Verse
ArapaHoe
Ghosts of generations past
underneath a string of lights
A soulless corpse-like wretch
screams promises
down a darkened street
as death emanates
and embraces in waves of love
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Written by Mel in portal Poetry & Free Verse

The poetry on your lips

stripped away the blue

Your hands gracefully

waltzed on my body

as my lustful eyes

etched you into my heart

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Written by Mel in portal Poetry & Free Verse
The poetry on your lips
stripped away the blue
Your hands gracefully
waltzed on my body
as my lustful eyes
etched you into my heart
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This is a collaboration prompt. Offer up a piece (poem or flash fiction) to be revised by another person on prose. (you may tag your preferred revisers). I want to see both the original and the revised version(s)! (is this confusing? okay, first time I am posting a prompt here)
Written by Mel

Mind Games 3

Our love

founded on

dissimulation and hypocrisy

is drowning in a room

of empty bottles

I sugar coat your lies

force them down

along with my sorrows

I turn a blind eye

when you come home

smelling of rum

and bathed in the scent

of another woman

I hold onto your

empty promises

as you wrap your arms

around me

We hold our own

Both playing our part

in this masquerade

(Revision of Mind Games by @ruffmiriam)

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This is a collaboration prompt. Offer up a piece (poem or flash fiction) to be revised by another person on prose. (you may tag your preferred revisers). I want to see both the original and the revised version(s)! (is this confusing? okay, first time I am posting a prompt here)
Written by Mel
Mind Games 3
Our love
founded on
dissimulation and hypocrisy
is drowning in a room
of empty bottles
I sugar coat your lies
force them down
along with my sorrows
I turn a blind eye
when you come home
smelling of rum
and bathed in the scent
of another woman
I hold onto your
empty promises
as you wrap your arms
around me
We hold our own
Both playing our part
in this masquerade


(Revision of Mind Games by @ruffmiriam)
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Written by Mel

The Collector

Pin-up dress

Crimson lips

Fully strapped

Wired up

Fishing for confessions

Better off damned

than to show up empty handed

Paid in blood

A selfless martyr

takes the fall

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Written by Mel
The Collector
Pin-up dress
Crimson lips
Fully strapped
Wired up
Fishing for confessions
Better off damned
than to show up empty handed
Paid in blood
A selfless martyr
takes the fall
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I love hearing poetry recited and It's been a while since we've had a spoken word challenge. Let's read poetry out loud. I remember how nice it was to hear the voices of our Prosers when we had this challenge. Let's give it another go? You can recite your own poetry or choose a Proser to choose from your work to read. You can also choose to read another Proser's poetry if they allow you to. Post the link of your recording on your challenge entry. (sound cloud, google drive, etc.)
Written by Mel in portal Spoken Word

Gold Stars and Hues of Blue (Audio)

As requested by @poetsdream, here is a reading of my piece "Gold Stars and Hues of Blue"

Really hate my voice... but here we go.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8l7c_qAJ5gYTUZ3UFRVVUh6OWc

Through blurry vision

and puffy eyes

the streetlights are

my stars tonight

Dipped in gold

they shine bright

The amber glow

beckons me to follow

The brisk unforgiving

January breeze

makes its way through

my knee high

lace up boots

and coat

then embraces me

from head to toe

and whispers the words

I wish you'd say

Of course

I know my love

will never be enough

My once black ink

now runs the saddest

shade of blue

I'll sign this letter

at the corner

where paper meets pen

before I fade to black

and send it out

into the wasted night

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I love hearing poetry recited and It's been a while since we've had a spoken word challenge. Let's read poetry out loud. I remember how nice it was to hear the voices of our Prosers when we had this challenge. Let's give it another go? You can recite your own poetry or choose a Proser to choose from your work to read. You can also choose to read another Proser's poetry if they allow you to. Post the link of your recording on your challenge entry. (sound cloud, google drive, etc.)
Written by Mel in portal Spoken Word
Gold Stars and Hues of Blue (Audio)
As requested by @poetsdream, here is a reading of my piece "Gold Stars and Hues of Blue"

Really hate my voice... but here we go.



https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8l7c_qAJ5gYTUZ3UFRVVUh6OWc


Through blurry vision
and puffy eyes
the streetlights are
my stars tonight
Dipped in gold
they shine bright
The amber glow
beckons me to follow
The brisk unforgiving
January breeze
makes its way through
my knee high
lace up boots
and coat
then embraces me
from head to toe
and whispers the words
I wish you'd say
Of course
I know my love
will never be enough
My once black ink
now runs the saddest
shade of blue
I'll sign this letter
at the corner
where paper meets pen
before I fade to black
and send it out
into the wasted night
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Written by Mel in portal Poetry & Free Verse

Self-Portrait

It has a secret life

Cast to the darkness

Feeding off the light

Mysterious

Elusive

Alluring

It defines the contours

of my inner self

Seized at dusk

and put on trial

It submerged my

papier-mâché heart

in bourbon

and put me to the test

then lit a match

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Written by Mel in portal Poetry & Free Verse
Self-Portrait

It has a secret life
Cast to the darkness
Feeding off the light
Mysterious
Elusive
Alluring
It defines the contours
of my inner self
Seized at dusk
and put on trial
It submerged my
papier-mâché heart
in bourbon
and put me to the test
then lit a match
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///// Nightdwellers 'Beginning Line' Challenge (March) ///// Write a piece of literature with the beginning line ‘I DRINK A COCKTAIL OF MOONLIGHT…’ Tag it #nightdwellers #beginningline. http://www.facebook.com/groups/NightdwellersWrites/
Written by Mel

Archaic Terrors

I drink a cocktail of moonlight

at high noon

The shadows disperse

leaving behind a trail of nightmares

to find their way back

Novae swim in my eyes

and I've got my head above the clouds

while my heart lies six feet under

decomposing with the rest of me

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///// Nightdwellers 'Beginning Line' Challenge (March) ///// Write a piece of literature with the beginning line ‘I DRINK A COCKTAIL OF MOONLIGHT…’ Tag it #nightdwellers #beginningline. http://www.facebook.com/groups/NightdwellersWrites/
Written by Mel
Archaic Terrors
I drink a cocktail of moonlight
at high noon
The shadows disperse
leaving behind a trail of nightmares
to find their way back
Novae swim in my eyes
and I've got my head above the clouds
while my heart lies six feet under
decomposing with the rest of me
#nightdwellers  #beginningline 
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Written by Mel in portal Poetry & Free Verse

Her name was Charlotte

An angel disguised as death

found shelter in a dusty corner

She saw the beauty you held inside

And so,

you lived to see another day

Time grew cold as the seasons changed

You took on your own

Never judging the tempest in my mind

The months birthed a mutual respect

Then death seduced an angel

You'd be proud

They keep guard

as you keep watch

Know that they listen to my drunken stories

about the conversations I used to have

with their mother Charlotte

Rest In Peace knowing

that with me,

they'll always have a home.

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Written by Mel in portal Poetry & Free Verse
Her name was Charlotte
An angel disguised as death
found shelter in a dusty corner
She saw the beauty you held inside
And so,
you lived to see another day
Time grew cold as the seasons changed
You took on your own
Never judging the tempest in my mind
The months birthed a mutual respect
Then death seduced an angel
You'd be proud
They keep guard
as you keep watch
Know that they listen to my drunken stories
about the conversations I used to have
with their mother Charlotte
Rest In Peace knowing
that with me,
they'll always have a home.
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Written by Mel

Lovely

The smile of a stranger

The innocence of a child,

the way they look into your soul

and see everything

The smell of fresh rain

A hot shower after a long stressful day

The love that goes into a home cooked meal

Tears of joy

Flowers

Books

The smell of books

Good music

The 80's

Rock

Alternative

Metal

Classical

My G2 pen and a blank sheet of paper

(partners in crime)

Post-its

Coffee

Tea

A box of fries (yes, a box)

Cookie dough (it's ok to judge)

Everything red velvet

Sports

Candles

Physical photographs

Fast cars

Getting my hands dirty and working

on a car on a beautiful Sunday afternoon

Lovely is everywhere you look

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Written by Mel
Lovely
The smile of a stranger

The innocence of a child,
the way they look into your soul
and see everything

The smell of fresh rain

A hot shower after a long stressful day

The love that goes into a home cooked meal

Tears of joy

Flowers

Books
The smell of books

Good music
The 80's
Rock
Alternative
Metal
Classical

My G2 pen and a blank sheet of paper
(partners in crime)

Post-its

Coffee

Tea

A box of fries (yes, a box)

Cookie dough (it's ok to judge)

Everything red velvet

Sports

Candles

Physical photographs

Fast cars

Getting my hands dirty and working
on a car on a beautiful Sunday afternoon









Lovely is everywhere you look







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