Four Winds

Dipping
Your quill into the ink bottle,
You write me to an ocean of
white-washed bones.
As the ink flows through the quill,
I open my mouth,
speaking the words forming on the page, my breath
exiled
from hope in my lungs.

I inhale
as the bones rattle
joint – to – joint
into an organic outline of characters,
poised for entry into their story arc,

eyes widen as the tendonal transitions
connect
the skeletal framework of Your prophetic narrative.

Osmotic shock
of my emotion warms their skins,
bodies awakening as blood
rushes
through arteries,
flush with stoic sentimentality.

Form figures
stand
before us. Again we collaborate, Your four winds bring breath from the
        north, south, east and west
skies converging to create Your final poem draft
of fireworks
to the four corners of the earth.

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Dead Eyes

Pairs of hands grasp hands, mercy pulls into homestretch hesitation.
Our angels adjure us to flee annihilation, waiting our word.

The wind carries the shrieks and the stench of rotten eggs,
seeing fire sheets zigzag from heaven to the hell of burning flesh.

I feel my body crystallize into a burnished tomb,
window eyes being the last thing mirrored in horror.

Mind Lot’s wife.

Remains stand
still dead eyes in the back of your head
affixed
to the sulfur-soaked paper rag plain pillars.
Zombie salt figure statue
exhuming His remainders
into the mountains of culture,
melting the turbid icy snow pack.
Reanimating wadi water-washed hearts.

Gideon

Redacting army steals the language.
Spirit grinds wheat words into form,
distills the boastful syntax
from thousands to hundreds,
eliminating
modifiers
black alters
at night.
Fear.
Dream.
Compact
barley book
excoriates
the inner critic.
Desk lamp and radio
turn adjectives and adverbs
against each other and erase
the opposition of the blank page.