No Devil to Fear

  

It’s not the Devil you need to fear
Not the shudder of feeling which drags you underground,
into granite cells scored with solitude

Not the sigh of loss which brushes raw memories
or the clear space left to gulf what remains

It’s the indifference of silence
The echoing stillness of words unspoken
hanging unliving
in suddenly stifling air
A cast impossible to break once set
and impossible to stop hands from forming

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When You’re Done

  

When you find yourself buying the dreams you used to make
with immature passion
as an ignorant expansion
of those feelings with no name

When the naked truth has found an outfit
selected from the screen
where nothing is left laid bare
but a desperate need to be seen

When what you see isn’t your hallucination
but a dopamine released purchase
from a shiny suit
or dead end alley

When you’re done,
it’s a long way back to the beginning

Featured image by Keff

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A Life Well Lived

  

A minor thing, but dedicated to Kathleen ‘Daish’ Winkley nonetheless.

A life well lived
is never ended
From graves or ashes
hands reach out
fingers extend
to brush against the living

To wipe away tears
stroke hope into the hopeless
caress the unseen
and hold the lost in a grip
that never loosened
reaches us all

Farewell

Your life well lived
is never ended

Featured image by Lucas Iacono.

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Flashback

  

What was once forgotten
is remembered just the same
lessons learned made vivid
old names cried out in vain

Moments long made history
alive in present tense
undead steps to dead ends
too late for recompense

Old journeys are now over
tracks lost in choking dust
with the next step just another
pushing onwards
as we must

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