PARADISE PARADOX

seen

but forgotten

clothed

but exposed

free

but caught in

a burden begotten

in a garden

DEAR DAUGHTER

falling

into a mental eclipse

spiraling

when from the abyss

a divine kiss

from innocent lips

awakens me

OCEAN

i see you sinking

in a deep sea

of thinking

needing to feel

anything

other than this

but your mindtraps

are like whitecaps

surface waves 

that too shall pass

ÉMERVEILLEMENT

the purpose

of a sunset

is to remind us

nothing is permanent

but nonplussed

wonderment

APOTHECARY

a salve to my soul

calcium to my bones

fingers dance on keys

like ballerinas to Tchaikovsky

the sound of timpani hums

turns lungs

into thoracic drums

while bows palpate strings

a medicinal symphony

healing the

mental anguish

and pain which

plays me

monotonously

COURAGE

the stage name

we give rage

to gain fame

using our pain

as a war game

 

STEPS

true kindness is found

in rooms of twelve

for people who delve

into true selves

shelves

of thieves

the diseased least of these

found the secret to be

not in forced religiosity

or gender hierarchy

but simply

rigorous honesty

BIRDS

at the monastery

if you can hear them sing

the mind is at ease

the nun tells me

for their sonnet of peace

is a reminder to feel

you're breathing

GHOST STORIES

more dreams of scenes 

i've already grieved

will haunt me it seems

in perpetuity

 

like an EP on repeat

more bitter than sweet

so i weep and plead

for equanimity

ACHILLES

the romance

between myth and real

like an olympics of the mind

where the only goal is to conceal

your ruptured heel

CLAIRVOYANCE

a perceived curse

interspersed

in olive skin

and all the sin 

in her sinus rhythm

and synaptic prison

became a prism

reflecting wisdom

and beauty blinding

fully human

more than surviving

a true patina thriving

in a striving Athena, resigning

HUMAN

being disavowed

she found

a Power

not in the cloud

but on the ground

in the dirt of the earth

is where answers abound

for dancers profound

with hurt since birth