Ocean Goodnight Kiss, by Toni L.A. Cross

 

 

a lone wave surges, falls, and dips

sensual melting froth on ocean’s lips

stirring siren sea draped in dimming light

this brawny sun kisses her goodnight

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Midnight Eyes by Toni L.A. Cross

 

Midnight eyes in the shadows

Pinning souls to the wall

Haunting gaze strikes like arrows

 

Celestial globes hidden in hollows

Curtained dread begins to fall

Midnight eyes in the shadows

 

Swimming tears like little minnows

Bluish cast of watery pall

Haunting gaze strikes like arrows

Spilling brim of many sorrows

Watch the horrid pull enthrall

Midnight eyes in the shadows

 

In azure pain it wallows

Through blue pity it will crawl

 Haunting gaze strikes like arrows

Hear as lonely whisper billows

Listen to the keening mournful call

Haunting gaze strikes like arrows

 

Denizens of Destiny by Toni L.A. Cross

Denizens of destiny
Hearken to the call
Fear not failure’s ignominy
Grit your teeth and crawl
 
Slog through the swamp of lack
Rappel down craggy peaks of fear
Shrug doubt’s arrows off your back
Danger warns- greatness is near
 
Wait for time
When it’s time to wait
Then leap and climb
Before it’s too late
 
Bleed your dream and cry with sweat
Lest every sunset drip with regret
 
 
 

Seduction of the Night by Toni L.A. Cross

Sweet lover’s face
Forget his seduction harms
Drinking in this poisonous grace
Letting dark caresses fill this space
Suave night has charms
 
Sweet lover’s face
 
Enter in my breathing place
Tame these natural alarms
Drinking in this poisonous grace
Letting pleasure erase
Holding close with sultry arms
Sweet lover’s face
 
Speeding pulse in headlong race
Forget his seduction harms
Drinking in this poisonous grace
 
Fingers interlock and bodies interlace
Tame these natural alarms
Drinking in this poisonous grace
 
This poem is loosely based on the Villanelle Poetry Style. I took some liberties with adapting it, but for the most part, I followed the rules.
 

simply solitude. — toni l.a. cross — 2/3/10

sister’s slippers standing silent

sleeper’s solitude secure

serene stupor seizes smoothly

something sighs softly

sudden shift stirs!

sulking solemn shadows

slink shapeless

sunrise starts shimmering

songbirds sing sweetly

slumber subsides subsequently