Ellie belfiglio

When I hear this sound that awakens me, intimidating its way into my cloistered night, I write…


“To Risk”


Life is a risk.

To try, is to risk failure.

To reach out, is to risk involvement.

To love, is to risk not being loved in return.

To be honest, is to risk showing your true self.

To be an individual, is to risk standing out.

To learn, is to risk wisdom!

The greatest risk, is to risk nothing;

For a person with nothing to lose, has nothing to gain!! …




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Dante’s Inferno


She said,

“It was only a dream!”

Oh, if they were!

Weapons spat.

Bullets were splat!

Blood splattered, bone shattered.

From this dream, there is no waking.

Roaring birds expel Hell’s fire!!

… Below Dante’s inferno!

I remember one,

Who was too dear;

And limbs like blackened twigs.

Images of Hell,

Image of beheading;

Burned into my brain!

I hear the roar,

I see the flames!

From this dream, I cannot wake!

Many years have come and gone;

And still this dream lives on!! …




Hectic Pace


Hovering over hurried hands!

Working at a hectic pace.

Moving with such swift motions,

As if it were a race.

Trying to maintain,

What is thought to be lost.

Trying in vain,

Not to get beat by the frost.

An opponent with the edge,

Before the race begins.

An opponent with few defects,

Because it almost always wins,

The human hands below,

Give up the frantic fight;

And suddenly I find myself,

Floating in tunnel of light.

At the end of tunnel,

I see a field of green.

Surely a more splendid sight,

My eyes have never seen.




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The Dream Catcher


The dream catcher,

Who’s web caught!

All the promises made,

In passion and,

In prowess,

Hung over my bed!

Here your,

“I love you’s!”

Glistened like dew,

In the morning sun;

And the captive:

“Forever’s”, like prisms-

spread rainbows,

Through my brain…

You were the one dream,

It should have caught.

Every hope you arose in me,

Should have been wrapped by the-

pebble spider and drained until only-

the shell of fantasy remained!! …

Bird in a Gilded Cage


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Embers Roar


This love while embers roar.

Will it die as those before?

A heart set free!

How can it soar?

Without the burning, EMBERS ROAR…

A soul upon my heart does rest.

Hid behind SOs not to test

A curtain black;

A soul upon my heart does rest…

She waits behind the curtain black!

Fleeting visions of the past!

Dancing slowly;

Trying to grasp;

The vastness of the curtain black!

When raging tides begin to ebb,

Gone to sea without the test-

of true loves touch,

Of those things said!

Forlorn… raging tides slowly ebb!! …



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Her inadvertent stare gave to her


Briefly her eyes blinked as she stayed

fixed on the ocean!

Her heart did flip and churned and

softly began to sing!

The foamy blues and translucent

greens seemed forever wrapped in

deep devotion!

The crashing waves engulfed her in a

cave of intricate sound.

The grains of sand joyfully reunited

with its watery BROTHER!

Heavily stirred the abrupt wind as

it stayed homebound…

They all joined together to be part

of their MOTHER!! …



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I’ve Done it All in my Head


I’ve flown with eagle to heaven’s door!

Gone with the shark to the ocean floor!

Eaten polar bear, goat and boar!

All this I’ve done… and more!

I’ve been to places that devil won’t go!

Walked with a vampire In the morning glow!

Planted my seeds in a running doe!

This too I’ve done… and more!

I’ve eaten toadstools with a rusty knife!

Escaped a burning house with just my life!

Spent many nights when I was rife.

I’ve done all these… and more!

I’ve slept with a panther in his forest bed!

Followed where the gargoyles led!

Held a man under water till he was dead.

Yes,… I’ve done it all… inside my head!! …



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There, in the morning’s hue,

Crystal drops of dawn dew.

Gracefully they lay on emerald grass,

Teardrops that have fallen from a lass.

Their spectrum of colors shine bright and true.

Sight such as this are far between and few.

A passionate touch of the freshly cut blades,

Left by Mother Nature with her golden braids!

A signature of morning,

Left there, simply adoring!

As sometimes unnoticed, rarely appreciated glimpse of paradise;

A reminder of the simplistic real fulness of nature-

before winter’s ice.

As the sun smiles down on those liquid diamonds from above,

Imagine God up high showering us with all His precious love!! …




“A Hug When I need it most”


My heart swarms with thoughts that sadden me!

They keep pressing onto me. Pressure, pressure!

Their presence demanding, I shove them away;

Though with time never around and energy never ample!

Pushing them to the back of my mind seems a trick;

And everything seems to get worse and worse!

My thoughts drift to my past, the choices I made while there!

They keep asking whether they’re-

correct? Or wrong? Or connect?

Their answer lingers on my mind! Did I do what was right?

Oh, I feel I lack the strength to face those decisions of mine…

To look into the sun that was given birth to my shadow,

That doesn’t help me to know what was right anymore…

But then I look to the friends that I have and their problems.

They are just like me about life and love!

Questions some more and then another!

They all have their problems, their insecurities, their losses!

And I have helped them to find their answers too.

But now it is my turn, and my friends are also there for me!

There to cry, to share, and most of all, to hug when I need it the most!! …



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“You Are My Religion”


You are my religion!

There’s a deep breath I take when I wonder on your love, when-

I wander through your heart.

You are my religion!

There’s a shiver that ripples through me before I-

climax, when I, deep within you, realize the joy of loving you…

You are my religion!

There’s a glimmer in me that you doubt I’ll be-

here when you call, when you ask, when you want. A fear-

that you know me well, as well as yourself. It’s just a-

glimmer, though, for…

You are my religion!

I worship at a temple I’ve found where your lips invite me in!

Your eyes warm me and your arms encircle me with a comfort-

I’ve not known before…

You are my religion!

I worship with a fervor borne of flames that came from-

lust, moved through love, paused in obsession and now-

resides when two have merged…

You are my religion!

… And I offer my pilgrim soul, simply and with but-

one request: “Receive my love!” !! …