S: Silence #NaPoWriMo

  How can I be silent, How can silence fill my howl The tears I do not cry The grief I wear like a cowl   That I borrowed from you As you lay dying The words I left unsaid My truths Exposed and cloying   Patterns upon the bed Where I watched over you…

R: Restless #NaPoWriMo

In the moonlit path we walked together ‘There are wild foxes here,” you said, I took a step closer Wondering if we would see them unless They saw us first and swallowed us whole. My hair caught in branches that swept low, pulling At our clothes. “It’s eerie,” you smiled, disentangling the strands, “but beautiful,” I…

N: Nocturne #NaPoWriMo

    I sit in the dark While the house sleeps The familiar sighs The gentle creaks The thump of a tail All the sounds I own As the house becomes home And I can rest in peace.

K: Knowing #NaPoWriMo

  I do not know a lot of things Like viscera reports and forensics Paleontology … sounds absurd Quantum physics is surely worse Biology practicals, trust me I tried The world of organs that dwell inside. Why wars are fought, why nations wince Why terror rears up and humanity shrinks. Why nations edge to the…

J: Jaded #NaPoWriMo

The fever broke a day ago The palette of watercolours drying in the sun fractured Like rust peeling off that iron gate Where we walked the wild grass barefoot Looking out for ants that survive Eating at our togetherness. Our love is nothing but moonshine But how can I let you off the hook? You…

I: Inquisitive #NaPoWriMo

  If someone wrote a poem about me, What would the lines say? There is a woman who walks alone Every evening. Would they see The children on my hands The dogs in the swing of my arms The limp I carry as I drag one foot Just a little bit, the men I’ve kissed…

H: Hopelessness #NaPoWriMo

There’s a hole in the roof where the storm came through That night when it poured and the wind blew In gales, up-rooting trees, followed by thunder Lightning striking my fears asunder. I must have blacked out…for when I woke The sky was smiling sweetly and was blue I waited, I waited for three days…

G: Grateful #Napowrimo

  “It’s not the end of the world”, You said, and you said it often Whenever something bad would happen From failed grades to plans That were cancelled. “Not the end,” you said, “not yet.” My world turned turtle The day you died. I was certain It was the end. But… The sun was still…

Cutting corners

I keep seeing you, in the unlikeliest places Certain that you were in the corner Last night under the street lamp The scratch of a match as you lit your pipe And there by the lake, striding In front of me, just out of earshot As I run to catch up, my legs turning to…

E: Epiphany #NaPoWriMo

This life you cling to, is it real? Why then do you cling so? That mask you wear, does anyone care? Why do you beat your chest in woe? This body you wear you will cast aside That veil of happiness will cease to delight From dust to dust return you must Why then, do…

D: Deathwish #NaPoWriMo

Have you ever wondered… How death would taste? Would it slip between your lips Like Spaghetti Bolougnaise? Or would it be tart like the apples That we picked in your garden? Would it melt in the mouth Like raspberry Bavarian? Could it be bitter As artichokes or kale? Or would Death be sweet As our…

Charm #NaPoWriMo

    What is that thing you wear, that winds all the way around your wrist, the edges chafing into my skin where it presses against my heart unseen but for a tiny pattern etched in between the lines that I cannot erase…. no matter how much I pretend I do not try.