my medicine

does not come in a bottle
it is dispensed by the sea

diamond sparkle waves
whipped by wind
orchestrated before me

my medicine

does not come from a doctor
it comes from green trees

from their scent
from the colors of life
shed in fall’s rainbow tears

my medicine

does not come for a fee
it is natural and free

step into outside
open lungs to breathe

just earth
and me



~ Emily C.



Unknown Worlds

plane in the night sky

travels across spinning time

darker than eclipsed moon

velvet heaven black night

humming otherworldly tune

soothes the wanderer here

hitchhiking spirit jumps

a ride to another sphere

bats awake in noir air stir

seeing more than human

cat eyes glow green shimmer

stalking midnight snack

maps drawn and marked

land and animals know no lines

just earth’s terminator blurred

by curvature undefined

somewhere plane descends

some escaping or returning

some smile, some will cry

when feet hit cold hard dirt

this tuned ear travels

with every metal bird

flying heart away

to distant unknown worlds

~ Emily C.



a love atmospheric
a loss catastrophic
high ride to sky
fast dive to die
he rose me

he rose me
above all others
on a back strong I flew
below brown earth
rusted heart fell

a love atmospheric
a loss catastrophic
high ride to sky
fast dive to die
he rose me

he rose me
buoyed on sweet words
cut down by bloody swords
downed as injured bird
swoon to free fall

a love atmospheric
a life entropic
built up to stars
steep descent to hell

he rose me

to fell me

~ Emily C.


Skipping Stars

standing at shoreline of cosmos’ ocean
skipping stars
skipping stars like diamonds
skipping stars like diamonds in a cup of black tea
reading floating leaves that Venus pours us
predicting how tomorrow’s constellations may shine
ruminating on why it hurts
ruminating on why it hurts to see rising sun 
finding solace in moon the forgotten guide
dipping broken
dipping broken toes
dipping broken toes in swirling black holes
wondering whether to stay or to succumb
deepening gaze on shimmering stellar haze
tossing another star
tossing another star to gamble the game
forgetting why this very here and very now
remembering you
remembering your echo
remembering your echoing
remembering your echoing name
remembering your echoing
remembering your echo
remembering you

standing at shoreline
standing at shoreline of cosmos’ ocean
standing at shoreline

~ Emily C.


From Sea to Stars

from sea to stars,
salty sand to empty sky,
trace my veins inward out.

there — your code
s c a t t e r e d
in the DNA of time,

of mine.

fingers trace the trench,
cut on shattered shells,
blood black water still
until I
kick —

swirls ocean’s perpetual night,
finding you
g, now

muddy heart darkened.

i brought the light…
by floating moonbeams
i’ll climb us up. you see,
surface awaits our breech.

i’ll take us
to the moon,

we’ll dry off.

~ Emily C. 10.25.17

Tears Don’t Fall

Tears don’t fall

In outer space

They stay pooled

Against one’s face

I will fly there

To seek escape

Gather saline

In a jar…

But I dare say:

It won’t be large

Enough for tears

I’ll expect to cry

For my fate, when

I realize just

How far away

I had to soar

To see me…free

A specimen

You kept

Wings clipped

Habitat restricted

In form and function

Pinned to your bulletin board

Studied and displayed

Until one day

I broke the glass

With a scream

Echoing into

My future dream

In a cold vacuum

Unreachable by all

Save for my own heart

And a salty mason jar

~ Emily C.