Fade to Gray

Fade to Gray

This photograph fades Yellowing with age Showing these scars Like a blacklight Rising above my soul The edges start to blur Blending the colors Stretching at the seams To maintain composure This lens narrows Drawing the viewer in Eyeballs peeled to canvas This vulnerability Evident in the repose Of these practiced poses These funny coincidences … Continue reading

Skeletal

Skeletal

We don’t know our worst selves Hidden behind shades and shadows Blocked from the rays of the sun Until we don’t even recognize them Or we pretend that we’ve forgotten The us in our mirror images But life often exposes artifice These days blazing with light Shining deep into our corners Where we can no … Continue reading

Parched

Parched

I. These streets are barren Stripped of conscious life Left to die, a wasteland Of brown, and black, and blue Fundamentally ashamed Of all they’ve come to be Turned to rot and ruin Dressed in sackloth and ash Like consecutive numbers In black, and white, and gray A creative parody of sorts These silent nightly … Continue reading

Limited

Limited

Love sets loose limits It comes and it goes Like so much wind Whimsical at best Suddenly shiftless Lacking heart Conscious of itself But only at times Often caught up In exultation When nothing matters When love moves again Tethered to apathy Like mirror twins The push and pull Evident to most But shoved aside … Continue reading

Faithless

Faithless

The crucifix burns Startled by this sin Affixed beneath this skin Like so many times before When prayers fell like rain Into this bowl of holy water But these tears are on pause Hanging by this thinnest thread Waiting for this watershed A lightening over Calvary A thundering in my ancient bones To bring me … Continue reading

Spacing

Spacing

I choose my words carefully Conjugation on my lips Spilling over into sound A perfect preservation Of multi-syllabic language Summoned from sheer memory So I can tell you to leave To go, to consciously decide To walk away without pride But I can’t just say it This well-rehearsed wit Refusing to dissemble Betraying my tender … Continue reading