1. take a knee

    I think it’s time for me to slip.
    Hit the pavement and over emphasize
    an injury.
    I need to take a knee
    and start praying that I don’t
    get up.
    Cart me off in an ambulance
    so I can catch my breath, please.

    Maybe I’ll steal a few records
    so I can spend a few weeks in
    silence, swallowed by an orange jumpsuit
    that I won’t mind if I look fat in.
    Let my platinum hair fade to a shade
    that looks more natural and less
    like I care.

    Tie me up so I stop trying so damn hard
    to please and
    hold me hostage in a dark room
    where I can sleep off the anxiety.
    You won’t get a ransom but I’ll take
    the free vacation.

     
  2. Amsterdam

    You can learn all there is to know
    about a city in its parks. 
    Amsterdam’s bicyclists coursed 
    through the streets like blood
    and Vondelpark pumped them 
    like the heart that I learned it to be. 
    Not all of Amsterdam sits beneath 
    Red Lights and clouds of smoke 
    seeping out of coffeeshop doors. 

     
  3. London

    I didn’t give my heart to London,
    but I gave it a few solicited beats
    falling asleep beneath misted streets
    under sheets that reminded me of home.
    London was impermanent,
    a town I kept passing through.
    A place that could’ve felt like more,
    if only I’d wanted it(,) to(o).

     
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    Post ice bucket challenge to raise awareness about ALS. If you have any questions about ALS or would like to donate, please visit alsa.org. #als #icebucketchallenge  #donate

    Post ice bucket challenge to raise awareness about ALS. If you have any questions about ALS or would like to donate, please visit alsa.org. #als #icebucketchallenge #donate

     
  5. 15:27 8th Aug 2014

    Notes: 8

    Tags: adirondacks

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    One of my favorite views at the end of my favorite hike. From the top of Mt Arab. #adirondacks

    One of my favorite views at the end of my favorite hike. From the top of Mt Arab. #adirondacks

     
  6. We aren’t meant for solitary,
    solidarity in the loneliness felt
    by soldiers and by school girls
    surrounded by their friends and
    foes but left alone to fight their war.
    Ask us what we’re fighting for and
    each of us will tell a different story.

     
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    A Treasury of Poems. #poetry #laurencehope #wisdom

    A Treasury of Poems. #poetry #laurencehope #wisdom

     
  8. I miss nighttime firefly hunts
    and daydreams that last until evening
    and fantasies caught up in mason jars
    with labels stuck to the glass.
    I miss sore muscles and scraped knees
    and swings that turn into catapults
    and bonfires that light up the darkness.
    some days I even miss gravity
    because so often I forget
    to be grounded.

     
  9. My favorite time of day is night
    and my favorite choice is indecision.
    But still I sleep with the sun and
    it’s not of my own volition.
    Missing midnight for pay checks
    and propriety leaves only contrition
    to fill the cracks between right and
    wrong and responsibility.
    I am a casualty of normalcy.

     
  10. Dying declaration

    I don’t have many thoughts left,
    and growing older is like dying slowly,
    well, it is dying slowly.
    and beginnings only come around
    after endings, and sometimes before,
    but they never last
    and I won’t either.
    But sunsets are just as beautiful
    as sunrises,
    for completely different reasons.