A gaze he had to meet

even in this crowded room it was the type of gaze that filled the air between them, it swerved the corners of reality with tangibility – he felt it’s whispers wrap the shoulders of his fears and write a message in the atmosphere for him to see the invitation that she painted there, in silken […]

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A lament for my lost instrument

It’s a pleasing thing to hear my whispers turned into roars by the ocean, timid sounds that roll around seashell necklaces of the mermaids I beg to magnify the crescendo of the waves and I crave the thunderous noise of my fingers like a pianoforte in the seafoam, or a screaming storm in a teacup […]

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Trenchcoat futility

Today I put on my trench coat full of desires of a different day I tuck my magnifying glass into my pocket and I am a bloodhound, hunting the air for your scent of poetry, vinyl and paint and hints of smoke and mirrors. I pad softly behind you, full of delusions and confusions I’m […]

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A night full of subtleties

In a night full of subtleties the moon’s ripples wrap around my shoulders in the middle of the blades you see the glistening lace of milky shades, please trace the faded patterns of my life, nuances written with a sigh, a little strife There, bathing in the crevices of my skin, touch me in the […]

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Peter Pans in Ever-land

There was a time when Forever was an easy thing to say when the leaves were lusc- -ious promises of another day and we inhaled the air with elastin lungs and hungry tongues That flourished in a bloom on our tastebuds Then, darkness was faraway and we were Peter Pans in ever-land dancing bodies, glasses […]

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Shadow games

As I walk alone The dusk of my mind Is a lonely and foreboding place Where nothing is black or white and puppet trees use twilight shadows To become hyperboles of themselves, Their leaves bullying me with rustling threats and whispered bets about my racing thoughts and catastrophic interpretations. I blur the edges And turn […]

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Dreams of herself

There was a girl Her eyes blurred with rain and skin bleached by ghosts Her hair a wistful wysteria on a sun-drenched porch, that she wound round her fingers while she dreamed Of a self that she always looked for … She dreamed of a house Where purple flowers of her hair became a paintbrush, […]

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Friday effervescence

It was a cloudy, dreary Friday But that didn’t stop her The Friday effervescence Florescent in her veins She puts lush wishes on her lashes With fingertips of wanderlust She seeks out sunset crashes and rushes to the rain. She wears a watch of dynamite Her burning hands within her pockets She grasps a shock […]

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Like a moth to your flame…

And just like that I am a weary moth No butterflies here I’d like to paint my wings But they are thick with dust Shed like my dignity As I throw myself At any shred of your light Desperate, scrambling As you close your window My wings disintegrate At your touch

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Lines of love

Inspired by this beautiful artwork by Muntazir (link below) … A paper disguise for a velvet love A love too much to stay on one page Over and flowing the folds of her dress As strong and soft as water A warm infinity pool of soft Cashmere blankets, Obsidian strength and kissed tears. Arms trace […]

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Rainbows and Predators

First: Words circling my mind, like the swirling, twirling colours of a gymnasts’ ribbon. Their rhythmic flutter brushing my mind gently, like the hair pushed back from my neck by a kiss. A selection of focused clarities, like emotions in fluid motion, waiting to pour from my soul in a tumble of happiness. ….. Second: […]

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Love of a paper crane

Like an origami crane Your creases fold their way into my life, Coloured whispers decorate your wings, And paper feather songs you sing to me .. I find you in my Bonsai tree Writing words upon your paper and the leaves, One thousand joined together you will weave, Every shape a layer of your love […]

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Decluttering sadness

My name is sadness. We know each other well. Today I’ve been nesting. I’ve been in your cupboard, the one under the stairs, haunted by the ghost town of your life. I put on old songs and found fragments, litter, so many broken shards. Old photographs of friends, abandoned in their frames. A box of […]

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A box of your words.

I found, a faded, dusty box. Inside I found, not faded memories But those shining as bright as a neon lamp that I saw yesterday, suggesting I go in. … I opened the box. And longing for a broken dream jumped out and sat on my heart. Like an unexpected jack in the box given […]

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A moment of fireworks

The boom freezes us in time and the clock stops – chimes in with a gift that shocks our pulse and floods our synapses, with tick tock packages of phosphorescence, incandescent, no? Really, I feel like we’re all a flock of fireflies in swirling smoke, evocative shadows on our lips I catch the static of […]

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Sunshine and Mysteries

Sunshine and mysteries. These words sound good together right? A little bit of joy and warmth combined with a little bit of intrigue. As personality descriptors these are traits I would happily embody, and I have been lucky enough to have these words in ‘awards’ thrown at me a few times by writers I admire […]

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Fun or fear

I touched the fragility at the fair a line of pink candy floss and nightmares that turn their heads slowly, machinations that so noisily threaten me, watching me with gaping mouths starving for a breast, but just in jest – of course they want my senses sensitized and raw and they will pinch them from […]

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The infinity of Salar de Uyuni

Fall with me into the arms in Salar de Uyuni with a bouquet of pink flamingos in perfect arrangement like the flowers on my table here I sit and fold the dimensions of time and space and blend us into a glittering infinity of white oceans, perfect reflections, connections the surrealist real preserved in the […]

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seeing the bones

in a lonely demolition and like an x-ray of yesterday my home is just the bones where skeleton walls expose my heart and soul and shed the porcelain of my skin baring every thing within with surgical precision and like the onion of my life, i feel the thinness of my skin and know your […]

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Parting words and shattered worlds

The sunset is dead, oceans are crying, the sky is vicious in red, people are lying. Life is sickeningly beautifulAnd beautifully slick With the blood of the dawnThat arrives much too quick You walk as you yell,Left alleged of a purple dreamThe stars and the wind widen a voidTo pull in the morning and night, to divide the […]

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I didn’t see

I blame the sea for my gullibility, the lullaby she mesmerised me with her tides and closed my eye-lids to the truth How can it be? The sea so shamelessly she blinded me and drenched my eyes Yet I’m surprised I couldn’t see You drowning there in front of me, your frightened eyes that begged […]

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