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Your name is signed
Inked in my blood, across my mind
My pulse, my air and bone and soul
You sing my veins;
You breathe me whole. 
I swear to you my strength and youth
A life of sweet and bitter truth
And every silver hair I earn
Every secret that I learn. 
Upon your altar I have lain
My verse and music, each refrain
My joy and suffering, my art
The close-writ pages of my heart. 
I yield my body, for to bear
Our passion, love — our union's heir
And every work of hand or voice
Every lesson, every choice.
And when at last I fail in breath
I give the hallow of my death
The light of every memory...
And afterward, eternity.
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Death in the Dark
Adlyn was warm in Jack’s arms, the patchwork blankets pulled close around them, the solar lights dwindling as the batteries ran down. Outside the wagon, the wilderness chattered and creaked and moaned with the wind off the mountains, full of nothing and anything; Jack pulled her closer, a talisman against the dark and unknown. Adlyn smiled, settling her lithe form closer; she was still full of wonder at the newness of the love between them, still star-struck by his blue eyes. Having such a dreamboat as her first lover... she often pinched herself to make sure it was real, feeling strange and grown-up... but then she usually spat over her shoulder, fingers crossed, and laughed at herself for her childhood superstitions.
“How did you manage to survive on the streets, ever since you were six?” Jack murmured suddenly, his normally-voracious curiosity on fire for his first love, wanting to know everything about her. He shook his head; having had a nurturing and protected c
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Wakening Summer
The robin's call the only sound
Tugging on the strings of dawn
Spring this year is almost gone
Dandelions all mown down
Mourning dove, heart aching
Calling in the gloaming light
A threnody for fading night
Blue horizon, dawn breaking
Song sparrow's lilting trill
Sweet grass scents the morning dew
Breath of wind that lifts anew
Spring's changes finally still
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Growing like a weed, I remember
In childhood.
Now I stand in green grass with winter-pale feet
Dying like a tree returning to earth
By degrees,
Stepping down,
Disembodied, disconnected
From the cycle of living.
Around me: dandelions.
Profuse, ebullient
Is anything so unthinkingly alive
As these?
Children's voices rise and fall
On spring lawns all around me.
I chose barrenness. And here I am, solitary
My seeds to every quarter flown
Fallow, directionless, alone
Seeking sanctuary from the litany of storms
Howling in a springless heart.
I look down, seeking silence. I am
Surrounded by faces turned all together
To the sun.
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Then at Last, Rain
Petrichor and psithurism
Soliloquy: a solipsism
Rewrites winter's palimpsest:
A threnody for season's rest.
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Ides of March
Rete mirabila
Forest winter-flensed
Stark against
Dusted cirrus glaucous sky
Clotted dark of evergreen
Bitter wind, rheumy eye
Boot bottom mucky meltwater
Sloppy slurry in the gutter
Sullied snow disintegrates
With the rest of my emotional state
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Fire without discipline burns
The djinn from the bottle
Leaving darkness and pain
In the aftermath of its bright blossom.
Pull the blanket of winter over me
Give me silence, cold, absence
I will heal.
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James, he cries out in his sleep, for the third time this week. Who was James?

I watch pain and distress flow down the well-studied lines of his face, melting back into a waxen semblance of tranquility, the slow measured cadence of breath in deeper abysses of sleep. Time and near darkness play havoc with comprehension, I see motes of not-quite-anything, incoherent in the stuffy sleep-heavy stillness. Who was James?
Having admired Richard Lehman’s writing for so many years, it still feels unreal that we are seeing each other, sleeping together. But the tears that come unbidden, unheeded, the calling out — none of which he recalls in the light of day, nor does he explain, turning distant and laconic the one time I asked — give the nights an air of surrealism. Well, that and the dreams that always wait to ambush me, the moment my head touches his pillows. Repositories of lost ideas, leaked away in the night?
Three boys skateboarding on the si
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"He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence." 
         — William Blake

"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.   
I learn by going where I have to go."
         — Theodore Roethke

"An adventure is just a really uncomfortable experience that makes for great retelling."
         — Catherine Fischer copper9lives

"Outside of a dog a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
— Groucho Marx

“You can't teach an old dogma new tricks.” 
― Dorothy Parker

“Living well is the best revenge.” 
― Dorothy Parker

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.” 
― Dorothy Parker

"You’re only given a little spark of madness. Don’t lose it.”
— Robin Williams

"Life is poetry from the outside in;
Poetry is life from the inside out."
— Catherine Fischer copper9lives

"You aren't lost. Everyone else just thinks they know where they're going."

Scouted for a local arts show!

Sat Sep 8, 2018, 7:54 PM

I've been contacted by RAW Artists — and will be showing my shinies at the OVATION show on October 11 in Indianapolis! Any of you in the area, please consider purchasing a ticket to support me — AND COME SAY HI!!! :heart:

Here is my artist profile: (where you can buy tickets)

And here is info about the show!

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So excited... :squee:

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Catherine Fischer
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Fantasy and Science Fiction art fan, lover of literature, photography, travel, fine food and drink, corsetry, critters, and our wonderful world. I love exploring with a camera, making jewelry, cooking, writing poetry, and anything to do with the sea. My jewelry work is at — please check it out!


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Hopelessly addicted to Jonesymin 's D&D campaign… the man is busting at the seams with STORY!
White Christmas. Piles of feathery snow. Juicy roast bird and all the trimmings. Sweet ice wine. Postprandial nap. Ahhhh.

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leothefox Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018   General Artist
Another Onion Icon Thank you so much for all the faves! onion head 'sleep' 
SawuScimitar74 Featured By Owner May 10, 2018
Happy late Birthday! Hope it was a good one! :D
SawuScimitar74 Featured By Owner May 10, 2018
Happy late Birthday! Hope it was a good one! :D
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Professional Photographer

:iconhappybirthdaycakeplz::icondancingcatplz::iconhappybirthdaysignplz:Happy Birthday Catherine!!:party::iconfuncakeplz::icongiftplz::iconbdayfireworks1plz::iconbdayfireworks2plz:

ripond Featured By Owner May 7, 2018   Writer
Happy birthday!!! Party Have your cake and eat it too 
JawaBoxerEOD Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!
HearseGurl Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Happy Birthday Fellow Deviant! :iconspinningcakeplz:
birthdays Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's May 7th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
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Darling girl, I hope you have a blessed day filled with happiness. :heart:
MagicalJoey Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday lovely!
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