To fast, to yearn, reminds me to pray, To learn, to listen to what God might say. Apart from you, I thirst, I hunger, What God joined, man can’t put asunder. My memory, ‘tis true, it fades, it wanes, Our love, a cord, an unbroken chain, Mistakes, offenses, all in the past, Our souls, ourContinue reading “Fasting”


A Golden Shovel This series of haiku was written in response to David’s W3 Prompt #41: Wea’ve Written Weekly on The Skeptic’s Kaddish, so please visit his page to read other responses. In honor of Black History Month, I chose to pay homage to Sonia Sanchez. I included a link to her page if you’d likeContinue reading “Garments”

The Box

A Poem The Box I thought my life was normal; Then I saw what others had. It was not what I experienced; Mine was hurtful, neglectful, sad. I wrapped my past in a little box, And tied it with a bow. “Doesn’t it look so pretty?” I put it out for show. Someone tried toContinue reading “The Box”

I Sent Her Flowers

I sent your mom flowers on your birthday, I think you would’ve wanted me to, Just like that song by Green Day, I wanna wake up when September is through. Another Christmas alone and bereft, Leaves a bleak December, January, of course, is when you left, Another bad month to remember. Valentine’s Day is whatContinue reading “I Sent Her Flowers”

“Building” Relationship

A sight from a distance — he’s attractive; Plans in my mind are made.Eye contact and a friendly chat; The foundation has been laid.We walk, we talk about where we grew up; Framework is starting to form.We insulate with talk of family; HIs smile is friendly and warm.Secrets revealed and like a roof o’erhead, IContinue reading ““Building” Relationship”


I built my prison not with bricks,Not with metal, wood, or stone.The material was giv’n by foes,But constructed by myself alone.Razor wire does not pierce my heart,Four walls do not constrain my soul;Instead, four letters are all that bind,And keep me from being whole.Insecurities and doubt,Make up the cage that holds me here.Locked away byContinue reading “Imprisoned”

Raindrop Prelude

This composition by Frederic Chopin is my favorite piece of music–to play and to listen to. The song and alleged story behind it inspired me to write this poem: “Raindrop Prelude” Dripping, dripping, dropping, Constant, never stopping. My health is in despair, And so I must repair; Banished to this cloister, Full of cold andContinue reading “Raindrop Prelude”


A Poem Breakup I’m sorry if you’re mad, but I really have to tell you,We’ve had some ups and downs, but now our journey’s through.My future’s looking bright, now I’ve met somebody new,And you’re forever in my past, my dear 2022. I’m charging on ahead, becoming a different me;I don’t know what’s in store, butContinue reading “Breakup”

New Year Resolutions

This poem was written in response to W3 Prompt #34: Wea’ve Written Weekly on The Skeptic’s Kaddish, so please visit his page to read other responses. YearOverStart againThis time betterResolutions are not kept through the yearEither you will or you won’t; don’t promiseResolve has fadedNo commitmentI’ll do itBetterNow Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich Thanks forContinue reading “New Year Resolutions”