nihiless (Response Poem)

Ok, I was just about to head to bed when I came across another poem that grabbed me and shook out a response. This response poem was inspired by the poem nihiless at shrinksarentcheap. I encourage you to go read the other poem first.

nihiless (Response Poem)

You do not fall in love

As best as I can tell

Fate is not for you to tempt

My passionate moans

To you, unknown

Blending with others

You’ve taken on this

Rolling trail of dusty hills

Your wretched bleak desire

Eked out

In these awkward gas station restrooms.

And you,

Body reacting to poor advances

Mentally dancing through minefields of emotion

While I,

Hope in vain for a future with answers.

You, who snuffs out hope

Like a cigarette flicked to a mud puddle

With purpose, vengeance even.

And yet,

How can such passion

Find poetry in heart

If no heart exists

But for





Stephen Kellogg – 2013

About Stephen Kellogg

Poetry, Ponderings, Prose, Photos & Pounding out the Pathways All at my blog... I hope you'll take a few minutes to wander around the site. Not all of what you read there will be happy or sad etc. but I trust my writings, photos etc will encourage, touch, inspire or just make you think…. I really appreciate feedback!! Thanks and enjoy Peace! Stephen Kellogg All of my writings, pictures etc are original works, unless otherwise noted, and should be considered copyrighted.
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13 Responses to nihiless (Response Poem)

  1. Nice work, Stephen! Love the cigarette flicked in a mud puddle image. That’s an original depiction of a feeling I know.
    By the way, this theme looks eerily familiar. 😉

  2. shrinksarentcheap says:

    gorgeous response. I am honored. the answer to your question is, you are right.

    • Thank you for the inspiration. I’m always a little nervous the first time I respond to someone’s poetry. I always hope it is taken as a compliment as the poem I read brought out a poetic response. I look forward to reading more on your blog.



  3. Alice Keys says:

    I’m so glad to see more posts from you. This is a treasure of back-talk. I’ve gone and followed shrinksarentcheap as well. Good referral. Great poem. Sigh.

    • Alice,
      Thanks for the continued support and encouragement! If you want to go on a romp through response poems, you can do a search for “response” in my search box and the majority of them should be found. I try to remember to put (response poem) in the title and also “response” of some sort in the tags.



      • Alice Keys says:

        Stephen, I’ve caught the poetry bug and read all I can in my spare moments. Keep writing. I need my thoughts to be provoked and entertained. 😉 Alice

      • Alice,
        Poetry is a hard bug to shake… I’d recommend not even trying. It’ll bury itself deep inside and hunker down good. It’s best just to try and feed it what it needs. Hopefully I’ll provoke and entertain soon but for now I’m off to bed.



  4. this like a ladder~wonderful !

    • Deborah,
      Always good to see you around here. Thanks, I hope it can be one rung of a ladder to help someone out of such a situation. As always, I appreciate your feedback.



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