P O E T R Y


CASTLE

Time ticks on, life lives on, as they allay another year away from that day you shared your struggle, that day you told me your troubles. It’s now been twenty years too long. The distance kept you from my arms, a castle to keep you from harm. I am your knight with no armor. You are the Queen inside these walls. Your pearlescent crown is your charm. Let’s watch the world from these ramparts, and marvel at a sea of stars. For now, we are a world apart. Know that only you hold my heart.

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SHADOW TAG

I’ve got too much love to give. I won’t lay it all on you again. I know it’d smother you And a flower’s got to bloom. Sometimes it gets heavy, carrying it around inside. Sometimes it gets heavy, Then it’s time to hide. Even when my eyes are tired, I can still recognize the lines as the light wraps around you: always the kindest in the room. Until the day I can temper passion with prudence, I’ll hold it all back and sit beside your shadow.

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TENSIONING

Ratchet me down to the bed frame. Panic attack set my heart aflame. Sit down, stand up, take a shower. Just hold out for one more hour. Tensioning, tensioning, stretching, and lengthening. Tensioning, tensioning, doubting and questioning. It wasn’t intentional. I’m just not conventional. I know that you’re skeptical. This verse was nonsensical. Tensioning, tensioning, stretching, and lengthening. Tensioning, tensioning, doubting and questioning Expression of aggression. Regression of progression. Recession, then depression. Imagining transgressions. Tensioning, tensioning, stretching, and lengthening. Tensioning, tensioning, doubting and questioning myself.

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PRISON LETTERS

It hurts to know that you don’t want to know me anymore. So I write and I write, but my rhymes are always ignored. Your eyes are the prison that my mind’s confined inside. The key was lost on the day my pride led to our divide.

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HEART OF THE ICE DRAGON, PT. I

The foothills have all been washed white. The trees, all stripped bare to their limbs. The dead coveted my every breath. I followed a trail of campsites, carried by a steady rhythm, yet I sank with every step. The sun set, the summit in sight. The howl of the wind, harsh and grim, served as a harbinger of death. Ascending the forbidden heights, the silver sheets of ice glistened, as if the mountain had once wept. It was then that I heard her call. The ground shook and split, revealing A cave beneath the overhang. I stepped inside the frozen…

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LUNARIA

Oh, sweet Lunaria, are you lonely up there in your home of white gold? Are you well? Are you warm, wrapped in your gown, shining with sapphire effulgence? What do you hide beneath the constellation of your surreptitious smile? What do you conceal with that rouge, that eyeshadow that you dipped into the shallows of Northern Lights? Obscured scars left by tears you were afraid to shed, locked away in your heart, kept far from the prying eyes of someone such as I, armed with my telescope, bold dreams, and steadfast hope? Oh, sweet Lunaria… Gravity, my prison, holds me…

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ISLAND

An ocean of experience: mysterious, interwoven threads cannot be corroded. Emotion provides motion. Frozen once, an island melts: First a ripple, then a swell, a drop of water in the well.

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PLUME

Her imagination: a magical loom weaving herself an iridescent costume with wings to fly far from her cage, her old room. Now her voice is like a bewitching perfume. She sits amongst the stars, a flower in bloom, and she left behind a gift; an angel’s plume.

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SLEEPWALK

Movement with no thought. Awake but I can sleepwalk. Forget needs and wants.

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PRETTY POLTERGEIST

She haunts the hallways in my head. An alluring apparition, so well read, Called her a ghost but she’s not dead. We only speak when I’m in bed, sound asleep, waiting on words she never said. Pretty poltergeist on the tip of my pen, How long has it been since we were friends? Pretty poltergeist on the edge of my bed, Remember when we used to play pretend? Portrait on the screen, foreshadow my dreams: a home where I can be much more than I seem, the kingdom where you’re Queen.

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TELEPHONE

When we were kids, You called me on the telephone, and when you did, for a minute I felt less alone. Now that we’re grown, what fills my ear? All that I can hear — just a dial tone. Turning the page, it curls and breaks just like the waves after an earthquake. Words in an array dancing like a ballet… my heart on display, arranged in a bouquet, for a woman named ____.

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INTIMATE

Lips locked up like they’re glued. Color me blue, I’ll paint you too. Three words to say, “I miss you.” “I’m sorry,” I can say with two. I promise, someday I’ll follow through. Drive alone, eyes up on the rear view. Worlds apart but we share the same moon. Intimate: a taboo I never knew. Wait for me until the day I debut. I promise someday I’ll know you too.

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HUNTED

Mapping my way with feelings, Stumbling, head is reeling. Shadow of doubt still creeping, Blood leaking through clenched teeth. Misinterpreting meanings, This trail is so misleading. Glass in my feet, keeps bleeding, Marking my way through this dream. When will I find my way out? I’ve seen these trees before, like the warnings I’ve ignored. The home of my greatest war: a corridor with no doors. I know what I’m looking for. It’s time to settle the score.

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SHINOBAE

Queen of the arcade machines. Eyes that shine like aquamarines. Her high score is just obscene. A smile that outshines the screen. Hey, hey hey! Won’t you show me that combo someday? Shinobae! Will she slow down for you? No way! Hey, hey hey! Won’t you show me that combo someday? Shinobae! Hope to play against you one day. Quick with the sticks, ready to fight. Dressed in twilight and neon light. For her, it’s all about the game. For them, she’s a crown to claim. Hey, hey hey! Won’t you show me that combo someday? Shinobae! Will she slow…

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DAYBREAK

If you would let me hold your hand, I promise not to let you fall. I’ll do my best to understand, I’ll be the pillow where you land. If you let me into your heart, I will always answer your call. If I see it begin to part, I’ll glue it back before it starts. If you reveal to me your mind, I will wander its many halls. I can get lost in your designs. I can learn your ways over time.

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SHADOWS

Will my eyes betray me if I look too closely? Battered by missing wings, will you just fade away, like wavering smoke rings broken in the bold breeze? What will the sun reveal? Shadow cast upon steel stitched to both my heels: the thoughts that I concealed, my hurt that had not healed, a harbinger so surreal. Changing shapes, give and take, toil in the soil and sand. No silent helping hands. Now I can understand there was no guardian waiting for me to stand. Flip the switch, close the door, watch it consume the floor, multiply into more sunken…

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PILLOW

One thing that I know: for your cheek, my chest is so the perfect pillow.

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NAP

Take a nap with me. Let the sound of our breathing carry you to sleep.

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WOLF MOTHER’S MANTRA

They scour our kingdom, the searing scent of spent gunpowder, erecting their stone towers, and hiding inside them like cowards. These are your final hours. Imagine the forgotten spring’s flower and endless afternoon rain showers. May your flesh grant power, May our enemies be devoured.

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RANDOM ENCOUNTER

She’s always so articulate, her voice: my favorite instrument, never a hint of dissonance no matter the predicament. Her iris exhausts the infinite and her mind mirrors her magnificence. Her smile is brilliant and not so innocent. Her touch: unrivaled among stimulants, unable to be simulated, deeper than the definition of ‘intimate’, and I am the content participant.

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ISLES OF GLASS

They can all sit and rot, trying to tell me that I am what I am not. Shut me out; I see all of these bridges they built burning down to the ground in my thoughts. Shut your mouth; my cup of coffee accompanied by the authors of every petty plot. Close my eyes; your smirk is still a picture that’s been permanently etched beneath my eyelids. I know I can’t forget and so I don’t try it. Stranded on a glass island, in solitude I can imagine (What’s waiting there?) what lies behind your iris. (What’s waiting there?) Tongues…

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LIFE IS AN RPG

I don’t know how to prove to you that there is so much you can do. Words are just words, even inherent truths. I’m still a nobody standing next to you. Guess I’ve gotta grow then, found my old roots. I’ll level up, my love, I don’t mind the grind. I’ll level up my love, for us I’ll make the time. I’ll level up, my love, we can walk inside our minds. I think that we can agree: Life is like an RPG but solo play’s no way to be. Maybe I could join your party? I hate heights but…

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CIRCLE OF STATUES

Fashioning my last fang into a skeleton key to split this frozen sea; your depths of endless degrees. Distant dreamer, melting in a fever. I can still see her in my golden mirror. Study your subtle idiosyncrasies, Pocket your secrets like a thief, and pen this page with fingers that bleed. Distant dreamer, melting in a fever. I can still see her in my golden mirror. Circle of statues. This story is our secret rendezvous. I see now that I was wrong to leave you. The words from my pen: a writhing tattoo. Carve that lesson deep and we start…

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ANDANTE

Andante, andante, Bringer of the day… I followed your footsteps Wayward of the icy wastes, through the frozen forests, to meet at the mirror lake. I said, “Your sound is sweet release. A smile on your face is all I need to see. You know I aim to please; you’re the only one for me.” Andante, andante, Bringer of the day… South along the sunken shore, sailing past the isles of glass erupting from the sea floor; reminders of a time no more. And she said, “Are you really so sure? Ethereal allure, your thoughts I obscure. My heart was…

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PRISONER

Adjacent rooms in the glass aviary. I put my ear to the wall, I took to your call. Couldn’t see your face and I loved your taste. Like a blueberry, bright and bitter. Descending into the depths of the dungeon. Endless eternity embraces everything. We were both their prisoners (Manacled, tarred, and feathered!) Before we bled red blood of victors. (Carved out our inhibitors!) Can we be our own co-conspiracy? (Consider this my signature!) We can push the perimeter. (Conquer the contributors!) This story is a library where I want to live. I’ll break down the walls just to await…

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CHESS MASTER

I ran out of stones for my poems and so you rolled a saving throw. Deliver the blow, overlord overthrown, thrashing the throne, disassemble the drones. Illuminate the unknown, obfuscate what I know. Why fly all alone? Captain to co-pilot, do we know the way home? This verse is my cologne: never leave you hanging like a dial tone. I see sly eyes flashing those sapphire stand-ins but you know I know the emerald hill zone. Catch me at the top, the last one standing. Chessmaster, we’ve known since long ago; playing pieces carved from bones of fallen foes. Let…

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HARBINGER

Curtain call! Axe to fall! The burden of all! Make me feel small! Just what is the point of this? I can’t seem to unball my fists! The light bulb is an exorcist, My mind is ruled by a perfectionist! An exhibition abscission addition just the price of my admission! Tactician, logician, magician, musician, mechanical phantasm of perdition! Juxtaposition presupposition! Nuclear fission decomposition! No boundary condition for my mission! The wizard wanders, The world widens. Violent submission, Intuition suspicion.

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HUNTRESS

The laws of nature dictate this causality. You stand atop of the peak so casually. The crown that you wear just seems so much to bear, You cannot ever falter – you’re as light as air. You are the hunter, They are the hunted. Read their face, Know your place. Breathe.

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