I remember you | Imagine that

      The truth is that I remember you I remember you in spite of facts In spite of benefit or sanity Or fate Or clarity I remember you In moments of uncharacteristic weakness In dreams after which I wake up furious Apparently subconscious consent is ambiguous And the truth is that I hate […]

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naked eye

Surface of silver, unerring Obligated to none, as Sylvia told Pristine mimicry, save for subconscious Smudges of identity, an inheritance Without frivolity, such docile echoes Ghosts in the glass, void of flattery Objective oculus, brutalities bare Impartial lens, revelations of subtlety Arbitrator of self, quietly beholden To the naked eye   | a. duncan, 2019 | […]

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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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the dangers of devotion

  how does one drown in a room full of familiar faces on an ordinary morning in fluorescent lighting it’s clearly an emergency internally bleeding (ballpoint ink) straight from my arteries staining the porcelain crimson clawfoot swan dive an unforgiving undertow of unforeseen urgency the dangers of devotion the delusion of deserving one last breath […]

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sedimentary sentimentality

unveiled before an invisible audience to artificial applause she was designed to be a monument the indestructible ingénue a pillar made of granite and butterflies she stands tall, a towering ballerina a handful and a heroine brutal and beautiful at the same time a gorgeous slab of stubborn femininity trying to love herself as much those […]

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Terms and Restrictions

  Contract noun an agreement between two or more parties for the doing or not doing of something specified.   Let’s stop for a moment and analyze the promises we make to one another. Are our promises pure? Or are they contractual? By contractual, I mean, we require certain conditions be met in order for […]

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The Gates

It was once said Before you speak Let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? Do not appoint yourself the keeper of my gates. Do not seek to tame the wild animal inside my heart. Do not confuse my honesty for lack of devotion. Do not demand […]

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No Siren

This bullet Is engraved with your namesake I intend to be Your blindfold and last cigarette This gun Is rust proof from the endless drops of saline I think there may be Tears in the gears This negotiation Is with the terrorist in my heart I have demands That can’t be met This lion Is […]

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An ocean in the mountains

she’s an ocean in the mountains salt water staining the sediments sand coating the pine needles her tides singing lullabies and longings to the stubborn curves of the cliffs and they are unmoved by her musing coal. is. not. casual. the ancient rocks resist her fluid femininity they demand apologies for her avalanches “why are […]

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