A copper-colored city imbues a residue.
 
Partially immersed in fluctuating waters,
 
I held you above the surface.
 
Are you still breathing?
 
 
 
A creature gnashes at a stranger.
 
Infectious in its intent,
 
Rodent-like and drenched in madness,
 
It lunges for his throat.
 
He turns to me with a sinister grin.
 
Eyes are slipping from their sockets.
 
Are my eyes deceiving me?
 
 
 
I capture the simulacrum of life
 
Far from hope of shelter.
 
A coastline disappears.
 
Moisture descends like curtains
 
To bond the sea and sky.
 
I shed my skin in welcome
 
Of the blithe smile seeping.  
 
Thrust am I by my merciless mind
 
To another bewildering scene.
 
Gears are spinning as I ascend
 
Another constructed obstacle.
 
 
 
The future appears through a medium
 
Of glass, translucent and revealing.
 
We spoke.
 
Anatomized, she was thus appeased.
 
Forsaken was I upon a stone
 
Without the luxury of ether.
 
I passed the years observing the rhythm
 
Of a heart impoverished of flesh.
 
 
 
Over many crystalline moons,
 
Perhaps I haunted the corridors
 
Of her preoccupied cognizance.
 
Shrouded, she appeared
 
Bearing shiny needles,
 
Weaving golden thread.
 
She reformed the cavernous fissure
 
As I drifted from sleep within sleep.
 
 
 
I floated over a coven
 
Who dined beneath the surface.
 
Devoured they the salt
 
To clear the stinging water,
 
To better see my eyes
 
As oxygen abandons me.
 
I held you above the surface.
 
Are you still breathing?

(2013)

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