Delaying The Questions

Abandoned buildings.
Lonely forgotten places.
They make coffee with my emotions. Mixed, unsettled, unsettling.
Reminding me of my mortality – and loneliness
Like a shadow that hides in sunlight but never quite leaves us.
Reaching out, hoping for an embrace.
But I escape to the safety of modern infrastructure, the sights drowning my thoughts till they settle.

The Modern Ariel

Fascinated by life upon the social sand,
The little catfish fell in love with a human.
He built an image, swam inside it,
And channelled a voice through fingertips.
Transformed as such to walk the shore
He forgot himself for months or more
Until evasions unraveled his attempts at human connection.

There were no happy endings when he unveiled himself.
Spell broken, all she saw before her was a fish that took to bait,
Convulsing pitifully on deck.
She pinched it by the tail – aware now of its unsightly scales – and threw it back into the water.

Motivational Quotes

Standing there at the edge

You want to walk on those floating words to the place you belong

Your setting is not the same as it used to be, as you want it to be, as it should be,

But is it you or someone else who activates the tremors that crumble the walls of your history?

For years you seem to flounder on the rooftop with the embryonic change in gestation,

No arrangement of letters so far have induced the birth that will aid in levitation because you don’t know how to believe, how to push all the way.

The people on the ground tell you what you already know:

“Leave! your house is one of many on fire.”

But you ignore the smoke and throw away lines secured by hashtags to your neighbors,

telling them to forget their luggage and high-wire from their ledges to freedom.

Yet, the fleeting fulfillment uplifting others gives you cannot douse the familiar flames at your back,

Stronger, closer, perhaps seconds away from melting you, finally, until you’re nothing but a monument —

Of which they will say “Here lies the unnamed, an example of how not to live.”

So that is what we are today?

Those who live by the word

And those in their searing shelters

Throwing or catching ropes of quotes they will never walk on.