Metamorphosis

December 7, 2018

It used to be that
I’d most keenly
Feel the stroke of
Inspiration among
Summer’s rays.

Now, it seems,
My tastes have changed.
I’ve traded the sweeter
Juice of solstice berries
For the communion wine
Of autumn’s bluster.

Sacred and bitter
And coppery as blood,
I embrace the dimming
Sunset and look
Forward to night.

For all my misgivings,
A change is all I need.

MSBQ

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The Passage of Memory

June 16, 2018

He stood cautiously
Outside the threshold
Between their worlds.
It seemed a simple thing,
But something told him
He had been here before.

Finally, he strode inside.
She greeted him, again,
With a nod of her head
And an ever-so-slight wink.
His eyes seemed different,
As if the light behind them
Did not recognize her face.

“You don’t remember me?”
She asked with a long sigh.
“I’m sorry, I just don’t…”
He trailed off. No matter
How much he tried, she
Was a stranger to him.

As his feet carried him
Through that open door,
All memories, the good
And all the bad, vanished.
In their place was a vague
Sense of having had this
Same conversation
Many times before.

MSBQ

Meditation

May 10, 2018

When the world stops
Turning and time slows
To a crawl, this is when
The muses strike true.

All art begins in silence.
Like finding the eye in
The proverbial storm,
Inspiration blossoms.

The universe rotates
Around your mind as
The words snap into
Their ultimate focus.

Do not rely upon others;
Your answer lies within.

MSBQ

Dangerous Scales

April 16, 2018

Most people think
Of the ocean as
Peaceful, serene;
But they could not
Be more wrong.

Beneath the waves
Lies a world full of
Dangerous scales.
Light up above and
Only death below,
And each current
Brings endless rows
Of predators’ teeth
And stifled cries for
Help, god, help
As they are ripped
To the bones.

Though it may be
A disquiet place,
The sea conveys a
Deeper balance of
Life and death.

MSBQ

The Colossus

February 25, 2018

Amidst rolling hills
Of endless evergreen
Stands tall a mountain
Crowned with clouds.

She is ancient,
Long ago alive with
Sulfur smoke and
Molten earth

Now tranquil,
She lies dormant.
She’s old enough to know
The rivers’ true names.

Quietly slumbering
Above man’s progress,
She will be here long
After we’ve gone away.

MSBQ

Inertia

February 12, 2018

Catapulting away
From our planet’s
Feeble grasp on you,
The endless blanket
Of the universe as
We know it lies ahead.
It isn’t heavy with fear,
But instead it is
Weightless
As you have become
During your escape.
The swirling cosmos
Are your home now.

Passing through the
Unknown palettes of
Untouched nebulae,
You explore where
Few shall ever go.
Between the mazes
Of twisting asteroids,
Your path will be lit
By the glow of stars
Who died eons ago.
And even when you’ve
Passed beyond all the
Worlds and galaxies,
Even then I’ll love you.

MSBQ

Galathea

January 22, 2018

Peering down
Into the blue,
I lean forward
Letting gravity
Take over.

As the light fades
At lower depths,
The pressure is
Overwhelming.
I strain my ears
To hear the sound
Of waves above.

I may speak the
Tongues of whales
But when I listen
To voices among
The tide pools,
Their messages
Are always lost.

With each layer
Of ocean that I
Pass through on
My path into the
Endless abyss,
My eyes gaze in
Both wonder and
Horror at what
Travels here
Down below.

MSBQ