How Silent My True Song

i live amongst the stars
and i have lost my way
traveling on dark paths
no longer in the sky

if i close my eyes
their images appear
i can almost touch them
far from me yet near

i live in conjured clouds
floating like the sea
rolling with the wind
forever blowing me

for too long have i sunk
to ground, a leaden rock
burrowing in soil, hiding head
from daylight’s dark

i live where animals roam
their aimless purpose clear:
survival of the fittest ones,
raw death meets beauty’s flair

separated from my flock
parted from my breed
tracks followed only led
to dead end muddy caves

i live where laughter flies
its freely flitting notes
written in music staves
strumming at the heart

how quiet my voice has been
how silent my true song
waiting for the proper key
for listening loves, to whom
i might belong

~ Em ~

2.12.18

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Canyon

there in the waves of midnight:

you

undulate,

drunk on dark
just out of reach, you carve
the heavy air,

beckoning me along
with sway of silent hand

deep into
heart’s ocean
— its exposed canyon
lit brilliant,
blooming with bioluminescence

painting the never

with the now

 

~ Emily C.

1.11.18

Atmospheric

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.

11.18.17

Dark on Dark

trees bow
in humble prayer
wind muffled
by boiling water
dark on dark
dance past glass
thoughts stir
as night does pass

i stand alone
by kitchen sink
swirl honey
into my drink
you are gone
again from here
alone with night
my heart blurs

another season
turns tonight
beside my scars
i’ll sleep tight
star in dreams
i’d rather live
wake to day
alone again

 

 

~ Emily C. 11.14.17

 

 

Camouflage

she makes herself invisible
so he doesn’t speak,
seek her out like
a missile.

no where to hide
except under
layers and layers
of clothes, hats,
half-hearted
smiles aimed
at no one in particular;

used one too many times
she turns on a dime
now, keeps the door
in her sight 
at all times, just
in case leaving
is her only escape
when she’s feeling
out of excuses,
under-enthused
or sick of being
a target.

why not
eat another pastry,
gain another pound?
another defense
against attention.

oh how many ways
there are to hide
when you’ve been
found by 
the wrong kind…

you learn.

 

~ Emily C.

11.11.17

Gingerly

tread gingerly
upon this heart,
its bruised meat
tells the tales:
each i love you
leaves a scar,
hellos left marks
in torn goodbyes.
tread with care,
leave nothing here,
save maybe a kiss
to heal heart’s fear.
so, gingerly i breathe,
inhale the risk,
it burns…that light
in my dark abyss…

~ Emily C.

11.9.17

Faint Panacea Dancing

we were dancing
when you whispered
into tickled ear:

i will be your panacea

the shivers you sent,
nearly to ground
i fell

hard, like a rock,
to the bottom
of a love i didn’t
understand,
faint,

i gather the puddle
now just fluid (i am)
reflecting your smile
and eyes that i read

to read:

i haven’t even started
yet, my dear.

 

~ Emily C.

11.8.17

 

**I combined the last 3 WP prompts: panacea, faint and dancing, into one.