Watch Me Fly
 
everyone with demands
wits end if you do
damned if you don’t
not enough of me
to go around
trying to stay sound
crawled into a cocoon
wove myself out of sight
right out of everyone’s lifewatch me fly
right into the dwelling
of my own desires
set on fire
watch me burn
satisfying all I yearn
no more holding back
no advice given ear
living without fear
need no validation
or approval
life is my own
I call the shots
I tell you all
make your own path
on an axis of your choosing
leave beggars
naysayers
critical peers
let them bury their own souls
create your destiny
leave the others to mutiny
if you listen to all
life will be stalled
and the regret 
will be your own
so give no heed
to those who would bleed
your soul
no one can make you whole
you alone create
the banquet plate
delicacies of life
regardless of the strife
of preparation
make your declaration
now is the time
life can be sublime
it’s now
do or die
taking back my wings
watch me fly
 
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Heartbreak is Heading Your Way
 
do you find my anguish laughableheartbreak
that my emotions were deep and vulnerable
you were able to crucify my heart
 
don’t think yourself so smart
everyone stumbles over love
heartbreak will arrive when least expected
even the carefree finally fall in love 
to suffer the anguish most violently
 
it is the scoundrels such as yourself
who blame and become embittered 
when the heartbreak blow is struck
yet such will be your luck 
 
it is when the blade pierces your heart
you’ll fall to your knees when love departs
realization will strike a might blow
you’ll wish you had never let me go 
 
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To A Unknown Dream
 
woke up in a sweat
terror running thru my blood
body trembles
like a rumbling earthquake
 
what is this nightmare
left me shaken
I cannot recall
 
dream
 
how do I escape
my slumberous self
will this nightmare return
to do me more harm
 
so I bleed this fear
cry some tears
calm my edges
with a poem
to an unknown dream
 
 
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Love’s Extraordinary Dream
 
it’s an ordinary life
living together as onelove's dream
monday begins work week humdrum
tuesday settles into routine 
wednesday laundry, thursday shop
friday gearing down for saturday fun
sunday ice cream with cherries on top
 
but oh how special the nights 
romance in the air and all is right
you and I under the moonlite
held in your arms
a lover’s delight
seduced by your charms
vanquished lonely nights
 
you always by my side
love in your eyes
passion that abides
adoration filled with pride
trust in your stride
daily growing as a team
transforms life’s ordinary ride
into love’s extraordinary dream 
 
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Halloween
 
 
agitated is the nighthalloween
stormed by a breed barbaric
 
ritual dance, wildly delirium
evil apparition in a bonfire light
 
bloodlust is the creed set on
hallowing saints of yore
seeking a sacrifice to bleed
 
Halloween night time to recede
indoors is safety this wicked night
till the moon gods slumber
 
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Mischief Night
 
out of the darkness
once upon a midnight
from indigo void
appeared a light
 
out of the darkness
causing a fright
a haunting howl
a voice in the night
 
out of the darkness
my shoulder alight
branch-like fingers
my cells felt the blight
 
out of the darkness
 
out of the darkness
is this a wight
out to harm me
perhaps just a sprite
 
out of the darkness
prepared to take flight
a whisper of assurance
‘fear not, all is right’
 
out of the darkness
a figure in sight
recognition a friend
playing tricks on mischief night
 
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Posted in response to a prompt on ‘repitition’ @ dverse  
 
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Get Out of the Rut With a Road Trip
 
If you find yourself in a rut, life is the same old rerun take a road trip.  A different horizon, if even for only a few days, can clear your head, lift your spirits, fill you with a new perspective, and present challenge. 
 
If you’re city born and bred, a road trip through wide open spaces will blow your mind. You develop an appreciation for how much open country there is when you drive through the plains in Texas, the plateaus of New Mexico, Rocky mountains of Colorado and desert of Arizona.
 
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Olathe, Ks


I’ve always opted for road trips rather than flying as my means of travel. Having road tripped the majority of the U.S. countryside, I have been able to observe the differences in the terrain from state to state. Not only countryside varies but each state has culture peculiarities. I have driven through horrendous hail storms in Arkansas, drove the outskirts of a tornado in Kansas, experienced a blinding dust storm in Arizona, watched tumbleweeds cross my path on a Texas highway. A powerful roar of the ocean as rolling waves beat down on the shores edge along a seaside road on a moonlit night was my music  on the western coast of Florida. Each event is a wonder that fills up your senses and recaptures your youth.
 
Undergo the historical landmarks, and dissimilar architecture of different cultures and geographical locations. Some places are so steeped in the country’s history that you can almost sense the characters of generations past, experiencing their triumphs and defeats. Another amusing facet of road trips are the names of towns and streets and the history behind those names. Some of these places have local legends that will make your blood run cold.
 
To fully enjoy and educate yourself a road trip does not have to be a three day trip as the one I recently embarked on. Short road trips within your state to a historical or recreational landmark can be just as exhilarating.
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Granite Mountains Prescott Valley, Arizona


Pack up an ice chest with drinks, fruit and sandwiches, or carry energy bars, granola and dried fruit and venture out on the free flowing road with a destination in view. Don’t forget the camera and plenty of batteries. 
 
So, the next time you find yourself bored and living the same daily rerun, break the routine with a road trip. At the very least you will arrive home educated, inspired, with a new perspective and lots of pictures and stories to share. 
 
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This article was in response to the prompt “Journey” @ dverse
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As the Willow Weeps
 
 
strolled the twisted garden path
early dawn, faint luminance parting clouds
hazy shadows in the morning mist
your spirit felt in a wispy reverie
 
as the willow weeps
 
fettered emotions broke free
river of tears as memories wept
dispirited bosom hanging low
mourning love as the willow weeps
 
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Written for Quadrille night for the prompt ‘early’ @ dverse
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Illusion of Beauty Versus Ugly
 
physical beauty is an illusion
transitory in nature
what appears as physical beauty 
can change in a heartbeat
actions of an individual
reveals ugliness or beauty
regardless of physical attributes
 
have you ever met someone
at first glance 
beautiful to your eyes
in a short time
unkind actions, abusive speech
at second glance  
beauty has turned to ugly
 
 
 
too often one who did not
possess a physical beauty
when first glanced upon
through the loving actions
of their heart and mind
soon physical appearance
like a caterpillar 
becomes the butterfly 
resplendence of the inner soul 
becomes the outer beauty
 
 
look not with your physical eyes
if you are looking for genuinine beauty
physical appearance is a mirage
true beauty is often hidden
in a protective shell of unsightliness
requires time and a second look
 
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This poem is written for dverse for the prompt of  ‘beauty in ugliness’. 
 
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The Gift
 
walking in the park 
spied a woman on a bench
 
I felt her pain
walked over to inquire
 
‘my life is worthless’ she exclaimed
seeking peace from family woes
 
offered aid and hope
giving light to darkness
 
saved her that day
she called me angel
 
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My birthname was Dora Ann, my father called me Doran and that stuck into adulthood. I write under the name of Dorianna. The name Dora and all its derivatives means ‘gift’ or ‘gift of god’. The story above is true and not an isolated incident, in fact, that sort of thing happens quite often. I’ve suffered many hardships in my life and it has given me the gift of empathy and understanding enabling me to help those in emotional distress.
 
This poem was written in answer to a prompt at dverse to write a poem about the meaning of our name.
 
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