Don’t keep up on Twitter
Don’t keep up on WordPress
Though I appreciate followers
My mind has been a mess
Sometimes I think I’ve answered you
But kindle and phone apps go askew
Please know I read and love your stuff
I didn’t abandon you
Don’t give up on me…

(c) 2019 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE: Old Los Angeles Zoo, Ghost Town Travels



*scroll down for a YouTube video*


Doesn’t take a therapist to know why

I bond with exhausted, forsaken shacks

Nothing but the crows circling with a cry

Prowling, feral cats alert for live snacks.


Why empty so long? How did this house fail?

Dirty pink insulation leaking out

Of screaming mouths with crying walls so frail

Mold and dirt and shaky steps, cause for doubt.


What happened here in the maddened attic?

Ancient clothes and books hug the swollen floors

Tell me your secret, you ache brick by brick

Relinquish the mystery of closed doors.


No one deserves abandonment, ever

Helping lost and wrecked, lifetime’s endeavor.


© 2014 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja) from Poetic Alchemy:Talking Blues

(tweaking an old poem)

**YouTube video Ella Mai, Left Me https://youtu.be/yOVNS12CVqE

IMAGE: Abandoned House (public domain)