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Inked: Melancholy, Heartbreak, Sadness


I come to you in fragments of a dream / pieces & stems / & half chewed morsels of flesh


Above, the sky began to blur, / polished black glass / and diamonds. / I strain / to remember you.

Memory of You

But the bird of my heart will not sleep. / Still he sings… hush, bird.

Eyes of Copper

When those copper eyes / Of liquid bleeding hearts / Stare into my midnight face / They clutch at my soul / With tiny gold-laced fingers


Then the tears begin to fall. / One by one they hit the ground and are / collected, liquidated memories of what / was and what never came t…

From Fantasy to Reality

“I love you,” he said / and drew lines / in the sand of his emotions


but it continues to grow colder / as we / come apart at more than mere / fingers

Tear It Out – #1

There, on the floor in the looming shadow of books, sits the boy. Large brown eyes that hide a secret. If you look very closely you could s…

Tear It Out – #2

They were the same brown eyes, full of the world, just heavier from experiencing more years.


I was thinking about / your description of his hands, / perfect yet flawed, / and how, in moving, / they recall a sense of / a flock of bi…


The path / to your subconcious mind / was layered in black on black

you say goodnight

the hurt / p u l l s at me / when we get in bed / and you roll over

Of Men Behind Me

I’m pulling down my jeans, when he says, / “I’m behind you,” / and suddenly a rage comes / of men behind me:


This passion that sweeps fire across my breast / It chokes within me / I cannot speak.


It ended as it had begun / with an agonized scream of unfulfilled need / and bitter accusations.

A Heart’s Whisper

Stagnant noise extends the reality of the distance between them. His large hands clutch the phone….


I loved it as a girl, / it was a game / to get this feeling


I watch, / cars filled with souls / pass on the bridge, / reflecting in water below.

Dear Snow

my brain cells freeze / my body shivers

Inner Child

sunken cheekbones of the dark haired girl / still cling to my memory like flesh to withered ribs.


as still as a heron / head slightly back / leaning in the penumbra of the sun / I crave just / a single movement

Shadow of Shame

there was nothing / in your kiss / in your smile / in your laughter / that belied / your intentions

Fear of Expression

It hurts / to write the words / that make their way / slowly and painfully / from my hand to the page


On every word you say / I hang like an autumn leaf / Just waiting to fall

A Single Star

Islands float around my head, / well worn by conversations and promises.

A synonym for b r o k e n

Always the dreamer - / still hoping to be loved / by what’s not there… / (Naïveté in a bottle)

The Redwood and the Rain Goddess

But when will you understand, / my Forest Sovereign, / that they are crying because / you drink me in / but then send me on my way?


A smile appears on your face / as you pillage her body and / discard her soul;

the weight of life moving forward without you

butterflies make love on the tips of sunbeams

straight, with salt and a lime

I keep these days / you have left me / in a bottle of cuervo


A child’s screams / fall upon deafened ears.




can we really ever leave each other? / I exist / so you exist.

the never ending dash

my heart has been running for some time


and I wonder why / the birds don’t hear / the noise in my heart

turning whiskey into nothing

there is a comfort / in talking to you / a warmth I still feel / despite my own misery


I can think of no sad songs / that will remind me of you.

Elmore Cemetery

what is left of us in the end


i am thankful for you / (in a way)


you once told me / that regardless of our love / mother river / always changes her course / leaving a trail of destruction / to create a ne…

fragments of a former love fool

your love came with a knife


insert your f***ing knife / across the yielding skin / of my forehead

contact (without my heart)

(my heart laid out on an empty page)


your voice cracks on my skin and / implodes into 10,000 watts


fuck the media


get out of my head


why do you stare into my own private moment?

the snake in your throat

they crawl into your jugular / and wrap around your larynx / squeezing it / a boa constrictor

the light of our grandmother… in remembran…

Grandmother, Mma, / today was your dusk / as you closed your eyes / for the final time / but I will remember / not that you are gone / but …

Journey of Forgotten Flesh

You left in a storm and left me alone / to nurse myself back to health / amongst the shattered earth / and slices of forgotten flesh.

A Victim’s Retort

I wish your words had burnt your tongue / and filled your disparaging mouth with blood, / so all that issued forth was strangled sounds / a…

everything happens for the best

the first of their band of brothers / to float dryly in their dance of death

Endangered Species

humans living in a flash forward

the murder of autumn

She can smell the soul of the trees burning alive today. Their secrets are smoldering and a longing oozes through the cracks in their bark.

Tear It Out – #4

It’s the only time he feels free. The wind blows his long sandy hair out of his grey eyes as he glides home.

Tear It Out – #3

He examines the picture. It is the composite of half of a face. The eye is the focus, large and dark. But instead of an iris, inside is the…


fresh from a pulsing vein i / will spill myself out in small / painful drops that drain my / soul

boiling point

I cast off and let myself go / swimming in the currents / of the ocean you sent me to

Don’t tell me lies

But you, with your heart on your sleeve / and a child in your eyes,

photo boxes and red leather shoes

your entire life / reduced down to small flashes / kept in a box


you plow me under with your words


Thoughts of you are tiny imps / whispering in my ear, / endlessly / ceaselessly / tirelessly.
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