My Blog Has Moved

Well folks, I've finally done it. I've switched to WordPress and my blog is now on my own domain. So say good-bye to Blogger and good-bye to the bling. But don't be sad. Life is full of change. Change is a good thing. It keeps us on our toes. It challanges us and makes us stronger. And as your next President... oops, I got a little speechy there, didn't I?

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

When I'm Alone...

When I'm alone
I start to think
of things that mean
the most to me
like funny thoughts
and sad songs
and lovers on a starry night
I want to laugh
and cry
and love
I want to be normal
and yet I feel
that I might need
to be a little strange
and like the cold
and want the things
I don't really want
To need the warmth
of mind and body
To need
surprise presents,
warm mittens,
and a close embrace
And yet I fear
that all these things
will escape me
and that the monster
beneath my bed
will confront me
and I will have to slay him
as I have done
so many times in my dreams
And yet I've never met
the monster
beneath my bed
Is it because
I am searching for something
that is not really there?
Could I be fighting someone
stronger than the monster
beneath my bed?
Could it be
that I am fighting someone
I've known for years
and yet I don't really know him?
Could that someone be
Do I really want to be
and feel the pain of
which is so often disguised,
by shyness and differences,
as self-inflicting?
Am I trying to be
too different
from the others that I know?
Or is there something
I desire
from those I'm never with?
Is there someone
within me
that won't come out?
Or is that someone
from my life?
Could that someone be
Am I so afraid
that I cannot stand up
to my own self?
Or do I fear
what I might find
hidden behind this mask I wear?
Do I really need to be
other than myself?
Has the time come
for me to slay
the monster
beneath my bed?
Or do I really want
to continue this masquerade,
slaying the monster
beneath my bed
when I'm alone?


The Verbal Warrior said...

Thank you for that. That 4th picture is WICKED BAD!! Who is the artist? This is an absolutely splendid, and perfect poem!

Preston said...

Verbal Warrior - Thank You for liking my poem. It's one of my favorites and means a lot to me. The fourth pic is certainly wicked and you can see more wicked stuff at

Erin said...

That's fantastic! Did you write that?

It reminds me of the quote: It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

Preston said...

Erin - Glad you liked it. And yes, I wrote that poem over 30 years ago.

Hammed said...

You wrote that 30 yrs ago, wow. "Loneliness is such a sad affair" indeed. Love the 3rd pic.

Preston said...

Hammed - Yup I wrote that 30 years ago and I agree that loneliness is such a sad affair. Seems everyone likes the 3rd pic, too.