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I am so sorry

For having made you a fool

But then so am I

To sit and dream of a love

That should have been surrendered

©Kay Salady



Within this darkness

The bitterness of memory

Steps in again to taunt me

Yanking at these chains

The links of which remain

Past incantations spoken

Past every single token

With water from the wells

Of his cathedral

This Father came to save me

But you know how fathers can be

When brothers leave the room

Of little girls in bloom

It isn’t rare

For those who dare

Those living tools of Satan

While others are debating

To do the same

For their own gain

While flowers in the attic

Appear to be combative

Rocking to and fro

Steady as you go

Never will you grow

Steady as you go

Rocking to and fro

©Kay Salady

Harvest Moon

October was ours

But Luna never waited

As she slowly sank

Amid the fading embers

Of a love that chose to die

©Kay Salady

Harvest Moon descending behind Sleeping Ute Mountain

City of Strangers

Old age is an island surrounded by death . . . 

Foreign to myself

In this foreign land

I fear my own reflection 

I run toward the light 

Only to find darkness

For I sought solace

In empty arms

That reach to touch

No one
©Kay Salady

This Old Chest of Cedar


I lift the lid of this old chest

To inhale my life’s ambition

And one- by- one the passing years

Go by with admonition

Slipping through these fingers

With the newborn’s faded gown

The family bible worn with age

The lace I can’t put down

For all the chapters of my life

Are dreams that walked away

And I sit and wonder

What happened to the days

Where have all my flowers gone

I fail to see their colors

Once brilliant in the sunlight

To fill my world with memoirs

Embracing me with fragrance

Dancing in the wind

Filling life with passion

I call to them again

For I feel so abandoned

Within this chest of hope

I fear I’ll drown in sorrow

And know I cannot cope

So I close it once again

Wondering why I came

To reminisce the days gone by

For yesterdays remain



©Kay Salady

Bliss, So Beautiful

Bliss, So Beautiful

The evening shadows fall

Deepening my sorrow

I have no breath at all

To beg to steal or borrow

A place in time with you

Before this life is through


O’ memory fade away

Why torture this fair soul

For I was marked that day

With bliss so beautiful

As beads of sweat ran down

My lover’s aching flesh

Burning for one touch

Longing to enmesh

Locked inside my gaze

His earnest almond eyes

Told me everything

Of how he agonized

To be near me


How a hint of a blush

Gave him such a rush

And a bitten lip

As a fingertip

Pointed the way

To a dimly lit room

Where roses abloom

Fell to sachet

The lovers’ bed

Inside of his head

That just couldn’t stay


©Kay Salady

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Color Me Blue

For so long, withheld inside this heart about to burst
I thought to bear my soul somehow, to satiate my thirst
Then came to you, so willing, unafraid to risk it all
I did not look before I leapt, but chose to take the fall
I failed to test the waters and did not check the height
But closed my eyes to feel the bliss of swimming in delight
Only to find a vagabond whose love I could not find
Searching for his solace in a soul other than mine
Your beauty remains hidden in the shelter of my heart
For unrequited love remains, never to depart
All my world is flooded in the waters of despair
Wrought by separation from a love I thought was rare
So, I drown in my deep sorrow and drink the river’s blood
That rushes o’er my body and wash up in the mud
And still remember, that I love you
Oh, how I love you

©Kay Salady

Color Me Blue

Author, Kay Salady 

Every Good Intention

Every Good Intention

I brought you a storm
Instead of a rainbow
My intention to drive
All the dark clouds away
Were foiled by the rain
That ran from my eyes
And into your heart
Destroying your day
The sound of your sorrow
Wounded my soul
Forgive me my darling
This wasn’t my goal

©kay salady

Fallen Sparrow

Fallen Sparrow

I’m hanging by a limb
And clawing for its branches
Scratching me with thorns
Of blood-stained sorrow
Black bird sits mocking me
For all I want to see
Is a glimmer of your face
Inside this hollow
And I cry out in pain
As I attempt in vain
To reach beyond today
Until tomorrow
For that lemon yellow sky
And one look into your eyes
A balm to heal this hapless
Fallen sparrow

©Kay Salady

The Dance Everlasting

The Dance Everlasting

O’ my love, you are beautiful
Gliding through the darkness
Soft, violet eyes veiled in sorrow
Ruby, red lips pouting tenderly
Against milky, white flesh
Floating on wisps of ivory tulle
Ebony tresses gathering twilight
You dance the dance everlasting
As your dreams drift about
And I gather them in my pockets
As golden coins for the morrow
When I shall pay the toll
To cross that forlorn river
Where true love awaits
Beyond all mortal flesh
Far past this earthly realm
There, we shall dance in sunlight
An everlasting dance
O’ my love, you are beautiful
I save these tears for you
For precious was your heart
And worthy is my devotion
In alabaster jars
Each tiny drop I save
To sprinkle on the roses
I lay beside your grave

©Kay Salady