Peu Verset by Ann Christine Tabaka

Peu Verset by Dave Seth Smith

Peu Verset by Ann Christine Tabaka ©2018


I walked inside
your love
like a child
into a candy store


growing up I had two older brothers
wore boys’ hand-me-downs
climbed trees and played soldiers
I was one of the guys
I never wanted to be a girl …
until I met you


loving you
is the hardest thing
I’ve ever done


growing up
we did not speak of such things
we turned our heads
and hid our eyes

the innocence of childhood
washed away
with a single tear

Empty Nights

whispers in the dark
all that is left of our love
reaching out for you
you are no longer there


the empty space within me
is the place you used to fill

Seasons Turn

autumn dresses in oranges and gold
while winter wears her coat of white
spring paints the world green
but summer’s vibrant song creates a multicolor dream


my heart aches
for the time
before we fled
from each other’s arms


you fit me like
a pair of old worn slippers
warm and comfortable


if I could say
what was in my heart
I would fill the night with stars
writing stories across the sky

The Journey

we walk
sometimes ahead
sometimes behind
sometimes side by side
sometimes alone


so many times
we find ourselves
when we are alone


we sheltered each other
from the storm
not knowing that
together we were the tempest

Life Cycles

a single leaf survived the winter
tenaciously hanging onto the bare branch

the heavy snows and howling winds
could not budge it

it could withstand the harshest weather
but not the gentle nudging of new growth


painted sails in the wind
trailing colorful dreams in their wake
rings around the sun
sights of the imagination
singing back to me in a soft voice


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Ann Christine Tabaka has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She lives in Delaware, USA. Her most recent credits are: Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Synchronized Chaos; Pangolin Review, Trigger Fish Critical Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, Mused, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review; Fourth & Sycamore.


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