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By The River Bank

As I sit by the river bank of pain I put all my sorrows in the bags under my eyes I’ll unpack when I get home ©Vivian Zems  Real Toads 


So Much….

I've had my Dad on my mind lately. He was always there for a kind word and ...everything else. God rest his soul. There is so much pain when a person dies from the top of your head to the... Continue Reading →

And Stay Out!

I hear grief knocking on my door trying to get in I let him knock....and he does so incessantly I'm not falling for that again All he bears are misery and extreme pain The last time I opened that door... Continue Reading →


Grief is my nemesis I wear blindfolds so I don't see it avoiding the ambush naked pain dulled to darkness sidestepping evisceration Is it my sin or is it weakness? ©Vivian Zems Lillian hosts dVerse with several words from three... Continue Reading →

Keeping Vigil

I see she's been crying by her wet puffy eyes I see she's been aging troubles march across her face Her dress- once flowery is charred with terror Her back-once straight sags under worry-weight I sit with London I share... Continue Reading →


as winds change direction so your spirit left me i tried to hold you but you were untethered  you floated free would that i had a time machine to rewind all the years to a time of laughter and lightness... Continue Reading →

Once Again

I grieve for you You're gone too soon My spirit is weighted By a lead balloon My movements slow My thoughts lose flow I want to see you To hold you To laugh with you Just- one -more -time ©Vivian... Continue Reading →

Terrorist or Freedom Fighter?

The battle rages on People taking sides Being put upon To join the fracas To join the tide Relieved to be left alone Only a short respite Despite the fight Right or wrong Weak or strong This battle is of... Continue Reading →

Wall Of Love- Grenfell Tower

In the early hours of 14th June 2017, we watched in horror as Grenfell tower was engulfed in flames. The sickening accounts of people jumping out of windows or throwing their children ( including a baby) out to safety were... Continue Reading →

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