Dragon’s Den (Poem Draft)

Dragon’s Den (Poem Draft)

A cave
a faint golden glow
a whale’s rib cage
captured in stone
arches above you
the gilded gleam
of a serpentine woman
watches you
watch her
her eyes
burning
you
whole

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We Are Children

We Are Children

a tantrum
a fit
an explosion
of expression
from 2 years
of life
and I
breathe in
and out
in
and out
in
and
out
for you
and me

I will
your flame
to shorten
make it smaller
I demand
and yet
with each inhale
with each exhale
I wish to ignite
and flare out
with you
for we both
are tiny
specks of
cosmos
filled with
large
crashing atoms
and this
this responsibly
feels
to much to bare.

What I always wanted to Say . . .

What I always wanted to Say . . .

What I always wanted to say to you lied underneath lake pebbles.

What I always wanted to say got tangled in water lily roots.

What I always wanted to say seeped down deep beneath grim and sand.

What I always wanted to say was stirred up by an earthquake.

What I always wanted to say got swallowed by a catfish.

What I always wanted to say was mixed with bile.

What I always wanted to say was fried up.

What I always wanted to say was served with hush puppies.

What I always wanted to say was dipped in tartar sauce.

and swallowed by your lovely lips.

Candied Time

Candied Time

I’ve sweetened you with Monday’s
trepidation
pouring out crystal powdery
drop drop drops

I’ve laced you with Tuesday’s
exhaustion
slicing up yellow bitter
crop crop crops

I’ve stirred you with Wednesday’s
inspiration
combining each day in
lump lump lumps

I’ve boiled you in Thursday’s
anticipation
counting down the bubbles
pop pop pop

I’ve molded you in Friday’s
aspiration
shaping your form with new
mold mold molds

Time and time again
I’ve chilled you under stars
named you Saturday and Sunday
yet here you are
bittersweet

Edited Poem: Creeping Silver

Edited Poem: Creeping Silver

creeping silver traces names onto gabbro walls preserving our present presence before the black gash as miraculously precious

LEO BERT ABRAMOSKI ROBERT JOHN ACHAS JESSE RODRIQUEZ ACOSTA
RAYMOND ALVIN ADAM HUGHIE DARELL ADAMS GABRIEL RALPH ALAMO

each wall reflects a face veiled in creeping silver names that have fallen on the stage of theaters

GEORGE HENRY ALBRECHT JAMES BLAIR ALEXANDER JAMES HERBERT ALLRED
WILLIAM HARRY AMSPACHER DELOSS WILLIAM ANDERSON EVERETT LEE ANDERSON

as each face passes one wall a new one arises
following the march of silent spectators creeping silver branches out

THOMAS EDWARD ANDERSON MARSHALL JOSEPH ANGELL JOSE RUBEN ARAGON
WAYNE ALLEN ARAKAKI ROBERT GEORGE ARMSTRONG ODIS DANIEL ARNOLD

spectators walls and creeping silver stretch out into the horizon against a blood orange sky