poetry for tuesday

I took down some poems whilst I was sending them out to be rejected by various journals, and cetera. But since that seems to have run its course, I figured I'd re-post. The first is one that hasn't yet seen the light of internet. Cheers.

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north-born woman with
eyes pale like sea-sky meeting,
(fleeting through a moment)

"Do not expect."

And he, 
drawn near by face unpainted, pristine,
by Cheshire smiles,
by wiles so potent and so fair that he,
gripped there,
almost believes that
she contains the shore-kissed secrets 
whispered by the waves...

almost hopes that he could meet her where
expectations fade

a place where he could open up his hand -
could hold it out to feel her wafting by,
refracting in the sun
like sea-spray caught by day's last light.

That place meant only for a moment - 
remembered through the night.

- - -


She is there.
On me.
Her breath warm and moist
billows over and around
and I am wrapped,

And then a low-voice grumbling
like the front-end rush of
a rumbling liquid surge
asks: why?

That's it. That's all.
Just... why?
But I finish and fill,

Why oh why do we persevere?
Is it hope, or is it fear
that makes us shy, when death draws near?
Oh—is it hope, or is it fear?

And why oh why do we persevere?

- - -

poem after a day spent tending a sick child...

And I,

I was never young,
snapping at lightning
as I straddled each new instant
across a storm-wild sky.

Not I.

No, I—I was born bent-backed,
head full of obligation.
Always counting cost
like some long-singed crone
burnt black,
too afraid to fly.

And I,

I moan, sometimes,
to mount and ride the white-horse
ride back across the bend of time and sky
to kiss the ones I once watched fly away.

Kiss them hard:
in the electric burn
of a storm-whipped rain.

But I was never young,
and evermore will be...

only ever me.

- - -


The black-clad men gather in
their mantled frames
to settle bone-thin onto their gnarled perches
in a ruffling, darkened crowd.

Rustling like crows (a murder, yes),
they half-listen
as the loudest among them caws
his strident proclamation,
his cause,
and the murder, yes,

“God is this and God is that,”
this Loudest dares,
declaiming into the dark of
his unknowing finitude
the imagined light of this divine spark,
this Reason,
this Murder.

And the other crows rustle and preen,
pine and keen,
sharpening their claws
for the chance to raise their rasping, rending cry,
proclaim their own third eye and 
be the voice that long-last
makes an end of it, and
murders God.


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