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Solace and Grief - Cover by sysrae Solace and Grief - Cover :iconsysrae:sysrae 0 0
last night
restless, sweating at the touch of old gods, I
lay tangled in the dawn of sleep, fretting
my pillow, dreaming of places where the wind cries
through the open arms of broken statues, seeming
insubstantial, shaking with fear
at the saw-blade terror of avatars
walking like madmen under foreign stars
uncomprehending of what loas rode their hands, breaking
glass eggs, world eggs, cracking the gold yolk
silver-limned on the table-top,
unable either to falter, choose or stop
the terrible march of their red guns, blackening
the sky with stone towers, falling like tears
or waterfalls, down
the deep gullies of our throats and eyes
to mark the ruination of these years
and on waking
I was left whole but altered, hollowed out,
the inner spiral of a nautilus shell
behind each gleaming eyelid.
all was well.
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one more night
One more night has come, where the clock
drags like a lead foot, and my hands
grow unsteady, and my eyes mock
this white blankness where my writing lands;
one more night alone, a blessed source
sheltering my mind, heart, tongue, brain’s discourse.
One more night, and now the grey moon
hides her head, as I hide mine
and together we are lost in this monsoon
of stars, this labyrinth without twine
to aid our travels: but one night more
would have us reach its soul, its nova-core.
One more night, as there is always
following the red heels of evening
where that richness of purple, that twilight stays
and the wide sky an impossible ceiling;
but one night spare, and I am left unwhole
by everything I had, that time stole.
Just one night more, the music begs
drifting from its soft place beyond sight,
mulling over all the unwound dregs
in the yellow half-light -
grant me my peace, I sigh, this shadow-pause,
and give me but the night. The day is yours.
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sun child
o little sun-child, freckled and brown
as a frog- o where
did you go?
you are swallowed by photos,
engulfed in the mouth
of a too-wide hat
or arms bigger then
than the whole of Jerusalem.
o small undine, faded in blue
on blue, with little dark legs
like twigs and feet like pixies;
o where did you go?
you lengthened and thickened then
thinned again
like a fairytale beanstalk
in pink, white, red
and an Alice band
and boots to go clomp
on the whole world.
my little walker, my spirit-bead
with your twinkling eye, I
have stolen you up
out of your photographs, I
have become you, have whisked
you away
like a jack-o-lantern,
given you breasts and a cut-off waist
like the Venus de Milo, given
you blood and a nightly reminder
in undoing laces
and undoing straps
and leafing through mirrors
that this is not you nor I
nor even we- just two thirds of what
we’re meant to be.
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swimming upstream
it begins as a bubble, a small light
under the surface, the round beak
of a rosehip- but almost!- breaking
the cleanliness, breaking up smoothly,
sleekly (o tiny leviathan, may
you move mountains) until it is
out of the water, until
each rivulet touching each sunset scale
is a cataract, and each drop
becomes armour, a bright mail-coat
with liquid trim -  
and then
the wondrous moment:
launching itself from a slingshot
or leaving the orbit of some strange quasar
it rises, and look! for one
blessed instance there is no gravity;
small pebbles who had never dreamed
that there was a great pond above them
(somewhere, somewhere) are instantly transferred:
it becomes their pilgrimage, and a thousand birds
wonder dimly if, for once,
they might not try their spawning in water;
and in that timeslip where it moves
from salmon to flying fish,
the whole world leaps upstream.
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Foz Meadows
United Kingdom
Bipedal mammal with delusions of immortality. YA urban fantasy writer. Prone to inappropriate quoting and loitering with intent in the presence of cheese. Fond of geeky t-shirts, bizarre hats, cider, sleeping in and sarcasm. Tragic absurdist. Occasionally manic. Do not combine with caffeine.


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spider999now Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much for the watch :iconsupertighthugplz:!!! <3
tinycoward Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Thank you for the watch, Foz! I didn't know you were on DA. *watches you back*
bonbonka Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for adding me to your devwatch list. It's much appreciated! :heart:
ankalime Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch!
Aleccha Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for watching! :hug:
DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Grandfather thanks you for the fave. He would like to grant you Kingdoms for you to rule and proper. The catch is to severe all ties to everyone you know. [link]
valiant-nk Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student
Thanks for the fav :) x
yuki-mekishiko Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the watch!!!! I'm really glad you like my art
Thank you for the watch! I like your work as well. :D
shideh Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010   General Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch :blowkiss:
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