padlocks of the mind

matted black distractions
skirt around me in transitions
nudging my depravities
into macabre light   

enigmas no longer skim the surface
of my coral coasts
I have learnt to anchor them
to my inky foundations  

i am complete and fragmented
somehow satisfied and discontent
ultimately, i am an unbalanced catastrophe
just waiting to cave in.    

(reading padlocks of the mind)


massacres of the psyche

i was burning
and eclipsing
into an anomaly

on breezeblocked walls
i am unrecognisable 

mixing wine
with narcotics 
i was functioning in thirds

halved and quartered

split and severed

my system 
was swimming 
in your toxic residue

the aftermath 
of your chaos
rests on my bones 

you will be contained 
even i destroy myself


stagnant afternoons

emblems of still days cling to my skin
under gold-dusted amber skies i am hollow

cold tea and tobacco linger on my mouth
like an afterthought lodged underneath my tongue

and i’ll sit and remain motionless until evening
pulls my thoughts into indigo twilight.

(reading stagnant afternoons)