Dulce Periculum

— To the ghosts who float My hearts planchetteIn a game of alphabetTurned turned Russian rouletteTo the esteemed unseenEternally unnerving meDearest spirits, please refrainYou keep proclaiming All the wrong namesKindly find the – G O O D B Y E –Before I dieOr… Is that what you’re hoping for?Phantoms, answer meIs this the reason for […]

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Dear Huntsman

“When the fox preaches, look to the geese.” – German Proverb Curiosity quintessentially Massacres cats But foxes only get caught When they feel they ‘ought So if your trap Rudimentary as it may be Manages to snag a canidae? If the swiftness of the vixen Hasn’t given it the slip? Consider this Dear huntsman And be not distressed […]

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The Hand that Feeds

If you feed a stray dog, he will happily follow you. That is, until you cease feeding him. (or) If someone else comes along who feeds him more frequently. And just like that. Your best friend is off to the races with his new master. What does this teach us about the crude instincts inherent […]

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Therapy Session

I have something to confess Without coercion or duress And this isn’t easy for me in the least but— My therapist says that honesty is the best policy And apparently transparency is necessary For unabridged progression toward emotional prosperity And everyone knows  It’s wise to assign monetary value To psychological complexity And since no one […]

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if only

in the presence of Judas my heart’s very own saboteur I became willingly restrained with the vaguest recognition of his presence— a prisoner, convicted by my own self fulfilling prophecies the subliminal questions seemed to beg themselves “how might it be…. if I were to martyr myself? how might it feel…. if he were to […]

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may you never know

the sweet, intuitive girl having glimpsed the stern ghosts in steadfast residence gathered on damp rafters behind my eyes inquired with all the benignity of a newborn butterfly “why do people cry…?” darling child of mine may you never know what love is when denied for someone to sleep while you weep may your dainty heart […]

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cowards and crowns

The Suicide King besought a Queen Blood diamond redemption In her eyes More criminal than aristocratic A royal tragically unqualified Let us behold, Joan of Arc In her ardency, bewildered By the Mad Monarch On his stolen throne Mercurial, tempermental Dull sword to temple There’s never a frown With cowards and crowns — a. duncan, 2018 […]

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reputation

my reputation precedes black hole cheekbones wildflowers for eyes born of addictive bloodlines resolute in an organic rebellion that is purely my own wild like a drunken moon chasing what if’s and very soon’s passionate as cleopatra on egyptian aphrodisiac’s enraged by the suggestion of patience, of quiet and resolute piety I speak in storms […]

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death to pride

inner monologue’s evolving from serenity to sociopathy as much an infinity symbol as we are a blinking exit sign he says I “refuse to compromise” (and for once he’s not wrong) a wise woman waits but never prays for a consolation prize eventually negotiations nullify he cries “live and let live” I say “live and let […]

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corvidae confined

I am a magpie  crooning patsy cline melodies in a gilded cage, engraved tenderly with 1 Corinthians 13 beneath an eastern moon, divided by bars of careless beguiling  I stay, an avian tamed inexplicably courageous, even with clipped wings deeply disoriented by unwise migration  but nurturing daydreams nevertheless of belonging, to a patient sky one […]

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as if

tonight, i whimpered your name as if it belonged to me as if it were raining outside and we’d left an old window ajar, the kind with a splintering oak frame, chipping lead paint two panes of muted glass, gathering condensation and our two mouths, finding each other in the dark, like incomplete constellations surrendering to […]

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revolver

take her apart… piece by piece dissect her (delicately) count her bullets learn the complicated mechanisms inside her find the trigger and leave fingerprints on   e v e r y t h i n g recognize the danger memorize every click of her capable cylinders oil the machinery fall asleep to the heat in […]

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Kiss me?

“Kiss me?” Words so delicate they dangled from my still-open mouth, like a spider swaying on a single thread of silk in an unexpected surge of autumn wind. He was, on some level, not unlike dying leaves flying past me in a metaphorical storm, causing a startled flinch, and clinging to the tangled crevasses of […]

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parallel paramour

  never ask who I was, or where I went to let there be no questions, looming in your pretty mind, on restless nights your lean arms branched above your head, an extension of self as if grasping for something, someone in tangles of white organic cotton sheets that have never enjoyed the weight, of a […]

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velvet ribbons

velvet ribbons carefully hidden in vivid recollections smoldering incessantly in the delicate canyons between my legs resembling the devastated remnants of a forest fire velvet ribbons tied inconspicuously to the scorched branches of my past intricate memories of velvet ribbons badly disguised as metaphors kept alive in scribbled stanzas absently composed on the backs of […]

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pole dancing for poltergeists

in a haunted house i reside a sanctuary for the seances midnight conducted for you the futile rituals of a prolific poetess incense smoldering graveyard hymnals prayers for apparition north – west – east – south four corners calling and your stubborn spirit refusing to appear despite my desire for conjuring “you said you’d come back […]

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hesitation’s inevitability

  hesitation’s inevitability in quiet moments it finds me the lackluster silhouette of the woman I wanted to be she is the driftwood and the honeysuckle she is the siren and the significance she      is      the      alpha the wishes blown across a thousand birthday candles the tug of a […]

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Suddenly out of reach

Shadows fill my mind up Zeroes tell me my time’s up I lost count so long ago;  maybe my heart’s numb Don’t hold my hands accountable; they’re young and they’re dumb Drive through the timezones Escape out of my mind zone, love I lost you not long ago; heaven knows I’m miserable Hell takes all […]

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