“a moment, fitted”

wolf, you brought me fresh silence
stretched and torn with little pockets
of gravity and star-stuff. it’s mostly new,
i think, more deliberate and considered
than i’m used to. we’ll come to know it well,
wear out the spine till it refuses to close
completely, in well-read protest. sketch
some battle lines in fitted quiet.

“existence is like this.”

silence, insurrection. over hilltops
we’ve swarmed, down city streets,
waved placards in front of more
or less everywhere. after all
that noise, silence feels alien
and yet we’re getting used to it.

indifference is the face of god,
lower case, observant and uncaring.
the fury grows despite ourselves,
and all we say comes to pass,
and nothing’s done. i’m just
writing, doing nothing, i’ve no claim
to struggle other than that i made
for myself. i am owed nothing
and they are owed the world.

calamity woke us – below,
always below. corridors, halls,
all paths eventually twisted
to us. now they’ll twist for us.

the water grows dark, castle walls
fall, and we decide to keep swimming.

“it’s late”

we’re all old gods
if that meant something,
we’re all points, scratching
wrists to jigsaw piece
conversations. bright light
of midnight phone text app
thoughts that mean something,
books on broken pagan statues
and unhelpful narratives and
mostly blank notebooks, at least
half, can’t write on the left it’s
wrong                        i wonder
if gods have panic attacks.

“more darkening, three gods”

you behead statues
because you are
compelled, by your
dogma, or by theirs.

don’t pause and think
about the craft, the marble
made to flow like robes,
the faces and hands
you grind to rubble
for offerings more your

now they’re in the museum,
ripped from their home.
i should remember that
when i see them, instead
of forgetting all but rough
hewn necks and three gods.