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A Dagger Which I See Before

from “Renditions of Change” a work in progress

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Tentatively, I stumble down

the hall in the dark. This time,

this is not a dream. I tell

myself I will kill myself

tomorrow. I laugh, as if

I was joking. Then I hear

a draft of a first line,

and hope I can hold it long

enough to write it down

before I drown in a river

of my own clotted blood.

(February 9, 2019)

Cassandra at the Door

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To hammer a nail straight

and quick with a few strikes

takes practice— to the point:

 

I stake myself on a cross,

a basic graph to plot

trends and sequences—

 

facts and numbers,

numbers and facts,

are so easily turned;

 

so, perhaps a story here

that can plant the horror

will suffice to save us:

 

Do you hear that? It is

coming. Martyrs laid

out like drying fish;

 

where distortions and lies

bend all matter to earth

a fetid stench rises.

 

In a hell so manifold,

your closest friends

will be devoured.

 

(June 16, 2018)

Zeitgeist Frog

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A deep resonance in waves

flows through my walls

as if they did not exist;

and, I am set atremble

like the wings of a butterfly

on a bit of Queen Anne’s Lace.

 

Thus fear inculcates the normal

day to day rituals, casually,

like friends meeting for lunch.

I cannot control my shaking.

I have become thin glass

singing in harmony

with the tremulous cacophony;

until I shatter like ice.

 

(April 29 2018)