I Spy (An Optimist)

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Twelve months of summer,
Chasing sunshine the whole of your life.
Everyday a battle against
The drab monochrome
That your parents brought you into.
Seeing silver linings even there in the gutter;
Sensing the stars when lost in the clouds.
Never closing your mind to the hope in their eyes
And never shutting out their ray of light.
© 2018 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.


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Everything about you is secrets,
Night flights and summer rain.
Everything is motion,
Fleeting notions and make-believe.
From the beguiling beginnings
To the moment you slip away,

For you were there and then you were gone.
For one moment you were golden,
Wrapped in a silken web.
I watched you sleep

Your head resting beside me on this pillow,
Until I blinked. Then like night you dissolved
Leaving only the bitter magics in your wake
And the loneliness of the cold light of day.
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Earning a Future

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Do we exist?
Do we have a right to exist?
If the sun sets on this stormy night
Do we have a guarantee that it will rise
Come tomorrow morning?
In this post-apocalyptic wasteland
Is there a niche carved out for us,
A temperate zone; blanket to wrap about our forms?
© 2018 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

Old Souls

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Seems like I’ve been dragging around this old soul
Like there is a part of me
That remembers days long passed by.
And in mockery of Atlas the Titan,
This old soul occasionally bends low
As if weighed down beneath all of time.

I feel this old soul looking at me occasionally,
Perhaps it knows something I don’t.
Mocking me as I headlong crash down
Beneath the waves
Where the old soul has crashed down before.
As we dance together in a figure eight for eternity.

© 2018 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.


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Will you smile for me?
One more time,
Will you smile?
Will you make the earth shake?
With a laugh that quakes
The ground beneath my feet.

Will you offer up a moment,
For the moments that we’ve shared?
Do you care? Do you give a damn?
Or are you just leaving
Letting all the doors slam,
Without a backward glance.
© 2018 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

But Inside I’m Laughing

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New shine civilisation.
Clean shirt, striped tied
Uniformed nation.
Gonna leave me here
Until I die.

Boot shine occupation
Bended knee to dead-boss Eye,
Emotional starvation.
On the vine.
© 2018 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

Shadow of a Girl

There was a girl
Between the earth and the sky,
Shadow of a girl
Like a bird she did fly.

There was a girl
I spied between moon and sun,
But when I looked again
That girl had gone.

There was a girl
I saw across the lake,
But when I reached out for her
From the dream I did wake.
© 2018 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.