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spacer.gif   American Open Mike: Cynthia Bendel
Posted by : cj on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 03:10 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Cynthia Bendel **


Swinging from the Chandelier

I
want
to take
a running leap
across the sky
hold my breath
and grab hold of
life's crystal chandelier
and swing unguarded
through the room
while diamond, glimmering
lights rain down
upon my face and closing my eyes
gulping deep breaths of life
feel the sway
of pendulum-like flight
and a bottomless girlie giggle
floats a melody of charm
and casting all fear
to the earth beneath me
boldly hook my ankle
to the golden form
as I swing breathlessly
as never before
swishing back and forth
with no regrets
wildly brave
before I die
then open my eyes
stretch my arms
and just pretend
that I
can
fly


LoveShine

Morning broke through my window this dawn
But you were not there
My nose felt the chill of the room
But my body was wrapped warm in your remembrance
I pulled the covers over my head
Trying to recapture the closeness of your embrace
The softness of your shoulder
The stroke of your hand of my face
I closed my eyes and savored the sweet memory of your love
But the sun's piercing bright light roughly nudged me into the new day
And I just folded myself back into an envelope of warmth
Lingered there for some more
I did not want to move
Not wanting to disturb the moment
Only wanted it to be real and longed for your kiss
The heart gave way to sweet peace
And I drifted back into a dream world of passion
But the sunshine refused to give and I was forced to get up
So I laid aside that precious moment and knew I had to rise
Leave the dream behind
Face the world of coldness
And clothe myself in a new hope and walk on the road without you
Wondering if the sun would ever warm me again with love


Pointless

I am struggling with these feelings
Of wanting to explain
But every time I write your name
I imagine that it will just cause you more pain

And it is pointless....

To lay before you what's inside
Did you ever wonder why
I kept you from the truth
For in the end it would just make you cry

And it is pointless....

To tell you what kind of fool
Could break the heart of someone who
Deserved so much more, the very best
Who bore his heart and was true

And it is pointless....

Now to tell you
Your heart I could not resist
And say that yes I loved you
Yet utterly failed the test

And it is pointless....
To say I still do


Cynthia Bendel lives in Stevensville, Md. "I used to be a closet poet," Bendel says. "Well, I am now happy to say, I'm out and loving the freedom. As a child I would often write poetry and hide it under my mattress or fold it up and stick it into old books, hoping no one would ever read my raw and naked emotions. Recently, I have renewed my interest in poetry as a means of healing. I love to create and express what I see in my world. Creating makes me feel alive and has allowed me a wonderful release."


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