Never Again


You crossed a desert and an ocean to find me
In a rainforest sitting under a tree
To me the only friend in the world was the sky and the leaves
Then you step in my path
Oh dear, a Queen in the form of water to refresh my soul
Laugh until the sun came up and then she turned cold
One touch shattered her
And a lavender breeze took her away from me
The sky and the leaves couldn’t believe the king of alone
Was tricked by the breeze


  1. Zach Phelps on March 30, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    I love your imagery and use of nature in your poem. I love the idea of crossing the ocean and dessert because they are two opposite extremes. I also think the inclusion of the line “ and then she turned cold” because it really fits with the idea of a dessert and how it is hot in the day and cold in the night. I feel these connections you have made let your poem express the situation in a vibrant and powerful way. I also love the length of your poem because it makes me think about how things can change so quickly. Things may be one way and then in an instance, everything is different. This poem was great!

  2. Maria Griffin on April 1, 2021 at 9:19 AM

    My name is Maria Griffin, and I am a second-year student at Wayne State University in Detroit. This semester, I am taking a class whose goal is to engage with the community, beyond the university and corporations.
    I really enjoyed your poem, Never Again. I have never been a poet myself, but I always found it interesting to read poems because there are so many ways they can be interpreted. This poem is filled with love and heartbreak all in one. I enjoy how it explains the great distances traveled to find the king, yet how quickly he was left along again. This interpretation and lesson can be applicable to many real-life situations. A lot of times, some things are so hard to come by, but so easy to lose, and I think this poem portrays this idea in regard to relationships.
    Overall, great job, DJ! I think you may have a special talent that should be pursued. Keep up the good work and keep writing poems!

  3. Kylie on April 2, 2021 at 2:07 PM

    Hi DJ, your use of descriptive language here is really excellent. I like the shorter lines interspersed with the longer ones, it gives the poem an interesting cadence. Overall, really great work!

  4. AYDEN JOZWIK on April 3, 2021 at 9:51 AM

    I love how DJ is able to create lush images of freedom and then illustrate it being taken away so quickly. In the first lines in poem all describe vast open spaces which makes the betrayal in the final line that much more potent. I’ve read this poem a few times now and I imagine the Queen was perhaps a significant other who was taken away from DJ against their will. To reading the line in which the Queen takes the form of water is used to highlight how essential this person was in DJ life. That brings me to the final aspect of the poem which I’ve tried thinking about for quite some time which is the character of the lavender breeze. The breeze is what took the Queen away from DJ and tricked him, but what is the breeze? Is it law enforcement? Is it violence? Is it another friend who betrayed DJ? Either way by the end of the poem it seems like DJ has lost everything after being tricked by this breeze and having his Queen taken from him. Regardless of what each of these characters represents, I finished reading this poem with a sense of loneliness and isolation. These are states which I imagine DJ is familiar, but I hope they do not stop them from continuing writing in the future.

  5. aprile on April 3, 2021 at 11:48 AM

    I really like the imagery of traveling across the dessert and the sea. I also liked the imagery of the lavender breeze because I felt like i was there smelling the soft gentle lavender breeze in the air.

  6. Cameron on April 5, 2021 at 10:50 AM


    I love your imagery; while I was reading it, I felt like I was next to you while this was happening. Having this strong imagery gives us so much information about what happened without explicitly sharing with us. Overall, though, I hope you’re okay! I know how hard it is to deal with the end of a relationship. Even though you are the king of alone, know that you have us looking out for you!


  7. L on April 6, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    I love the imagery in your poem! It’s beautiful and conjures up distinct images in my head. I especially love how you described the “lavender breeze.”

  8. Ava on April 6, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    I love the use of imagery in your poem. even though it seems to be a personal story to you, the vagueness with which you write makes it so that it can be interpreted and apply to so many people. thank you for sharing your story!

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