Three Poems

by Ann Christine Tabaka

Walking Away from Nowhere

There are no words for what I feel,
only emotions flying wild.

I signed a contract,
not for my soul, but for my life.
It states that I belong to no one,
not even myself.

There is no wealth involved.
No notoriety, longevity, nor good-health.
Only the insistence,
that I pay for my own sins.

Sins, I have many.
I have transgressed throughout the years.
There is not a corner that I can turn,
where I cannot say “Mea Culpa.”

For every year that has stung me,
I have stung it back twofold.
I cannot find the peace that I seek,
withing the written text.

So, I spend each waking hour of each day,
searching for those words that never come.

Time is a Lie

The pain of discovery.
The distance of loss.
Time is a lie that weaves its song
among meadows of hope.

An age of thought,
not knowing truth.
We seek repentance
within ourselves.

Moonlit words
hide our love,
before the dawn awakes.

I open my eyes
to find you gone.
Will I ever see you again?

The Tired Lives of Old Men

songs
sung out of tune
coming from voices
raspy with hate

lives
lived far too long
belonging to
ancient-bodied men

time
filtered by a sun
grown cold
from neglect

day to day
we struggle
wondering where
we went wrong

off-road path to freedom
slowly sinking in the mire
we dig deeper into trenches
of self-content

caring not for humanity
nor for well-worn waves of guilt
hence
the final sour note is struck


Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is the winner of Spillwords Press 2020 Publication of the Year, her bio is featured in the “Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020,” published by Sweetycat Press. Chris has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. Her work has been translated into Sequoyah-Cherokee Syllabics, into French, and into Spanish. She is the author of 13 poetry books. She has been published micro-fiction anthologies and short story publications.  Christine lives in Delaware, USA.  She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and four cats. Her most recent credits are: The American Writers Review, The Scribe Magazine, The Phoenix, Burningword Literary Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, The Silver Blade, Silver Birch Press, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Foliate Oak Review, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore.

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