By Policy, it is Declared

There can be no more hope, so says the federation.

Tiny cells all unite to pronounce desperation.

Whether personal belief brings this forward, I don’t know,

but split my skull and surely there’s much to show.

The theory of my failure rests deep in superstition:

That someday the parts won’t equal to the whole.

Keep the lights dim and pour on the rain effects,

since I’m out of ways to drain the water from my fears.


If you can build something beautiful, I have to see.

If you have something to say I need to hear it.

If there’s a place you need to be, I’ll be the guide there,

and if you find yourself buried, I’ll dig you out.

But ask nothing about how my heart’s feeling tonight.

I have no inspiration—keep your eyes to yourself.

The steady drum of pen on paper—a monotonic marching band—

just the sound of tedium thundering out.


How could it be to bring all the worst out of me?

The mouth dictates mind but today I have no words to find.

Any string of letters erupting is simply tumbling,

unfurling like a rainbow—the allure that brings you nowhere.

How could it be—you bring the worst out of me.

I dive into your irises and for once feel no consequence.

The confederacy of casual sends danger signals out,

because if I’m falling for this then I’ll break myself again.


Instead, I’m sitting across and laughing away my thoughts.

You said you run on caffeine and gravity:

One kept you moving and the other kept you grounded.

No matter where you leave, there’s a compass back to home.

Though your vision of home has an accent,

mine is familiar, mine is easy, mine is safe.

Give it time and you could crack down every wall,

and for once in this life I’ll live without a shell.


But there’s a reason we wear our shields and don our masks:

Some of us stand tall in a hurricane and others shatter like glass.

When I speak of you, nothing but purity coats the stories I convey,

but it covers for the fact my own tales are in shreds.

I hate the front and the pages, the way the conclusion shifts and sways,

and I hate the way you make me care about myself.

If I was self-aware, I’d abandon ship now,

but I’m drunk off of a crushing feeling in my chest.


To make this easy, send a note about our odds,

and if it doesn’t stack up, I’ll sleep better and float away.

As it is, I’ve already spent too much time stressing

for something that—deep down—will always be nothing.

And maybe it could but maybe not,

and maybe there are too many maybes.

All I know—deep down—is that after all the stressing

it will always amount to the same summation—nothing.


When the federation shot you down, I mourned at the funeral;

not for the loss of friend but the loss of a voice:

A haven where my loneliness was for once wrapped in comfort.

A place so close my lips had almost graced it.

But I did the numbers—if I stay here, I’ll shiver to death.

You’re face-up in your coffin asking me “How’s my luck? How’s this love?”

And on my lack of self-esteem I hereby swear, “not a chance.”

( ❤ Mitch)

Morning Mist

Promise not to laugh until we get home.

I have a word or two to say and I couldn’t stand to see them fall apart.

Please promise not to show a sign of feeling until we depart,

then this all can dissolve into the morning mist,

fading into the fog with all the visions and dreams of this car getting anywhere.


Remember not to breathe or utter a sound.

I’ve spent nights dating my mirror to figure out the right words,

practicing the exact pacing and the precise presentation,

dissecting every line down to the letter and worrying about missing the dots and crosses,

because I think you’ll see through my many little imperfections.


But when I look into your eyes my heart races,

jumping up and down in the caverns of my chest, playing jump-rope with my happiness,

toying my mind with pictures of hand-holding and a passionate kiss,

all of it theatrically staged under a canvas of moonlight and burning stars.

Those words I practiced so diligently become jumbled and scattered in my daze.


What I’m left with is a series of convoluted thoughts only I can read,

like my brain’s handwriting is nothing but a child’s unrestrained scribblings.

As I hand these broken and confused words to you, please don’t laugh until we get home.

And if it’s not to be I can dissolve into the morning mist,

and this can just be one of those things that will forever go unspoken.

( ❤ Mitch)

Ray Fiennes is Good at Being Angry, But I’m Not

Give me your eyes,

and I’ll hold them in my mind.

These brief glances of innocence I keep as treasures.

The smiles you give and the moves that you make endure,

constantly replaying in the caverns of my heart.


Every beat sings your name no matter what I do to block it.

I’d love to stop loving,

but whenever you enter my space, chills shock my senses.

The notes you play make my pulse race,

though on your end of the line, we move together rather formal.

Each and every interaction comes to you as normal.


The view I see you in will never be shared so long as the scales are unbalanced.

I try to realize you will never love me.

I try to recognize the signs that are all too clear to me,

holding too tightly to normal nothings that feel like everything.


In place of rational thought, I throw letters together as footprints,

hoping you might follow; you might be willing to be buried in the grains.

You and I can carry this baggage and drown with it or swim to shelter.

We can call this corner of the Earth our home, reserved only for us.


If this essay of mine has no substance to find, proceed.

It was nice to know the you that I dreamed of,

and it’s a harsh truth to know I won’t meet her.

There’s so much distance now but so much feeling.

I sit here in Bruges awaiting your final passing phrase.

Please let your shot miss.

You’re too far away.

( ❤ Mitch)

From West: Return West

Once again,

it’s just another night like all the other nights.

The sun bowed down and left some time ago,

and I feel different now.


In shadows we all can dwell in our new clothes,

with the darkness cloaking the choices that we want to make.

Dance in line and fall out of it,

only to laugh at the disorder.


These are times of smoke-filled rooms and crowded waste-bins.

Let the haze cloud the ties that hold you back from feeling something.


I am not ready to part with what I’ve made.

I am fearing the change of moving on

where new clothes come with new faces:

Masks designed against recognition; a mental complication.

Leave that home and finally wash out your carpet,

stained with memories of broken glass and loud noises of what we call ghosts.

Do the emotions leak out of the fabric or am I allowed to hold them?


I am not ready to part with what I’ve found.

I am fearing the change of moving away.

If I  alter once more,

shift and again become,

will I forget how one day I was happy?


Too many never know that they mattered so much.

We didn’t talk,

maybe hardly knew each other at all.

But that smile and that nod gave a certain something.


I’m not feeling right,

not right now.

This can’t be a last night.

( ❤ Mitch)

Move Over! No, Move Back!

[WARNING: Slight reference to self harm]

There was one time, I am told

that my charm was equal to an opposing wall:

A monolithic monster of monotones and messages,

spewing from recordings like discarded dial tones.

And I’m aware that I won’t be adding up to more than this anytime soon.


I live on, the story goes,

taking cuts from every knife and thorn.

It’s the irony of talking like you’re readying to be alone

but wishing to be noticed as more than just an empty home.

And I’m aware that I won’t be adding up to more than this anytime soon.


As long as I breathe and words explode from my chest

I feel compelled to speak against everything that I detest,

from the flesh that hangs off these bones

and the smile that comes like an afterthought.

Eyes that deceive and play tricks on unsuspecting guests,

with a face you’d rip to shreds in a reflection’s mocking chatter,

and a heart that crumbles upon feeling a mere gust of wind;

a mind that shouts and screams and tears at the wall I seem to be.


Pay it in a lonely night.

Mark grievances in razor tattoos.

And when it’s washed up and done,

the red cascading down the drain,

nothing’s addressed and nothing is whole.

A body shivers but doesn’t bend,

stuck in a position that will never end

and no hope to ever mend.


When it’s washed up and done,

the self-hatred spelled out so plain,

one word resonates in my brain.


Coward.

Coward.

Coward.

Coward.


And I’m aware that I won’t be adding up to more than this anytime soon.

( ❤ Mitch)

We’d Like to Thank the Academy

These words never meant a thing when I first thought them.

They’ll mean less as I write them,

and nothing will be left when you finally hear them.

Simply bones—stripped of skin, armed to the teeth with sin.

Chew on their meaninglessness; no worries needed, they’re harmless.


Keep your tongue locked behind your cheeks,

so sharp and bent that they cut into that speech in your throat.

Did you have one planned, or did I jump too far ahead?

Pay no mind; I’m functioning on hours spent out of bed.


This is white noise in truest form,

to be played as a soundtrack for the building burning,

twisting down the fire escape and making a start towards the street,

to be cut off at the intersection and split down the foundation.


I won’t claim to be your expert or claim to be a saint,

but I know enough to say you won’t fit in the picture I paint.

And if the mirror holds no lie,

then my frame must be out of your canvas in a similar manner.


We petitioned Paris on a new perspective and got a shrug in reply,

so from here on out we can map our love on a Pollock and trace the black.

No endings and no beginnings: There can be no more turning back;

something simple in concept, but as I look upon it now,

I find my hands trembling.


Before that little confidence in me becomes erased;

before those memories of you become replaced;

please let those meaningless letters and combinations grant a common ground.


Stay pure, stay as you are and stay unloved,

only as long as I stay the same—true and alone.

My pain can continue side-by-side with the worst nights you own,

until the sun rises on a more favorable next day.


And give me the hope that you’d say the same:

That this separation kills you more than me.

No more notes, no more looks.

Let me believe.

( ❤ Mitch)

Snow Falling on November 11th

The smoke is clearing away from your front porch.

That door I’ve never seen before probably looks exactly like all the others,

but it’s the pathway to an unknown fate that beckons every day.


I’m stripped in an open field waving a white flag, defenses lowered:

The war has found an end.

The war is coming to a close.


Your lips crave for a holiday,

but your eyes remind mine of the tricks I play;

pretending I’m more whole than the inside displays.

Still I knocked gently on your heart’s door,

caressing the glass contents that shuddered at any shake,

quivered in a cold wind blowing by,

and slid to a covert cabinet when a stranger reached in.


Even with history in my stride I recited my best behavior,

yet froze in the chill emitted from an arctic smile.

Trying to start a fire while drifting underwater;

matches soaking wet, but it’s not much farther

until the caps melt off and the core speaks beneath.


Why do I have to sing whenever you look at me?

Why does every hair stand at attention whenever you’re near me?

A beating attraction proves flexible when sense is throwing obstacles,

willing to bend to nothing for the hope it transitions to love.

Hoping for a glacier to thaw in a frigid winter.


Last night I put my heart to rest and found you at your best,

dressed in the natural beauty of your smooth skin and hair.

It was as if you knew the surrender was always an inevitable.


Counting casualties on the battlefield,

praying that I’m on the winning side,

keeping those lingering doubts deep beneath the rising tide,

leaving space inside so every moment we get I’ll forever keep,

even when I know it means nothing to you or me.


But those little nothings are as alive as any love,

whether true or not; there’s no difference to me.

Even when the night ended and we left without a word,

the numbers fell in my favor.

That’s the story I’ll tell the mothers at home—

the ones breaking through my telephone lines.


We threw it all at a brick wall and watched it break,

only to pass on taking the blame.

The boys won’t be going home.

The boys won’t be going home.


I took a chance and two and by week’s end I’ll take three.

There’s no stopping joyful insanity.

The boys won’t be going home.

The boys won’t be going home.


I’ll keep the white flag up at night,

above the trenches,

high above our fears,

with the vague hope that one day you’ll emerge from you nest.

I’ll keep going until you relent.

There’s no way you’ll fall out of my head.

( ❤ Mitch)

Have You Finished Those Errands?

Dazed and confused,

taken away by waves of water cascading down below eyelids.

Hours feel like they were hours ago and I’m convinced it’s already next week.

Just yesterday I promised there’d be no next time.

Blink and wake to a new reality and I’m making the same mistakes,

dressed in my promises but speaking completely wrong.


Let’s get out tonight so I can lose my mind.

Let’s find a way out tonight so I can lose my fucking head,

let the stars in and comfort my worries.


Trying to find ways to forget about you is harder than they said.

I want to give you credit for disappearing so well.

The water continues;

it’s hard to tell where the rain begins and where my emotions are bare.


Call off today—take me out tomorrow,

lead me by the hand to a circle of strangers with their own next-times.

I’ll tell you how it went but with the truth removed,

filling your conscious with the assurance that my eyes won’t stay closed.


Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat:

Day 35 and I’m still dragging my feet.

Come Day 40 I’ll be back in the circle,

and by Day 50 the stars will stop helping.


Within this, without you, progress stays true to a straight line,

watching my friends jump in and on and in front of trains:

Lives filled with arrivals and departures set in cubistic motion and time tables.

Left searching with nothing but Murphy to judge by,

I’m consigned to believe abandonment is just payment.


Here’s an apology to the ones that stayed at the station:

You didn’t get what you wanted.

You got more than you paid for.

And when all else is factored, you didn’t reap a profit.

You reaped what you didn’t sow.

But how could you have known?

How would you tell until you knew me too well?


Pick me back up when I fall down on the dance floor or let me melt into the cracks.

I’ll spend time in the ground.

Rest easy for a while.


Don’t wake me.

Don’t wake me up.

I’ll leave a note on the stars.

I’ll be back once in a while.

( ❤ Mitch)

(and thank all of you who have followed recently! I’m so grateful to have you all along for the ride 😀 )

I Failed My Robotics Class Last Semester

Show me your face.

I’m asking for guarantees; the ones that you hide behind the make-up,

the subtext of your actions left to hide behind the eyes.

Playing cloak-and-dagger with emotional drama is a sure-fire way to cause further trauma.

Can we agree to tear down our borders and find a new way to speak?

And please line up and say your names; I forgot you all.

The policy in play is an eye for an eye, and you already took mine.


Show me the real face that you hide from me.

I didn’t think I was asking for much before I saw the look you gave.

Fame has no place in my desires and I’ll live long enough without touching it.

My soul was on display and you collectively turned your backs:

The choreographed locomotive fallback when you’re given something different.

We live lives with our boxes and we can’t figure it out:

Some things don’t fit where we want them to.


Show me that face you’ve used to disarm me.

I’m running out of ways to see you in a positive light.

My patience was stretched so thin it turned into the dust on your circuit board.

I tried to connect and tried to fight, but I found you were like the rest;

They churn you out of factories and discard all the best.

Your name is a series of numbers I can’t be fucked to know.

It was my mistake for joining your freak show.

It was my mistake for doing what I was told.


Some people just can’t be reasoned with.

( ❤ Mitch)

You Can Call it a Monet

If we met back when we were kids, how much of this would have been reversed?

How much of anything could have been changed instead of living in stasis?

If I keep guessing with these “what-if’s,” will it change your mind?


Take your time: waiting is a game we play for all our lives.

I’ll spend my freedom on some empty words and self-assurance,

arm-in-arm with my brothers-and-sisters in arms:

Lovingly twisting each and bending until we break.


There’s no telling when the tension is going to flow over.

We’re trying to push the envelope until we tear it to pieces.

I’ll wait and circle around like a shark;

my esteem is low enough as the ocean floor.


Every moment I’m hoping you’ll be back for more:

Think of the nights nestled in cloth with a vinyl disc spinning lazily,

our hands intertwined, spun in silk so delicately.

Think of the days in the sun with songs erupting from our hearts

and the rays of color refracting from the sky between our eyes.


And if you think of any more, will it become real enough for me touch?

Or can I just think of it myself and cover for you?


I’ll trick myself into thinking it’s not my loss to count

during all those times together with our brothers-and-sisters in arms,

closer and closer every day as we cope and laugh at our words,

bringing our smiles so close but our hearts at a distance.


It’s the impressions that matter the most to me;

the seconds of love that pass too quick to see.

I’m painting a photo of you and me for when we leave this scene.

I never really was, but what if I was?

What if anything I though was real?

What if I thought you loved me?


Nothing more has to be said; he’s calling for you again.

No more has to be said; I guess you can go home again.

( ❤ Mitch)