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21
Feb
16

Always and Forever

All

My life,

I’ve told myself

That

Love is permanent-

Possibly capable

Of change,

But unending,

Always

Flowing,

Indestructible.

Love was

Always

The one constant

In my life

That could

Survive

The realities of existence,

The end

Of relationships

And marriages,

The separation

Of bodies.

Like a sunrise

Always

Promised a sunset,

Regardless of what happened

In the hours between,

Love

Had promised

It would always

Be there

For me.

The Pisces dreamer in me believed each breathless whisper, each soft kiss, every touch of bodies in the dark or in the sun, each promise of “always” and “forever”, all the “for better or worse” commitments.

It didn’t matter

How many times

It proved to be untrue,

Because

I believed

In my soft heart

That

I would find it

One day,

Finally

Experiencing the fulfillment

Of all those promises

Made with tangled limbs

And sweaty passion.

The death

Of an ideal,

Is one of the cruelest

Lessons

Of a sensitive soul.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

February 20, 2016

28
Apr
14

Just breathe

Just breathe-

Inhale,

Exhale,

Move oxygen

From the lungs,

Into the bloodstream,

Fueling the muscles

And brain.

Breathe,

Relax,

Rest,

Perhaps sleep,

If you’re lucky.

Just breathe

And forget them,

Even if

Only for a moment-

Forget them

And breathe.

They will still be there

Tomorrow,

So

Forget

About them

For tonight,

And listen

To the sound of air rushing into your lungs and slowly exiting between your lips and into the darkness you wish to leave behind.

Just

Breathe.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

April 28, 2014

20
Jan
14

I’ve stopped trying

I’ve stopped trying

To stop

Trying

And wanting

Things

To be different.

Things aren’t

Different

And I’ve accepted that,

Since I can’t

Change

Anything

But how I deal

With the reality

Of us.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

January 20, 2014

06
Oct
13

Still there in a memory

When I close my eyes

I still see her

There,

Naked,

Wrapped in a sheet,

Hair across her

Sweaty face,

Smiling

In her sleep.

The glow of her

Skin,

Still

Moist,

In the dark,

Light coming in

Between hastily closed

Curtains,

Spilling

Across the room,

To the bed

And her naked body.

If I squeeze

The memories further,

I can even smell

Her/ us,

And remember

The taste

Of her

On my lips and tongue.

I can feel

The bumps on her skin

As the chill

And tickle

Of my touch

In the dark,

Brings her skin to life-

Even if only

In my mind,

My heart,

And tattered memory.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

October 6, 2013.

25
Aug
13

Good bye

Of all the words

You could’ve said,

The most painful

Were

“Good bye.”

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

28
Sep
11

Four letter word

Fear

Is another

Four letter word

Beginning with F.

Just like

The other,

It can

Leave you

Shaking

In a mass

Of tangled limbs

And sweaty

Breathlessness.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

September 28, 2011

08
Nov
10

Unfinished fragment

She’s only

Been on the outside

With us

For seven short months,

Yet

Our lives

Have been changed

Enough

To no longer

Remember

An Us

Without a Her.

She’s grown to a size

Much larger than her

Length or weight

And has filled

Us

And our world

With her.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

November 8, 2010




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