Sloped CeilingsA black galaxybillows around moon-rock knees;bird-shaped and lonely,the constellations twinkle--stickers on a dark ceiling.
Crescendo BreathsPhantom phoenix, your lullaby--broken like the wind over sandy shores--promises my heart will haltwhen you sneak, shy, into my veins, but...Crescendo--my pulse criesas your tail feathers tangle withmy fist, clenched clam-tight to your name.
Animal Ridges1. Nervous MomentsButterfliesrecaptured--misunderstandings.2. Dusk SettlingMischievous,firefliespirouette.3. Meandering LandscapesCaterpillarzigzags--daydreaming.4. Lover's AlibiMidnight--branchessilhouetted.5. Polka DotsBlossoming--ladybugspots.6. Starlight EchoingRabbitears,quivering.7. Hopeless DreamingScorpiomeandering--blindsided.8. Summer WarningsCicadalullaby--unsatisfied.9. Summer WatersUnbridleddragonflies--tsunami.10. Breaking the VeilTranslucentwings,fluttering.11. Slipping SunbeamsMoonlightmosaics--haunted.12. Painting MoonlightTigerstripes--stretchmarks.13. Lurking LionessAngrytresses--lioness.14. Pirouetting ShadowsGazellelegs;ballerina.15. Wild-Cat EyesLeopardspots--smeared.16. Plucked BirdsGraceful,feathersfall.17. Cotton SkiesStormclouds--broken.18. Waking the WorldYawningsunr
SundreamsSundreams kiss dry skin,waves crashing--thunder--on theshore. Gulls' brokencries, crisp across the wind,promise thingsI know themortal world can't keep.
Wonderland--C.whiskers a-quiver,a waistcoat and pocket watch;my, how time flies...A weeping willowstretches in the breeze; rabbitscreams break the silence.the tardy's swan song,unintended siren's song;hark! the rabbit hole!Cheshire cat preens,whiskers bloody; on a lake,swans snuggle sunset.knaves in a panic,shuffling in the garden;repainting roses.A soft lullabythrough thick smoke; caterpillaron a tall toadstool.waking up at tea time,feeling out of sorts.
Treasure Map HeartsYou told mewe are fragile,a song to whisperunder the winter moon...but not all of this is true.Like a bad habit,I left my heart in Haiti.I did not say goodbye.
Love SongsDolphins call love songsacross gentle waves; the moonhangs low, a night light.
HomecomingA bone choker wrapsher slender neck; a pregnantmoon calls the tide home.
Mermaid ThirstPortrait of the lost:broken sails hang, curtainingmoody horizons.The sea spray breathes promises you know can't be kept; in your thirst, fantasy thrives. Fromashore, the crash of the waves and the call of the gulls is a melancholic lullaby. Thenight slips, black-out curtain thick, across the horizon and you shiver, just once. Forghosts, memory-trapped and water-logged, the dark abyss is a seashell, a clamlocked tight and waiting to be broken apart. A subtle dystopiaexists here, the sea a starving monster, the sky a ticking time bomb. You'll forget Miami,despite the family you left there, and dive deep, hoping to find her. Your mermaid.