Saturday, September 13, 2014

Up Before the Birds

sometimes we must wake up before the birds,
throw caution to the wind,
and hope our reckless young hearts
make the right hopeful decisions.

Friday, September 12, 2014

I am the Guardian

i am the guardian of your sleep.
i will watch
as your monolithic nightmares ravage your peace.
even monsters are welcome
in an empty home,
so i repay the bestowal
by being a bigger animal than they.

i am the guardian of your serenity.
i will watch
as the levels rise and drown your tranquility.
and when your headspace clatter becomes deafening,
i will be here,
a greater savage
than what devastates your joy.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Screaming: Radio Silence

the unknown brings with it
itchy, jumping flesh.
i am screaming,
but a superficial calm
allows for radio silence.

i am breathing.
and i wait.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Faster Than You Can Breathe

seconds that stretch
to days,
of intense fear, desperation, hopelessness,
are slow
and suffocating
like the long, spindly fingers of a cartoon witch
carefully making their way
along a neck, jawline, the corner of a mouth
or the yellowed, creaking vines of a hot yet sunless greenhouse
that somehow move
faster than you can breathe.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I Will Lose Everything

i am losing faith
in my city,
in those who i once believed kept me upright,
withstanding and steady.

i am reminded of the toxicity of humanity,
of all the ways we deconstruct one another,
take advantage of the pains
that sit deep beneath our ribs,
tangled in exposed nerve endings
that never seem to stop hurting,
and of the reasons we all say "never again."

whether this bridge, held by pity and guilt,
on its own
or i leave it to burn,
i will lose everything i spent my life trying to save.