The walls that you build
to keep others out
can only stand so long
before casting their doubt.

And when the time comes
for these walls to topple down,
be sure that you stand clear
so in the rubble you won’t drown.

But will you know for sure
which side the ruins will fall?
Will you be trapped forever
in a world you made so small?

© Autumn Siders 2017


The last time you called,
I cut the call short.
I had too much to do
and you, too little to report.

Shortly after the call,
you would never call again
since Death called on you
as he does on all men.

Some regret I should feel
or even sorrow since you passed,
but the only thing I feel
is an emptiness that will last.

© Autumn Siders 2008


I look at you with her
and think how great it is
that I dodged a bullet,
since not too long ago
I wore her shoes.
I look at you with her
and I feel nothing like love,
no remorse,
just pity for another soul
you duped.
I look at you with her
and I wonder what she sees
since now my eyes are open
and I will never be the same.
I look at her with you
and I think,
karma does exist.

© Autumn Siders 2017