A reading of “Septembering”

Dusk devours chroma
at the Septembering of a day,
when rooms succumb to the miasma
of a rumbling, hungered night-coming,
and darkness’ dust scrapes
lazy, late afternoon hues
on blued-evening white doors,
and walls lilacness commences the crawl
to dulled corners charcoaled bolder
in advancing hours.
The twilight resigns, fading
to the democracy of the dark;
but us, tip-toeing to infinity
with the logical line of endless words,
in slipping sleepwise we fall,
and saturate grey sleep
with stark contrasted dreams,
our spectral artistry emblazoned
in glinting needles of clarity
cushioned in the nebulous clutch
of our every unknown.
Flickering eyes, in mimicry
of the unseeing creativity
of one wide awake
who, in the pitch of midnight,
creates a pageant from starless sky.

Home Space

The fragility of the nest
is
the security of the nest.

We hanker for a home.

Not
the solidity,
the false security
of the sarcophagus.

A home to leave and return to.
To remain a home
when the wind blows it away.

Not
the permanence of the coffin.
Unleft and unimagined.
No holes to breathe through.

Bookworm

I find you bookish.
No, that’s a compliment.

With pages of skin
loose,
inelastic,
windblown;
using old words,
elsewhere dying
from disuse.

Your conversation perfumed by yellowed pages.
other eyes hold you pallid.
Mistake dryness
for dust.

You fall into my hands
flop over
as I turn you.

Pulsing.

I read you Crimson.

My Dark Works

Night’s nothing,

which I walk into the upstairs of
with candles of despair.

The whiling of these spaces
illumines me
in a cosy blanket of black.

My pen hooks and pulls
a little diamond word out.

Come morning,
my sky is peppered with stars.

Darkness Visible

Now that we have
pathologised Despair,
medicalised grief,

and compartmentalised
the edges of normal
to insanity’s domain,

and unpicked agonies,
textures and hues
with easy substitutes
of platitudes and pills.

Can we finally acknowledge
our unwritten goal?

To deprive the poor few
of a fearful descent
to the core, where
a glowing roar erupts.

Invisible Seamstress

What we make of ourselves:

our many pasts,
our many nows,

the mythologising

of our various births,
of living paths,
of multitudinous deaths-

are little truths
woven In half-sleep
by an invisible seamstress.

gently prodding us
towards an understanding
of all we have always been.

A Felt Essence

Pulled earthwards,
its branches drugged,
heavy, thick, sticky with sap.

A stoner whose wrist can’t lift,
energyless.
Soaking up the wrung out, wet earth.

Suspended over the slow water.
Feeling itself hanging.

Lacy leaves trail the flow:
a sleepy lady’s fingers
kissIng the surface.

Me on the warm grass.
Eyes closed.

The invisible coursing
of blood and thoughts.

The autonomic flow
of an invisible will.

Sea Change

Have you ever tried
at a beach, to stand
at the last of the land,
where the dried-out sand

no longer touched
by the waters edge-
it’s slow retreat
to the horizons ledge,

turned
away from the sea
and looked inland
spurned
what’s gone
for what is planned,

away
from the sunset
until it’s gone
and waited
through night
for your coming dawn.

The Nourisher

Weak (like water), but not weak.
Clear (like water), but not clear.

Pure (like water).
Soft (like mizzled rain).

Necessary (like water).
Life-giving (like water).

Natural (like raindrops on) skin.

you, around you.

Water reflecting water.