A Shooting Star

Dedicated to my gorgeous, patient, beautiful wife

saw your shooting star tonight

shattering the black of the night

cutting the dark apart

flying across your amber palette

burning bright for all to see

let your light shine

my darlin’

flying to where?

that’s your mystique

just keep flyin’

my darlin’

you shine best

on the darkest of nights

under the new moon

burning brightly

chasing my dark away

my darlin’

that’s what you do best

dragging me to the light

that’s you

my darlin’

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

An Unfinished Life

what’s worse than death

an unfinished life

with regrets

life a life

worth living

dying leaving

nothing unfinished

only life worth living

is one to live for

dying to live

we all yearn for completion

yet it slips through our fingers

 like morning mist

all that is certain is this moment

the only life worth living

is to be fully human

creating a better world

with intent and actions

the elusive yet attainable

unfinished life

it’s worth it

live it!

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Courage Under Fire

an absence of fear

the ability to suppress

or maybe

there are values of more import

grace, valour, hope

bear defeat

never lose heart

remain calm

capture courage

push on

get up

again and again

consume whatever

life throws your way

let grace possess you

remain calm, rational

even under attack

courage is grace under fire

in spite of consequences

you can only be

a victim of yourself

not others

discipline your mind

be tenacious, persevere

hope always remains


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Lovers Eyes

snapshots of the soul

my eyes are with yours

bearing the weight of lover's eyes

blessed with the eyes of the beloved

doorway to the lover’s heart

through the looking glass

where love resides

my eyes too bright

blind, beneath your gaze

love is blind

even with open eyes

can't see beyond my lover


point blank

right between the eyes

blinded by love


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Lies & Truth

if at first you don’t succeed

lie, lie and lie again

said the politician

all lies

eventually become truth

if truth be told

lies become truth

if told oft enough

all lies

eventually trump truth

knowledge is more difficult

to beat than faith

repeat the lie often enough

it can be crowned

as politics or religion

more the fool is the teller

even he starts to believe

that absurdity

can be believed

as always

twixt and twain

lies and damned lies

becoming truth

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Just One Breath

the beauty of love

all encompassing


potentially unending

stop, breathe

it just takes a second

that’s all it needs

love, lust, life

always one breath away

love is beauty

wrapped in the moments

of one’s life

if you don’t stop

to breathe

you miss it

breathe deep

long & slow

relish that moment

savour it

as it passes by


you get the chance

to breathe it again

and again


© 2016 michael d emmerich

Wide Eyes

empty eyes

dull damaged mirrors

poor reflections

eyes shout

silent prayers

muted when shut

eyes wide open

pennies cover the windows

copper green are the eyes

white eyes tell you

to ease the pain

slumbering with one eye open

eyes wide shut

shot between the eyes


point blank

right between the eyes

love is blind

even with open eyes


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

#micropoetry No. 7

Continuing the challenge to keep writing poems of 144 characters or less. Here are three more #micropoems. Poetry for twitter 🙂


feed me don’t tease me

said the lover

gorge yourself on love

life & lust

said the beloved


love is beauty wrapped

in the seconds of one’s life

if you don’t stop

to breath

you might just miss it


what is worse than death

dying leaving

nothing unfinished

the elusive, yet attainable

unfinished life


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

The Feast of Life

this adventure called life

when does it start

when do we arrive

are we there yet

the journey commences

for the usual fee

can we stop to wallow

life says no

push on to prevail

reality is a beast

that we ignore at our peril

but ignore we must

immerse we must

in life we wallow

feast at the table

even if only for the crumbs

is there time

make time!

the table is always set

savour it

taste it

relish life

drink it in

smell the scent of lust

slay the beast

obey all the rules

you miss all the roses

strive to be drunk on life

long for the next adventure

then you will know

when you arrive


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Dreams & Voices

when you think

to whom do you speak

who vets your thoughts

if you argue with the voices

who wins?

are your dreams insane

how do you know

which voice told you

who processes the ideas

that churn through your mind

some argue

only harbour healthy thoughts

stay on a happy island

shun the other voices

mental censorship

where does it end

just BE

allow all the voices

no judgement

commune with all the voices

even those in the deepest recesses of your mind

talk to everybody

all voices are welcome

ruminate, then ACT


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich