From the Belly of the Beast

photo credit: C Searle Vortex 3 via photopin (license)

I have a strange, uneasy feeling,
A tsunami of emotion
Raining down on me.
A love/hate thing
Tearing me apart.
From the inside,
From the depths
Deep within the dark.
A wave of shadow –
Creature from my subterranean soul –
My other self, this unquiet heart.

© 2020 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

In Absentia: Part 2

photo credit: Bold Frontiers Barking Rose via photopin (license)

And between the dreaming and the waking,
I feel something in me is breaking.
For I no longer see to the other side
And the cracks just get wider and wider.
Because while it is the lies that will let me down
It is among a sea of truths that I will drown.

© 2020 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.


photo credit: bluesbby Looking at the rain via photopin (license)

This state of being
When nothing is worth believing.
When everything
Seems transitory and false.
When winter rains feel like
The only thing there has ever been.
And my mind is waterlogged,
By currents that circulate confusion.
Drip feeding that nothing will ever matter again.

© 2019 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

Take It or Leave It

photo credit: One lucky guy The Burning Fire of Fantasy 1989 via photopin (license)

Cut me to the quick
To the essence of my soul,
And you will find granite
The bedrock of my being.

Lacerate me with words
From your flame-tempered tongue
And you will find me fireproof,
As resilient I stand.

Assault me with slanders,
Attack me with hurricane winds
And you will discover
I’m the survivor of storms.

© 2019 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

Originally Published 8 February 2018

Rainy Monday

photo credit: © Axel Naud It's rainy outside.. via photopin (license)

photo credit: © Axel Naud It’s rainy outside.. via photopin (license)

I’m a child who is still growing
I’ve not gained enough experience yet.
I don’t have the level of knowing
To stand on my own feet without a helping hand
From someone who loves me.
From someone prepared to accept my fallibility.
My ability to fuck it up on an epic scale,
I can only say sorry
On those days when I don’t feel ready to be an adult.
You know, when it’s Monday and raining again.
© 2019 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.

Originally Published 20 February 2017

Internal Combustion

photo credit: Claudio Marinangeli OKIMG_9199 via photopin (license)

This engine power always
Fails me at the wrong time,
Just as I reach the hardest part of the climb.
When the destination is almost in sight,
Beyond the next incline, around the next bend.
So far, I have done everything right,
So it seems. I have come much farther than before, after all.
But still, here am I marooned so near to the end
When I have almost earned my reward. To see the place with the clearest view.

© 2019 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.


photo credit: Demmer S Walking Away via photopin (license)

Fading, failing,
Faltering footsteps. Evading
The moment of truth.

© 2019 | Frank Regan, All rights reserved.