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Poetry tingles are such a singular taste
trembles unleashing waves of guilty pleasure
cold words resting within a warm phrase
their meanings vociferous beyond measure

Forging knots for habits that live apart
margins cuddle lines a little tighter
polished pens spill images from the heart
onto thin pages where space feels brighter

Ink wizardry reveals secrets to everyone
allowing elation to fade into the sea breeze
fourteen lines looking for a home run
toward insatiable ears who can’t wait to read

Each syllable dots a constellation afar
flirting with humanity in the blink of a star


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Bathe me in rivers whence kindness pours
to invite forgiveness with the sound of laughter
eloquence survives selling salt to shores

Prosperity shrinks tempestuous wars
anointed bullet holes covered with plaster
bathe me in rivers whence kindness pours

Our common faith rests in different harbours
under separate skies where idyllic clouds wilt faster
eloquence survives selling salt to shores

Dance with devils on unsteady floors
life evolves when it welcomes disaster
bathe me in rivers whence kindness pours

Nail principles to mahogany doors
to nourish courage for what comes after
eloquence survives selling salt to shores

The rain you meet alone moistens bare pores
unholy water knows no other master
bathe me in rivers whence kindness pours
eloquence survives selling salt to shores


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Self-discovery is an invitation to wander
courage breathes light into every North Star
creating destinations no map can trace
uncharted trails will show you who you are

Fearlessness arises when meeting the unknown
understand how human shapes are drawn to molds
lakes looking for safe harbors to sail from
and trust warmth exists once night unfolds

Fire reclaims ashes settled on the ground
smudging light when you are pursuing shine
but shimmer is not honest, it reflects paths
guiding broken compasses past a crooked line

Focused on the journey, not the destination
lessons learned are always ripe for degustation


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I find home within the sound of your heartbeats
as we learn to cuddle beneath every sun
still I don’t know where my voice fits

Afternoon tides refuse to cradle unspoken wits
when bandaged happiness comes undone
I find home within the rhythm of your heartbeats

Voluminous stores decorate scarce streets
paying for old promises has already begun
still I don’t know where my voice fits

Laughter invades the echoes of my defeats
their clandestine fear entices me to run
I find home within the music of your heartbeats

Ask me again to surrender to the beauty of deceits
the most enduring lessons come from those who never won
still I don’t know where my voice fits

Murmurous nights conquer bohemian misfits
liquor drowns ambitions one by one
home grows within the silence of your heartbeats
still I don’t know where my voice fits


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I am elsewhere beyond photos we spared
hidden within mumbles triggering unrest
landscapes of me I never shared
pieces of you I never guessed

Dulled senses dancing to a broken jukebox
sell hope to freeze one single point in time
reach out and bend the quiet ticking of clocks
huddling for warmth inside a soothing rhyme

The smell of old clothes fills empty drawers
like rationed love for soldiers far from home
courted before by wealthy amateurs
now left to fight on their own

Beyond the melting gaze of irreverence
in waves of pandemic sparks of absence


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Let go if not to hold me endlessly
if your thirst has dried because you’re lonely
leave desire drowning in the pouring rain
forget my mouth if other lips explain
how drizzle carries ripples to your sea

Let go unless your bed wants all of me
if murmurs are ready to discover fringes of insane
for mornings under sheets is where you dream to be
let go if not to hold me endlessly

Or let my scent invade your poetry
spend the night if my body sweetens your bedtime tea
when the warmth I bring is welcome to remain
in muted gestures small enough to reign
otherwise, please set me free
let go if not to hold me endlessly


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It is not only fair to fail
failure is primordial
failure is not an option
it is a requirement

Beware of poisonous ink
in romantic tales sold by greedy storytellers
the constant yearning for happy endings
at their curtain call, what is left to learn?

Life stands incomplete
without the hungry breath of defeats

Use all skins of your humanness
weave them into the softest shoes
so they may strengthen each step
through life’s unforgiving groove

Love celebrates mishaps and uncertainty
love awaits at the start of every gesture
inside everything
embracing everywhere

Free minds are blind to circular lines
they know limits only by creating their own


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Beyond dusk where haunting voices remain
fleeting lovers wander fleeing compromise
chasing mermaids who dwell in the rain

The moon encourages desires it cannot sustain
with starry skies laid out to mesmerize
beyond dusk where haunting voices remain

Lust burns without temporal constraint
it crinkles beneath the tongue to hypnotize
chasing mermaids who dwell in the rain

Not all sunsets deserve exuberant acclaim
some herald the scent of demise
beyond dusk where haunting voices remain

Defeated sirens gather to exclaim
drowning should not come as a surprise
chasing mermaids who dwell in the rain

All drifters bring the same flickering flame
they come to breathe hope into the sunrise
clandestine mornings where haunting voices remain
chasing mermaids who dwell in the rain


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We are boats drifting from the shores of youth
wailing past desires sprinkling the sky
where islands of doubts outline beacons of truth
and the heart compass leads us to a lie

Fables featuring worlds within your reach
where peace only subsides when kept naive
happiness arises from what you can achieve
and constantly learn from whatever you teach

There are new fears to conquer ahead
courage hides within me, not from me
evil does not honor kindness but betrays it instead
and reveals maps to where harbors should be

The foam crest bubbles with the splash of each wave
submerging gasps from those who dared to be brave


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We race in pursuit of elysian goals
melting as soon as they unfold
pieces of paper framed like ancient scrolls
watching us from walls as we grow old

Stalking eternity we seize every night
dreams of worlds where all is done
an empty to-do list, no problems in sight
riding the treadmill of work toward a fading sun

Binding existence to desires unraveled
when keepsakes are the steps of each quest
time wandering lost along roads less traveled
while mobs thrive amid unrest

Every epiphany pins up a different North Star
when you’re nowhere, at least you know where you are

Nuno Ricardo

A poet who codes or a coder with odes. Collects poems in books @ www.nunoricardopoetry.com

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