POETRY

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I love poetry.

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~I am a happy member of the NH Poetry Society.~

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Winter Coat
by Tammy Jann
© 2017

Put on your winter coat of white
jack frost is painting the world tonight
Heavy with winter you’ll gaze down below
and catch the moonlight dancing on the snow

Oh, how we’ll creak as we bend and sway
as the wind whispers how he’s longing to play
And the morning birds sing to awaken the sun
she rises and smiles, a warmer day has begun!

Little Girl Lost
by Tammy Jann
© 2016

Little girl lost, but no surprise
the vultures came when they heard your cries
they laughed at you and pecked out your eyes
what choice did you have but to believe their lies

tripping, stumbling finding your way
it’s hard to move on when it seems safe to stay
the shadows are watching you like you’re their prey
maybe it’s time to admit you’re afraid

Little girl lost, stands on the edge
an owl flew by with its wings outstretched
so wise and calm it talked you back from the ledge
and you grew the courage to keep moving ahead

back on the path, the vultures came
swooping and teasing and calling you names
but this time you laughed, and it wasn’t the same
so they flew off to find someone else to maim.

 

Heavy On My Heart
by Tammy Jann
© 2016

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The night felt heavy on my heart
the air misty and cool with rain
the moon played hide and seek with the clouds
while I was lost and alone once again

The dead leaves stirred around my feet
my destination’s unknown
and delicate threads from an intricate web
held me hostage until they were torn

A chilling breeze whispered through the trees
sounding like a suffering child
whose lonely cry shattered the sky
making my heart run wild

A shadow caught by the moonlight
was mouthing what I had heard
staring at me, a black feathered fiend
the child’s cry was sung by a bird.

I had been fooled by the wraith
that had pulled me into the wood
and now there was no one that I could save
and I sunk to the ground where I stood

the dead leaves of fall covered me
while the bird kept crying
and the night felt heavy on my heart
because the child inside was dying

Promises Broken
by Tammy Jann
© 2016

Promises broken
into little shards
that cut and pierce
my bleeding heart

Wading through slivers
of the lies you told
wishing your words
were as good as gold

Fall
by Tammy Jann
©  2016

Stripped naked, standing bare
the leaves have fallen from my hair

Making piles at my feet
their beauty lies beyond my reach

Frost came to this place
and kissed the colors upon my face

Clouds blew into my hands
when the wind begged the leaves to dance

My ears long for Mother Earth
to sweetly call for our rebirth

Sleep has come, time to dream
and wake when spring comes beckoning

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The Key
by Tammy Jann
©  2016

A hidden heart is beating underneath my bones
and its drumming rings out in maddening tones
so hurt and damaged yet goes on and on
when I wake up in the morning it’s still singing the same song

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In my head there’s a thought buried deep in my brain
if I wrote it all out you’d think me insane
so I push it back down to the depths of my mind
but it finds its way back to taunt me one more time

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The light and the dark are locked deep inside
and the depths of my soul are where they all hide
they beat at the walls and scream to be free
I would gladly unleash them if I had the key

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The Monster
by Tammy Jann
©  2016

It slips into the shadows and feeds upon your light
hunting down your spark to kill your will to fight

its mouth is dripping words that bleed into your ears
and they puddle in your soul to take control for years

the monster lives within slowly poisoning your mind
you could lose yourself forever and your running out of time

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The Noise is White
by Tammy Jann
©  2016

Step outside into the fray
arrows point, you will obey
screaming beeps and flashing signs
trapped in the lines
a slave to time

Choking on a fog of fumes
rumbling cars stuck in a queue
light is blinding, can’t take flight
the signal’s red
the noise is white

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It’s Fate
by Tammy Jann
©  2016

When the world stood still, I saw you
standing alone
for all to see
but there’s no one
no one but me
who paused

A black shadow in the daytime
energy shines
lost to their sight
except to mine
transfixed by light
they caused

the ghost of a girl in my plain sight
lost to the blind
spirit unseen
but there’s no time
to ponder dreams
can’t wait

the answers we seek are nearby
so look around
capture the wind
the call is found
where we begin
it’s fate

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A Simple Gift
by Tammy Jann
©  2016

The pencil held promise, it was such a simple gift,
but that was the point, and the purpose of it.
Excited to touch the paper and right from the start
it lept for joy across white pages, happy to make its mark.
A heart sketched out in letters of graceful loops and swirls
twisting and turning out a story in fanciful wavy curls.
Suddenly it slowed, became darker and more haunting,
pushing through deep sorrows with words of lonliness and longing.
The pencil was a simple gift and once it was engaged
it wrote the story of a heart and soul and married it to the page
and every ounce of its lead was given happily
it’s life had a purpose, to set the author free.

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The Fairy Door
by Tammy Jann
©  2016

Step into the garden and follow the path to the oldest tree
stoop down to the ground, take a look around for the peppermint leaves
the air will smell sweet as you take a seat and continue to explore
and magically it will appear, a tiny fairy door
made out of wood, inset with jewels that sparkle in the sun
a tiny ring that can be pulled to let in anyone
should you knock, stare or sit and wait for a chance to see
the welcoming eyes and to your surprise the blue skin of a winged fairy
the leaping sprite quickly takes flight and lands close to your ear
and whispers stories of garden friends who are living far and near
how they dance and sing in the joy night brings to this special place
then she flies to her home and leaves you alone with happy tears upon your face
there are wonderful dreams and magical things a garden holds in store
when you fall asleep in the peppermint sweet in front of a fairy door

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Sonnet of the Good Gard’ner
by Tammy Jann
©  2016

A gard’ner knows a flower from a weed
who plants his heart and gathers what he’s grown
grows ev’ry color in the grass so green
the beauty there is where he calls his home

rises with the sun and toils in the rain
out in the elements ’till the day’s done
working hard sowing, digging every day
feeds his soul in the garden that he loves

But the winds can change and clouds darken the sky
his light is gone, and dreams slip through his hands
poisoned land suffers flowers slowly die
return, the earth awaits your love again

Please Come back, hope will grow with just one seed
Good gard’ner plant the flowers your heart needs

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The Tree
by Tammy Jann
©  2015

In the evening, clouds were waiting
dark and gray, anticipating
to unleash a chilling rain into the breeze.

She felt the darkness of the skies
their shadows lived behind her eyes
she sought safety and comfort with the trees.

Her arms wound around its bark
squeezing tight to share her heart
her soul lightened and flew up to her lips.

The rough bark scratched her cheek
sadness grew from somewhere deep
each silent sob let salty teardrops slip.

The tree captured her tortured breaths
absorbed her sorrows, silent and wet
while returning a sense of calm to her heart.

Then with a deep and cleansing sigh
a peaceful feeling took hold inside
she’s ready to face the storm about to start.

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Garden Dance
by Tammy Jann
© 2015

Dressed in bright colors
in soft, petaled skirts
smiling up at the sun
feet planted in dirt

the wind blows a kiss
ladies start to sway
it’s time to dance
in the garden today

Buzzing partners, busy
waltzing for hours
wear stripey jackets
they court every flower

dragonflies dip and dive
butterflies join the scene
flying through the crowd
of the fancy gathering

When the dance floor dims
the girls drowsy with dew
will all gather around
in the glow of the moon

telling tales of their day
they fold their skirts down
and dream of the dawn
and more twirling around

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The Dreamer
by Tammy Jann
©  2015

She stares at paper flowers
then loses herself for hours
as she dives into her daydreams one more time

When the day slips into night
she wears a dress of white starlight
and dances in the corners of her mind

there’s ridicule and laughter
but none of that scares her
there’s safety in the pages of her book

in her world she is a queen
and one day they will believe
there’s more to her if they take another look

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Ghost
by Tammy Jann
© 2015

A silver shadow, hard to define
thin puff of smoke that clouds my mind
memory, despair, what I love most
my heart is haunted by your ghost

Soft whispers echo and brush my ear
my skin tingles feeling you are near
like waves it fills and drains my soul
my heart is haunted by your ghost

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Lonely
by Tammy Jann
©  2015

I heard the sound of my heart
in the moaning of the wind
and in the sigh of the leaves
as they fell once again

I see the tears on my face
reflecting on the window pane
and the hollow of my soul
fills up with chilling rain

it’s the lonely of the night
it’s the lonely of the dark
it’s another day without you
it’s the stillness of my heart

it’s the winter of the sun
it’s the darkness of the dawn
it’s the silence that I drown in
while the lonely lingers on

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