the dancers and the dance

June 11, 2022

I almost shriveled up and died
But then I met you when I did
You taught me how to fly
Made me feel like a kid

We never said goodbye
We just went our separate ways
And your melody renews
Day after day

We never had it all
And we had so much more
Blankets and pillows
And cuddling on the floor

Owning every moment
Life is just a glance
Motion never ends:
The dancers and the dance

by Richard W. Bray

Pretending Away

May 29, 2022

Telling more lies
To prove you aren't a liar
Committing arson
To cover up a fire

Pretending away
Facts that burn your soul
Pretending away
Truth that takes a toll

Festering lilies
Troubles grow like weeds
Caress and fondle
The monsters that you feed

Pretending away 
The pain and the smell
Pretending away
The things you never tell

Cardboard illusions
Menageries of glass 
Forsaken future
Imaginary past

Pretending away
What everybody sees
Pretending away
Your own reality

by Richard W. Bray

the space between

May 18, 2022

Time was somewhere else
In a universe of two
Bewitched and bedazzled
There was only you

The light, the air
The space between
Charged by the sparks
That cannot be seen

Colors overflow
Molecules conspire
Angels hold their breath
And stop to admire

The light, the air
The space between
Charged by the sparks
That cannot be seen

by Richard W. Bray

I Lift My Lids

May 7, 2022

I lift my lids and all is born again.
—Sylvia Plath, Mad Girl's Love Song

So many dreams
Inside my head
Treasure and triumph
And beauty and dread
I lift my lids
To you instead

What disappeared 
Is born anew 
My moon-struck songs
Are all of you
Drops of bliss
Like morning dew

Rise and roar
And meet the world
Music until now
Unheard
My dream my life 
My thunderbird

by Richard W. Bray

Resentment is a hell of a drug

April 28, 2022

Eating breathing lies
Every day until you die

Resentment is a hell of a drug
Sweeping anger under the rug

Born with missing parts
Eight spleens and half a heart

Resentment is a hell of a drug
Pack your hatred into a shrug

Truth comes down in shards
You're bleeding pretty hard

Resentment is a hell of a drug
Metamorphize into a bug 

by Richard W. Bray

Math

April 10, 2022

Eights and sevens
Threes and twos
Math brings everything
Into view

Trapezoid, rhombus
Cubes and squares
Imagine, calculate
And compare

Fraction, cosine
Denominator
Essential tools
To make us greater

Find the difference
Plot the graph
Perceive, predict
And build with math

Engineer, geologist
Statistician, nurse
Math paints a picture
Of the universe

Tessellation
Infinity
Contemplating
Reality

by Richard W. Bray

I See You Beautiful

April 2, 2022

I see you beautiful
I see you free
I wish you had some time
To be with me

I see you beautiful
I see you true
I dream about a world
That's full of you

I'll treat you like a princess
If you give me a chance

I see you beautiful
I see you strong
I really like the way
We get along

I see you beautiful
I see you smart
I can't even say
What you do to my heart

I'll treat you like a princess
If you give me a chance

by Richard W. Bray


Tell Me on a Friday

March 27, 2022

Tell me on a Friday
If it isn't working out
Give me two days
To cry my eyeballs out

I'll arise on Monday morning
With a pile of work to do
Before I can remember
There's no more me and you

The paradise where roses bloom
Is just another lonely room

Tell me on a Friday 
When my day is done
And all my happy hopes
Can set with the sun

I'll have 48 hours
To completely fall apart
Then I'll pull myself together
And resuscitate my heart

The paradise where roses bloom
Is just another lonely room

by Richard W. Bray

the demon disappears

March 23, 2022

You need to kick his ass
That's what I'd do
I heard him talking shit
I'll be right next to you

Pouring poison in your ear
Loathing and fear
As he tries to make trouble
And sucks up your beer

You need to kick his ass
That's what I'd do
I heard him talking shit
I'll be right next to you

The dehydrated cackle
Of a thirsty vampire
Who feeds on decay
And funeral pyres

You need to kick his ass
That's what I'd do
I heard him talking shit
I'll be right next to you

As you flail in bloody folly
The demon disappears
To start endless quarrels
On through the years

You need to kick his ass
That's what I'd do
I heard him talking shit
I'll be right next to you

by Richard W. Bray

pretending

March 17, 2022

Painting pictures
Of people in your head
Inventing words
You wish they really said

Pretending
The world exists for you
Pretending
The same old lies are new
Pretending 
You don't do what you do

Tearing worlds apart
Trying to get whole
You take and take
And empty out your soul

Pretending
To pity what you hate
Pretending
That bitterness is fate
Pretending
That two plus two is eight

by Richard W. Bray