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Poem by John Sweet – with broken wings, with bruised hearts December 29, 2022

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with broken wings, with bruised hearts

& the future is prisons, you see,
and the future is loss

let go of yr house, of yr
children, but hang onto the hatred
that defines you

give up christ

give up all those pretty songs
your mother used to sing

close in on holiness
like a soldier taking aim

Read more of John’s poetry at The Bleeding Horse, Avenged

Poetry by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal – Better Days and Biography December 15, 2022

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Better Days

I was less of myself 
from the days I was better.

The mirror did not lie.
I left my best days behind.

I waited for daylight,
dreaming of better days.

I knew that day would come.
More of me would return every

hour of every day.  The sun
would wash my eyes out and

return my soul that had left 
my body believing I had died.

I was less of myself
from the days I was better.


I know I was born
and I know I am still alive.
I am here to tell you about it.
When I was a child
I was raised by my grandparents.
I had a good life growing up.
Each day was better than the next.
I had yet to see the ocean
and death was not a thing I thought about.
It might as well been a wounded beast
moaning in pain and I would not have
recognized that sound. I lived a quiet life.
I lived an innocent life.
I played in the rain and never got sick.
I learned grammar in school.
I did not know I would be a writer.
As I grew older I experienced the deaths
of almost all the people that influenced me
the most. I have my mother still,
whom I love most of all. Without her my life
and those of my siblings would be in ruins.

BIO: Luis lives in California and works in the mental health field in Los Angeles. His poetry and artwork has appeared in Art:Mag, Medusa’s Kitchen, Nerve Cowboy, Rogue Wolf Press, and Venus in Scorpio Poetry E-Zine.

Poem by Sushant Thapa – Beautiful Melancholy December 10, 2022

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Beautiful Melancholy

Finding Lana Del Rey’s song
“Summertime Sadness” beautiful,
I spill my happiness.
My gates of misery
Are closed forever.
I have the spinning world
Under my feet.
The stars that miss the sun
Have awakened in the morning sky;
They are only unseen to your eyes.
My pure passionate heart
Has seen troubled arts
And have got drunk in
Their expressive happiness.
I get carried away by their
True expressions.
The cup of life,
Sugar-coated self
Is far untrue than a true sky
That pours melancholic rain.
Each time I turn the page
Love gets misread
In the unshared room of life.
I wait to dream again.
A drop of heaven
In liquefied and poured melancholy
Is what I read.
When the Himalaya misread my signs
I built a road to mount on it.
In shards of love, a poem
I shared wayback, I express
How melancholic a lover is
And at times how happy he is.
A mixture of imagination
And whistling wind
Carries the message of love
And scripts “Melancholic, but true.”
Freedom battles with melancholia
And reaches the soaring height of
Blue without pain.

Bio of the poet: Sushant Thapa is a Nepalese poet from Biratnagar, Nepal who holds a
Master’s degree in English literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,

He has published three books of poetry namely: The Poetic Burden and Other Poems
(Authorspress, New Delhi, 2020), Abstraction and Other Poems (Impspired, UK, 2021)
and Minutes of Merit (Haoajan, Kolkata, 2021).

Sushant has been published in places like The Gorkha Times, The Kathmandu Post,
The Poet Magazine, The Piker Press, Trouvaille Review, Lothlorien Poetry Journal,
Impspired, Harbinger Asylum, New York Parrot, Pratik Magazine, The Beatnik
Cowboy, The Dope Fiend Daily, Atunis Poetry, EKL Review, The Quiver Review,
Dissident Voice, As It Ought To Be Magazine
and International Times, among many.

He has also been anthologized in national and International anthologies. His poem is
also included in the Paragon English book for Grade 6 students in Nepal. He teaches
Business English to undergraduate level students of BBA and BIT at Nepal Business
College, Biratnagar, Nepal.

VIS On Hiatus for 2023 December 10, 2022

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FYI, I won’t be updating Venus in Scorpio after 1/15/23, as I will be working on other projects for the rest of 2023. The archived posts will remain on the site.  

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Winter-Poem by Jade Blackmore December 3, 2022

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It’s not cold enough at 50 degrees. The seasons are all mixed up.
We need a challenge, a thin sheet of ice, a specter from the sky.
A myopic wind chomping at the reigns.
Something to make the tribe tougher.

And then the window rattles you awake
To guarantee ice cube drudgery with each step.
The bridge across the river clotted with snow,
A crunchy and obstacle-ridden
reminder of your delicacy.
Square shards of ice in shoe corners, a numbing,

And then the reprieve –
A push through flimsy aluminum,
flesh crooked with cold pushes through to the crackle of home
The door hinge squeaks like a welcoming sigh
Then seals you into recovery,
A warm blast of love and soup.