Apocrypha

Poetry

You Rise

(For my dear sister, Kay, I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you.) Your face is fading. I see shadows of chin, cheekbone, childhood inside my...

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Drano Love

If only you could drown the heart in Drano, unclogging the feelings stuck in your chest. Feelings that will never find words effective...

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White Picket Fence

Material possessions are worth nothing. It is love and family that counts for everything. Before the after, I tried to have it all. Long...

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My Addiction

You are my addiction, so sweet and tempting, like the aroma of my favorite meal, that I cannot resist, or taste. My path to...

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Absolution

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series: Mistress Desire and the Lonely Flame Emotions methylated, Her dreams syncopated. Quietened by the...

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Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved me

This story is old, but it goes on. Last night she dreamt somebody loved her, The walls she built came tumbling down, One by one Her chains...

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Grandma Josephine

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series: Sicilian Ancestors My godmother tells me stories of my mother’s mother, her aunt, called Pepina....

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Camera Cracks

She wants to turn on the camera. Needs to turn on the camera. Must not turn on the camera. But feels compelled to hide behind her mask of...

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Dibs

I stand there, crazy. No space ships waiting or begging me to clean up dust. Stars away stare into me like fire, encroaching. Single files...

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The Revealing

along the road of differences precious stones of similarities are deliciously found so please take your time you are worth the wait slowly...

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Pink Dreams

Golden mist in silver light. Known certainties fall, to make room for unknown thoughts, that shake my skin. His heaven eyes intoxicate my...

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Telling the Maverick Good-bye

I rattled in dull blue uncertainty until low-tread Maverick tires threatened to blow and the rims were almost ready to fall off. I fed...

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Hero

The walls never scared you, you knew breaking them down was never an option. You didn’t come with armour or fancy words Instead you came...

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I Promise

How do I tell you that you are beautiful? How do I tell you that it’s not your fault? That when I left your house I was plenty strong...

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If I Could

If I could draw a blade across my wrist to show you that my veins clog with the sludge of ugliness, you would never again ask me, “Why...

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The Voice Within

When I can listen to the voice inside of me, I will be free. I have allowed myself to become shackled by the expectations of others. I have...

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Black Sheep

Call me the black sheep, the could be the wanted to be but never was. Name me the backdrop, the shadow, the breakthrough that never did. I...

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Enormous Silence

Silence sails on an enormous ocean floor, crashing frothy waves like an invisible ember burning to keep you warm. Oblong rays inside a bell...

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Corner Life

A junkie coworker of mine steals cars and drives them to drug clinics to score his methadone fix. He’s always on time because no one...

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My Heart Tastes like Chicken

I gave you my heart, ripped it from my chest where it lay comfortably nestled between lily white rib bones and family dinners in front of...

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Husband in the Kitchen

Does not cook. Tells me I should use a lid on a pot I know will boil over if I do. Is already in trouble for putting clean dishes away...

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Promises in the Dark

As OMD still sings about hopes and dreams and the ephemeral light of summer fades I know my love for you never will Oh baby those nights we...

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There Was

I lingered, not in denial but by happenstance. Still, rising waters reminding me that I was wanted by someone(s), somewhere else.

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Disintegration

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series: Mistress Desire and the Lonely Flame In her darkest hour, she offered herself to Him,...

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Me

I’ve always been different and I’ll tell you why. I’m not afraid of the truth. I’m not afraid of being honest and...

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My Mothers

Look me in the face and call me bruja. Let the label linger on your tongue before you swallow the reality, Before you digest the inherited...

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