October 17, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Valentina Aleksandrovna photo



Ann Christine Tabaka




The Insanity of it All



Minds cracking open like

fragile eggs, spilling out

their messy viscus contents.

Ideas oozing out with no

cohesion, in the madness

called creativity. Questionable

images, fighting for a place of

prominence, on a sky painted

orange with the brush strokes

of false hope.

Oh, the insanity of it all!


Hair pulling nights, struggling

with metaphors, eyes bleary

and red. Thoughts stretched

As thin as a silk thread on a

spindle, weaving tales of woe.

Lost loves and ugly little secrets

fill our modern songs and verse.

Background noise seeping

through, swallowing up the

truth. While rage rips open

another fresh wound.

Oh, the insanity of it all!





Lost Words



Fallow words entombed on the bottom of

a stagnant pool, trapped in silted sediment.

Hope lost forever in a whirlpool of undying conflict.

One, two, three …

losing count I start again.


Blue street signs point the way

to empty opportunities, promises

never made, much less broken.

Sometimes giving up is easier

then drowning in the truth.


Vague emotions churning up

vile conclusions, as failure looms

overhead like the harbinger of doom.

Once again, the answer is NO, but

what was the question to begin with?


Dredging up the words, trying to resurrect

the vision, and paint it with new

potential.  Unsure if the colossal effort

is worthwhile.  Four, five, six …

or in actuality, was that sixty?


Always searching for that shiny prize,

sparkling like so many bits of broken

glass shattered on the sidewalk of

our existence.  Stepping carefully

as to not be bloodied by the glittery

aspirations along the path of lost words.






Ann Christine Tabaka

Ann Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware.  She is a published poet, an artist, a chemist, and a personal trainer.  She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean.  Chris lives with her husband and two cats.  Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris has been selected as the resident Haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.

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