This Demanding Pain


“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.”

Yes, pain demands to be felt
An inferno arising from within
Refuses to be ignored
No point in placation

I have learned to let tears fall
Wherever they may
And I will feel no shame
In my submission
I give myself over to the tidal wave

Total surrender
As up up up…I’m carried
Then, reaching the crest, I’m pushed
Not over, but back
To fall and crash

Churned with the rocks and shells
I become smooth
Baptized in the salt of the seas
I’m one with the water
And the breeze

From below now calm tides
I see the brilliant dawn
I break the surface
Breathing life in sobbing gulps

Ivory wings unfurl
And I begin to rise
Wait and you will see
The dawn within my eyes.

-LM Jones
(Quote: The Fault in Our Stars)
(Image: Robyn Chance)


The Joy and the Sting


“Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life”

I remember a song that defined my youth

I knew the truth of it even then

And the symphony glides over my skin

Silken tendrils gently encasing heart

Where bitter thorn is pressed 

“It stings.” I whimper

Ah, but there’s no separating the joy and the sting

This I have learned

Behind closed lids I can see

 The colors of the symphony

As they dance and swirl, roll and flicker

Slowly fingers rise to the melody 

Conductors in their own right

There’s no resisting the bitter and the sweet

The joy and the sting

And so, 

My body moves to the rhythm 

It sways 

I accept

And roll with this symphony called life.

-LM Jones

(Quote: bittersweet symphony by The Verve.)

I’ll Sit in the Ashes With You


“I’ll sit in the ashes with you”
And here I sit…alone
Music lost its hue
No comfort for ugly bones

Ashes on my head
Ashes in my eyes
Ashes are my bed
Ashes for your lies

Cut deep…and watch it turn to clay
Flow and sigh
Red like roads where I’d play
Red like pulse…behind closed eyes

Little girl full of dreams
As happy as you’ll ever be
Trapped inside she screams
Please don’t grow to be me

Such a lovely mess, my dear
How they adore your tortured soul
Now black liner smeared
Mourn another piece he stole

So easily capture his eyes
So easily enflame his desire
So easily inspire his lies
So easily led to his fire.

Stir the ashes
Into crimson clay
Lightning flashes
On another day.

-LM Jones

Create Me


“She was fascinated with words
To her, words were things of beauty,
Each like a magical powder
Or potion
That could be combined
With other words
To create powerful spells.”

Create me with your words
Let them trail like fingers
Down my spine

Paint me with your breath
Let me be clothed
With all the colors
Of your thoughts

Bind me with your voice
Let your tones encircle
My wrists and knees
And all the labyrinths
Of my mind.
-LM Jones

(Quote: Dean Koontz)
(Image: Timothy Parker)

Waltz With Me


“You see, I want a lot.
Maybe I want it all:
the darkness of each endless fall,
the shimmering light of each ascent.
So many are alive who don’t seem to care.
Casual, easy, they move in the world
as though untouched.”


You Jupiter, come waltz with me
Let’s leave them all behind
We’ll seek the spinning intensity
That lingers for us to find


“She who reconciles the ill-matched threads
of her life, and weaves them gratefully
into a single cloth —
it’s she who drives the loudmouths from the hall
and clears it for a different celebration
where the one guest is you.
In the softness of evening
it’s you she receives.
You are the partner of her loneliness,
the unspeaking center of her monologues.
With each disclosure you encompass more
and she stretches beyond what limits her,
to hold you.”


Yes, come with me my dear
I’ll smooth the scars away
Kiss your pain, banish your fear
Only, promise me you’ll stay.


-LM Jones
(Quotes: Rainer Rilke)



“And the stitches across her chest
Defined her past
So she presented her heart
Like some beautiful creature
That no man could ever resist.”

You should know, my dear
That I’ll fall for you
Releasing caution and fear
I always do

All passion I release and give
I’m yours to command
For your smile I’ll live
Seeking rest from your hand

There is something I would know
I ask you this question
Are you healing or final blow?
Are you to be my destruction?

I fall
I rise
I fall again

You may have my arms, my lips, my eyes
Only, be gentle with my heart
I’ve grown weary of flattery and lies
Embrace me darling, I’m ready to start.

-LM Jones
(Quote: RM Drake)



“Chaos, leave me never.
Keep me wild
And keep me free
So that my brokenness
Will be
The only beauty
The world will see”

Raise arms and shout
Would I burst
Into a million lighted pieces
Or curl within myself
Into infinity?

Do everything
Be everyone

I could consume the world
One syrupy gulp at a time
All the bitter with the sweet
Running down fingers…
And cheek

Taste and savor
The intensity of my love
As we roll on moss strewn earth
Let laughter catch the tangles of my hair
And happiness be the dew on my toes.

-LM Jones
(Quote; RM Drake)