The End is Nigh

I stood among thievesAnd asked onlyThat they leave my heartFor the sake of catharsisAnd it seemed that partingWith such a vital thingWould surely be the end of meA bonafide calamity, in factIt was the only organic artifactThat had earned its keepIts meaning too steepTo bargain, forIts absence too deepTo surface, fromI’d somehow become a beeOn […]

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Adamant Forms

— Where do you hide behind the eyes? In the earthen dens you extend Like spiral stairs I rush to ascend On hands and knees, in dreams Starry eye’d, voracious Stark naked, selectively submissive Who is he that wakes the gates? Clutching at my thighs The way hawks do the pines In the moorlands of […]

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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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88 mph

Wouldn’t it be grand? If we could just go back? Take a day trip By means of time machine To the churning galaxy of our past What does one even pack? For a transtemporal class Peter Pan-Am flight 88 mph Second star from the right Destination: Ourselves, way back then  When we were giddy with solidarity The sky […]

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Winter in August (the deep malaise)

in the deep malaise of the day to day we ceased seeking the ethos of Eros anesthetized by the passage of time avarice withered with atrophy resembling the gradual annihilation of wildflowers in October wounded in imperceptible increments we laid in trenches that we carved into labyrinthine canyons of unfolded laundry and there is where […]

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The words and I

“Her heartbeat is a metaphor, a late Bloom of red flowers that refuse to fade. My darling turns to poetry at night.” – Anthony Lawrence The words and I Starry eye’d lovers aligned In the endless craving of catharsis We coalesced in the suddenness  Of our belonging, justified The words and I Swarmed by velvet […]

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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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eclipse

a love like a dying sun  salvaged in the final hour in an eclipse of lips the dissident tides synchronized the dour shores reformed with merciful concord  a tarnished compass  unanimously restored a love drunk sunrise ascending a lonesome river amending as the sediments commence ending prolonged torment there was rapture  in the adaptations there […]

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in that moment

  in that moment the song was a string quartet rendition of ‘you’ve got the love’ we stood on stained wood a cliffside deck constructed methodically around  the amorphous trunks of elderly pine its foundations seemed to delight  in defying the heights levitating over an enormous gorge as did we gazing off in every direction  […]

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Till death do us part (Love exists)

Love is a sonnet recited over the speakers of a slaughterhouse. It does not smell the blood nor scrutinize the saw’s. It does not save us, nor can it. It distracts, temporarily. In moments of abject terror. A peripheral ode. White noise in a horror show. Played on the assembly line. To the most vulnerable […]

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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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the fatal law of femininity

  the fatal law of femininity within confines articulates the gravitas of unyielding fidelity as if prison walls painted of rose briar’s are disguised from their design of captivity — a. duncan, 2019    

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I O U

I stole the moon for you raccoon eye’d that self satisfied smile of mine just a girl who grew up thinking wildflowers as friends rebel heart blind evident in the undertaking of inadvisable swan dives invading the pool’s of strangers who would rather be lovers just to prove herself capable of splitting unfamiliar waters so, you […]

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The Truth

In the deep velvet absence of discernible solace, I sat alone, unrecognizable to even myself, on an otherwise mundane Sunday evening. The pile of laundry stacked half way to the ceiling left untouched. The chair that held me was terribly unsure what to do with me. It wanted to seem kind but secretly hoped to […]

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of deserving

let it be said i was deserving of a season that gave of itself selflessly an autumn indiscriminate in its devotions loving in the shedding of its leaves gusts of vermilion ardency surrounding me temperatures bowed in worship giving frantic shape to breath amid the abiding fragrances of fresh tobacco clean linen, cardamom a season […]

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then and there

it was then and there  that surrender was declared such an unforeseen disarmament  in that very moment with the restless smile  of inevitable failure every sinew fell obedient  to the resemblance of oblivion  for he, like an incurable fever was slowly killing me and my fury heating  like mercury in a glass coffin while shadow boxing […]

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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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a novelty of the hunt

the wolves are circling my wounded doe heart there’s exit strategies laced in the veins of the withering autumn leaves that I’m too weak to decipher, somehow a hostage to the pack tragic captive fauna with unapologetic crossbow scars who rebelled against the false bottom of my forests floor a miserable shelter now a fate […]

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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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