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Sunday, August 17, 2008


Dagger words thrown back and forth:
and troubled.
"Do you hear me?"
"Shut up!"
and revisited.
Ignoble words that cut and bleed:
Heavy with vile intention.
tsk--the final word:
and regrattable.

©2008 b.cisek

spat (noun): 1chiefly dialet :slap; 2:a brief petty quarrel of angry outburst; 3:a sound like that of rain falling in large drops
definition taken from merriam-webster online

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


This little girl was under-aged
and felt as though she was thoroughly caged-
in by society's moral gauge,
or so her parents' claimed in their middle age,
that little girls mustn't rage--
at least not until they come of age.

She knew though that her chronological age
didn't quite match her emotional stage,
not that this was enough to assuage
the burning rage engaged
within her heart poured onto her diary page.
"Fight," the one word on the title page,
followed by a lengthy plan to upstage
her feeble parents in their middle age,
who earned a trifle in minimum wage.

Her plan was to solicit the wild sage
who lived behind a theater stage
and profited thus from burning rage...
or so the ad said on the yellow page.
"No worries," his tone assuaged,
"I'll help you find the courage to upstage
your parents who seem stuck in the victorian age."

In cover of night they met backstage.
"Oh my," thought the sage,
"This girl indeed doesn't look her age!"
Before he knew it, someone was ravaged,
though which of the two was the savage
was hard to tell for he was wild and she was enraged.
In the end, all that mattered was that
in deed and thought and language,
there's no more denying that she's come of age.
And all her rage assuaged.

©2006 b.cisek

assuage (v. i.): To abate or subside; (v. t.): To soften, in a figurative sense; to allay, mitigate, ease, or lessen, as heat, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult; to satisfy, as appetite or desire.
definition taken from The Online Plain Text English Dictionary

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


this day, set aside for lovers
like you and me,
sitting across from each other
at dinner, amidst seventy other couples
who wear the same smiles as though
Cupid's many arrows, shot
out like random fireworks, had purposefully
hit just one and luckily that one
was me.
how is it that you and I can feel
like the world has fallen away,
peeling its many layers to reveal
only ripeness
in the fruit we've nurtured
and nevermind that we no longer
hear the bustle of people around us,
nor do we pretend to veer our eyes elsewhere
but right here, in each other
because today, as with the day we met,
that is enough.

©2006 b.cisek

Monday, February 13, 2006


Politics are futile
and religious topics are often banal.
Problems are for shrinks,
and matters of love require more drinks.
We're back to the weather then
and to this I sigh, amen.

©2006 b.cisek

ban·dy (bnd) tr.v. ban·died, ban·dy·ing, ban·dies: To toss or throw back and forth. To hit (a ball, for example) back and forth. To give and receive (words, for example); exchange: The old friends bandied compliments when they met. To discuss in a casual or frivolous manner: bandy an idea about.
definition courtesy of Dictionary.com

Sunday, February 12, 2006


donning a made up face
to start a bad,
bad day
a painted smile is all I could do.
a penny or two
is all I have
but eye the foofaraw in my garb.
don't guess its worth --
not much to safely presume --
but it's what I have,
and what's more...
well, let's leave that
to imagination.

©2006 b.cisek

foo·fa·raw ('fü-f&-"ro), noun: 1 : frills and flashy finery; 2 : a disturbance or to-do over a trifle : fuss
definition taken from merriam-webster online

Saturday, February 11, 2006


This morning,
on the other side of a hangover,
I imagined telling you
last night that I loved you.
Don't worry darling,
it was the alcohol speaking.
It's not that I would lie to bed you
(so sorry to have misled you),
but the wine stirs in me these funny feelings
as though pain took off with all my baggage
and left only fond memories to play in.
Do ignore the talk of love
and all the many strings it comes with.
The bed's still warm and waiting.
And while you're up,
get me a drink, why don't you.

©2006 b.cisek

for-ni-ca-tion, noun: 1. consenting sex involving somebody unmarried: sexual intercourse between two consenting adults who are not married to each other; 2. sexual behavior considered immoral: in the Bible, sexual intercourse between a man and woman who are not married, or any form of sexual behavior considered to be immoral
definition taken from MSN Encarta Dictionary

Friday, February 10, 2006


he plainly said
as if I could
pick up that shattered
piece of broken
freely given him.
and I dashed out
a wet rag:
a hag in tears
that's worse for wear.
and I was
wrung out
a hundred times
over, left
in the space

©2006 b.cisek

per·di·tion (p&r-'di-sh&n), noun: 1 a archaic : utter destruction b obsolete : loss; 2 a :b eternal damnation : hell
definition courtesy of merriam-webster online