Never trust human speech when spoken,
Only when written, and its creator has become nothing but
Strings of sigils printed in lifeless-black:
Lines, dots, angles, curves, and crosses.
Inquietação – The restlessness of young love.
The sweet-savory of your breath
Encrusts in the juices soaking my beard’s coffee coarse strands.
Each bite elicits a sensation hot enough to warm two bodies,
But once you taste the blood of my fruit, you bite hard and deep.
Photo by Brody Vissers
You are there and not there, around when I need you most—
More than you’ve needed me— slumbering sweet on my rug,
Next to my feet, and under my heart.
Dog Paws [Photograph]. Dan Gold. Accessed on 03/09/2018
It pains me denying you of unpredictable whims,
childlike cravings for unrepeated joys; gouging a rib
From my side to murder my younger brother,
Exposing what’s left of a body you’ve claimed as your own,
Wu, Samuel. Apple Polisher. Los Angeles, 1947.
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A Spirit That Seizes will be featured in
Scarlet Leaf Review
in the month of June 2018.
Henry, Matthew. Water Surface Close Up. Toronto, Ontario. Date Accessed 02/08/2018.