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''BLINDED BY HER LIGHT''

by

T. J. Daniels

I was struck by her beauty
blinded by her light.

Like a deer in the headlights
in the middle of the night.

My being was so blinded
I could not see.

Did not know
she'd be the death of me.

Though her beauty went
no deeper than skin.

I listened to no one
and I walked right in.

Now it's many years later
and I've had time to spend.

But I ain't any smarter
than I was back then.


''HE STOPPED THE RAIN''

by

T. J. Daniels

She was his first love
but he was not her first.

Nor would he be her last
but she was his.

He was only a one-night stop
on her journey through life.

He suffered tortured days
sleepless nights.

She moved on.

He couldn't.

No one knew
how much he hurt

but he stopped the rain.

She took his heart
but he stopped the pain.

Many years ago, a friend took his life. He had fallen in love with the first woman that had been kind to him.


''NOWHERE TO HIDE''

by

T. J. Daniels

Sometimes
when I look in the mirror...

I see a stranger
looking back at me.

I stare intently
trying hard to see
the person

that I used to be.

Sometimes
I see her
by my side.

And sometimes
I see
that she's trying to hide.

Sometimes I try to hide
even from myself.

But when she's standing
there

there's no place left.


''WHERE THE OCEAN MEETS THE SKY''

by

T. J. Daniels

True love is found
in a special place.

That is sometimes
hard to find.

It's that very special place
where the ocean meets the sky.

We will meet again one day
in our home on mountains high.

And once again
we'll find true love

where the ocean meets the sky.


''DON'T SPIT IN THE WIND''

by

T. J. Daniels

'Cause if you do
then it's your own fault
if you get wet.

I hear many people complain
about how hard life is.

It's common knowledge
that if you play with fire
you'll get burned.

But too many people
walk around with their heart
in their hand

almost daring someone to come
along and take it.

And if it's out there too far
someone will take it
use it and abuse it.

Then you cry
because you were hurt.

Take more pride in yourself.

You may be worth more than you think.

But if you don't think you're worth much
no one else will.


HOTDOGS ON A STICK

by

T. J. Daniels

I'd love to be eating grapes
plucked from her delicate finger tips.

Or marshmallows
roasted over an open fire
or even hotdogs on a stick.

I'd love to feel her
curled tightly
against my chest.

I'd love to be able to do all of that
but all I can do is sit here and wish

instead.


GRANDMA WAS A GENTLE BEAST

by

T. J. Daniels

As long as you didn't make her mad.

I remember the few times
that grandpa had.

Then when she quickly put him in his place
you should have seen his face.

It would become very red
but then
he'd remember
why he loved her.

First he'd smile
then he'd grin.

Then sometimes
he'd start in again.

They were together for many years
so something must have worked.


FROM A DISTANCE

by

T. J. Daniels

I loved her

from a distance.

Never touched
but filled with love.

Now

the distance
is time.

The love's
still mine.

But from a distance.


A QUIET COUNTRY NIGHT

by

T. J. Daniels

Those country back roads
are all around us

we are shrouded by the night.

Nothing but love
can surround us

on this peaceful
country night.

No more worries
no more heartaches

just a quiet
country night.

There is nothing
quite as peaceful

as a quiet country night.

A quiet
country love song
playing softly
in the background...

on a quiet country night.


I AM MOTHER...

by

T. J. Daniels

but at times
I wish the children would
visit other relatives

maybe even strangers.

There are many times
I'm happy that they're here.

Most of the time
I'm happy that they're here.

It's just that at times...


I CANNOT BE A LOVER

by

T. J. Daniels


I cannot fly
so I'm gounded.

And I'm no angel
with wings.

I'm no singer
so I can't even sing.

Sometimes I wonder
what it is I can do.

I can't be a lover
'cause I don't have you.


I FEEL WARM AND FUZZY

by

T. J. Daniels

I have loved her
even before we met.

And when I looked into her eyes
my fate was to be hers
forever.

Many lifetimes have passed
since our shadows have even touched
but my fate is still the same.

I do not regret
even one moment of time
without her.

'Cause all I have to do
is look in my heart
and there she is.

And I feel warm and fuzzy.


THE FIRST TIME

by

T. J. Daniels

If I was young again
I'd like to hope
that I'd do things differently.

But I'm afraid that I'd do
just as I have done.

We people are funny that way.

We're always saying
we'd like another chance.

But I'm sure that if we were given that
we'd do just as we did before

because it felt so right the first time.


I WILL BE WITH YOU ALWAYS

by

T. J. Daniels

In time
the pain of losing me
will lesson.

And each year
as that special day approaches
do not think of me with saddness
in your heart.

Remember me with happiness
and shed tears of joy
for all the wonderfull memories
that we have shared.

This way
I will be with you always.


LINES OF KNOWLEDGE

by

T. J. Daniels

Her face was lined with knowledge
her body showed age.

Her heart had been broken so many times
she kept it encaged.

Her eyes were tired and saddened
as she shuffled through life.

Time had no meaning
just day and night.

Her struggle came to an end one day
her spirit just left.

She's no longer lonely
she died where she slept.


THIS OLD OAK

by

T. J. Daniels

This old oak
is weathered and worn.

Some bark missing here
some branches torn.

New twigs springing up
all around

but my shade covers
a lot of ground.


AND I LOVE YOU NOW

by

T. J. Daniels

I spoke to you
many times.

I'm not sure
if you remember...

You were so very young.

I told you how much
your Mother and I loved you.

Do you remember when I said
I couldn't wait
to hold you in my arms?

I told you
who I was...

Your Daddy!

I even sang to you
but I sang very quietly

so only you could hear
'cause I didn't sing very well.

I know that you liked the song
'cause I could feel you kicking.

'Course
you could have been kicking
because you didn't like my singing.

But that's ok
'cause I loved you then

and love you now.

Daddy.


MAKING PLANS FOR YESTERDAY

by

T. J. Daniels

The only plans
I'm making anymore
are for yesterday.

That's the only day
that I know
I can truly count on.

I've made many plans
for tomorrows
but they didn't always work.

So from now on
the only plans that I'm making anymore
are for yesterdays.

By the way
what are you doing

yesterday?


FOR MY CHILDREN

by

T. J. Daniels

I was not the perfect father
but you became great adults

inspite of that.

I am very proud of you
and every one
of your tremendous accomplishments.

When I look back
and see the mistakes
that I made

I have many times wished
that I was able to go back
and correct them.

But time is very unforgiving
in that it will never allow that.

I can only thank
The Good Lord and you.

That you became the Beautiful People
that you've become.

I LOVE YOU!!

Dad


IS IT VISION THAT I LACK?

by

T. J. Daniels

I hold my shield high
to thwart off all the blows.

Where come those slings and arrows?
I'm shielded from my foes.

But my shield blocks my vision
my foe is at my back.

Something is dreadfully wrong
it is vision that I lack.


I WONDER WHAT WILL BE

by

T. J. Daniels

I search the distant past
in hopes of finding love
lost somewhere in time.

I know the past
much better than I know the future.

I fear what lies ahead
but not what has already been.

Sometimes
the past can be a comfort.

Though at times
to know what once was
but can never be again...

Makes one wonder

what will be.


LEST YOU BE JUDGED

by

T. J. Daniels

I'm not perfect
but I've noticed
that some people are.

They have set themselves up
as both judge and jury.

I cannot judge
'fore I shall be judged.

And by a power that is even mightier

than those that have reached perfection.


MY HEART HAS A MIND OF IT'S OWN

by

T. J. Daniels

A stranger is a friend
that I haven't yet met.

But no stranger has my heart
as a lover.

My life would have been the same
if we had never met.

'Cause someone else would have my heart
I've discovered.

Sometimes I have had no choice
and sometimes have lost my voice

'cause my heart has a mind of its own.


SHE IS EVE

by

T. J. Daniels

If she were Eve
and I her Adam.

I would partake
of her fruits.

I would grow old
and not even notice.

Because in her eyes
I would see me.

And in my eyes
I would see...

She is Eve.


THE CURVE OF HER THIGHS

by

T. J. Daniels

I never saw
the curve of her thighs.

We were never intimate
she and I.

But I know
as sure as I'm alive...

That I'd love
the curve of her thighs.


THE GUY IN THE MIRROR

by

T. J. Daniels

I used to be handsome
or at least not bad lookin'.

I'd been told that
mostly by women.

But to look at me now
you'd never believe.

That the guy in the mirror
used to be me.


WHAT I REALLY MISS

by

T. J. Daniels

I met the most beautiful lady
that I've ever seen

a lifetime ago.

She has been the inspiration
for many of my words.

I've never experienced feelings
as strong as this...

Even though
we were never intimate
only hugged once
and never kissed.

I don't need to be intimate
don't even need a kiss.

Just to hold her in my arms

is what I really miss.


ONCE UPON A WHISPER

by

T. J. Daniels

Once upon a whisper

in days gone by...

I lost my heart
on a midnight ride.

My steed was swift
but I lost the race.

With only heartache
to take it's place.

I lost the only love
that I've ever known.

Someone else
won her heart
and my love has flown.

Once upon a whisper.


MY FAILING EYES

by

T. J. Daniels



There's so much
I haven't seen.

There's so much more
that I will never see.

Most of what I haven't
will not even be.

When I'm old enough
to finally see.
With only heartache
to take it's place.

I lost the only love
that I've ever known.

Someone else
won her heart
and my love has flown.

Once upon a whisper.


LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY

by

T. J. Daniels

It doesn't matter
what she looks like today.

I remember her beauty

like it was yesterday.

I had never seen such beauty
all in one place.

And I remember it

like it was yesterday.


LAYERS OF ICE

by

T. J. Daniels

The distance
between our shoulders
has increased.

They used to be
bonded together.

Now oceans flow between.

I used to feel warm
touching warm.

But the distance
has grown so cold

layers of ice have formed.


IT WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE

by

T. J. Daniels

it never happened

and hasn't happened yet
even though we never stop
hoping.

I've had thoughts
that maybe
some day

even though I know...


A ROSE AMONG THE THORNS

by

T. J. Daniels

This precious rose
had no thorns.

But something
pierced my heart.

There was no blood
but it over flowed with love

ever since I felt the dart.


ARMS FULL OF MEMORIES

by

T. J. Daniels

Whenever I see you
my arms reach out.

But I hold them
tightly at my side.

I smile
but they ache.

Because now they are
holding empty.

Where they used to be holding you
they now hold only memories.


A SEA GODDESS

by

T. J. Daniels

A sound was heard
known only by few.

Those who sailed the deepest
those wisened
they knew.

Many were lost
never to be found.

Those who had followed
the sweetest of sounds.


WORLDS APART BUT I FELT YOUR PAIN

by

T. J. Daniels

I wanted to put my arms around you
comfort you

but they could not reach.

There were too many generations
languages
and distance
in the way.

There were many things
I wanted to tell you...

That you and I have traveled down
many of the same roads
encountered many of the same demons
and I've survived
and you can too...

but couldn't.

Because there were
too many years

distance
and worlds
in the way.


IN AN INSTANT

by

T. J. Daniels

If you were to invite me
back into your world...

I'd be there
in an instant.

I may regret
my decision later...

But right now
I would not hesitate.

Life alone
is very lonely.

And even if I may regret
my decision later...

I'd be there
in an instant.


MEMORIES DON'T LISTEN

by

T. J. Daniels

I pushed the memories of her
back to wherever it is
that unwanted memories reside.

Sometimes
the memories
slowly creep forward

even without my knowledge
until they fill my mind.

They do not belong here

in the present!

I swore that they would stay buried
in the past.

But memories don't listen.


MILES APART

by

T. J. Daniels

I have loved you
for a lifetime.

For just a few
too many years.

I wouldn't want it
any other way.

Even though I've shed
many a'tear.

And even when I'm
old and grey

you'll still
be in my heart.

But even if
we were standing toe to toe

we'd still be miles apart.


SILENT IS THE GRAVE

by

T. J. Daniels

She cried out
in the night.

But no one heard

no one was there.

Her pain was great
but no one cared.

Now

she doesn't cry out anymore.

The graveyard is always silent.


SOMETIMES IN DREAMS

by

T. J. Daniels

Our lips never met
but I could taste their delicate beauty.

Her messmerizing eyes of blue
drew me ever closer.

Then her essence
reached out and engulfed me.

Even now...

I feel her.

Sometimes in dreams.


THE SOUND OF BEING ALONE

by

T. J. Daniels

I don't like the sound
of being alone.

It's like
Thunder
without the
Flash.

The sound of one hand clapping
or an actor
without an act.

Life without breath
the morning without dew.

The ocean with no water
or me without you.


WISDOM IS LOST ON THE FOOL

by

T. J. Daniels

Common sense has left the planet.

If you think that's untrue
just look around.

Common sense should tell you
that if you cut down a tree
it will be destroyed forever.

If you over fill a ballon
it will burst.

If you let the air
out of a tire
you will have a flat tire.

If you talk too much
no one will listen.

But if you whisper
everyone will.

Grass cannot grow
through concrete
neither can trees.

Airplanes do not fly through tall buildings.

And wisdon is lost on the fool.


WHERE THE MERMAIDS LIVE

by

T. J. Daniels

She knows where the mermaids live
that's where she plays.

She and the dolphins
are now

one and the same.

To be free
from a burned out sky

was all that she asked.

Like the mermaids and the dolphins
she is free now

free at last.

(Dedicated to the memory of someone
that I'll never meet. She loved
mermaids and dolphins. May she RIP).


WHY IS THE SKY BLUE?

by

T. J. Daniels

Why is grass green?
Because the sky is blue.

Why does the wind blow?
Because the river flows.

Why does the sun shine?
Because flowers bloom.

Why are butterflies beautiful?
Because birds sing.

Why do I love?
I do not know...

I just do.


HAVE FAITH IN ME

by

T. J. Daniels

More than I have
in myself.

Trust
in me.

Trust
that I still
have some left.

Help me

to trust again.

Help me

to get back
to where
I've already been.

Have faith in me.


ONE MORE TIME AGAIN AND AGAIN

by

T. J. Daniels

I love how you move me.

I love those special things you do.

I love how you show me
how much you love me.

Do that to me
one more time...

again and again.


AFTER HER KISS

by

T. J. Daniels

I walked on water.

Love was
beneath my feet.

My soul drifted upward
reaching the sky.

But everything that goes up
must come down.

And the coming down
was worth the going up.


WORDS I CANNOT SPEAK

by

T. J. Daniels

If only I could tell her
but no words can I speak.

The distance is so great
my arms they cannot reach.

Even if we were side by side
the distance would seem like miles.

My heart is filled with many words
but all I can do is smile.


HOMEWARD BOUND

by

T. J. Daniels

Been on my own
most of my life.

Had a family
kids and wife.

Left home
when nature called.

Was too young
to see it all.

Nature said
see the world.

And I've seen
the dancing girls.

I've seen
all I want to see.

Now I'm bound

homeward bound.


THE SINGER COULD NOT SING

by

T. J. Daniels

She was a melody
that even those
who could not hear
knew the words.

Even those
without ears
heard her song.

I who could not carry a tune
wanted to sing
as a singer sings his song.

Since I had no voice
with which to sing

I could not sing my song.


A DIFFERENT SIGHT

by

T. J. Daniels

Her memory will live on forever
or until I die

whichever comes first.

The longer I live
the more beautiful she becomes.

Is that because we remember memories
more vividly than reality?

You would think that with age
memories would fade.

My eyes may dim
but my heart sees
with a different sight.


DEATH IN A PRISON CAMP

by

T. J. Daniels

You had to choose death
in order to sustain life.

As I helplessly watched
my heart cried.

For you had to choose those
that were closest to you.

And those that were chosen
went willingly.

By your actions
many lived

but my heart died.

A number of years ago, I watched a movie about a holocaust prison camp. Some prisoners tried to escape but were caught. Those same prisoners were told that they each had to chose one person to die with them, or twice as many would die. Many of their loved ones willingly volunteered.


SHE WAS

by

T. J. Daniels


She was my sun
I was her moon.

She was my music
I was her tune.

She was the violin
I was the strings.

She was all of
my favorite things.

Then time went on
as it always does.

And so did she
that's why she was.

A PAPER RING

by

T. J. Daniels


I am yours forever
no matter what anyone says.

You and I know the truth
so let the others guess.

Whenever you're lonely
and you need a friend
just think of me
'cause my spirit never left.

I wanted to fly
you taught me how.

I can fly like an Angel
and never touch down.

You're always there
even when I'm not.

You are my strength
you are my rock.

You're my tree of knowledge
my tree of life.

You are my man
I am your wife.

IDIOTS BAFFOONS AND CLOWNS

by

T. J. Daniels


I'm trapped in paradise
with idiots
bafFoons
and clowns.

We all loved once
but our dreams came tumbling down.

I'm different
I'm not the same as they.

Why then
am I trapped in the same place?

I used to be young and handsome
now I'm old and gray.

Maybe if I could find love again
I could escape.

God but I hate
idiots
baffoons
and clowns.