promise by Toni L.A. Clegg

dreams so fragile

mere molecules of dust

floating amid infinite doubt

hope so brittle

spun like blown glass

shimmering vulnerably

promise so surreal

sprouting from ashy soil

watered with many tears

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Not What I Thought It Would Be by Toni L.A. Clegg

Tomorrow is never a guarantee

This truth is present and weighty

Time is ticking towards thirty

This future I cannot quite see

Finds me, now a divorcee

In this strange land where I’m oddly free

It’s not what I thought it would be

Married again, a mother wannabe

Yet I pause here in place like a lonely tree

Unmoved by the wind and the whispering sea

Missing my pain like an amputee

 

depth perception… by Toni L.A. Cross

you think you see me
so clear
because you think I let
you near
I’m hiding in plain sight
my dear
the brightest smile and not
a tear
so bravely hiding
every fear
it’s all about how deep
you peer

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