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He's an Open Book

Poetry is turning out to be a very cathartic medium, I should do this more often.

Set the Mood


With curious hands she turns my pages,

Exploring the plot conceived through ages.

Ages of innocence and those of sins,

Searching through both my losses and wins.

Table of contents nowhere to be found,

A garbled mess to which I've been bound.

But her scrutinizing eyes will take the time to find,

The light between the darkness in every line.

Horror-filled and delightful my tales,

Heard in the background of silent wails.

Yet she continues on digging deeper,

Into the tellings of love's yearning reaper.

Ripped from my book she tears each story,

That painted my plot with blood so gory.

She is the editor to my fickle past,

Fishing with lines of passion cast.

Reading my book like sailing my sea,

She immerses in every part of me.

Airs of sorrow and spray of sadness,

She draws me from unending madness.

As I have been her open book,

So did I bite upon her inviting hook.

I traversed her depths and treacherous ridges,

Where she had burned them I rebuilt her bridges.

Attached to our stories as if by stitches,

Our tales entwined bringing greater than riches.

Together we traded our tears and laughter,

Shared pages leading to happily ever after.

A Yearning

There is a physical love that I have, one that I play into as often as it arises and disappears as quickly as it comes; the body is fickle in this way. However, where I am yearning and where that yearning never ends is in the emotional love that is lacking in this world. People like to hoard it, to keep their emotions to themselves and keep them safe, and this is as boring as it is gut-wrenchingly sad to me.

Strive to be an open book, let others read your pages and explore your tales. Equally strive to immerse in the tales of others, and rewrite those bloody tales with love.


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 17, 2020:

Thank you for both, the well wishes and the sharing to page.

I will send you links after I post to page.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 15, 2020:

@Fran: Thank you, and perhaps it is a bit of both. Skeptical of the self and others because of fear seems likely. I know other people scare me deeply, especially when choosing to remain vulnerable and open for them; it tends to backfire more often than not and that saddens me. Can't let terrible experiences close our book, though!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 15, 2020:

@Brenda: After checking out your page I would not mind if you shared my pieces, and I thank you for offering to do so with my work. It means a lot you find them worthy of sharing!

I hope all goes well with your step-dad!

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on May 15, 2020:

Heartwarming poem. Let love in and let it out! Although it's not always easy to be an open book. Are we skeptical or afraid to show who we really are?

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 14, 2020:


I absolutely love this one!

I agree with you that it can be quite boring if you cannot share this type of feelings.

I would love to share this one and maybe a few others on my page poets with a voice. May I?


May be a day or two...we just placed my step-dad into nursing home.

Let me know your thoughts.


Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 14, 2020:

It is quite difficult to be an open book, Ruby, too true. All too often we open ourselves up to share with the world all the love our pages contain, and that love is stomped to the dirt and the stories within us used as a weapon.

Together we can conquer the fear and dangers! Thanks for reading!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 14, 2020:

I'm very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the messages within, Lora, and I thank you for taking the time to read this little piece!

Purely honest and open relationships are so rare, and can be scary even, but I think we can pull it off if we all work together!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 14, 2020:

I love the way you used a book to go through life, it's not easy to be an open book, but to open up and share love is a beautiful thought.

Lora Hollings on May 14, 2020:

I really like your poem, Kyler. I love the message of people reaching out to help heal each other and also the message that we need to have an honest and open relationship with one another so that we may offer our emotional support and help them find their way again. Well done!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 14, 2020:

I appreciate your compliments and input, Donna, thanks for reading!

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, Indiana on May 14, 2020:

Kyler, love is deep and sometimes you have to skip a few pages past the past. Love is always there we just need an open heart, eyes wide open and trust to find what we are searching for and once you find it, then a new story arises of a tale of love.

Very well written poem, I loved it!


Donna Rayne

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 13, 2020:

You're too generous, John, there a few lines that fall out of perfect; I thank you for your kind compliments nonetheless!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 13, 2020:

An excellent poem for of feeling and honesty. “An open book” indeed, perfect title. Perfect rhyme scheme too. Well done, Kyler.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 13, 2020:

I'm very happy to hear this is one of your favorites, Lorna, as I think it is one of mine as well!

Thanks for reading!

Lorna Lamon on May 13, 2020:

An open book conjures up so many different facets of the human spirit - love, honesty, hope, trust etc. The emotional love you talk about so eloquently in your poem, I feel comes from all these different emotions. I love the last verse where you have weaved the poem together culminating in that happy ever after. This would have to be one of my favourites Kyler, spoken from the heart.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on May 13, 2020:

Thank you, Ann, this piece is one written straight from the heart and I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

Thanks for reading!

Ann Carr from SW England on May 13, 2020:

What a beautiful poem and a wonderful message, Kyler. Well done!


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