Category Archives: Poetry

Day Zero

They say the shock makes you tired. Stumbling drowsy through haphazard facts The reporter mouths empty words on the screen They replay in a loop at night. Distant words she can’t quite make out Seeping distorted onto her pillow as she sleeps Eyes ringed and lashes dewdrop silver Pillow wet with black exhausted tears. The

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The Resistance

‘I was a survivor once’ she said. ‘Watching shadows and listening for voices. Sirens rounding desolate corners and a helicopter above. That hawk could take out each of us mice. Scuttling between trees, making ourselves invisible. We resisted. Some fickle bravery coarsed veins and filled heads. I joined them. Defiance in our eyes and on

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The Salt Forest

Trees blur in my salty snow globes A dark seaweed wash for this bright forest and a bramble scratch in my throat. His hand rests on my leg, a dead weight. I fold my hands like napkins. White and edge to edge on my lap. Crisp and careful. Unavailable. I don’t want to be touched.

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Black Rock

Loosen your limbs it said Loosen and let me take you. My black rock heavier than your shallow breaths A delirious sleep that fills your ears and thick as treacle wraps your lungs. You won’t feel it. Just a fleeting gasp and then nothing. Close your eyes if it makes it better. Just close your

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Be Gone

A thousand empty words. Strewn on the sands and on The tides will take them Tripping carelessly over white horses and dissolving to foam. Exhaled into deep green. Until at last you are gone. #charlisays #poetsofinstagram #poetry #poetrylovers #writerslife #amwriting #writersofinstagram #writing #ocean #beachlife

The Madness In My Wave

There’s a world of madness in my wave A foam of white crest crazy and deep dark you. Bubbling at my breast and tightening my neck. Pulling at my legs and grasping at my hair. That seaweed voodoo charging me off balance. Singing me back, deep into cobalt nothing. Where the depths are too great

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Bright Boats

“What do you think” she said. “A different country for every decade. To reinvent yourself and never leave a trace of your former self. Never to be left at the olive tree where we first kissed or stand on the shore watching our bright boats fade to sepia in the distance. What if each chapter

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Dear You

Dear you, I was only twenty three You were older then Dear you, you’re the one who got away Even though I told you to. Dear you. Dear you, in the starry lane Kissing me hard in the pouring rain. Dear you, with your lips like summer wine And your hands like ice. Dear you.

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Hers

Hers was a chameleon soul Flitting with the moons ebbs and whims A freewheeling compass That led her dancing in riddles A blur of soft kisses on the shoreline And kaleidoscope lights in her mirror A million smiles shattered on the landscape And split between them Each claiming he knew her Each an affinity with

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Cherry And The Bees

And so she smiled that smile. The one he thinks is real Cherry red and bitten inside A bitter stone lodged in her throat Swallowing hard keeps the bees down Churning like molten amber in her belly And swarming loudly in her chest Beneath her heart if such a thing Gulping down his medicine A

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