My friend Carlene Greenlee sent me a couple of short poems to add to this endeavor.  Carlene lives on the Big Island (Hawai’i).

She says about them, “Both poems were influenced by feelings of love.  This old lady had no idea that being in love and ensuing heartbreak could occur at my advanced age.  These two poems represent a conduit of romance becoming heart break.  Heart ache remains an obscene affront to the passion, desire and  vulnerable heart.”


Heavy tropical rains, thunderous crescendo of sounds.

 I lie in my bed tangled in thoughts of loneliness

matched with my primal surrender to my deep feelings moored in affection.

Subterranean currents of need camouflaged for discovery in fluid grace.

April 17, 2015    Carlene Greenlee


My silent tears, the only warmth felt as my strangled sobs are contained

by  my pressed hand and coiled fingers, as though the little Dutch boy holding back the dam has given me lessons


My voice inflates with hesitant squeaky melancholy

before the pure rushes of air like bellows creates a visceral sound

of abject sorrow that gathers momentum

the hot spittle lubricates the sound, careening off the sheared canyons of my voice

A soliloquy of solace.

August 8, 2016. Carlene Greenlee

[Please note:  If any of you would like to contribute a poem to this page, please let me know by leaving a comment below….  I’d be happy to hear from you.]

Picture credit:  Broken Heart by Suzanne Schroeder via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]
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4 thoughts on “CARLENE’S POEMS

  1. Carlene’s poems certainly are beautiful and very deep in thought I have never been to the Big Island but through her words I can see so much and combining that with words of sorrow leaves me, as a reader, wondering what is going on in her life to express the sadness.
    Thanks for sharing

    1. Hey Angela…thanks for the visit and your comments. I’ll pass them along to Carlene. Please come again!

  2. Even though I’m not used to this kind of metric and rhythm, I can still feel the feelings behind the words. Congratulations to Carlene and best of luck and both her and your endeavors.

    I am not feeling inspired today, but on a later date I’d like to submit a poem myself. I’ll be looking forward to hear more from you.

    1. Hey Jorge: Thank you for wanting to submit a poem. When you’re ready, please contact me by leaving a comment for me below. I ask that you give me a poem made by you that holds deep meaning for you as well as the story of what inspired it or how it came to be made. You can write about any subject that inspires you, in any style you like.

      I like to have a header picture for each of my posts and you can choose to send me an image of whatever you think is relevant to the poem. Please send an image that is yours or that you have permission to use. If you want to send a picture of yourself, that’s cool too. If you choose not to send an image, I’ll find one.

      Thanks for the visit. Please come again….

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