The Bends

…and in the giving up, did I gain freedom?

Always this bursting pain lives just below the surface, ready to emerge with heavy intensity, defying whatever laws withhold gravity.

Your glimpse unfurls the pressure building below the soft waves of my heart, and there, despite everything I push down

You are the exquisite opposite driving upward, I am barely holding on to all this, with desperate affectionate agony

Death & It’s Enamoured Queen

Photo by
Arrel King
2020

Twice, I closed the dream of death and it’s enamored queen.

She guided me into the night, the darkness and the cold rescind of light. I questioned her and all she say. I asked her thoughts beckoning her to say: “oh lovely one with breath and dream, you’re not much more than hope and steam. You fought and fled and cried with dread, you lay wounded upon your dying bed. So here I am to grip your hand, to lead you now, off your enchanted land.”

So with a whisper & a kiss, she plucked me soft by my gravely wrist, her hair so lightly against my face, I could smell her charm, her ghastly grace. Like a little lovelorn lad, I followed, only vaguely sad. But when I woke I felt the gasp of fear, the chill she left on my skin, she had been achingly near.