“Black Water”

A dark mess of intention,

an already-dug grave.

This was her lifeblood,

she had no one to save.

She was drowning in her own mouth.

Tongue-tied,

cast out.

Sin nipped at her elbows,

stained her handsome teeth.

She stepped on a songbird once,

his yellow throat caught beneath.

For him,

death had tasted like dried pineapple.

She buried him in the ocean,

her back to the chapel.

To her,

death was simple,

a palm full of sugar.

“Pan”

Why is it that we are born with such imagination,

only to have it taken away when we grow older?

There are some of us left, it is true.

But we are not the mighty,

the victorious.

Weeping, strange angels we become,

crying over those who could have been and tortured by the veneer of existing.

What kind of life is that?

When we could use dust to fly instead?

We could do extraordinary things, it is true.

And pretending,

a good play,

may just unlock the secrets of the universe.