Monday, October 17, 2016


Hi again, dear reader. The title of today's poem is ;. Yes, you read that correctly. It is a semi-colon. The Semi-Colon Project is a worldwide group of people who's stories have not ended. It is a mental health organization whose members quite often will sport a semi-colon tattoo. I have a tattoo on my wrist. And now I have a poem. My story will not end.  Please enjoy.

Rod Kok
October 17, 2016

A maelstrom of emotions
took over
my already fragile mind.
What was expected  
to comfort
turned into a message
of despair.
As I dangled over
the precipice of damnation,
my handhold slipped;
I felt myself falling.

Yet, a new foothold was found.
A conscious effort
to ignore the hurt
caused me to land softly
on a bed of determination.

Although I may be weak,
this devil driven fear
will not cause my ruin.
I will continue to fight;
my story
will not end.

Monday, October 3, 2016


Good morning, dear reader. October is the month of OctPoWriMo, which is a journey of writing 31 poems in 31 days. I have participated in this in the past, and it is always a real thrill to be able to complete it. But I have to admit that it is a lot of work to get to the end. And honestly dear reader, I do not think I have the stamina to participate this year. However, I will be taking the word prompts and trying to write a poem on the prompt. I will probably write everything in free verse, because that is my strength. And so, with that being said, here is my poem based on the word prompt 'time'. I hope you enjoy. Feedback is always welcome.

Rod E. Kok
October 3, 2016

Oh that I would be relieved
of the burdens
which weigh me down.

My struggle is real,
my body is tired.
My mind weakens,
unable to face
each day.

I hear the answers
to unasked questions,
I get advice
from all directions.

Pray! Sing!
Feel his love!
But what I haven’t said
is what I am fighting.

Very few know
of the demons I face.
Fear and shame
prevents me from telling.

Oh that I could be relieved
of these evils that
torment me.

My cry for help
will be answered,
my pain and tears
will be taken away.

I must wait with patience,
I will wait,
I will fight.

I will not give up.
All I need
is time.