Inception

Through a distant awareness

all eyes unmasked

The answers vacant

and fading fast

 

The horizon changes

from front to back

All reasons caught

within its trap

 

Time despondent

its seconds tear

Whose reign dethroned

inception near

 

The weight uprooted 

a seedless fruit

The past, tomorrow

—and present moot

 

(Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania: November, 2022)

 

Into The Headlights

To live non-affirming

to live not at all

To hide in the shadows

and creep down the hall

 

To live uncommitted

new doubts to contend

All time intermittent

repressed till the end

 

To live without friendship

alone on the rock

A wandering echo

reflections that mock

 

To live undecided

with doubt your best friend

a future derided

—the present pretend

 

(Dreamsleep: November, 2022)

Siren’s Mirage

Tomorrow’s lullaby

in footnotes to Dylan

Tomorrow blistering

confronting the sun

 

Tomorrow lingering

while calling your name

Temptation disguising

what’s never to come

 

Tomorrow’s redemption

the present to ransom

Tomorrow in voices

a chorus of ghosts

 

Tomorrow forgiving

each sin of unmaking

Tormenting each moment

—you treasure the most

 

(Dreamsleep: November, 2022)