Friday, July 24, 2020


I feel like we have just begun,
To count up all the costs
And how many times
We'll have to say,
"I'm sorry for your loss,"

Caren E. Salas

Thursday, July 23, 2020


Lately I've been feeling strange
As though I should say good-bye
Like I should tell my story
Before it's too late to try.
And I should show as much love
As my heart has strength to give,

And I should spend each moment
Remembering moments lived.
I see so much that's ending
Like innocence, love and peace
Yet things like fear and hatred
Continue to be released.

Lately I've been feeling strange,
Like I'm running out of time;
Things to see, people to meet,
Mountains I want to climb.
Things are coming to an end
Don't know how, or even when

Just a feeling that I have
That I won't be back again.
It's eating me up inside
Gnawing at me day and night,
And nobody will miss me
When I'm gone and out of sight.

Caren E. Salas

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Gazing out the dirty window
Recent rain streaking down
Making stripes of semi-clean view
I saw a rainbow in the distance
I couldn't take my eyes off it:
This band of color in a gray,
Post storm sky, shouting out,
Announcing better days ahead.
Glancing around me, I realized
No one else had noticed.
Focusing on their own lives
And troubles, they had missed it.
Nature had loaned us this gift,
For a brief moment in time,
As the bus just rumbled on.

Caren E. Salas

Sunday, May 24, 2020

AprPAD Day 23 Prompt: Social______


I often feel like 
An outsider looking in,
Not allowed to talk.
I'm not supposed to be there; 
Maybe I should just go home.

Caren E. Salas

Sunday, May 17, 2020

AprPAD Day 22 Prompt: quirk


It was just a twitch, a quirk,  
A stutter once in a while
He wasn't really worried.
He figured it was the cost,
Of falling madly in love
With someone so wonderful

Caren E. Salas

Saturday, May 2, 2020

AprPAD Day 21 prompt: love/anti-love


There's no love like family
It's unique, crazy, sometimes
Difficult,but always true.
Not just your blood family
But those you've adopted too
Family chosen by heart.

Caren E.Salas

AprPAD Day 20 Prompt: Isolation


In isolation
My mind begins to wander
Imagining worst
Case scenarios, dire ends
Even dying by myself.

In isolation
All I can think of is you
Being far away
Even though you're not that far
You're not where I can hold you.

In isolation
I hear the echos of life
Growing feint each day 
As time steals special moments
Which will never be returned.

Caren E, Salas

Monday, April 27, 2020

AprPAD Day 19 Prompt: Use these 6 words: Embrace, bump, resolve, lonely, fixture, howl


He woke up in a cold sweat
Startled by the light fixture
Mistaking it for the moon
The full moon he so dreaded
Life is lonely when you are
One who goes bump in the night.

How he longed for her embrace
But their love could never be
With resolve, he vowed to leave
Else fill her life with peril
Broken-hearted, packed his bags
And with a howl, departed.

Caren E. Salas

Sunday, April 26, 2020

AprPAD Day #18 prompt: Message

DEATH BY VOICE MAIL (messaged in haiku)  

Hello, I'm not here
If you want leave a message
But I won't call back

Hello? Are you there?
I hope you get this message
Your car is on fire

Hello, this is - no,
Wait, it's none of your business
You can hang up now

Hi, how're ya' doin'?
You just won a million bucks!
Haha just kidding

Hello? No one's here
But cameras are watching you
They're always watching

Just saying hello
But if you don't call me back
You'll be dead to me

Caren E. Salas

Friday, April 24, 2020

AprPAD Day #17 Prompt: Exotic

ANCIENT STREETS                                      

As I walked the ancient streets
A strange combination of
Auto exhaust and spices
Filled the air, Distant music
Danced through my mind and voices
Whispered unfamiliar sounds.

The sky was growing darker
As I reached the upward path
And lush green grass hid crickets:
My welcoming committee;
But as I reached the entrance
The gate was shut and locked up.

Hundreds of miles I'd traveled
For rocks and stones translated
Thousands of years in the past;
Still I was happy to be
Where goddesses had wandered
As I walked the ancient streets.

Caren E. Salas

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

AprPAD Day 16 Prompt: The Last ______


The last time I saw you
Seems forever ago
The way that I miss you
You can't possibly know.

Only limited minutes
I can see your sweet faces
To hear your laughter
When we're different places.

I pray for an end
For the longing I feel
For when I can hold you
In my arms for real.

The last time I saw you
Didn't know I'd be wrong
Thinking all of this craziness
Would not last this long.

Caren E. Salas

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

AprPAD Day 14 Prompt: Form/Antiform


The poems pick their form...or not
They rhyme or don't, a bit or a lot
The words they choose don't always make sense
Sometimes they're frivolous, sometimes intense
They have a mind of their own I say
But if I'm their slave, then lock me away!

Caren E. Salas

AprPAD Day 13 "purpose"


It's not very hard
And the rewards are worth it
Loving on purpose

Caren E. Salas

Thursday, April 16, 2020

AprPAD Day 12 “Spirit”


My spirit wants to soar
As far as it can go
So high until the sky turns black 
And I’m floating like a dream 
Among the stars. 
Instead I am in shackles 
And earthbound I remain 
Imprisoned by the fear 
Of an adversary 
Who was uninvited, yet busy
Subverting minds
With racism and hate
As well as physical destruction. 
This harbinger of hell
Has overstayed its welcome 
And is starting to annoy. 

My spirit wants to soar
As fast as I can fly
So quick until the sun is high
And I’m burning up 
With life within the fire 
Instead I have been banished 
Tethered by the grief 
Severed by the miles and time 
As well as risk and care 
The murderer of love
Has no passion or concern 
For my what I’m afraid will be 
My immanent demise. 

Caren E Salas