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Mysterious – a Poem



A presence near
The heart sincere
Goodbye to fear
Home is here

A man a soul
A worthwhile goal
Looks black as coal
Fits the role

The burning fire
A living wire
Children to sire
Deep desire

Behind a veil
The heart will wale
Break free from jail
Meant to fail

Not one but two
And much is due
You thought you knew
If so, who?


Author’s Note: We are all more than one person. At the very least we are two: the one we present to the world and the one we are deep inside. Most of us are much more than two as we have a “person” for each part of our life. Family, friend, work, social, parent, strangers… Not everyone sees the same person when they look at us. Indeed, we do not present the same person to each person we meet.

This poem was written in my late teens, early twenties when I was trying to figure out primarily what person I was going to be. I hope you enjoy.

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Façade – Poem

Facade poem wolfe butler WB


 You smile, you cheer

You meet and greet

You walk and talk

You run your feet


You shine so bright

You look complete

You call yourself

The sun beneath


What you don’t know

Is what still shows

That your façade

Not only glows


For what you think

You safely keep

And what you hide

Your restless sleep


Is not so hid

That we don’t see

But shines as bright

As does your glee


And looks at us

With ugly truth

Betrays your peace

Destroys your youth


And once you find

That pain can’t hide

That nothing veiled

Stays locked inside


That pieces fall

From damaged minds

Keeps treasures lost

From future finds


You’ll look for us

Those you deceived

And want our help

Like we believed


Still on your terms

You’ll search for us

And beg for strength

And lots of fuss


But then may be

A bit too late

Who could have helped?

You’ll meditate


With no one there

In cold night air

Your truth will call

And steal your fare


Because you chose

To just deceive

And share no truth

But tangled weave


To keep your heap

Of shattered dreams

And endless bout

With silent screams


Your tears will fall

On lonely grounds

No one to hear

Your empty sounds


And maybe then

You’ll see the cost

Of that with which

Your lies have lost


And those who grieved

To just see you

Will long have moved

Far from your view


Because your mask

Of endless bliss

Drives us away

To nothingness


So I pray soon

You’ll see your fate

And please change it

Before too late


For I am here

Right now I reach

My heart is free

I still can teach


But can’t hold on

Without your hand

You need my help

To understand


November 11, 2004


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Frozen Lake – Poem

Frozen Lake poem wolfe butler WB

I tried to walk

Alone across

An endless frozen sea


T’was dark as coal

All twilight gone

A path I did not know


I walked in vain

To reach no goal

Direction had no road


No markers there

Or signs to guide

A frozen land nowhere


Though not yet doomed

My trip grew worse

As through a hole I fell


To gasp for air

And fight for strength

But all to no avail


For in the dark

With water deep

I found no hole to flee


A grave unmarked

No man to know

A myst’ry plain to see


No light to guide

No helping hand

Instead this silent sea

– July 25, 2005

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Anguish – Poem


 Within my mind I build you up

I put you up quite far

I make a wish and have a dream

And pain of truth I bar

I imagine that you do care

And that my needs you know

And that you want to be the one

To lift me when I’m low

 But all too real I know the truth

You can’t see passed yourself

And with the chance to just have fun

You stick me on a shelf

 It matters not how hard I hope

In time you will not change

You choose not to improve yourself

To grow within your range

 For in all truth you do not care

A fact that does me pain

And maybe once in coming truth

I will see what is plain

 And I’ll accept what can’t be changed

For you won’t let it be

I must love you for who you are

Or turn around and flee

– March 27, 2005


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Anguish - a dark poem by Wolfe Butler

Smile Today – Poem

Smile Today

The peace of sleep shattered by the dying

The rising sound of a baby crying

Roused from the bed I preset today’s stage

There’s no good news on the newspaper page

I leave my home to rehearse this poor play

Morning light veiled by dark clouds streaked with gray

The homeless stand in lines upon the street

Shattered glass lines the dirt beneath my feet

An office filled with lives I cannot change

A desk covered with files I just rearrange

The day goes by and the tempest rolls in

Driving rain blows but erases no sin

Leaving at five thick smoke strangles the air

Signs overlooked, with stark warnings, beware

I head for my home that shattered old house

Once near the doorway I kicked a dead mouse

I bolt the door tightly it must stay out

I head for the bed my mind filled with doubt

This world is so dim I wish I could say

At least I was able to smile today

Umbrellas for everyday

Author’s Note:

This is another dark one. There was a period is my life where it was hard to see above the darkness. Eventually the rain always stops, and the skies always clear. If you are in the dark place, the sun is coming. Just hold on.

The Price

Drums beating loud inside

This one comes from a darker place. I’m hoping dark poetry is your forte. Enjoy.

Eternal Pain – a Poem by


Pain from a toxic relationship can be overwhelming. Read more in this painful poem by Wolfe Butler. | #Poem #Poet #Poetry #Dark

Screaming on impact, agony wails

Lines stolen from time, ever prevails

Fierce violence lives, blood baths move on

Though scars are now hid, nothing is gone

The weapons have changed, little with time

With pain still as fresh, each new land mine

A true no man’s land, desert with sand

The smart from a fist, sting of a hand

Dark bruises still heal, death won’t come yet

Battles are lost, that you can’t forget

War wages onward, taking its toll

Love leaves in earnest, empties the soul

Each torture stake, heavier with time

Breaks down the spirit, searing the mind

With each occasion, nothing feels real

Scars heal in pattern, leaving their seal

Emptiness far worse, than death could weave

Taints every scene, you can perceive

So no one gets close, no warmth is felt

Insanity binds, tied like a belt

Is anything left, should we hold strong?

Or are we beaten, ending our song?

November 11, 2004

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