One drunken night, he lay on the coach road
and she lay beside him. He pictured a truck
descending–wobbling around corners,
gaining momentum. They spoke about crushes,
first kisses. He told her of an older woman
who’d stolen a thing he couldn’t replace.
He tried to describe the weight of lost things.
She listened until he stopped,
until I stopped
hiding behind he. I felt small,
watching the cosmos churn
while I lay on the coach road
one summer night,
speaking of big things
first published at Algebra of Owls, November 2016
Republished for dVerse poetics – Poems That Could Save Your Life – this friendship saved mine.
Your flame flickers briefly—
a parting whisper.
Some trick of the river
mimics your laughter.
We stand apart at sunset,
lost in natsukashii,
come together in darkness,
to watch the dead pass on.
Your light has fallen now
beneath the bridge.
First published on Napalm and Novocain, January 2016
Published at Poetry Nook, October 2018, Nominated for 2018 Pushcart Prize
along quicksilver trails
thru the night
past the wall,
into the sky—
swallowed by infinity
My dear friend, Sarah, has joined the wonderful world of WordPress. An incredibly talented poet and author, Sarah’s blog is one you won’t want to miss.
As well as her exciting poetry, Sarah offers a weekly post full of great writing prompts to beat off those dreaded blank page views. She was also kind enough to feature my poem, The Weight.
You can read my poem here: The Weight @ SarahRussellPoetry
And please have a look around the site while you’re there, you won’t be disappointed 🙂
I’m excited to see one of my drabbles – Rishi’s Star – published at the wonderful site The Drabble.
For anyone unfamiliar with the term, Wikipedia offers this definition – “A drabble is a short work of fiction of around one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.”
The Drabble also has an excellent guide to what they’re looking for – What Exactly Is Drabble.
I’ve been writing them for awhile now and find it a great way to tune in my brain at the start of a writing session…and every so often I’m left with something I like.
Worth a try when you’re next faced with that dreaded blank page 🙂