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The Pledge

  I watch the struggle and am fearful, for the human psyche and ego are fragile, the soul so easily tricked and betrayed that the most recent blow can feel so much like the last to be taken. Powerless to do more than listen, I stress this will be not be the last you face.…

Unattended

Unattended,  saffron tinged leaves blow from the place they were then, to the place they now lay, across the carefully sown fields and through each deliberate blade, past a brilliant blue sky-now changed to gray, while she slept, and she dreamed of the straight and of the true, only to discover, with harsh sun’s ray,…

Through Spread Fingers

Wild movements in streets, viewed with half closed lids, by those in charge, faces turned away, refusing to see or hear, the pounding bass music of tromping feet, of the bodies set into motion by misguided direction and fear of loss. Our children run to blocked passages, turn left and right through dark mazes, fighting…

Listen

Lie in wait, a book in your face, if you’re lucky you can smell the dusty bottle of amber liquid, the one with hints of cinnamon and stale coffee. Mark time in place—interrupted—by cleverly poisoned conversations, confidently stroked by the more intelligent beings in the other room, wiser still, than your voice. Spill your breath,…