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why do I allow myself
to do this

pine and remember
dream and hope

you’re the one
who did this

it was your gut
decision
not mine

why would I lose my sleep
or my time
on somebody who
doesn’t love me

move on
keep walking
wish the best and know
I’m better off

sounds easy
but every I crumble
each times gets better

I repeat some steps
yet not some of the others
because I’m learning

learning to love…

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I’ve loved you all
sincerely and genuinely
missed you and lived days
when I didn’t want
to be around you and I’ve
drank myself into a stupor
agonized over losing you
in retrospect I’m glad you’re gone
couldn’t give a shit where
you end up
a few I do
sort of
I’ve loved you all
sincerely and genuinely
the kick in the nuts
is the found commonality
you were all cowards

 

 

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anything you want to be

I was only
seven years old when
I heard the words…

you can be anything
you want to be and maybe
even President of the United States

regardless of age
President was never an aspiration
but the way dad smiled
when he said it
it made me want to climb mountains
for the man
who believed in me

waist high
I stood looking into the mirror
watching him shave
butt-hurt that I didn’t have my own razor
to…

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the absurd and senseless course

some days are shit
like this one
weeks even when nothing
seems to click but
of course I keep going because
I’m a goddamn idiot
thinking somehow I’ll
pull myself out of this hole I’m in
mere survival
never quite enough
kept alive by
my own senseless hope
fighting like a mad soldier
absurd as saying
it’s only a bloody flesh wound
yet done and
knowing it each day before
the sun sets

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more words than tears

I can only hope as a writer
that my words are as plentiful
as the tears I’ve cried and
that they mean as much as the impacts
I’ve made and as much as lives
have impacted mine

how many words does it take
to get to the center of the universe
I don’t know but more words
than the tears I’ve cried
that’s my biggest hope

 

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to be let go

it’s never easy to be let go
to be told you’re
not  “the one”
that it’s not meant to be

it’s never easy
to move through time
looking back on years passed
two or three
five or ten
remembering the words they said, like
you’re my rock

then of course confused
when you finally see
how significant you are one day but
chopped liver the next

that’s the nature of fickle women
men too
we’ve all witnessed or

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once a phony…

she still pretends
to be a big sports fan
tweeting her love for the Blazers
the Timbers and rooting on World Cup finalists
only because that’s what her friends do
taking on their personalities and diets like vegetarianism and
she re-tweets concerts she’ll never attend but
so proud of herself to have been
the one to vicariously find them and her keen ability
to pass the links along
her eye still…

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always low prices and wages

my employer
was featured in a publication
one that highlights
the success of privately held businesses and
according to the article
we cleared over fifteen mil
last year

our sales are at a record-breaking high
yet our benefits
they’re about as good
as what one might find
working at Walmart and
they’re just as expensive

working overtime is rarely an option
vacation and holidays are unpaid
there is…

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