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The Spine

 

Through haze of open war
and fallen worlds,
Persistent as the dreads of private past,
Hangs a blinking light. Shrouded,
demanding to be seen.
A protrusion, cold, dead, geometric,
Thrust from the light
In defiance of death and
In spite of the laws of life
long ago etched and written –
long ago burned and forgotten.

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Parking inspector

On good days, and your worst, he’d always greet you with his cheer.
Familiar to the office block, he’d been there for a year.
Through sun and snow, you’d find him there
Collecting cash for parking’s fare
And lending friendly ear.

The workers grew quite fond of him – this man they’d celebrate,
(He’d even forge excuses if when running, they were late).
And so it came as quite a shock
When one day, where there’d been a lock
They found an open gate.

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Elephant’s Tear

On edge of dry creek’s inlet,
A shadow plods on by –
The rider but a silhouette
against an orange sky.

His garments were in fading,
With tassels ready frayed,
Though none of this could quite be seen
amidst the coming shade.

For, blooming in the distance,
Was man and mount’s friend, one.
The only other living soul –
They called the setting sun.

Beneath, they watched in wonder,
And shed a straying tear,
As stars tore sky asunder
making them but disappear.

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Giants of the North

A dark power is sweeping across the land.
Our lone hero hears of a strange disturbance in the forests, and travels north to lend aid.
What he finds there is more than he can comprehend, but is it all as it seems?

A new tale of adventure and magic, told in verse.

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Shadow Creatures

Through blackened mist
and sodden earth,
The crows above shall sing.
In tune with bones
And creaking lids-
Open, the coffins spring. Continue reading “Shadow Creatures”

Finding time for Creativity

Finding time for creative endeavors has always been something that I’ve struggled with. Between work, study, family, friends, partners etc. it can be difficult to find time to get away and sit quietly for an hour or two, or more, and work on whatever it is that requires my attention. Then there’s the issue of guilt. Am I spending too much time trying to get away from people, when I should be spending that time with them, and patiently putting the writing to one side while I wait for the right time?

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