Between Dusk and Dawn (Writing as Curiosity)

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BETWEEN DUSK AND DAWN
 
If I should die
In the hours between
Dusk and dawn when
The silence of howling sea breezes
And melancholy of chirping crickets
Prevail—
I will sing a song of contentment
While sipping from a hot cup of tea
In my grandpa’s old rocking chair
By the open window.
 
© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity

Solace (Writing as Black Angel)

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Solace

To tune out the horrid sounds
of the outside world,
I will do anything!
It should be outlawed to openly discuss
celebrity tweets and political scandals.
Well, at least outside of coffee shops,
sports bars on Super Bowl Sunday,
and crowded Irish pubs on St. Patrick’s Day.
Such extraneous talk is not worth absorption.
I’ll settle for a dingy gray hoodie,
Beats headphones
blaring a symphony of Marshall Mathers
my encomium transmitters
of pertinent information
an outlet from impurity and bullshit.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Black Angel

Never Fade Away (Writing as Curiosity)

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Never Fade Away
Never fade into the abyss
Never drift in the breeze like a falling leaf.
Always rise above avalanches of distraction
Always drift with direction.
Never fade like the last rays of daylight
Never drift on a broken sailboat in shallow waters.
Always shine brightly in the imminence of darkness
Always captain your ship during treacherous storms.
Never fade with the most impossible of ambitions
Never drift on your disbelief.
Always cling to your hopes and dreams
Always savor each victory like fine wine.
Never fade and never waver
Never drift and never fold.
Always shine and always stand sturdy
Always have purpose and always win.
© 2013 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity

Disadvantage (Writing as Black Angel)

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DISADVANTAGE
My freedom to scribe is my only effect.
Without it, I border the shores of insanity.
I cling to it like a newborn to its mother.
Without it, I park my emotions on the nearest pier
and sit, wallowing in the thousands of tiny regrets
that devour me on a daily basis.
They have eaten so much that decayed bones
are all that remain of my true self.
There is a war that looms ahead, I can sense it.
I stand on one side with my pen ready to bludgeon.
A thousand qualms oppose me, ready to strike.
And my freedom to scribe is thrust in the middle,
playing the role of peacemaker.
© 2014 by Charles banks, Jr.
Writing as Black Angel
Excerpt from Burdens
Published by Spilt Ink Poetry

Flee (Writing as Black Angel)

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FLEE

I am slipping
deeper and deeper
into this asylum
I call it my mind.

How do I escape?
Long enough to grab a smoke
and catch a fresh breath.
I promise to return once my time is up.

But the sun sets on my optimism
and the dusks of reality cascade over me.

I am slipping
deeper and deeper
into this windowless room
I call it my misery.

© 2014 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Black Angel
Excerpt from Burdens
Published by Spilt Ink Poetry.

Just How (Writing as Black Angel) Excerpt from “Burdens”

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JUST HOW

How am I supposed to reach for the sky
When I know a storm lurks in the distance?

How do I entrust my faith in a God
When uncertainty always overpowers me?

How am I supposed to French kiss with life
When the thrill of adultery has vanished?

How do I embody a father’s dream
When doubt sinks me like the Titanic?

How am I supposed to appreciate fireworks
When I am blind to color?

How do I trust in a desert visual
When I know that mirages exist?

How am I supposed to believe in love
When it hurts so unbearably to trust?

How do I reach out to a sick mother
When forgiveness escapes me?

© 2014 by Charles banks, Jr.
Writing as Black Angel

Excerpt from “Burdens.”
Published by Spilt Ink Poetry

Bittersweet Blizzard (Writing as Black Angel)

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Bittersweet Blizzard
 
Such chaotic intrusions—
 
Loud voices
Antagonize me
With the intent to dispirit.
 
An abrupt suspension—
 
Hushed voices
Soothe me
With a massage of comfort.
 
© 2013 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Black Angel

Concrete Promises: $5.00 Now through the New Year!

Concrete Promises, the first installment in the Spilt Ink Poetry Collection, is on sale for a discounted $5.00 per book price now until January 1, 2014! You can purchase the e-book version over on Lulu.com or search “Concrete Promises” on eBay.com. You can also pay through Paypal.com for signed printed copies. Just send payments to spiltinkpoetry@hotmail.com and leave your mailing address! Also, if you purchase two copies at $5.00, one comes free! Shipping is free… of course!

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Concrete Promises: By Charles Banks, Jr. (Writing as Curiosity). Published by Spilt Ink Poetry; July, 2013.

Concrete Promises: By Charles Banks, Jr. (Writing as Curiosity). Published by Spilt Ink Poetry; July, 2013.

The Truth (Writing as Curiosity)

 
 
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The blood gushing from civilian stomachs
each picture taken, a sickening moment
each cover-up, a testament to
America’s Underground Railroad.
 
The bombs bursting in air
America’s good fortune is threatened
even America plays by its own rules.
 
Innocent children become fatherless
consumed by constant relentlessness
victims of foreign bombing.
 
© 2009 by Charles Banks, Jr.
Writing as Curiosity
Excerpt from “The Flower that Wasn’t Meant to Blossom”
Published by PublishAmerica, LLLP.
The audio performance of this poem can be found here: http://www.reverbnation.com/blackangelcuriosity?page_view_source=facebook_app
Published by PublishAmerica, LLLP.
Published by PublishAmerica, LLLP.

Finale (Writing as Black Angel)

     

 

Life guard’s post

3:41 AM

kitchen knife

in heavy tote

suicide note

in uncertain hand.

Beach sand

3:49 AM

empty Vodka

in certain hand

death thoughts

in heavy tote.

Calm waves

3:56 AM

barefoot dreams

in heavy tote

kitchen knife

in uncertain hand.

Life guard’s post

3:59 AM

suicide note

in heavy tote

death thoughts

in certain hand.

 

© 2013 by Charles Banks, Jr.

Writing as Black Angel