Anything but Nothing

When ceilings were cast on dreams
air thickened, swelling lungs
with unbreathable mediocrity

pen is clutched
in reluctance of dim witted judgement,
small minded skewed views,
all pushing towards
Oprah Book Club fame
under a midwestern bubble.
That trophy would shine
like the second hand cars surrounding

When ceilings were cast on dreams
a terrified scream evaded me
as lips were bit in the traditional
small town offend-me-not fashion,
my pen faultered and died…

Fear is passion disapating into lonely corners
accepting it’s quiet demise
Never realizing sea breeze or sunrise
alive and never living
while calendar pages fly by abandoning

Regret is for mourning souls
past possibilities of redirection
and compromise
I break westward stepping over spilled milk
toward angular man made mountains

Now the pond fish evolution begins
as I swim in bigger waters
insignificant and loving it
feeling anonymity breed inhibition
and onward to infamy

toward my name etched in spines
and altitudes I make my own

I was trapped. Feeling the constriction of small minded /small town life, I knew I had to run or accept the road ahead of me. I moved to Chicago a few months ago to change the pace. This is the beginning of my journey…


life, ambition


  • Hathor
    Hathoralmost 5 years ago

    woohoo! yeah! cheers my old friend, glad you made it here.:)
    this kicks ass – i did the same thing, embracing change and the new clean breeze that comes with it is so refreshing, and rejuvanating. love it!

  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesalmost 5 years ago

    Oh wow! This one kicks ass! You have no idea how much I feel this! Damn I wish I could swim in bigger waters. This small town narrow mindedness is like a abscess tooth.
    I’m happy you grew stronger wings and flew the heck out of there.

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    – Steve Voorhees

  • TannerRagland
    TannerRaglandalmost 5 years ago

    sometimes i know what its like to want anything but nothing

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