Morning Rain


Spring rains fall swiftly

as  the green leaves sweat rain drops-

The earth’s thirst is quenched


© 2015 Brian Evans. All rights reserved



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Where Roads Once Were

This poem was inspired by a chance sighting of two couples during one of my daily lunch breaks.  One couple was visibly in love as they were engaged in an embrace during their lunch date.  Moments later, in the same vicinity, I witnessed another couple that seemed to contrast the first in every way, as a public argument ensued between them.  The contrast was quite poetic as I pondered the journey from one end of the love spectrum to the other.  The following is the resulting muse.

There once was a road named “Forever”

traversed by love-ladened drifters

burning with blissful abandon

entranced by the fragrant figment

of a fairy-tale ending

Their fingers intertwined

into a lover’s knot

reflecting the contents of a lover’s heart

The road so smooth

The path so clear

No cracks, no bumps, no potholes near

But lovers become strangers

as the sands of time

turn the “tic” of bliss

into the “tock” of burden

the pant…




The road named “Forever” dead ends

neglected by the feet of fidelity

Streets of gold

fade to dirt roads

fraught with the souls of arguments

that died in antiquity

being conjured up repeatedly

now haunt the contemporary

Love whispered in its infancy

“i’ll never hurt” you

“i’ll always love” you

But as love grows older

it tends to grow colder

shouting over and over



and before hands can heal the wounds

words wound again

siphoning fresh blood from year-old scars

The pain decays but never really dies

as the golden vow lies

in the dirt

where roads once were


© 2015 Brian Evans.  All rights reserved


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Ripples (Haiku)

Warm, quiet waters

ripple on the lake’s surface-

the fish leaps up high


© 2015 Brian Evans.  All rights reserved

Original Haiku in observance of National Poetry Month


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Devil In Me

She clutched her purse with fear as I passed by

And took her blue-eyed baby by the hand

As “Come to Mommy, Dear” was her command

I wondered why this fear had gripped her eye

It seemed as if the Devil had come nigh

Straight from Hell, that God-forsaken land

I looked around and tried to understand

But when I saw no one, I realized

In truth I bear, it seems, the Devil’s stain

Upon black skin, a curse for all to read

Though I carry in my soul God’s resumé

And in my heart I hold angelic seed

But to the blue-eyed baby that fear has claimed

It will always be the Devil she sees in me


© 2015 Brian L. Evans.  All rights reserved

Original Petrarchan Sonnet



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My American Dream

Tip toeing on tight ropes

taut from the tension

between weathered hopes

and tattered dreams

I teeter


inches above Hell

and miles from Heaven.

My own screams

from the prisons

of past decisions

awaken me from

My American Dream.


Horizons of happiness

always within sight

taunting my reach

rise and fall

as streams of thought

become tributaries of consciousness.

Will I ever be free to dream

My American Dream?


I Guess I’ll brew my own brand of joy.

On liquid wings I soar

to my crystal blue palace

on a mountain top horizon

far from brutality

and Homeland INsecurity

I fly high.



evaporating wings

cause flight to fail

as my fall goes unnoticed

I accelerate

to 9.8

meters per second squared.


Spiraling from height to depth

from life to death

the ground reaches up to break my fall.

I brace myself

for the impact

of my back upon my bed



“Am I dead?”


My heart slows its beat

as brief relief

turns to ennui and grief

when I awake to

My American Dream


© 2014 Brian Evans.  All rights reserved


This poem was inspired by the events surrounding Jonathan Ferrell; who was shot and killed on September 14, 2013, by Randall Kerrick, a North Carolina police officer.  He was unarmed.



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Synthesis of Us

Were the seas made deep to hold Earth’s showers

Or were the rains of spring made for the seas?

Were the honeybees made for the flowers

Or the flowers made for the honeybees?


Were your caramel kisses made for my lips

Or were my lips made to cradle your kiss?

When your curves mingle with my fingertips

It releases the Eros of pure bliss.


Was your delicate voice made for my ears

To whose sound I’ll gladly listen all night

And was my fragile life made for the years

that your presence fills with love’s paradise


Like flowers to bees, and rain to sea

This is the unity of you and me

© 2015 Brian Evans.  All rights reserved


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The Alchemy of Love


by the Siren’s song

we long to sail the seas of love.

The lyrical mirage of

“Happily Ever After”

becomes the captor

of thirsty hearts.


Hypnotic heat

caused by a dearth of fathers

produces fallacious figments

of the “birds and the bees”

the flowers and the trees

Love is a beautiful liar


who crafts her magnum opus

upon the canvas of desire, and

just when we’re close enough

to feel the fire

it expires


leaving us frozen in

the frigid prison of

a journey insignificant.

Yet, the Siren sings


until at last we crash

upon the jagged edge

of reality’s rock.

Shattered fantasies and

remnants of what once carried us

now carries us

into love’s true reality


Beyond the illusory

Beyond the fantasy

Beyond the “happily”

Beyond the beauty

lies this alchemy…


There is no better death than love.


© 2015 Brian Evans.  All rights reserved

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Looks like the award gods have once again smiled upon me!!!  I am super stoked about my nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Special thanks to my fellow blogger, Lisa W. Tetting, at the Rebirth of Lisa blog for her generous consideration in nominating me for this award.  You should go ahead and check out her blog as well.  It’s definitely one of my favorites.  It is amazingly entertaining and informative.  Poetry, music, and photography are just a few things that you will find there…she even has a “Friday Happy Dance.”

I’m honored to accept this award.  I’ve read many varying points of view concerning these blog awards.  Personally, I think they are indicative of why we blog in the first place…for creativity, consciousness, and community.  These awards help to connect us and make the vastness of the blogoshpere a little more manageable.  I’m excited to discover other amazing blogs as a result of receiving this award.

So, as with other awards, there are a few rules that I need to follow in this acceptance post.  Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other blogs.
  • Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know.


So here are seven facts about me:

  1. I don’t like cats…I think they’re evil
  2. Big spiders make me scream like a girl
  3. I love music, but not first thing in the mornings
  4. I cook breakfast for my wife every Saturday
  5. I love roller coasters
  6. My three favorite books of all time are:
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

7.   I love onion rings with my hamburger, but I hate onions on my hamburger…(go figure).

OK…enough about me.  Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…


Here are my 15 nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Safari of the Mind

Creep Sandwich

Lively Twist

Death by Expectation

Behind the Eyes

Itchy Quill

Life with a Yellow Bike

The Healthy Secret Identity

Tony So

Vivacious Visionary

The Enduring Optimist

Amore Luxe

Cross Quotes

Bean and Bantam

Edified Listener


Again, thank you Lisa for nominating me for this award.  Here’s to the love of blogging!!!

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Editor: Jaime Evans

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The Liebster Award: Acceptance Speech

Liebster Award


Just when I thought the blogging experience couldn’t get any cooler…BOOM!!!!  I get an award.  This is AWESOME!!! I’d like to thank Cheryl Baker, over at Lightwalkers Blog for nominating me for the Liebster Award.  I highly encourage you to check out her amazing blog filled with words of wisdom, poetry, and photography, by clicking the above link.

So what is the Liebster Award, you may ask?  It’s an award that is designed to encourage new bloggers (less than 200 followers) on their journey to blogging greatness.  It is usually given by other bloggers as a way to spread the word that your blog is pretty awesome…(blushing).

This is my first award nomination, so there are a few things that I need to cover in this acceptance post.  The rules for accepting the Liebster Award are as follows:


  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions created by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Notify all nominees of their nomination for the award.


So, I’ve already taken care of #1…(thanks Cheryle), so on to #2 shall we.


 Here are my answers to Cheryle’s questions:

  • What always makes you laugh?

I know this is terrible, but I love pranks.  Everything from prank phone calls to video pranks; I always end up in tears.

  • If you were a colour, what colour would you be?

If I were a color, I would be black; but not for obvious reasons.  In the fashion world, the color black is the standard by which all other colors are measured.  Although it’s considered a “muted” color, it represents the strongest color of all.  Reserved but strong…that’s me.

  • Where is your favourite place?

I love wide-open spaces.  There is a quaint nature preserve close to my home, where I often go to recharge.  It contains a lake and a pier that cultivates instant inspiration.

  • How long have you been writing, blogging?

I’ve been journaling since I was around 13 years old.  I’ve always had an affinity for freshly sharpened pencils and fountain pens.  I started my blog in January 2014, and I’ve been loving every minute of it.

  • Who do you look up to?

I look up to anyone who has the courage to forsake the “herd” in order to pursue their passions and dreams.  

  • What is your favourite and least favourite personality trait?

My favorite personality trait is honesty.  My least favorite is insolence.

  • What is your most difficult experience?

When I experienced the loss of a precious loved one, and the loss of a job in the same year, it forced me to look at life through different lenses.  Although that time was difficult for me, what I gained by walking through that season was invaluable.  I now realize how vital it is to have a strong support system in place, that provides the necessary tools to not just survive, but thrive within difficult seasons.

  • What is your favourite word and why?

Too many to name just one.

  • Who would you be if you were a person in history?

This is a tough one.  If I had to choose, I would say the life of  David in the Bible closely mirrors mine.  Through all of the vicissitudes of his life, one thing remained consistent; his devotion to God.  Truly, a man after God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14).

  • What do you look for in a post or a blog?

When it comes to blogging, I’m all about content.  I love to read about champions, who weren’t always champions.  I’m into personal process, and the journey that starts from tragedy and culminates in triumph.  Of course, I’m a sucker for catchy titles that hook me into reading more.

  • What has been the best piece of advice you have been given?

Always listen more than you talk.


Now, for some of my favorites…and the nominees are:

Mindful Mindfulness

One Positive Blog



Expressionist Aura

Life Is Golden

A Quest Through the Imagination

Overcome With Gratitude

Polomi’s Blog

Soulful Success

Love Plunge


Dear nominees…I have some questions for you:

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Would you ever start another blog?

What makes you angry?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

What would be the coolest super power to possess?

In another life, what animal would you be?

Would you rather be early, on-time, or fashionably late?

Which one of your 5 senses would you be saddest to lose?

If you were Noah, which animal would you leave behind?

What is your favorite genre of literature?

When you travel, do you prefer driving or flying?


Well, I think that about does it for me.  Again, I’d like to thank Lightwalkers Blog for the nomination.  Please check out the links for all of the above nominees…you will NOT be disappointed.


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The Riddle

Who am I?

  • I am the giver and the taker of life
  • I cause good and make evil possible
  • Until you actually meet me, you may think you already know me
  • I’m not a virus, but I can cause sickness
  • Many people have died because of me
  • I’ve been received more than I’ve been given
  • I have no parents, but Faith and Hope are my siblings
  • Although I am blind myself, I’ve been known to show up at first sight

© Brian Evans for Wisdom’s Quill Blog, January, 2015

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