Poem: Divine intervention

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  God-like and fragile, the boy Shun gave his lips to man and woman, whose touch he knew but couldn’t handle. Spectral in darkness in wait, him awake and slumbered, living yet lifeless, nothing and other. Brave Shun behind his white mask, a doll’s face devoid of all but the blankest expression, serenity of surrender. […]

Poem: Even the smallest things

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  Hidden, the forest floor bejewelled in fallen leaves and berries, more beautiful from the bottom peering up, than above. The verdant trees hang dream-like speared in sunshine and spotlight the trails through the tall grass travelled by beetle-back and carriage. A wizened owl watches while the sly cat sells its wares in the market […]

Poem: Death’s head and vectors

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  Oh diclonius, crowned captive in horns – Pan’s disciple abstinent of guilt and ego. There you dance for masters bare breasted and masked, drenched in the rainfall of your reckoning. A perfect fruit of lesser wombs, man nurtures its own destruction in blindness. The truth of Plato’s cave is the end of fearful creatures. […]

Poem: Genetic synthesis

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  The sun god abandoned his chariot, leaving man alone with his avarice. And after the calamity when man fled the atmosphere, his shadow, a lonely formless thing, tried to fill a shape it couldn’t find. Paradise domed over, the dignity of a failed machine half buried in scorched earth. Wandering god, stranger in his […]

Poem: Equivalent exchange

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  The sketched circle drawn at the intersection of science and mysticism; an alter set for cruelest nature and laid with blasphemous intent. The human condition, its hidden riddles, broken into each chemical constituent. The most complex equation made simple – the universe is laughing. Palms charged on the circle’s surface, a lay on of […]

Poem: Where the White Whale falls

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  The quickening mist breaks like waves under the lucent light that was the moon. A desperate exhalation, the dying dreadnaught of the sky. The sword that split its skin jewelled red on metal – an open wound still steaming a thousand lost souls skywards. The being broken, fractured in three, a trinity crowned purple […]

Poem: Totoro’s forest

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  As the great beast snores his belly can be seen rising right from the entrance of his hideout if you’re close enough. Above, the trees breathe with him. The forest’s heart and hands, though he sleeps he’s on guard for any child who finds it in the long grass. His old friend is still […]

Poem: Islands (a free verse for Free!)

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  Giving way to the body’s bias, the womb of the Earth, he slips in with open hands. Chest, shoulders and legs flex against and in tune with the predator, the closest instinct to submerge, surface and breathe. Each their own island he’s the breeze open and stoic. Then there’s sandy hair and an ice-cream […]

Poem: Gone Fishing (for Tsuritama)

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  The wind rolls off the ocean’s surface broken into ripples by a line and lure and the imitation fish sinks beneath the waves suspended in animation. Standing at the water’s edge where the surf meets the sand and the sun blinks into twilight, a motion in three beats – “Enoshima bowl” and release. Dominic […]