Closet Confession by Toni Cross

Safe in darkness
Hiding here
Amongst the clothes
of yesteryear
My place of silent
solitude
Haven where none
will intrude
I hide from life
I hide from self
Beneath the shoes
up on the shelf
Closed in by dust
and memories
I freely breathe
where no one sees

Free Fall by Toni L.A. Cross

All the things I should have said

These choices I can’t put to bed

Feeling trapped inside my mind

Making all but memory blind

I’m dying here inside my head

From wishing that I wasn’t dead

I’m falling- losing altitude

It’s so much more than just a mood

I grope through every word I’ve read

I try to reach for hope instead

My spirit lets out one last gasp

Peace is here within my grasp

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Not Here… by Toni L.A. Cross

Perfect, innocent thing

so helpless and young

swaddled in my womb

my mind imagines you so perfectly

and my heart wishes you here so desperately

that sometimes I almost think it is so

Soft, downy thing

so tiny and warm

nestled against my breast

my senses conjure you so perfectly

and my soul dreams of you so desperately

that sometimes I almost think you never left

Seedling… by Toni L.A. Cross

 

Impatiently stirring in darkness

a seed in the womb of the earth

stretching and yearning and slowing unfurling

searching and searching for light

 

Casting off the veil of its seedhood

shedding the skin of its youth

budding and bursting and suddenly thirsting

searching and searching for light

 

Knowing not what it might be

caring not where it might sprout

growing and reaching and rapidly moving

searching and searching for light

 

Thrusting itself towards the heavens

bare newborn covered in dew

hoping and dreaming and artlessly scheming

searching and searching for light