When the siren sounded they woke

This…. song. Sigh. This track deluges me with so many complex emotions. It possesses such an incredibly romantic undercurrent buried somewhere in the sweeping, melancholic rifts. I am particularly enamored with the way he intonates many of the lines. It’s gentle but so evocative at the same time. At times haunting. But still so beautiful. I found […]

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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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End note to a ghost

— End note to a ghost When cowards are sent In lieu of flowers — Stay out of my cemetery, boo This sanctuary Of solemnity is not for you Kindly clamor those chains over a different grave Something a little more in line With the consecration of your own kind Potter’s field, asylum basement Perfect […]

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a love that had no end // too good

October 2nd, 2017 was the last text. 4:39 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. — “you awake?” — I stayed up late just in case you needed me. I missed the message by mere minutes. Your mother would be boarding a plane in the morning. She missed you by mere hours. I’ll never understand why. There’s supposed […]

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the expectations of declarations

Let the words be heard for that is all they know As the wings of ravens made haven In the rainy skies of long ago Drawn to a giant Rorschach horizon A congress of ink blots squall like sirens Ever dismissive of Aether’s fickle permissive  Theirs is a somber conceit An unmistakable locution Released by […]

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It’s so nice to see you again

“What the fox cannot reach he allows to hang.” — Greek Proverb   Empathy is a desert highway And there On the shoulder with hazard’s flashing Conviction, my most reliable lover Awaits me with the engine idling Flicking nickels, errantly Into a tarnished ashtray He’s bucket seat restless Cracks his spine to pass the time […]

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Hymn of the Flowers

She sings to the beebalm A hymn that rightfully upends The heathens in the heliotrope She bends the milk thistle with song A migratory melody that subdues The naysayers in the nightshade With lyrical alchemy An adagio of psalms She calms the devils in the delphinium A refrain that reconciles the roses With the tyranny […]

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Death to Lust

Elegy to fantasies, proven false— Awoken in the clemency of dawn A jagged horizon doused with vagrant elegance The sun pours itself without a hint of contempt For the repetition of cosmic chore Fragmenting through umber drapes A muddied hypnosis, box fan billowing Coquettish, butterfly kissing The splinters of a sagging windowsill Oriel crop dusted […]

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Until you’re satisfied

I will wait for you in a bayou Where I am requisite and unrestrained Auxiliary to predation A consonant with the feral ecology Bemused with the libertine prose  Of sweltering tides Of sheltering fugitives In utter defiance of purity A confessor to the preference For total annihilation Consoled by the throated sadism Of wayward osprey Captivated by […]

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tale of a tributary heart

the grieving heart on my pale sleeve with it’s black veil and cameo locket obscuring it’s delicate elegies pinned with sprigs of sage recollections faintly billowing like bittersweet incense it’s ashes enshrined lovingly in poetry a dainty rosary  clutched to breast each glass bead, an ode to the deep, velvet pain framed in the futility of mourning – a. […]

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The Chase

The hunt had ended Once the conceit of the cornets had ceased The shrill staccato of French horns Silenced by the day’s defeats As had the deeply throated howls From a once-frenzied pack of hounds Joyless from the journey’s futilities A parade of downtrodden canine In languid retreat Their consolations culling in the faint outline Of […]

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{in love with the moment}

Today’s post is a miscellany of words, images, and sounds that have brought me pleasure, comfort, and inspiration as of late. I’m a firm believer in listening, even surrendering to, the ‘atmosphere’ around us. I swear our intimate spaces speak to us. But, having said that, I fully concede that I don’t have enough intel […]

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singing in the pain

i sang a song, tonight i sang a song and felt the words i felt the words in the sweetest in the saddest places i sang a song, tonight i sang a song and my mouth wrapped ’round each refrain diction emphatic in lieu of kissing you i sang a song, tonight i sang a […]

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conspiracy to commit

my heart err’d  in harboring fugitives made accessory to crimes  that were not mine to commit — a. duncan, 2019

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requiem to weaponry

territorial is the empress possessive is cupid’s kiss a lone crusader, clandestine tending to collections of passions, of poisons fanatical in lieu of pragmatism her body’s glorious armies nestle in the temporary repose  of her heart’s fox holes fragilities en obscura  beneath shiny clefts of chain mail capricious is the countess reticent as the residue […]

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(these birds do not return)

he never answers me (completely) I hold my breath ‘til the arrival of death lovingly buried  clutching a bouquet  of foolish hopes and marigolds still, in the after I toss my loyalties like doves into the discontented sky with their endless questioning rupturing with vulnerabilities woven in velvet thread  yet these birds… …do not return  […]

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i can only smile

  he is free to commiserate with the enemy the drowsy call of faux spirituality blissfully beneath me he only has eyes for being baptized so let him drink the holy water over the honeyed wine a partner in crime won’t be found in ugly hounds it’s the foxes who pick locks on second thought a crow […]

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where you are

Shawn Michael Bann.. I am writing this to you in the hope that my words travel from this page, no – from my aching heart – to yours. Somewhere in the spirit realm. Where you now reside ad infinitum. Where you bask in the bliss of the after. Where you have shed all semblance of […]

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