POETRY

THE EYES

Don't ever underestimate the power of the eyes,
The eyes can tell you secrets which my mouth would never tell.
Am I an angel or am I a devil in disguise?
And will I drag your soul with me to Heaven or to Hell?
Or will I tempt you with my glance, seduce and mesmerize
To leave you later in the dark? Or do I wish you well?
Don't ever underestimate the power of the eyes,
Since they can burn, and they can heal, and they can cast a spell.

WOMEN

We, women, have to stick for one another,
To really care rather than just pretend,
To never steal a husband and a father,
To never pick a date over a friend,
To give a hug when PMS is vicious,
To give a call and share some helpful tips,
To hide the cake, no matter how delicious,
Because it's going straight into our hips.
To give a drink when things are getting sour,
To hide a drink when clearly it's enough,
To teach, inspire, guide, support, empower,
To have each other's back when life is tough,
To give advice, both helpful and sincere,
To really be there, not just be in touch,
To help young girls pursue their dream career
To fix each others' make up when too much,
To always help each other look attractive,
To tell when there is something in the teeth,
To be straightforward, honest, and objective,
To help each other see what is beneath.
I know that we're competitive but rather
Than push away, each other we should hold.
We, women, have to stick for one another,
And that's one way to really change the world.

I AM IN LOVE

"What makes you so rambunctious and so wild?
And what makes you not care what others think?
What makes you energetic like a child?
What makes you go and dance without a blink?
What makes you so upbeat and so excited?"
I'm asked by those who do not know me well.
"What are you on? I would have gladly tried it!"
I'm just in love! There is no secret spell.
Yes, I'm in love! I will not even hide it!
In love with life! With every breath I take!
And with the way my heart one day ignited!
I am in love and hence I am awake!
I am in love with my amazing husband,
My closest friend, my joy, my better half,
And with the journey that life has for us planned,
And the mistakes at which we now can laugh.
I am in love with my creative brain
And with an opportunity to write.
I am in love with sunshine and with rain,
With clouds during the day and stars at night.
I am in love with always standing out,
With starting my uniquely own trends.
With those who trust in me without a doubt
And are, of course, my family and friends,
I am in love with coffee in the morning
With milk and sugar, and vanilla smell.
I am in love. And every day I'm learning
How much I love my every single cell!
I am in love with cakes with cream cheese topping,
With avocados and with mango juice.
I am a woman. I'm in love with shopping
And buying things I'll never ever use.
I am in love with snow in the winter
And with the warmth of sun rays on my face!
With the adventures I get often into
And with the way my heart begins to race.
In love with funny quotes of Oscar Wilde
And with the gentle sea waves on the sand.
And I'm in love with those who kindly smiled
And finished reading this up to the end.

TRUE LOVE

Yes, he could be very fit
And she could be really hot,
But you know when this is it,
And you know when it is not.
Yes, she’d make a perfect wife
And she’s graceful like a swan.
But you know when it’s for life,
And you know when it’s for fun.
Yes, he could be such a blast
And a very pleasant guy.
But you know when it will last,
And you know when it will die.
Yes, you maybe never fight.
And you really get along,
But you know when it is right
And you know when it is wrong.
Yes, we hate those lonely nights,
And we want to have a mate,
But this isn't what unites,
So it’s better just to wait.
And the right one will appear,
And you’ll never ever part.
You will know it, you will hear,
If you listen to your heart.

LOVE IS...

Love is not just rings and roses,
Love is not just fun and sex,
And the second he proposes,
It gets slightly more complex.
If you think that love is simple,
You are in for a surprise.
Love is laughing at a pimple.
Love is praising any size ;)
Love is smiles instead of winces
While you clean after her dog.
Love is giving up on princes.
Love is falling for the frog.
Love is coming from a banquet
With a belly full of beer
Wishing that you never drank it,
And that neither did your dear.
There’s one bathroom in the house,
Any second you will burst,
But you tell your precious spouse:
“It’s okay, you can go first.”
Love is giving the remote.
Love is hugging every night.
Love is giving her your coat
Even if you had a fight.
Love is laundry, love is dishes,
Love is vacuuming a lot.
Every single couple wishes
Love was simpler but it’s not.
Love is not a fairy tale.
It’s a game without a plan.
But the true love will prevail,
If you give it all you can.

SUCCESS

We all dream of that one big break,
And do not know what it will take,
But finally we feel awake
Just thinking of that dream.
We might be making a mistake.
Failure is not a piece of cake
And putting your whole life at stake,
Does seem a bit extreme.

But time does fly, and days do pass,
So many settle for much less,
But life - it's like a game of chess:
Your moves predict your fate.
So do not waste a single day.
There is no reason to delay
The happiness that comes your way
And milestones that await!

Just don't see challenge as a threat.
Move confidently till you get
Through every single drop of sweat
And every single tear.
You have the power to succeed!
Your every move could be the seed
To the great life that you will lead
If you just fight the fear!

FOOTPRINTS OF THE PAST

Sometimes when the moon is too bright
And Morpheus ignores my pleading,
I pour myself a cup of jasmine tea
And sink into the city's serenity.
I walk the streets 
Covered in footprints of the past. 
When no one sees, 
I press my palms against the stone walls
And breathe in the aroma of antiquity.
I wonder whose hands lay these bricks,
These stones, that now hold the secrets
Of so many souls.
I slowly glide from street to street.
I look around and wonder
Who planted all these trees,
Hundred year old oaks,
These silent guards of peace.
How many lovers hid in their shade?
I trace the fences with my finger,
And they remind me 
Of the frost patterns on the windows.
Oh, windows, no movie can compare:
Each has a plot, too tempting not to watch.
The guilty pleasure many of us share.
It's tough indeed to just resist the urge to look.
The urge to get this feeling of nostalgia,
Which is an elixir to my unsettled heart.
When the tsunami of emotions quiets down,
I keep on walking
Down the memory lane
Of other people,
Which starts
To intercept
With mine.
It's hard to comprehend,
But I begin to feel
Like an inseparable part
Of this city's
Elaborate puzzle.
I feel like I make sense.
Without me
And my story
This city would be
Incomplete.

BEWARE

I'm a freedom-loving creature,
Very difficult to tame. 
And my most distinctive feature
Is my glance filled with a flame. 
Burning like a real fire,
Hurting like a real knife,
Rather soon, like all those prior,
You'll be running for your life.
I'm Medusa from the legend. 
I'm a siren in disguise. 
I am worse than you've imagined.
Do not look into my eyes. 
You don't want your friends to mourn you
As a man who played with fate. 
Do not say I did not warn you. 
Look away before it's late. 
Oh, you think that you can tame me? 
Keep in mind, as you proceed:
Many men have that been claiming, 
None have managed to succeed. 
Try if you think you're so clever, 
I have warned you. That is all. 
But I doubt that you will ever
Tame this freedom-loving soul.

© 2017 Maria Shamkalian

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