I blew it, said Stephanie,
picking Weetabix clods from her hair
in the light of the burning bureau
as the cat smoked.
I should have listened, she said,
as the threads of her lawn unknitted
and the house found a new equilibrium
Of all the people, she said,
to be trusted with this decision!
The crust shrugged and heaved.
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For some reason I find writing poems like this quite fun… no it’s not normal.
Warning: not for the faint hearted…
The Time Eaters
Snip! And your ear-bones are scraped of their meat
by the scurry-tap-tap of their friable feet,
as you cringe at the swivel of each cold obsidian eye.
The terrible dust of what-never-more-can
trails deep in their wake, and the shortening span
before them is crushed by a clamouring echo of “why…”
Their home is the night
of forever, and there
they will stay, half-hobbled and blind,
if you just keep them out of your treacherous mind…
Drip! And your fear forms a cauldron of bile
as they march on, their mindlessness masking their guile,
devouring the past and the present, consuming the possible.
They are the nothing, the shadows that scuttle,
their abdomens pulsing with malice and muscle,
their skeletal legs scraping paths to the pure diabolical.
Their goal is the triumph
of never, and there
we will end, neither living nor dead,
if you can’t keep them out of your treacherous head…
Slip! Your mind trips as they break through the lies
that help you to sleep. Oh those eyes! Those….
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