Sonnet of Escape by Chris Noe

Sitting here on my couch drinking bourbon

Yesterday’s snow melts on old brick rooftops

The sound of train whistles is so urban

Our world is too busy to even stop

I respect the lonely people outside

Heads are spun in motion sickness space clouds

Ear buds and smart phones are places to hide

Accomplishments in life we are real proud

Suburban winter life in Chicago

Kickball games and trash picking in the streets

It won’t be long until the flowers grow

Dance through the lush green grass in our bare feet

Shelter exists within my sleepy dreams

Protecting my soul from the midnight screams


Before my eyes….obervations in the fall


I see my sister and me playing tag in the backyard

A highway map that invites my curious soul

Silly faces of my nieces in a picture frame

A gold ring on my finger to remind me of love


I see the rain and cold before winter finally approaches

Christmas is around the corner

Crumbled leaves still remain

Obstacles are in the way


I see puddles slowly growing to the point

where its too difficult to jump over them

My wife struggles with her health

causing me to weep


I see grey skies

trees with bare branches

A hot cup of coffee on my desk

A cup of pleasure wakes up my eyes


I see strangers passing by

in a cafe

looking at their iPhones

starring off into space


I see stress in a woman’s eyes

hearing random chatter

music dances in my head

Things are getting complicated today


I see strange objects before my eyes

it’s who we are

different ideas

different colors



bright lights



how often is the world silent?

can we build clean energy around us?


love the earth

remove hate

increase positive flow


tremendous energy

appreciating what’s around already


My focus however is on melancholy

Expectations aren’t met with these eyes

My eyes are burning up

Seeing you in bed within my life


Sad that I’m going back to my nightmares

Why do they haunt me forever?

Ferocious eyes

Observe so many moments


Life is blazing

before my eyes

I see memories of a child

laughing on the floor

in front of the fireplace


I see a woman that I love

my eyes are relaxed in the presence

of the lady of my dreams

she smiles and sings to me

thats is enough to put me at ease


Before my eyes is a life unknown

adventures we have yet to take

a child we have yet to raise

a new home we have yet to live in


The road is open for a trip

for a drive

for a continuous journey


I see dancing in the streets

walks along the beach

stormy weather

comforted by shelter and a warm blanket


Before my eyes

calm waters prevail





Today’s poem

Drinking Genius

Awake from this sluggish throb of a lifeless day
Make every picture sacred
Remember to live young
Why laugh once?
Surround this moment with eternal brilliance
Time to listen to secret words
Yesterday the universe was wild
Translucent sky devours the poison
Of the red smoke bleeding through the naked window
Trust the ocean
The open pool heals the hole of decay
One more cup of coffee is poetry
For the ferocious heart