My broken days

"My broken days" - poetry by Roshan James, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada

Text: My broken days are not what you see They’re not in the parting of my lips Or my shadowed gaze You’ll find them deep in my bones Finely etched fractures of stories half-written A curation for no one’s sake But the art of a mortal life

Here and now

"Here and now" poetry by Roshan James, Wellesley, Ontario

Text: Love is not The fulfillment Of a golden future It is for the broken Here and now Walking through A winter of devotion Breath hanging hopeful On the frosty air

Love’s lost fury

"Love's lost fury" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Text: When once I raged I now sleep And dream in peace It is the calm not before But after quiet has overtaken And my heart has softened into itself In the stillness of love’s lost fury

Begging bones

"Begging bones" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Text: Being broken wasn’t an option It was catharsis and catalyst A begging of bones Grateful for release

Unreckoned

"Unreckoned" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Text: I am the deep, dark waters The tide pulling from the shore I am the moon’s reflection Broken Shimmering over I am salted drops For the horizon unclaimed And a roar on these chasmed lips I am the terror of sinking below And the riptide unreckoned

A year in review

"A year in review" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Text: This year brought me full circle Hitting home in the first twenty-four hours onward With lessons to be learned thoroughly And in great detail About how to love through the common brokenness How to move from certain endings to uncharted beginnings In the way the geography of my body changed indelibly With the work […]

Ache

"Ache" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener, Waterloo, Ontario Canada

Text only: Here’s what I think – I’ll tell you how I feel and you’ll say something about being flattered or maybe it’s just that you don’t think of me in that way And I’ll do a really poor job of pretending And my heart will continue breaking Every day, shattering into small pieces Smaller […]

Broken and the beast

"Hungry" poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Text only:   Do you feel like this too Sometimes   A broken heartedness so complete So hungry for more of me   That it builds   Molding futures in my flesh For its own appetite, to devour   A self-fulfilling beast

Broken road

"Broken road", poetry by Roshan James, Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

You and I are alike, my broken road Worn and well-traveled, a sojourning pair Continuing on despite, and sometimes in spite, Of our condition and the terrain we find ourselves crossing Alike in marking a path forward And marching on with all manner of people Passing by charming city lights, congested intersections, Infrequently restful highway stops […]

Ask

Ask, poetry by Roshan James

My heart asked my eyes To go looking for you today But they couldn’t find your face In the crowds staring back So my heart asked my lips To tell the tale But they couldn’t find the words To speak Of joy unspeakably Terrifying In depth and height Broken Over time and place Strewn So […]