Icarus

Icarus — Artist Maryanne Gobble

 

Icarus


Trapped within
Mirror’s green hue
Barely visible
Looking beyond
Mercury’s reflective surface
Attempting to see
Where I once was
The beginning
The middle
Or some other ending

 

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away.”     *
― Dorothy Parker


No Intermissions

Only God Knows Why  – Photography by Tommy Cavarela

 

No Intermissions


Tightrope concessions
Between the aisle
Then and now
Dies the silent tick
Of futile seconds
Lost causes
Moving farther away
From the beginning
Closer to the end
No intermissions
Seasoned seats aging
Contemplating
A swan song

 

“My truth yesterday is just that, the truth of yesterday, my truth today has been shaped by all my yesterdays.”     *     *
— M. L. Lurie, The Lost Journals


Circling the Wagon

Artist Kristamas Klousch

 

Circling the Wagon


Mundane Vanilla
Stirring the pot
Burning candles
Both ends first
Blind moth
Escorted to the flame
No white gloves
No handling
Sobriety’s dignity
No — Not tonight
Paying tips with 5 year chips
Bag n’ tag boring
Whoring emotions
False devotions
My loves
My addictions
My life
My merry-goes-round
One more time

 

“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”
― Dorothy Parker


XO

Ascension — Artist Candice Bohannon, Mixed Media

 

XO


Lone cactus flower
You stripped all of fate’s petals
Love me — Love me not
The final petal plucked screamed
With heartbreaking disdain — NOT

 

“Roses may say “I love you,” but the cactus says “Fuck off.”
― Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious     *


Sleepwalking

Dichotomy  by Tommy Cavarela

 

Sleepwalking


Instantly wicked
Pure evil beyond reproach
Macbeth’s scheming wife
Plotting to murder the king
All because I told you no

 

“I find it much easier to say yes to everything, true conviction is when you have the stamina to hold firm to your offering of no.”
— M. L. Lurie, The Lost Journals     *