Born of flesh and ghost

Before the gallow crosses where necks
Are snipped
And dreams are brambled,
Where bones twist into a watery mixture
And blood runs foul,
My heart knew of love- hungered for skin and vein,
Now smells the maggots,
Wringing siphons in my liver.

My throat slakes before the wooden structure, my
Mortal soul
To be struck down by death’s crooked feather;
Remember me, I wrote poetic,
Paper sundered from bones of worms-
Dawn shuts their earthen nothings as they swell,
I soon to hurry to their deepened holes
Down in the yard of her day.

Rejoicing, she dances over my skull,
Blowing shadows
Of a kiss, welshing faith, marrowed fly,
Lying likeness of love,
Quick, this is the real world;
One-sided skin of truths- a loth dream
That kicks the buried from their coffin sack;
Of our two sleepings, I never fell awake
(The photograph is married to the eye).

N35 Born of flesh and ghost

61 comments on “Born of flesh and ghost

  1. crazywitch25 says:

    This is so deep and my favorite poem from you so far. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So awesome, it’s breathtaking Lance.

  3. Barbara Kasey Smith says:

    Mercy, Lance, the images caused this reader to move to the edge with magnified imaginations. WoW, well written and captivates an audience. Barb;)

  4. Beautiful writing! The title called to me right away.

  5. Another beautiful poemΒ !
    Thank you, Lance.

  6. Deep and profound poetic words so well composed, Lance. Too good and loved the picture too.

  7. NZain says:

    Birth and death. Yes, speechless.

  8. Silent Hour says:

    ‘Remember me:’ But how could one forget your poetry?

  9. Another amazing poem! Thank you Lance.

  10. Devon Brock says:

    Lance, I do so enjoy the downward momentum of this poem – from looking up to the gallows, then perpendicular on the grave, then downward into the earth – all the while presenting dawn as a mocking of our mortality. Well played, sir. D

  11. The Word Of God says:


  12. You can make the reader weep for a stranger, Lance.

  13. This was the first poem I’ve read of yours and you’re left a great first impression!

  14. β€œI never fell awake.” This poem buried me and gnawed at my flesh. Such vividly dark and evocative images.

  15. Fall Fraust says:

    As always, your writing whisks me away to an unusual, dark, enchanting place. SO good!

  16. Kally says:

    Very profound and deep. I love this.

  17. lampmagician says:

    Reblogged this on lampmagician and commented:
    A poesie, the poet of love: just down in the yard of her day πŸ™πŸ™β€πŸ‘πŸ™

  18. Desperation and despair find marvellous poetic expression in this, Lance! Terrific!

  19. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, Lance!

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