The Lengthy Story (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 16 Mar 2021 in Art, Poems

      The Lengthy Story   A traveler who for an empty purse Casts danger as she must, in its most lifelike role This predator will wear his tightest clothes As a speck on a zooming sedan’s horizon Best she dart into scrub and vanish She does They are so many of them alone […]

Haunt of Thieves (part four)

Posted by ractrose on 15 Mar 2021 in Art, Poems

      Haunt of Thieves Part Four   Ravens hear the trembling gong’s alarm Harbinger of rolling earth Far away as yet but coming near (Birds of the air may take to flight Men and cities cannot do) Souls they carry heavenward, on each feather tip The lost descends to touch in parting A […]

Apprehensively (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Mar 2021 in Art, Poems

      Apprehensively   Everything was bet that day on ends Still his mind hedged with a handbook He had created through practice, of devil’s arcana He disliked the internet, but learned its self-delusion… not what can be, but is aspired to the great and wealthy totter on a temple tiered to the heavens […]

Peeled (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 3 Mar 2021 in Art, Poems

      Peeled   Apparency is the means into the mind Dreary the mood of an overheated October Afternoon and no escape The crowd all move together Did the nape clench With premonition Knowing this thing coming Will roll Like the spinning wheel of a wrecked Bicycle a slammed brake Damned if the distractor […]

Bride to Be (part twelve)

Posted by ractrose on 24 Feb 2021 in Art, Poems

      Bride to Be (part twelve)     Yet with my crafty uncle the field was never taken For thus had his stronghold been devised Ringed fences narrowing passage like a maze A lone stone knob on which, from times bards tell of in their lays Sons of the House of Barangalen Behind […]

Her Day (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 17 Feb 2021 in Art, Poems

      Her Day   Will you do something? Uncontexted, the question compels, does it? The writer had been hired to complete a story Not so fast, though. The publisher prefers she prove herself She reviews the half-done coattail she might ride to fame Maisie Day, reformed sex-worker turned private agent Encounters her usual […]

Goods for Love (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 12 Feb 2021 in Art, Poems

      Goods for Love   On the midden heap Above the flood still inundated If you substituted Goods for love Your heart speaking through Some accident of neurofibre What chance angle or what play of light refracting A carbohydrate rush Acting on your mood   They iridesce and their rims Have a soft […]

Even Heard (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 10 Feb 2021 in Art, Poems

      Even Heard   Nothing recently radio silence almost a fig leaf of the past Your old friend with his bags of heirloom seeds Took them to the farmer’s market, Sharpied a sign saying FREE Bought tickets on the very plane they grounded for yawing side-to-side, nose up, nose down Stricken passengers allowed […]

The Minister of Inaction (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 9 Feb 2021 in Art, Poems

      The Minister of Inaction   The minister of inaction Keeps perch en pointe, soft chamois slippers toe the orb That bald pate of Oz, antiquity’s ruler-deity Admired with gentle pity by explorers Dust devil sands have scoured him to ivory Your hope in stealing close to shelter from the dreary sun Curled […]

Quid pro fauxbia (poem)

Posted by ractrose on 8 Feb 2021 in Art, Poems

    Quid pro fauxbia   The fear of human society Quid pro fauxbia Lye over the discarded fruit Heaped in fermenting waste And burn or atomize Disrupt the life cycle of the fly Maggots thrive in their maggotry so have no reason To care that their own days are numbered Barbed edged rain falls […]