“Velvet”

I wanted to write something a bit different in terms of setting. I had a story for this tucked somewhere inside my head but I could only draw out this static imagery.

Let me know what you think!

“Velvet”

I smell the freshly-sated rain
Gasp on the cold concrete floor,
Which in puddles does retain
Velvet stains of Eleanor.

Feint street-lights reveal the play
With a warmth no longer felt;
Actors have no words to say
Of the dreams that have been dreamt.

Wide eyes tell of seconds past
With an expression bizarre;
I smell the seeping seething rust
Inside of the velvet car.

Tremors of a fragile breeze
Whisper softly in my ear;
Shaking are my feeble knees
At the silence that I hear.

There I stand beside her car,
Under feint street-lights eclipsed,
Velvet painted on my heart,
Velvet on my trembling lips.

The rain again begins to pour,
Dripping down the vapid sight
With velvet stains of Eleanor
Smothering the fading lights.

Good night, Velvet Eleanor…
…Good night.

“Quill and Seal”

This piece makes references to some of the most valuable sources of inspiration I have been fortunate to rely upon in the past year or so. Not my proudest work, but something that has been trying to claw itself out of my head for a few days, maybe weeks.

Enjoy!

“Quill and Seal”

In the comfort of my hearth
Seven circles I have found,
One for each of my black hearts
Shackled under heavy crowns.

Circles of my own volition
I have carved upon my canvas –
Monuments of my ambition
Born of the most lucid stardust.

I have traveled countless minds,
Many dreamscapes I have wandered;
I awoke only to find
They’ve been calling me a monster

I wanted to tear down the sky
And bring the laughter to an end;
But before my bloodshot eye
Was a shadow of a friend.

I wanted to become my fear,
To subdue and to offend;
But thundering inside my ear
Were the whispers of a friend;

And my rivers graced no more
The venom that my hearts could foster –
Sometimes I crave the raging war,
Sometimes I wish I was a monster…

A warrior of quill and seal
And all of my circles smitten –
I am but everything I feel
And I feel all I’ve ever written.

 

“Naked”

This piece simply describes that curious feeling of having a reason to wake up in the morning. Lately, my reason has developed a name; and a face; and an overall human shape.

Do enjoy and let me know what you think!

“Naked”

Naked in the morning light,
He stares blandly through the bricks
Choking innocence with sight
Snuffed under the marching ticks.

Naked in the morning light
With which silence has been wed,
He sits paralysed with fright
At the far edge of his bed.

Every day begins the same;
He has grown to hate to turn
Pages in books without name,
Pages he wishes to burn.

Naked in the morning light,
He sits just as evermore
On the altar of the night,
Behind large wide-open doors,

Wishing he could sit no more,
Cursing to the gleaming skies,
Naked as the world’s last whore,
Wishing he could close his eyes…

‘Nother dawn bares its long claws,
Piercing every brick and tile
And with seemingly no cause,
He awakens… with a smile.

Naked in the morning light –
This day cannot be the same –
On the pages of his mind,
Sribbled, he has found a name!

To the altar of the night
He turns his vindictive glower
And naked in the morning light,
He stands to meet each blessed hour.

“Dark Respite”

This is just something I’ve been mentally preparing to write for a few weeks. Wrote it as soon as I found the right words. Your feedback is highly appreciated!

Enjoy!

“Dark Respite”

Long have I disdained the faces
Wreathing the walls of my brain,
Echoing from long-lost places,
Mocking my unholy name.

Cold the tremors of my touch
Have become over the years,
Cold to all pleasentries such
As uncertainty or fear.

Everyday I learn to smile,
Mentored by my memory;
Alas, eternity, defiled –
Cold eternal revery.

Neither muse, nor dark surprise
Takes root from under my hide.
The sun falls so stars may rise –
It’s not the first time that I’ve died.

I lament my empty throne,
…For my muse…my dark surprise…
For I’m no longer alone
When I close my bloodshot eyes.

“The Toymaker”

This idea came to me just as I was heading to sleep. It is not a mirroring of personal feelings, but rather, my perspective on the story of someone very close to me.

Let me know what you think!

“The Toymaker”

Eleven in the dismal night,
Maybe half an hour more –
There still shines a feeble light
In the old toymaker’s store;

And the windows of his home
Pour out the candle’s lament,
Crawling under dreary dome
Onto cold and dark cement.

Tinkering, he toils, this man
Behind doors thoroughly locked;
Tinkering, he boils, he plans
To the ticking of the clock.

He makes dolls, puppets and masks,
Never carving them their eyes;
And unto patrons who ask,
Selling stitched and fraying lies,

The tragedy of long goodbyes…

Candle wax drips on the floor,
Crumbling under shaking soles;
Windows glow dimly no more
In the silent dream made whole,

For no hands now hold the cross
Of puppets leaving the shelf.
The toymaker is at a loss –
Woe unto his fearful self!

Faces hung on melting walls
Spring deranged demonic grins;
Maddened by the gruesome calls,
He looks now unto his sins.

And the dolls his eyes now crave –
Woe unto his sightless self!
Be strong, my friends, and be brave –
The clock chimes for hour twelve.

“Hades”

Revisiting older concepts, albeit with a different coat of paint. I cannot reveal much, but feel free to decipher.

Enjoy.

“Hades”

Elder to all I’ve etched into my wall,
Yet younger than they who were destined to fall;

In the depths of my hell, In the heart of my hall,
Disturbing my thoughts is a harrowing call.

What would I not give for a glimpse of her smile
Mirrored into my existence reviled,

To devour her pain and to make it my own,
To renounce the maddening silence of stone…

What would I not give to feel her embrace
Until the darkest defeat of my days,

To crumble the kingdom of cacophony;
I’d sacrifice all for my Persephone…

But she has no eyes for one such as I,
One who’d conceal the whole world in a sigh.

How can she hope to worship the sun
In lascivious temples of The Unseen One…

To no gods I bow, for I swear by my pride,
Yet why do I find myself kneeling aside?

Forged in the flames of the Pantheon’s clutch,
Yet I still melt at the thought of her touch?

What manner of reveries must I endure
To dare to confront with no shape and allure?

When not even I can remember my face,
…She hums to the ode which my own heart betrays…

“The Chase”

I’ve managed to push myself to rekindle something that has given me a lot of inspiration in the past, so I wrote this.

Note: I say “pushed myself”, because I’m to afraid to admit I have no control over this damn thing beating wildly inside my chest.

Send help.

“The Chase”

Never have I been the prey,
Nor a beast of pride am I;
Never have I been betrayed
By the gleam inside my eye;

Never have I felt the rush
Of inferno in my heart,
Boiling volumes into hush,
Lowering my stalwart guard;

Never have I met a face
I could not face as a whole,
Fever of a feline grace,
Catharsis in a single soul.

Never in my wildest dreams,
Gilding the forgotten grey,
Have I ever seen these things
As clearly as I did today.

…And I knew not what to say.