Ghosts in the night


There’s moonlight on the water
and it’s running from something

From darkness?
no, they have long been friends
From what then?

Each glint along the waves
is an arrow
desperate to pierce the skin
of an ocean ‘s barring

It is truly wild now,
the willowy light.

the sea’s become rough
in an effort to subdue her

Whatever It is
whatever calls to her from
the depths of her home

is getting closer
is growing hungry
is growing restless

The tide goes in
The sun comes up
and fair moonlight

falls away





What is a fate
but a lie we’ve been told,
a silver tongue we’ve
paid homage to
that fills us with
the deceit of destiny

What is What Must Be
but a way to conceal
the Truth that
nothing is in stone
but the bones
and striations
of a past that died
all the same.

There is no fate
no divination to be
bought or borrowed
from the stars.
It is time we took back
the sacred ink
and started writing our
own words onto the page.


Ashes to ashes



From the sticky lining of ash
on the oven walls
one might assume it was
made of sand,
but she scrubbed away
until her elbows popped
and her fingers cracked
and only stopped when
the clean slate glinted
in the dark
like a gumdrop.

“What a skinny girl,”
the witch called out,
from her seat at the table
her echo flanking
the inside of the furnace.
Her plump belly sat against
the edge of the wood
and looked like
an ice cream sandwich
slowly melting down
naked skin.

“You coy thing
with nimble fingers
and a clever mind.
Come to me now,
you fretful thing,
and let us make a toast!”

The girl took a seat
there at the witch’s table,
which was covered in bones
and lofty sinew and
sooted pewter buttons
scattered about.
The witch picked her teeth
with a shard of bone
that looked like a finger
and might very well have been,
It was hard to tell in the
sugary haze
so she looked away
as the witch roared
with laughter.

“Think of this
not as a cremation
but as a joyous feast!”
and her laughter coiled
around her neck
and began to squeeze.
“You are a stupid thing,
to think I could be fooled,
but you show promise
and for that I am

The witch,
with her ice cream belly
and sugar plum eyes,
bore into her
and suddenly the room
shrank to the size
of the oven she
had crawled from.

“Drink of my cup.”
It tasted of iron and
was thick like soft butter.

“Share of my plate.”
It brought bile to her lips,
but she managed a bite
all the same.

“No more than a child,
but I shall make you a god.
Then you too will command
the fire in these walls.”

The shadows outside
began their journey into
the witch’s hovel.
Just three days before,
it had been made of sugared glass
and gingerbread cake.

“No more,” she continued,
“will you have need of
pebbles and breadcrumbs
for one day this forest will
bend at your feet.”
The witch looked at her closely,
eyes black like a crow,
and waited until
she looked away.

Her laugh shook the
ground beneath them
and the darkness creeping
inside shuddered
its own sort of chuckle.
Together they laughed and
it was like icing dripping
down fresh chocolate cake
but in her ears it was poisoned
and filled her with dread.

“And now, my apprentice,”
the witch said at last,
“finish cleaning the oven.”





My only January


In the eternal dusk at the end of the earth
and atop the seat of my own reluctance,
this place is an open-ended question
I’m grasping the fringes of
desperately trying to weave it into an answer
which I can stomach at this summit.

Instead of yarn I can stitch into place,
I am reaching towards a loom
tilting ever skyward towards an
endlessness I can only fathom.

Wonder turns to panic in the breath
of one heartbeat–no one ever told me
that my shackles were to swaddle me to rest
but now I am choking on my own weightlessness

It’s how I got here, you know.
and why I wander still in this eternal dusk.


Slice me eternal


flesh and bone,
the meat and the rod
that cling to it all
never to let go

this is the tension–the
foundation which
grips life and holds fast
as joints wrack each
other back and forth
in an embrace that
keeps us whole

yet it is nothing more
than muscles and reflexes
two book ends
propped up against
a moist vellum slowly
setting fire to itself

would it be better
to cast a mold–to melt
the marrow and the meat
and forge it into something

i would much rather
cut into myself
and paint a portrait
of my own blood
than marvel
at the dull ache
of my own forever
there in a statue made
of my own flesh

i’ll not break in the tension
instead i will delight
in the forces that
pull me apart for it is they
who in turn will
piece me together again



It’s time to disappear,

to wash my face away

and wipe its name from my lips

until all that remains of me

is a red smear on a cotton strip.

Let me be faceless,

let me be nameless,

and I promise I will wander until

my feet wear deep into the

nothingness of this earth

For I am ready to be nothing,

To fade away.

Some might call it a self

destruction–a violent end,

but I only wish to drift unnoticed

into the shadows of this world

and become lost among the silence.

Be still, be sure


I cherish the silence I feel in my heart
when I am surrounded by sureties
Every yes and no is carefully weighed
to the constants of definity
and grey is a color found only in sky
not a clever way of getting at maybe
for when hesitation takes its hold and
words cower in the shadow of obscurity
my head it screams, it screams, it screams
as the hands of chaos take hold of me.


Of fog and forgotten lands


These cloudy days call to me
as if the fog were spirits descending
–lifting the bridal veil of sky
to release those unseen vagabonds
into an earthly marital bed.
They call to me,
those sweet, misty friends
whose vows carry through the atmosphere
and meet me at an inverse summit.
They long to walk among the dirt, the dust.
They long to seek the ashes
that were once their flesh,
so into the lowest of the hanging clouds
I call back to them.
to welcome the aether
which shapes faces reminiscent of
a long forgotten life that I want to know.
I call to them and pluck
their faded breaths into my hands,
and I carry them back
into the land of the sun.

Together of All


In the
there was not
man then woman
but in fact
both were born
of Earth and Sky
as one
halves aligned
no more able
to separate
than stars
strung together
in an ever

In the
man and
or woman
and man,
together at the
hearth of the
Goddess of Reeds
create and expand
pulling scattered masses
from mountain and sea
Pieces divided
that mirror their
own Twos

Man gathers shadow
Woman, light
Pain, Pleasure
War and Peace
These will be
they say,
Who will bear
forth into the
Our tithe to the
and the
that make
it Heavenly




Narcissus stares at himself
in a pool of water
leans in for a kiss
and drowns
Do you wonder at
your own reflection,
the one that meets your
gaze when you are looking
but in a game of
chicken blinks only
after the guillotine has
severed the head
I am drowning
like Narcissus
in a never ending
sea of myself
but like him
I cannot



Do I need you now,
or ever again?

Perhaps this still pool
is a lie,

It is a glass
and we all know how
fragile that can be,

How Cinderella danced
all night without shattering
her sole against
a waltz
is a mystery I could not

In fact
if I were a stupid prince
I think I would not know
a size four
from a bloody toe

or a beautiful maiden
from a talking mouse

Or a pumpkin
from a Lamborghini

Perhaps I do
still need you
after all.



Light as a feather stiff as a board
I tread carefully
past the darkened spirits watching
for my feet to slip off the path
of the living
and into the depths of
something dark
and poetic



The All-Seeing Eye
is watching me
and does nothing
says nothing
gives nothing away
But I can feel it
oh yes, I can feel
it there
watching, watching
watching me
I feel it there
between every sin
and salvation
I listen for it in
the quiet
though it may
be silent
I feel it’s fullness
surrounding the emptiness
of my inactions
the futility of movement
Were I to try and hide
I would be hidden
in plain sight,
the only sight
of All




under the ripening harvest moon
as it blooms, i see you
i see you in furtive waves
until la mare steals you away
stolen far, i follow flight
into dark, then darker night
in darkest night where winds have died
i listen close for whispers nigh
whispers chanting low your name
who might tell me where you’ve away
to caverns deep in endless black
somewhere more distant even than that
a place where i cannot pursue
for fear of losing myself too
a fear which burns my fragile soul
though it would see that I should go
but go I can’t for reasons fair
the whispers silenced everywhere
and in that silence lies your name
the only part that now remains
that in my hands cannot reside
i cannot hold that which has died
so i’ll hang your death then o’er the moon
and perhaps again see it bloom



fortunate as i was to see

the lines that contain you
blended into the barren space
between us
i could see the colors
but forfeited the letter that defined them


can we love an outline?
an essence?
if i were to pick up
the book of your life
would i be brought to Rapture
at the conclusion of its table
of contents

would my intoxication
after one shot
ignite my blood in the same way
a second, third, or fourth glass of wine
would lead me patiently
towards Bliss

my love
are out of focus
and, you, my love
are all i see