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For the Grins

draw your scars across the sky
near infinite
time your nightmares to begin at 2
no fear
no lunacy
just the insomnia of sweltering summer

with a loud noise
or a soft whine
or the crumbling or the stony night
wishing for thunderstorms
the eagerly anticipated sequel to tears

roll your bones on the table
bet on death
but always keep a few markers on life

An Impossible Story

On one hand, with the premise “adventurer can travel anywhere in time and space, in stories that can be pretty much any genre or mashup of genres”, it makes sense to me that Doctor Who would be such an incredibly long-running, popular series. But… (Continued)

Crown of Stars

all of the ashes around but still
you shine like the brightest star in the sky
i don’t understand
i probably never will
maybe it’s better that way
but i can’t keep my mouth shut
my face is frozen like this
a lump in my throat & a stone in my shoe
the world burning down around us but still
you shine like the brightest star in the sky
keeping me overflowing with
melted gold
the finest blood
my tears can never erase

Zero Chill

counting off on one hand
all the ways i think i’ve changed
blind on one side
blind on the outside
fall to zero
none too cool

i’ll never feel this way again
i’ll never burn this fuel again
burn bridges
liar
pants on fire
burn this whole house down

moving on

counting off on one hand
all the ways i feel i’ve changed
chained up one side
shackled on the inside
repeat, repeat
with zero chill

i’ll never feel this way again
i’ll never feel so strange again
my body crumbles into sand

Astrophysics

lies under starlight
when what i need are
glorious meteorites crashing to earth

all the things i can’t say
or would mumble anyway
when all my shooting stars
are hiding on the other side
of the vast galaxy in my head

i know you can see them
& you know i know you would say
they’re all lies
but my head feels close to bursting
from a shortage of meteorites falling from heaven

& i know you know i can’t say
what i really want to say
mumbling & bumbling all my
lies under starlight