Faint Panacea Dancing

we were dancing
when you whispered
into tickled ear:

i will be your panacea

the shivers you sent,
nearly to ground
i fell

hard, like a rock,
to the bottom
of a love i didn’t

i gather the puddle
now just fluid (i am)
reflecting your smile
and eyes that i read

to read:

i haven’t even started
yet, my dear.


~ Emily C.



**I combined the last 3 WP prompts: panacea, faint and dancing, into one.



pardon my absence
you don’t need me here
whiteboards and black ink
notebooks and pens

seats around cold table
ties tightened about necks
sweating water glasses
buns reverse aged skin

you stole my proxy
I never signed yes
decide for me, will you?
away my heels click

the safety you feel
seeing my empty chair
an illusion of power
instead you should dread

when group vote goes down
this voice usurped, stolen
I’ll take my memos
shout your truth outdoors

pardon my sarcasm, but
my signature your fraud,
you should have known better…
watch the news come 5 o’clock

~ Emily C.


**This is the WordPress Daily Prompt for the word: Proxy.  Not an easy one, but I tried to think creatively. My cognitive strength has been tapped from all the vestibular fatigue for a while, and I need some nudging.   And if you have any topic requests for poems, let me know. I used to do requests for fun, and they were a great challenge and I produced some gems for people that I may not have written otherwise.

Stranger Again

let me be a stranger again.

forget what you think you know.

my words recede from memory,

your image ceases to glow.

free my soul from reverie.

release past to forgotten time.

all night stars are daydreams that die,

away from home, all hearts fly.

remember not my name in stone.

don’t think of me at night.

and when you see me again,

it will be with new delight.

~ Emily C. 


From Sea to Stars

from sea to stars,
salty sand to empty sky,
trace my veins inward out.

there — your code
s c a t t e r e d
in the DNA of time,

of mine.

fingers trace the trench,
cut on shattered shells,
blood black water still
until I
kick —

swirls ocean’s perpetual night,
finding you
g, now

muddy heart darkened.

i brought the light…
by floating moonbeams
i’ll climb us up. you see,
surface awaits our breech.

i’ll take us
to the moon,

we’ll dry off.

~ Emily C. 10.25.17


you found your way back into my soul, how…

this long lost traveler, long lost love tore

waves were waved and goodbyes relayed

bags packed for a forever that would never stay

watched you leave, cried on your living grave

made my peace, learned what open love gave

lit a torch in my cave during heart’s bloody rain

yet let go of hope for rescue that never came

as time ran forward like a wayward deer

sprinting through forest hell bent on being free

earth spun in sunken eyes, drunk on toxic tears

jaded by pain, not to believe again, I disappear

blending into the mold in the meadow

tread upon by passing bedfellows

wondering where you flew

to see you alight, aglow

upon my torch raised

drop to knees

I blow it out
light floods in
lead me

~ Emily C. 10.20.17

Some Fights

some fights are silent
some roars you can’t hear
some nights leave scars
some days birth fear

courage comes each sunrise
bravery in the dark
while you are sleeping pretty
I’ll be swinging a punch

in dreams, I plan my attack
which way to focus aim
how my feet will land
in morning’s sweet refrain

you run about your day
in automated normalcy
you think you know my way
while I confront my enemy

fear may fright my veins
and keep me on the cliff
but willingly I’ll face
my fate and my what-ifs

for only by standing fast
where I feel my very worst
can my faulty feet
learn to walk once again

some fights are mere moments
some roars are salty tears
some nights bring peace
some days birth falling heroes 


~ Emily C. 10.19.17