Vital

As the world ends
As the stars of the orange dusk come out
As the last night on Earth begins
As the wolf lifts back its head and howls
As bare toes shiver on ice
As neck hairs stand on end to the sound
As cold hands tug at veils of man
As silent whispers stroke ear skin
As certainty washes over its prey
As tears well up, dam up, and spill
As you put your face in your hands
As you close your weary eyes
And sing an immortal tune
For ages and eons and those who come after.

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Riders of Orange Sea

Like surface of sea
Of water
Not rough
Not calm
Up and down
Rocking
With waves
One minute above
One minute below
Water in
Water out
See horizon
Bisect orange sun
Only lifeline of life now
Warm heart slows
Cool lungs swell
Blood pressure drops
Tingling sighing skin
No more toxins
Up a wave
Then down
Another wave comes
Another down
Another
Another
Into tonight
And then tomorrow
Riding waves.

The Balad of Janus

There are those that have mouths
Very much like a clown’s
Wider than they are long
Redden their lips and cut their tongues

 

The gravel has ended
Broken pathways where the Earth has surrendered
See here, the weeds that mark
The place where the hitchhiker must disembark

 

No roads are ever just straight
Twisting and turning, momentarily placed
Like caterpillars, born to one day be
Another creature on another tree

 

So here we wave farewell
To greet tomorrow’s new hell
No here we say Hello
And point to our chests and say in you go.