An Ode to Darkness

Darkness, if it weren’t for thee, What would we know of light? We’d sweat and toil on endlessly If there were not a night Where would we hide our greatest sins But the darkness of our souls? We needn’t take a Savior in, If we’re ever pure and whole. We could not see the timeContinue reading “An Ode to Darkness”

Lyin’ or King?

For this prompt, I have created two very different responses. I hope each one evokes an emotional reaction. King? Who am I? My name’s Claude. Some call me “King of the Beasts.” Don’t let the name fool you. The hyennas still charge me WAY too much for coffee. They say I’m getting a “royal” discountContinue reading “Lyin’ or King?”

Impossible Request

Play me a song, piano man; Grant me this request, if you can. I’m feeling down since my love left; I’m lost without him, sad, bereft; Are your skills worthy, honed, and deft? Play a tune that’s sad, but not grim, That causes the lights here to dim, Fills my eyes with tears to theContinue reading “Impossible Request”

Be

Baby boy, be brave, Be benevolent, behave. Be unburdened, bare and bold, But obedient to what you’re told. Before you begin to be, Break no bonds with me. My wee beloved bairn, Brilliant, beyond compare, Be humble, but be proud; Let bounteous blessings abound. I begat your beginning breath, But bid you goodbye in death.Continue reading “Be”

Serene Facade

Morning sun shines upon the hill, Carpeted lush and green.Warmth spreads across the surface, Of an otherwise cold and lonely place.Silken flowers adorn the stones, And all is quiet, serene;And as the sun is setting, A shadow grows, Upon the grave of my beloved. Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich Thank you for stopping by andContinue reading “Serene Facade”

In My Head

Is it only in my head? My dreams are always better than life, Sometimes I wish I were dead, My reality is filled with strife. My dreams are always better than life, I know I’m thinking selfishly, My reality is filled with strife, And nobody really loves me. I know I’m thinking selfishly, That’s justContinue reading “In My Head”

Empty Kingdom

Princes and Ladies danced in the Hall, While Kings and Queens would feast; Tapestries and paintings adorned the walls; Their riches would never cease. But time and change are constant foes, Relentless in their pursuit; The kingdom witnessed many woes, Their riches turned to loot. Now the birds dance through the Hall, Partnered by theContinue reading “Empty Kingdom”

Spiral of Depression

It usually starts with something small Sometimes I don’t know what it was at all Sometimes I do I add more to it, things that don’t even relate My mind spins as it gets bigger, inflates Like a spiral, it grew I’m so far out that I can’t trace it back to where it beganContinue reading “Spiral of Depression”

Elephant

This poem is in response to a writing prompt from Britta’s Blog, written for the Skeptic’s Kaddish Blog, so please visit each of them. I saw the picture for this prompt, so I’d like to contribute: My boyfriend’s favorite animal was the elephant. I don’t think I ever asked him why; it may be thatContinue reading “Elephant”

What I Want to Be

I want to be a porcupine, keep everyone away,It’ll give me an excuse when they don’t want to stay.To forget all of my past mistakes, I’d like to be a fish,But I’d forget the good times too, so I’m careful for what I wish.I could be a mouse and then, no one would notice me,AfterContinue reading “What I Want to Be”