Absence Divides

clouds roll over the horizon

blanketing my mind

this dark gray heavy mass unfurled

creating an epitaph of confusion

despite all the love and protection

that enveloped us

absence drove a wedge

splitting your heart in twain

that twisted spear of absence

oh how I wish I could turn back

and lose myself in you

again ….

found my world in you

lost myself with you

now I am lost, alone

having lost my world

© 2018 michael d emmerich

Awaiting a New Dawn

night runs to day

light chases the dark

 is the pain receding

what approaches over the horizon?

the time of evening starlight fades

the lamps grow dim

in the approaching new dawn

show me where it hurts?

turning westward

facing my fading shadow

as a new dawn rips it from me

splitting me in two

what is lost might not be found

I feel the void upon my thoughts

I contemplate the other side

as I wait for

.... paradise?

© 2018 michael d emmerich


I long for the sound of your voice

caressing my cheek

your lilting laugh

your upturned smile

to hear your laughter

to laugh with you

for you to laugh at me


I long

for you


© 2018 michael d emmerich

Tunnel of Love

roll up, roll up

shouts life

as you excitedly queue

to enter the tunnel of love

what beckons

what awaits

so much excitement

the yawning future

sucks you in

darkness beckons, engulfs

holding on tight to each other

and our dreams


distant lights approach

eager anticipation unfolds

what awaits

love, eternal happiness

for evermore


pain, longing, separation



patiently, silently

we await

the darkness slowly lifts 

© 2018 michael d emmerich


pain fast approaches

crashing into you

ripping all asunder

pulling it in close

embracing, holding

desperately trying

to keep all the broken pieces



clinging not ignoring

desperately hoping to transform


pain to compassion

anger into love

fear into kindness



positive energy to sustain

through the travails and tempest

that assail on this journey

© 2018 michael d emmerich



I’ve always had expectations

from the first time we met

realised our dreams

forged in conflict

on life’s anvil

the world keeps spinning

even when you let go

although my head is spinning

as it all slows down

the forge cools

my dreams keep recurring

I don’t want to wake up

to the possibility

of diminished expectations

and forgotten memories


but still I linger

for the dreams to become

real expectations

© 2018 michael d emmerich

A Glimmer of Hope


the house stands all alone on the hill

shuttered and drawn

I approach in darkness

all is locked, silent and dark

I seek some way in

but to no avail

no one answers my knocking

a sliver of light

at an upstairs window

a shadow beckons

is this the glimmer of hope

that will open the door?

I patiently wait


© 2018 michael d emmerich

Road of Despair

hole in my heart

finger on the trigger

where am I headed

who the fuck knows

road of no return

grapes of uncertainty

pressed into

wine of despair

camp fire light beckons

so what!


who the fuck cares

© 2018 michael d emmerich