Taking Corners

Taking Corners

By Allie Marie


There’s the corner you never turned.

Don’t you know it’s dangerous?

Just to leave your mind

to walk in circles.

You deserve more than this;

a life of unchecked lists.

I don’t know if it means anything

when I say this.

Oh, chances are you’ll go back

and erase it.

Your heart is destined for greatness.

Let yourself make it.



Night to Break

Night to Break

By Allie Marie


I wonder if it is what you see.

Oh honey and do you hear the same as me?

Streets lights break up the fog.

Sirens cut through the crowds.

Feels like we’re on the run.

But, we stay still.

Same old words and

same bad decisions –

as we wait

for the night to break.

Fade Away


Fade Away

By Allie Marie


All the weight has been put upon me

so I will try to stay strong.

It doesn’t mean I’ll never breakdown.


I’ll take the blame for imperfection.

I’ll be the first to apologize.

But that doesn’t mean you’re right.


All of them are just noise.

You know it. I know it.

So let their words fade away.





By Allie Marie

I didn’t want to say anything,

but here I am.

I didn’t want to listen,

but you keep talking

despite my lack of focus

and eye contact.

My heart is a stampede.

My mind is a spinning wheel.

I need to breathe,

so I need space.

I can’t separate lies

from truth anymore.

Everything is nine sided.

We’re all tired.



By Allie Marie

Maybe I’d be better off

if I would remember to shut my mouth.

Oh because I was quiet and innocent

before I dared to try to make you listen.

Far too honest.

Far too blunt.

These words rose to a boil

just to burn.

The ones I spoke in secrecy

ended up splashing on my hands.

The ones I saved for you

are worse.

You brought this all on me

and this is my revenge.

Caught in the water –

We’re all burning now.



By Allie Marie

Bobby pin curls.

Never a gray hair on her head.

Always carefully fixed with box dye.

This was the woman I knew.

Puzzles books everday.

Oprah, news, and bowling on a static tv.

Entertaining her mind.

Keeping her up with the times.

Always at her daughters aid

who needed a bit more help than average.

Kept them safe and secure

in a time when fools would turn them away.

She took care of them until

she was in her 90’s.

A fall took you to a place

you would never want to stay.

But, there you lived with your daughter again.

You told the nurses you loved them.

They were caretakers and friends.

And only days before we lost you,

you taught your daughter Patti

how to count in Polish

in the wee hours of the night.

And, it’s been years now.

But, still sometimes it still strikes me.

My great grandmother, my G.G.

104 long years alive

with extraordinary quiet strength

that  I can only pray to you

I hope I have.

Silent Heart Breaker

Silent Heart breaker

By Allie Marie 


Judging by their faces

I think you ran your mouth.

Maybe it’s convenient for you

that you didn’t learn to talk till now.

Silent heart breaker –

Didn’t your mama teach you how to say goodbye?

With me, you only said what you thought satisfied.

You never let me know your mind.

Oh honey, that isn’t really what respect looks like.

Boy, that isn’t what a man acts like.

Maybe you’ll learn next time around –

if not girl you’re better off without him.