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dj.portner

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dj.portner (United States) published:

"Roses In My Lungs"

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A witch came into my life,
She opened her mouth and cast a spell--
            “Hello”

You were not meant to be like this,
Biting straight through bone with too-sharp teeth,
All gunsmoked eyes and bullets behind your tongue
With diamond skin and a molten gold core
Born and forged by war,
            where is that garden now?

I am a poet,
Descriptor extraordinaire--
Letters are my paintbrush
The world my canvas.
Bold and gleaming words brush against the page,
Yet...

over 3 years ago

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dj.portner (United States) published:

"On the Other Hand"

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Every night before I rest my head,
my hand reaches out to grasp something--
anything--
but all I feel is air.
unwelcome constellations pour from my eyes,
for the wings sprouting from my chest have rot
and all the longing in the world
cuts in deep.

Water spills over blood,
a tangy taste
of salt and iron--
wounds from a losing war against my own heart.
Tearstained pillows and sheets drenched with sweat
are my spoils.

shooting through like lightening, ...

over 3 years ago

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dj.portner (United States) published:

"A Modern Tale"

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Bite it; savor it; devour me whole. Sisters in spirit, now sisters in blood and anguish. Lift the weight of prophecy clogging my throat and taste the divine between my teeth. Bear the agony pulsing underneath my skin.

Inspired messages sprawled across the city walls--they say “vandalism”; I say “service”. Alley fights and nightmares trail after me, but yielding is not an option. Paranoia has become my faithful companion, a careful eye tracking every unnatural face. Addiction, my mistress, slips...
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over 3 years ago

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dj.portner (United States) published:

"A Godly Scorn"

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I am
Immortal
You say,
And yet, you know nothing.

Your feeble mind could never grasp
The eternity of my existence.
Your pitiful veil of retention could never
Hold a candle to what I have seen;
To the influence I hold over your world.

Have you seen the birth of time?

Have you peered deep into the darkness--
No--further back
Before there was Darkness.

Before the first rays of light fell upon the atoms of creation,
You met my eyes...

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over 3 years ago

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dj.portner (United States) published:

"Wicked Witch"

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Give me your respect; I am a woman!
Even my shadow is a projection worthy of praise.
I have a story in my heart and you WILL listen.
I am the wicked witch; children are told to flee,
And I am feared.

I have a voice and my story will be told.
Do you know what I have suffered?
My hands do.
My heart bears the scars of a million battles,
All fought in silence and cold.

My eyes have...
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over 3 years ago

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dj.portner (United States) published:

"Best of Times"

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Keep your peace.

I will take the seed
Of our rebellious spirit
To plant in the souls of those
Not yet born.

To leave behind a legacy
Of pain and war
Would be a most wondrous glory.
We need a world filled of blood and sweat;
Pain and passion; tooth and nail--
To train our sons as warriors,
Our daughters to rise as leaders.
Their first word shall be a resounding, earth-shattering ‘NO!

Passion will be their strength, ...

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over 3 years ago

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