Relationship Meets Reality



Random shrieks

Reaching peak

Venting noises

Sound like poison

Volcano boiling

Senses roiling

Torrent building

Steam is rising



Watch it crumble

Sickening rumble

Step and stumble

Fall and tumble

Nearing bottom

Nearly sobbing

Senses throbbing

Body rocking

Thoughts clogging

Dam bursting

Somehow burning

Now emerging

Almost certain

Tears start falling

No one calling

Feeling bitter

Can’t deliver

Down the river

Indian giver

Confidence shook

No more looks

Burning books

Phone unhooked

Content hidden

Words forbidden

No religion

Bended knee

Vocal plea


Cannot see

To what degree

Newly free


What to be

Only me…


What is “Slam Poetry” ?

A poetry slam is a competition in which poets recite original poetry; it was originally started as a way to move poetry from academia to the real world.  American poet, Marc Smith is credited with founding the movement in Chicago in 1984.  Over time, the fast-paced style used by many of the contestants, morphed into a type of sub-genre of poetry.  Poems that are anti-establishment, anti-authority, and hit the reader like a broadside from a warship dominated the stages.  Words were delivered rapidly in short staccato-bursts of adrenaline-fueled releases.  Although minimal words are used, they deliver copious amounts of information and meaning; even more important, they are easy to understand by the audience (often times most of the listeners have little exposure to poetry).  This hard-hitting approach has been very impactful and has helped broaden the audience for all poets and all types of poetry, especially with younger people.

In this piece, “reality” is actually an interpretation of the emotional roller-coaster ride taken by a young person who is coming to grips with a break-up and the silent wall that is now erected in it’s former place.  It hits hard, like sledge-hammer hard, and eventually leads to the age-old question of how to deal with being alone after the dust has settled.

R J Schwartz
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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

4 thoughts on “Relationship Meets Reality

  • September 7, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Ralph, this is the finest example of Slam poetry I have yet to see. You are right – it is clearly understood by the reader and “hits hard”. Excellent piece.

  • September 7, 2018 at 8:17 PM

    Nicely rendered with clever wordplay and expression, Ralph. Not personally a fan of the genre, but you have a talent for it, my friend.

  • September 8, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Nice work Ralph, there are some slam poets who are very impactful. Harry Baker, for one, is amazing, Paper People is amazing. This work here was very good. Strong, staccato phrasing led the way in this in your face piece. Well done.

  • September 8, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Like an angry machine gun, slam poetry is riveting, it’s fast and often staccato phrasing as Paul mentioned is for sure in ones face. Yet, if it captures an audience and helps poetry get out there, especially to the young upstart minds, then I say bring it on. I can’t say I’m a fan of it, but I fully respect all forms of poetry. Highly expressive in it’s captivation of structure and form. One can like it or slam it, I remain in the grey area of slam poetry. Well done indeed Ralph, you captured my attention for sure.

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