Monday, September 26, 2016

Tiger Stripes

They suit you well,
These tiger stripes
Swollen red
On softer white.
Uneven marks
Your pattern true,
Strength (or weakness)
Showing through.
Symbolic lines
Thick or thin
A stripe for each
New casual sin.

Thursday, June 30, 2016


The Fox and Wolf are warring, my child
Take cover from their blows
Tooth and claw and furious eyes
Their conflict, silent, grows

The Fox and Wolf are warring, my boy
They cannot be consoled
A shadow lives on from the past
And darkness fills the soul

The Fox and Wolf are warring, my dear
They hunt beneath the skin
Your maiden, in secret, longs for you
She stretches out her hand

The Fox and Wolf are warring, my love
And discontentment reigns
They shred her heart and tear her mind
She longs for you in vain

July 30, 2016

Friday, January 23, 2015


He fell in love with a nightmare
The same way he fell in love with me
That crashing, caving kind of feeling
Of pure mortality

An addict with a pen
Crashing into the wind
And everything is falling
And everything is out of hand

And everything
Is lost.

2014, October

Monday, October 20, 2014


I'm staring off into empty space
Like the empty space behind my eyes
Like the empty space between the lines
That begs me to fill it with words I can't find.
There's something out there, something I can't see yet
Some emotion for this empty chest
Something that matters, some sort of rest
Something more than a hollow goodbye
But "goodbye." There's nothing left...

Saturday, March 15, 2014


How can everything be so fine?
How can you keep smiling
And pretending like everything's alright?
Can I even start to count all of the times
That you've stared at me and said
Those very same lies
Like neither of us are afraid?
And when you look into my eyes
Can you not see the fear
Or the sadness or that I'm terrorized?
How can everything be so grandly aligned,
And if this is all some plan
Then where's the design?
And how can you just look at me and smile?
As if you don't feel the hurt
And neither of us is in denial.
The world is cruel and black and cold
And it's ripping you away from me
And I'm scared that I might let go
And I'm terrified of losing you
Just like I'm terrified to face my own soul
As it screams and it cries out
"Just leave me alone!"
....but when you look at me and I sigh?
I change it to one of contentment
Like the pleasure is all mine
And like the pressure is bearable
And like these are not the same eyes that cry
And when you ask me.....
Of course.
"I'm fine."

Friday, October 25, 2013

Do You Hear Him...

Does it heal you to hear His flesh tear all over again?
Does it feel right when the ground drinks in His blood?
Drive the nails deeper
Drive the crown further
The broken Son of Man
Betrayed once again.
Do you smile again as He cries out?
Does it make you proud to see your work?
Your sins hung Him there
You hang Him again

Crushing His heart
With the weight of your darkness
Do you hear His words still?

Can you make out His voice?
It's rising above the earthquake
Louder than the ripping of the veil.
Can you hear Him?
"I love you anyway."

Thursday, October 17, 2013


That it would weigh so heavily on my soul
That I'd be unable to let it go
That I'd be so careful in bearing the weight
That I would be terrified of sharing that fate
Of regressing, of failing, of giving up hope
I want so badly to chase it, I want so badly to know
I want to fall into the arms of my God
But it seems so far to run
It seems so impossible that I be forgiven
So difficult for me to become undone
"At the cross of Christ I know
That death has lost its place"
It's so much easier when you're not staring at the pit
That threatens to be your friend's grave
Jesus please save me!
I'm in need of Your grace!
Without You I'm hopeless
And I cannot be saved.
Christ rescue my sisters
Pull them out from the dark
Show them the light You showed me
When you purified my heart
Oh Jesus please forgive me!
The weight that is my sin!
That is the shame of apathy
That keeps the darkness in
Jesus save Your daughters!
Let Your blood cover theirs
Keep the shadows from their minds, dear God
Hold them close and Christ keep them!
My God I trust Your mercy
I desperately need Your grace
Your kindness, wholeness, purity
Christ Jesus I need Your strength
Restore me, oh my Savior,
As I pursue Your loving heart
Jesus watch Your children
And rescue us from harm.

October 17, 2013
Leaena Tigris