By Darren B. Rankins

Without Your Love

The autumn leaves that descend upon my heart

soon blanket the world with despair.
Free from compassion, love,
and forgiveness, a sweet goodbye.

A perfect picture of a darkened sky and a

graveyard of lost souls without a way home.
Trying to distance myself from the screams, crying,
and pleading for the touch of another heart.
Please tell me--without your love, the touch of
your hand, and the sound of your voice,
I am lost deep within the prison of my soul.
P.S. A shout out for your love.

For A Special Someone

How does one express his love
for one as lovely as you?
A heart that was shattered
by the thoughts of yesterday,
Which could be repaired by the emotions of today.
For so long I have imagined soaring
toward a heavenly place
that only existed deep within my mind.
Your loving ways are rare,
trapping my deepest desires.
How can one such as I,
have any impact on a beautiful rose
surrounded by rainbows?
I will embrace thee for a lifetime.
I give you my heart, trust, and warmth,
but sometimes that’s just not enough,
for I will always love you


F-frustration must be controlled
R-refusing to give up
E-evaluate before making a move
E-enrich thyself with positive thoughts
D-demonstration is a must
O-oppression comes with each great struggle
M-mankind must learn about unity
Freedom is God’s fight till the end

Darren resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In addition to working full-time, he has four
wonderful children which he loves very much: Joshua, Michael, Ashley, and Amy. Some of his
greatest learning experiences have came from his young children.

Darren is a very talented poet. He began his writing career in sixth grade. He really became
excited about poetry when the MTSU Honors Program Director, John Paul Montgomery suggested
that Darren take part in the 1994 MTSU Poetry Slam. This was his first opportunity to share his
poetry with other writers in an informal setting. He began to submit his poems to publishers and
found satisfaction in seeing his work in print. He has since had publications in several magazines
and newspapers.


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