Undefined shadows

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Nothing could quell it —
the yearning I was sure had
gone away had only got
brighter as the sun lay down at dusk,
its glow intensified and
warmed my heart as the
white cold moon
rose from her bed, opened her eyes, and looked
upon her world, gazed like a lover over
the naked skin of the
earth, while rising high
in the sky with its wall
of stars and its blanket of
clouds, and in her ears the
moon heard the cries of birds, and in the court,
her very rising causing
all beasts to bay, crazed and amazed, undefined
and unseen in the shadows,
and she listened tenderly like a mother to
all souls whose pain does lurk


A Golden Shovel poem based on the following line from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights: “It had got dusk, and the moon looked over the high wall of the court, causing undefined shadows to lurk…”

Sage (spoken word video)

The girl was a sage
Elfin in years and in limbs
Crown chakra golden
Hair of Godiva
Naked soul attracting pain
They come to her now
Some seek her healing
Others want absolution
Darkness brings out swords


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Caldera (spoken word video)

In the caldera
Dry thistles and baying beasts
Pumice under feet
I saw springing lambs
Stunted carcasses of sheep
Buried under rocks
Land art happening
Psychopath’s installation
Death comes easy here


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Eclipse (spoken word video)

The darkness conceals
Shadows carpet fallow fields
The sun burns bright red
Its heart almost dead —
Snuffed out save a ring of flames
Submerged in your shame
Your soul turns chill black
Yet there’s light behind her back
Turn to it and see


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Eclipse

The darkness conceals
Shadows carpet fallow fields
The sun burns bright red
Its heart almost dead —
Snuffed out save a ring of flames
Submerged in your shame
Your soul turns chill black
Yet there’s light behind her back
Turn to it and see