Invisible No More

my love affair with words


It’s tooth and bone

and grinding nails

and lollipops

and puppy dog tails

It’s blood and blades

and scratches and


It’s tooth and nail

and tearing flesh;

rending flesh

it’s all about the past

the present

and the


that was never


to be

It’s all about tooth and bone

and grinding nails

It’s all about





                                                       ©Patti Keno


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my words

my words


I am the angry


with fire in

her eyes

I am the silent


blue hair

blowing madly

in the wind

I stand before

you ready to


I am the angry


and I am never

coming back

I am the silent girl

who claims

she’s from Detroit

and worked here

for four years

I am the angry


who lies and lies

and lies

I am the angry





                                                      ©Patti Keno

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I’m not finished yet

i dreamt; i saw
i came; i went
i bled; i cried
i jumped; i screamed
i lived; i died
i loved; i cared
i ran; i played
i gave; i shared
i left; i went
i ripped; i tore
i killed; i mended
still it wasn’t enough
still i want more
i ran; i skipped
i drove; i rode
i flew; i walked
i ate; i drank
i tasted; i felt
i saw; i heard
i sang; i ached
I laughed; i cried
but it wasn’t enough
one more day and it’s over
I used to tell myself that
one more day and I’ll be gone
but i never could do it
I thought I could
i thought; i analyzed
i mixed; i mingled
i flirted; i teased
i floated; i breezed
i tantalized; i broke
i cut; i cried
I cried
I cried
I cried
I cried
I cried
cry cry
but it’s never enough
i can’t do enough
i can’t see enough
i can’t feel enough
i can’t want enough
i can’t hear enough
i can’t taste enough
i can’t smell enough
i can’t go now
I can’t
I’m not finished yet
I’ve lived and loved
for a quarter of a century
and still it isn’t enough
I can’t go now
I can’t

©Patti Keno

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empty hollow ache

empty hollow ache

washes over me again

empty hollow ache

fills me with dread again


I know where this leads

I know where this will take me


empty hollow ache

How much more of this can i take

empty hollow ache

how much more before i break


I try to push this away

I try to forget it all


empty hollow ache

mocking me

hounding me

taunting me

empty hollow ache


I know where this will lead me

I know which road to take


and so i go

for one more

sugar heartache

empty hollow ache


finally disappears

as i close my eyes

empty hollow ache

no more

until the morning

when i wake


I know where this leads me

I know where this takes me


empty hollow ache



©Patti Keno

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it’s me again

I’m here waiting

once again

for all the things

that I lack

and all the things

that I can never

get back


like I always do


for you

or him or her

or she or he

or it or this or that

how can I stand

to wait this long

and what made me think

that every thing

will eventually fall in my lap

does the world revolve around me

and me alone?


then why and I still here


like I always do

what made me think

that everything I desire

will fall into my lap

what made me think

that anything and everything

would come here to me as I wait


oh yeah:

“Good things come to those who wait.”


and so I wait

waiting still

like I always do

and I watch my dreams

sail further away

while I wait

for those good things

to come to me




                                                                      ©Patti Keno



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last month

last month never happened

i need to go back and fix it

i missed a whole month while sleeping

the days just seemed to slip away

they broke against the shore

and i never saw them again

last month crashed and sank into the ocean

just like my heart

it was left behind

and now i’ll never know

and nothing will ever show

all that i have missed

in that one missing month

last month has disappeared again

just like they always do

until i’m back here again

wondering what i did last month




©Patti Keno

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Last Year’s Night

Oh the sweet caress
of last year’s dress
as it swirls and falls around my hips
a voice and a note
and we’re dancing again
just like last year
just like back then
one hand on my hip
and the other pressed to my neck
pulling me in
pulling me in
to feel last year’s kiss once more
Oh the sweet caress
of last years dress
as we live this day out once more
the satin sweet swirl
as you spin me around
spinning and spinning
until we fall to the ground
laughing and laughing
we lay
side by side
on last year’s soil
on last year’s earth
quietly you whisper
last year’s promises in my ear
quietly you whisper
words of forever love
“I’ll never leave you again”
you whisper
“never leave me again”
my response
and we twirl and we swirl
together as one
once more on last year’s night
Oh the sweet caress
of last year’s dress
as it’s satin falls around my hips
you caress me once more and kiss my lips
“See you next year.” you say
and wave a little goodbye
“next year” I whisper
in last year’s reply
“next year” I repeat
as you disappear
into last year’s morning light


©Patti Keno

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into the arms of madness


this grinning madness

sits before me

and eggs me into complacency

this grinning madness


patient and impatient

all at once

It angers me

with it’s laughter

with it’s sullen glares

and sudden movements

this grinning madness

waits to take me in it’s arms

into the arms of madness

all around me i hear noises

people pushing me closer

forcing me towards that goal

that grinning golem

forgotten idol, left for dead

this grinning madness






as i stumble

and fall into it’s

open arms

forever lost

in this grinning madness



©Patti Keno


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You won’t be alone forever

The hollow of his hands

The smoothness of his nails

The soft flesh above his eyes

His strong arms around me

His texture; It’s all so real

And I miss it

I miss all of this

As I sit and contemplate

 the emptiness of my own arms

I long to feel him there

I long to see him; to touch his hair

I lived my whole life with

This longing for the man with no face

I’ve felt my head against his chest

I’ve felt his finger on my lips and in my mouth

I’ve stared into his ocean-deep eyes

But never once saw his face

Every morning I wake more exhausted

Then when I fell asleep

I’ve spend the entire night

Trying to convince him to come to me

Begging… pleading…

Longing for him to follow me as I slip through

The Dreaming and wake alone once more.

I cry each morning, holding myself

Soon there will be nothing left

Of me to hold on too

Soon there will be nothing left of me.

He told me last night…

“you won’t be alone forever.”

But this waiting is tearing me apart inside

This raw nerve that rips open anew

Each time I see another couple


Another couple in love.

It tears me apart inside that I cannot be

That I cannot be in love

I can only be alone.


©Patti Keno


My self-made prison cell

this ache inside

for something new

it never fades

it never ebbs

it always stays

deep inside of my




such a useless emotion

it only leads to pain

I’ve been burnt before

and nothing will

ever burn me again


I push them away

SCARE them away

before they get too close

I can’t let them in

I can’t let them near

I don’t want them

hurting like I did


I feign the search for

the ebon eyes that haunt

me in my dreams

but the loss of

self keeps me from reaching out

I’m too afraid of losing

the self I worked so hard to build

the self I worked so hard to reclaim

I can’t let them in

I can’t let them in

Even if it means that I can never get out

I never want to lose myself in someone else again


so I go

forever feigning interest

pain and jealousy

filling my very being

maybe it’s envy

not jealousy that I feel

a secret wish to be normal

to be more like them

in their perfect bliss


a hand and a sigh

lips meeting



a hand and a sigh

they continue

and never notice my tears

too lost in their own desires

to ever notice me fading

slipping away

into another world

my imaginary world

where all my dreams come true

and there is always someone there

to hold me

always someone there

to love me

in a love beyond love

in a love beyond sex

in a love beyond this world

a love that only I can give myself


once again his ebon eyes

behold me and I cringe

in their wake

he knows that I am a coward

he knows that I’ve been weak

he smiles

and once again whispers out

his catch phrase:

“It’s not your time”

and he takes me in his arms once more

if I can’t be with him now

then I can at least enjoy him in my dreams


because the loss of

self keeps me from reaching out

I’m too afraid of losing

the self I worked so hard to build

the self I worked so hard to reclaim

I can’t let them in

I can’t let them in

even if it means That I can never get out


I can never get out

I will always be

on the inside looking





©Patti Keno


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