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

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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