Little gods

At the whim of the hourglass
voluptuous swell recedes
into the vespertine cinch.
Sand mixed with wine
sliding into void
wicked epicurean sticking to the glass.

In the locket of my heart
a gallery of purloined
and faded faces.
Yours, I cannot bring
myself to confine
within the clasped metal door.

Here on Saturn’s auriferous doorstep I lay a rabbit-heart offering,
palpitating hope and passion’s timeless fever; I slay each vein
and ligament and photograph and bridge in a terrible burn
of penultimate illumination, cinders mounting upon holy stone.
The devoured hours rise in black plumes of diasporic ruin,
and I am kneeling in the grey refuse of this single death.
I whisper prayers onto every ember until I’ve blown away the smoke
and make sure that you, of all my fleeting treasures, turn softly in your sleep.

On the cornerstone of resolution
I carve our names into marble edifice.
Hands slim and feathered with ash
like a pair of nervous birds,
prone to slip and tremble.


4 thoughts on “Little gods

    • Thank you for this. I appreciate so much that you came back to look for it and reread, and that you took the time to write this. Wishing you a joyous new year 🙂


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