Harvest Moon

Come and lay with me, here in the amber leaves. Don't tell me anything. No whispers; no promises you want to keep and won't. Do not dare to name the names my dreams are longing to hear - and whatever you do, don't say any one of the single things my breath is holding itself... Continue Reading →

Memento Mori

Sometimes I think I would not mind, if this was it. Have I not lived a long life already; Have I not lived, and loved, as deeply as anyone hopes to? I would have only one request, perhaps - if this was it - And it might be, "Give me ten days, or all of... Continue Reading →

The Shadow of Truth

When did my truth become my shadow? When it became a shroud I laid on others like a blanket - "I know who you really are." When I could no longer see the person beneath that which I already "know" about them. Religion colors truth. "God sends people like that to hell." Politics colors truth. "They shouldn't... Continue Reading →

A Summer Storm

The skies opened in the early evening. I was folding my laundry, neatly; domestically. You should never put a window in the laundry room. Unexpectedly you will have to choose: the great immensity of the wild outdoors; the calm clutter of your daily life. Tap, tap, tap. Raindrops like small pebbles on the glass; calling... Continue Reading →

Scarlet Stars

There are two kinds of Knowing. Here is the first: When the marine layer is low, the amber streetlights refract in such a way that the white froth upon the tide is tinted red. This I Know, and like so many scientists, fancy myself wise for Knowing. In my homeland this is called a "bloody"... Continue Reading →

Ocean Soul

It was a half-moon last night, waxing. A friend and I went to the beach, to watch the white-tipped waves wash upon the sand. My friend pointed out the stone jetty – a narrow, rocky path that stretched out some way into the sea. You mean we could climb those rocks and have the ocean... Continue Reading →

Restless

The winds were wild today. They got inside me, whispering songs of darkness and undergrowth, thorny branches scraping starry skies. Like a fool, I thought of you, and wondered if you remembered me too. We were young together; wild within ourselves. We ran through the night like silent shadows and sought out the dark places... Continue Reading →

On Keeping a Soft Heart

It is morning, the sun unfolding upon me as I push back the heavy drapes. I explain my plans to replace them to my lover, half-drowsing; I don’t know if he hears, both of us tangled together, lovingly sleepy. It doesn’t matter. Serenity, as our spirits slowly un-entwine; serenity, as we regain our Selves beneath... Continue Reading →

Rain

It rained last week. The promise of fresh grass and damp soil opened the window of my small dorm with expectant zeal. But the only scent that met me was wet, stained tarmac, and the city’s heavy, waterlogged smoke. It is hard to move the body when it is depressed. Limbs that are usually eager... Continue Reading →

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