"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Thursday, December 30, 2010


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Winter walks in its icicle boots
through the gray morning
leaving tufted snow footprints.

Hot chocolate smiles
decorate frosted glass
as children peer out windows.

The brown grass of yesterday
hides under piles of snowflakes,
their glitter blinding the eye.

First snow a celebration,
voices cry, “Come see,
Mother Nature is dressed in white!”

©Susie Clevenger 2011
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Christmas Is Over

Christmas is over
Tinsel dulled
Ornaments broken
Ribbons tangled
Smiling photographs
Reminding me
We were happy

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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Absence of Sun

Sun shine in me again
I am afraid of the dark.
My soul is wandering
without a light to
lead it.


Sunshine has left my soul
I sit in the dark kicking
the dust stirred by my grief.

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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I Love You Diminished

The grandeur of
I love you
By the hand
At a cell phone
Leaving it
A minimalist
Luv U

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Profanity

The profanity
Of a belief system
That spreads fear
By judging
Skin color
Weapons gathered
To fight a war
Where all
Flesh will
Turn red

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You Are the Sun

You are the sun,
illuminate yellow
marching through
the darkness in me.

My soul walks
out of its solitude
to breathe the fresh air
of your encouragement.

Your words rattling
the chains of my secrets,
their metallic noise
ringing in my ears.

My ghosts retreat
in your sunshine,
afraid I will evict them
when strengthened
by your freedom song.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Serengeti

The Serengeti,
its beauty
the contemporary
postcard of scenery
The grandeur of migration heard
in the hooves of Wildebeest
and Zebra.
An ancient ecosystem
holding its breath
it will remain unmarred
by its guardians.
But rumbles of greed
vibrate the land.
Progress desires
to plow a road
through paradise.
The cell phone
in the pocket of man
ringing death.
Humanity would
rather hear a ring tone
than the call of the wild.

Susie Clevenger 2011
In the pursuit of financial gain there are plans to build a highway through the Serengeti. The reason:  coltan, a metal vital to the production of cell phones and computers. 
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Monday, December 27, 2010


Where is the magic
Of your days
If you cease to dream

There is a dream knocking
Open your heart
And welcome it home


Dreams are the diamonds
That sparkle in your soul


I am a dreamer
I see yes
When the world
Is covered in no


I dream with my heart open


Why shouldn’t I dream
Someone needs to remove
Impossible from the dictionary


Dreams are my wings
To carry me away
From those who
Have stopped dreaming

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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Hours A Parade

Days have passed
in sunrise and moon.
Their hours a parade
marching across my soul.
Time has passed too quickly.
Life has no rewind.
My quilt of calendar pages
growing with each day.
Each square stitched
with the thread
of my memories.

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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Word's Cold

Betrayal’s confession
Words cold
Their frosty breath
Hanging in the air
Love now
A winter landscape
Leaving the heart frozen in ice

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A New Year

A new year
Upon which
I can place
The hope
That my
Will not
Follow me
With the
Turning of
The calendar

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Love Is Not Prepackaged

Why do you think love
should come prepackaged
and all you have to do
is open it and pop it
into your heart like
it is a frozen dinner?

Love springs from a seed
planted in the heart,
full of first moments,
a glance, a kiss, a touch.

It is the change that
turns selfishness into generosity.
Love shares the ecstasy of joy.
Helps to carry the burden of sorrow.

It is the emotion that brings
the strong to tears,
gives the timid a voice,
leaves the verbose speechless.

Love is not a microwave emotion
where you can program it,
push a button and its done.
It takes rolling up the sleeves of your heart
to tend love’s garden to watch it grow.

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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Inspiration's Cat and Mouse




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Monday, December 20, 2010

What Does Bitterness Taste Like

What does bitterness taste like
I know how it feels
Your fangs struck with
A list of my supposed offenses
Sending venom through the
Arms that were always
There to lift you up

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

My Heart

My heart will never
stare with vacant eyes
rocking in a chair
draped in winter memories.
Love will have it
dancing in the street,
eyes twinkling,
dressed in a summer smile.

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

I Held A Lottery

I held a lottery and my creditors won
Their hand plucking my earnings
Before the ink was dry on my check

I live in the land of plenty
Where it takes plenty to live
My cost of living beyond
The green coming through my door

My selfish heart does not want
To live a simpler life
I would rather stress about
Trying to have it all

Telephones, televisions, gadgets galore
A new car, new boat, new house
A gardener, a maid, a psychiatrist
All paid for with plastic money

Exhausted I eat I sleep I work
A rat race I keep running
Trying to earn enough money
To hold another lottery
Already knowing who will win

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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Sunday, December 12, 2010


Boredom cuts with its dull blade
Cutting away life’s enthusiasm
Slices of creativity fall to scatter
Across the mind leaving a puzzle
With no desire to connect the pieces

Tedium’s eyes stare blank
No light shining behind shuttered eyelids
Moments repeated exactly as those before
In a listless spiral the spirit plummets

Apathy has plenty of solitude
It does not attract companionship
Enthusiasm seeks sunshine
Not the gray clouds of indifference

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Soul Stained

My soul stained ebony
I haven’t the means to clean it
A reminder of my sins
This fingerprint of my past
Presses upon my spirit
My heart wanting
To confess but my mind
Screams you can’t face
The consequences

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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Hope Breathes Faintly

The cradle is robbed to find soldiers
to march off to a war,
cherub faces dying in battles
while greed profits from
weapons that spill blood.

An enemy has a face of all colors,
evil a passport stamped inhumane.

Doves carry backpacks labeled fragile.
Their road to peace
blocked by bombed bridges.

Can there be a victor
when the world is covered in blood?

Hope breathes faintly,
a weak heartbeat in the
chest of those praying for
a tomorrow without war

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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I Hear the Rain

I hear the rain on my window
almost like it is asking to come in,
its watery fingers knocking on the glass.

Thunder grumbles in the distance
walking ever closer with
with its cane of lighting bolts.

I sit my heart broken glass in my chest
cutting my soul into pieces,
the artery of trust severed.

The downpour outside my door
feels the tempest inside of me,
wailing its sympathy in the wind.

In lightening flash the storm
and I share communion.
Mother Nature’s tears join with mine

Huddled in the darkness
I thank her for her empathy,
a sisterhood of heartbreak sharing pain.

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Why Am I Here

I stare at the sky,
infinity layered in stars.
The reason I am here
must be somewhere
beyond the Milky Way.
I know the answer is not
in the moon smiling at me.

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My Heartbeat a Lullaby

Lie your head upon my heart
Let its beating be a lullaby
To comfort and bring sleep

Peace wooed by heartstrings
Come carry my love to dreamland
Daylight’s candle snuffed by the moon

Eyelashes flutter with feathery kiss
Slumber comes with sweet sigh
My heart song playing until morning

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Friday, December 10, 2010

I Lie Down In Tears

I lie down in tears,
my heart broken,
but my resolve certain.
The pain at saying goodbye
less affliction than
to have my spirit die
by remaining with you.

I had buried myself under
what you wanted,
building you up,
while tearing myself down.

I can not be your salvation,
my sacrifice never enough.
The road to your healing
must take steps through
the hell I had no part in.

I toss and turn among questions
as to what my future will bring,
but I am taking my second chance.
Life began again with my goodbye.

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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We Are Tiny Pieces

We are tiny pieces of the universe.
A puzzle forming a picture
our eyes can not fully see,
Our edges shaped by life.
We are not connected
by our uniformity
but by our difference.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I Saw Music Drown

Rain relentless,
the river is rising.
We will be fine,
it has never flooded
here before.

Sky still dark,
the rain keeps falling.
How long can
the river stay
from my door?

Wait! I hear music,
instruments playing
in the wind.
I don’t recognize
the tune.

The Cumberland
has spilled over
its banks.
The music
is not in the wind;
it is coming down river.

History changed,
it is flooding here.
Violin, guitar, mandolin
are swallowed in its surge.

Death is in the river,
but I am safe.
I will forever remember
the day I saw music drown.

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Do You Know Love

Do you know love
How it feels
What it tastes like
The perfume of it

A warm intoxication
That floods through
Your veins
Heating your soul

Breath that catches
In the throat
A delicious surrender
Of all you are
Into the hands of another

Love is beautiful
It walks with you
When the sun is shining
And carries you
In the darkness

Time or heaven
Can not say
All that love is
It is the glory of today
The majesty of infinity

Love doesn’t seek
An explanation
It wants only to
Touch the heart
A question simple
Yet is asks everything
Do you know love

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Conformity Not My Path

A path before me
Well marked
Followed by
So many
Security in
Guiding my
Feet to walk it

My spirit holds
Its breath
Surely I
Who can
Be a parade of one
Would not
Choose conformity

I take a step
To only veer
From the known path
My feet creating
An avenue where
No one has walked
My soul singing
Come follow ME

©Susie Clevenger 2010
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A Gold Circle

A gold circle
No beginning
No end
I am his
He is mine
Vows before God
Until death
Do us part
Until deception
Tarnished love
Turning forever
Into temporary

©Susie Clevenger 2011
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