The Spirit and The Beloved

…more than to be happy:to be loved;across all divides,within all silence,in all invalid mistakes punctuatingthe principle of honour:to be loved to infinity;as seen by each blindspot that maylive within a wish:to belong;aside from all validation:to be loved. All Rights ReservedCopyright … Continue reading

The Trier

Without understanding,like newborns fighting sleep;pivots:falsehoods of stability;oblivious beings:carried by torrents of make-believe peacemaking;we morphed into dreaded half-artists……as acrobats balancing betweenreality and dream,those disappointed and those keen for more. became …ever-compromising triers,anonymous middlers in every race. All Rights ReservedCopyright © 2022 … Continue reading


There could be a sequel…an elaborate improvement on the now.But we’re hiding within that feelingof twisting limbs ’round each otherwhile sipping soothing beverages,of running fingers through braided hair,pretending tomorrow will never come. There could be candid conversationsstarring in A Tense … Continue reading

A Jubilant Fear

They fed us something sweet,
a thing that jived on tongues
did back flips down throats
and burgled ribcages.
We stayed still,
feeling its heartbeat merge with ours.
It was a jubilant fear gracing a rite of passage…
…the knot in the stomach representing
a necessary bravery.

We celebrated a night so dense
it muffled the hyena’s mocking laugh.

For we all knew:
The future silently introduced her glory
in the throes of that darkest of nights.
And there we were,
fortunate enough to await a morning
in which we could finally bear witness
to the fruits of midnight’s labour.

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The Valley of Victory

I saw you there,
resting between the weapon and the last fallen resister,
counting the seconds until official independence,
hoping to be transported to a new identity,
your first love
waving a white flag from past’s shore
to what now seems like a stranger,
a dissolving vision of someone she used to know…

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