April 15 – A Hollow Space Left

Those broken eyes
Sad, lonely light to live with

Candle wicks now fading
Heart stolen with the evening wind

A broken plate rests on the dark walnut floors
Shattered pieces, disconnected memories

An empty seat, impression in the cushion of something that should have lasted longer than a spark.

A dangerous silence
Calloused hands wrap around empty promises

Cold food that would have been
Could have been a beginning mid-book

Tabletop filled with nothingness, desolate with tattered chords of maybes, then with a hollow aching goodbye. Longer than the slow motion swaying of a walk to and out the door.

The click the only sound left, deafening


April 13 – When We Breathe Regret

She is the world untethered
Fists closed around broken stone
Silence the wind, the tears

She is the tattered dreams
Left rotting in the bulging snow
Cold hatred, the burning

She is the unspoken words
Ripped from beating chests
Blood thick, the fading warmth

She is past cruelty, onward life
No returning to the fetid corpse
Bloated with regret, the hurt

She is gone from all remembering
Blown out with the pale light of dawn
Lights flickered goodbye, the sacrifice

P.S. Sorry for the looooooong wait. Been a little busy with a little baby 😀
This poem is a reject from Poetry Magazine, as are the three that will follow.

January 26 – Missed Step

My heart crumbles
Falls down to pieces
Litters the ground
At your feet

You look at the puzzle
Try to guess the meaning
But it evades you
As I float away

Red balloons aren’t always happy
When they float of with your soul
And the man you love
Just watches the clouds consume it

My sighs echo
Burn in your ears
Invade the world
That you live in

You listen to the song
Can’t pick up the beat
Let it stop
As I drift away

Teddy bears will sometimes cry
When the water washes over your body
And the man you love
Just watches the waves engulf it

My goodbye flickers
Past your smile
Through the trees
That you ignore

You don’t notice
As I break apart
Never to rebuild
As I melt away

– Tegan Thuss

August 13 – Metamorphic

When the sun rose I could swear I heard a whisper of you
Some sensory illusion, trick of the light
You faded with the shadows and melted with the ice

When the clouds parted you were gone
All smoke and flames and wreckage burned out
All sadness escaped with the rain

Your being used to shine like the distant horizon
Always getting closer but never within reach
Always setting, always saying goodbye

Now I look up and I see black sky
I see you, but only as a ghost of a star
So far away that you are already forgotten

– Tegan Thuss

July 28 – Dolly Ties the Knot (Noose)

Pristine white now mouldy, now dirty, now torn to pieces and ripped apart
Shine all gone, now muddy, now murky, now the glimpse of hollow hopes and dreams
Patches of yellowed fabric clutched in pale grey hands
Scraps fallen around like confetti that was never thrown
Dolly, do you like that dress you wear?
Dolly, do you feel the weight of emptiness?

Flowers littered around, now wilted, now dead, now perfect for the grave
Colours all gone, now faded, now tarnished, now black with pain and loss
Rain falls on clumps of forgotten names
Storm clouds gather over a silent, stony figure
Dolly, can you see through the cobweb cover on your eyes?
Dolly, can you hear the faint sound of popping bubble wishes?

Ring falls off, now broken, now jaded, now nothing but heaviness
Glimmer all gone, now cold, now worthless, now a memory worth losing
Sitting in long grass, which used to end in happiness
Just wide enough to be a final resting place for promises
Dolly, why are your eyes so glazed, lips so dry, body so rotten?
Dolly, why are you so dead inside?

– Tegan Thuss