I hold my silence in your distance

that you may live peace

In this place devoid of life,

where emptiness leeches

the color from my world, I linger.

Having failed to purge you from my

Blood, the plague of loneliness

pulses a cold I cannot shake.

My heart, shackled to your eternity

sees you in every stillness.

Your face in the beams of an

early morning moon.

Hears your voice in the song

of a whispering wind.

Your heartbeat in the flutter

of dragonfly wings.

She searches in endless frenzy,

thirsting your taste in the fog.

Then in the dread of night,

she seeks you in my dreams.

A lifetime of full moons

and starless skies spent

captive to her restless pull.

I am wearied from her plight.

For an empty heart is heavier

than a pillar of stone.



Time speeds along in haste

clutching my flesh savagely.

I stumble along with futile

resistance as I am dragged

to trail the ramblings

of her meaninglessness.

Yet my heart heeds no force

for her will is greater than

the pull of ocean tide.

Her hold the strength of

a cyclones raging fury.

For she still feels the song

love strummed on her strings

playing in the hollow spaces,

though it’s harmony has changed.

Sadness tunes a lonely chord.

A solemn melody plays endlessly

to an aching rhythm

she cannot silence.

Meaninglessness resounds in

the void of languishing moments.

Every beat bleeds empty.


Nicole Surginer, is a poet from the small town of Bastrop,Texas. She is inspired to write by her love for nature’s enchantment, a fascination with the power of raw, intense emotion and a desire to express the beauty of love in it’s purest form. She has been published in Tuck Magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, Indiana Voice Journal, Tuck Magazine, In Between Hangovers, Your One Phone Call, Sick Lit Magazine and Oddball Magazine, with pending publications in the Contemporary Poet’s group anthology “Dandelion in a vase of roses”.

Carl Scharwath, has appeared globally with 80+ magazines selecting his poetry, short stories, essays or art photography. He won the National Poetry Contest award for Writers One Flight Up. His first poetry book is ‘Journey To Become Forgotten’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press). Carl is a dedicated runner (“that’s where his art ideas spring from.”