Best That You’ll See

When will you get it?
I do what I want.
So no matter your wishes
I’ll go on this jaunt.

I’ll sleep in this bed
and I’ll eat on this shelf.
I’ll do as I please;
it’s good for my health.

Your commands are pointless
and your wishes for not.
Your demand are futile
and your hopes, distraught.

But look on the bright side
at least you’ve got me
and I know for a fact
I’m the best you’ll ever see.

© Autumn and Emilita Siders 2018
Best That You’ll See

Battle of the Bands

The strings don’t twang
like the steel pedal guitar
but they beat the country back,
a classical superstar.
An instrumental interlude
overlaps movement two
and cowboy boots start tapping,
the conductors baton eschewed.

Each ensemble battles,
vying for center stage
and music to my ears
mingles on the page.
The battle lingers on
but the end is soon near
as static takes the waves
and each station becomes unclear.

© Autumn Siders 2018
Battle of the Bands


Are you just visiting
or are you here to stay?
I’ve never had someone
last more than just a day.
Are you in it forever
or just for tonight?
I’ve never known a lover
who could bring me to the light.

Are you sure this is what you want
and not just what you need?
I’d rather you leave now
than leave my heart out to grieve.
Are you an open book
or a mystery in sheath?
Perhaps if you leave now
tomorrow will be a relief.

© Autumn Siders 2014


It starts small,
you don’t even notice
to begin
and then that annoying ache
keeps crying,
“let me in, let me in.”
Your vision blurs
and your temples throb
and the light burns
and the world spins.
Soon you can’t think,
you can’t stand,
even sitting
is an act so grand.
The day is done,
there is no carrying on
so I fade to black
and let my mind be gone.

© Autumn Siders 2018

Burned and Stained

Human life may be worth something
but humanity has yet to prove it’s worth.
Each passing day my heart sinks
deeper into the rotten earth.
Every soul that crosses my path
seems only to look out for one being
instead of finding out that others
can do good instead of just sting.
When humanity is all but gone
and love and compassion fled,
what is left of planet earth
will be burned black and stained red.

© Autumn Siders 2018
Burned and Stained