Summer sadness

Tell me how

– Karessa Ramos

Tell me how to forgive,

to overcome and forget.

Tell me how to keep calm,

tell me how to unsee,

unhear.

Tell me how to unfeel.

 

Tell me,

what paradise will accept you?

Where will you go?

After hurting the innocent,

and the most innocent of all?

 

Tell me how to heal.

Tell me how to stop

the rage,

the thirst for revenge.

Tell me how to reconcile

love for mankind

with your desire

to see people die?

 

Tell me how to forgive,

tell me how to unsee

tell me how to heal

tell me how to stop

the spread of hate.

I don’t know how.

Tell me how.

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Summer mood 5: joy

Cloudcatchers

– Karessa Ramos

We lie on the sand,

on the grass, on the ground

while watching clouds

as they glide,

as they drift all around.

Everything turns

suddenly astounding.

 

We walk fast

we walk slow

we walk barefoot

feeling the wind blow.

I catch your smile

and your dimpled chin.

Nothing is ever as sublime.

 

Who cares

about forever?

Summer moods 3 and 4: nostalgic and very nostalgic

Nostalgic

I know this place

I’ve been here before.

So beautiful

like milk froth

and comfortable

like soft rain.

And easy

like child’s play.

 

I was here before.

This place, familiar.

But this is somewhere

I can’t belong.

I don’t belong.

And so I won’t be here long.

In this easy place

with the beautiful rain.

***

Very nostalgic

Is it the light?

Am I the moth

Dazed with the fire?

Is it the sound?

Are you the siren’s song?

Am I spellbound?

 

Perhaps it’s not as easy.

Is it ever simple?

What part of this is reality?

Which one is but a memory?

Smokes and mirrors

haze my view.

How to tell the rest from the you?

If it’s just the lights,

if it’s only the sound,

I’ll get over this in Vegas.

– Karessa Ramos

Summer moods 1 and 2: gratefulness and empathy

Gratefulness

It’s not hard to be

grateful when you clearly see

others’ misery.

***

Empathy

The truth about you

here and now, is that we are

similar, we two.

 

We have feelings, we

build walls and defend. Not much

different, are we?

 

Sympathetic when

the other cries. But glad it’s

not us, torn inside.

 

When the other wins

we celebrate, we cheer, yet

we wish it was  us.

– Karessa Ramos