Poetry by Shigé Clark

"Let the battered heart rejoice"





A Wasted Day

A Wasted Day

Solitary Refinement

Rough I ride the road to reason,
Changing what was thought to known.
Though I do not seek the journey,
I can walk this world alone.

High I fly on wings of mettle,
Finding, past my heavens flown,
That, deprived them, I keep flying.
I can live this life alone.

– s. Clark

Our Years

There were our years,
Stretching on ahead,
Filled with stories.
Sunrises slashed red.
From your first time driving,
To your children
Jumping on the bed.

There were memories
Waiting to be made,
How I meant to take you
Every place I laid
My feet upon.
All the words that
We would come to trade.

There were our years,
Stretching to the sun.
And since the day
Your story was begun,
I have been there,
And planned to ever be.
But you are gone,
and gone,
and gone
And all our years are done.

– s. Clark


Remember you are loved
When your life falls apart,
Remember when it’s crashing that
You always have my heart.
Do not forget my name
When you fear no one cares,
Remember when you feel alone
That I am always there.
Don’t ever doubt your worth,
Don’t give in to the night.
If darkness is surrounding you,
Then I will be your light.
Believe within the storm
That you can make it through,
And even through the highest waves
That I will row with you.
Remember as you climb
That there is always hope,
And even if you fall, then you
Can use me as your rope.
Don’t ever choose to brave
The journey on your own,
Because as long as I exist
You’ll never be alone.

– s. Clark

Fear of Healing

I fear I will forget
The sweetness of your smile
The way it lit my weary soul
And made the fissured world feel whole
If only for a while

I’ve not forgotten yet
But fear the fateful creeping
Of darkness through your bright blue eyes
Within my mind, I fear to rise
To find you lost while sleeping

I hold onto your scent,
You only left its trace,
I held you close to breathe it in
And knew the essence you have been
Where now there’s only space

I fear the slow descent
Of all my knowledge of you
The way you moved, and felt, and thought
And all the happiness you brought
And all the ways I love you

I fear I’ll lose the sound
Of how you laughed so free,
Bursting forth with stunning gladness
Bringing sense and joy to madness
Now only memory

I feel you all around
And fear to lose the feeling
They say the pain will fade in time
But I still feel your hand in mine
And I don’t want the healing

– s. Clark


I loved you like a car crash
On a road of asphalt fears
Smoking fumes of black regret
And gushing oil tears

The spark you lit inside me
Was the flame that scorched my soul
The pistons all keep pumping
But the wheels refuse to roll

The twisted, burning wreckage
Strewn across the battered ground
Will stop the flowers growing
There for years and miles around

And all the screaming sirens,
Flashing lights, and prayers for breath
Were not enough to save us,
Me from crashing, you from death

I loved you like a medic
Pressing life into your heart
But you are gone. And I remain.
Just pieces blown apart.

– s. Clark

Lonely Ride

There’s not a soul to meet him
Coming off of this plane,
And isn’t that the saddest thing
That life has in its store?
To have arrived at someplace,
Or worse, to come back home,
And not a soul that cares you’re there,
Or ever were before.

– s. Clark

No Air

We all take our breath for granted
Until one day it’s not there,
And it’s hard to notice sunlight
When there isn’t any air.

– s. Clark

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