King (24 Poems)

Canadian Poet & Artist RLKing, published poet, wife & mother.

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In Petitions

I bent my cold legs
over the water’s edge
to dangle toes in the storm
& with a shiver
I cried
lost my mind
seeking a hope
seeking a way
to cure

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I beg her to know
she’s not alone
she chooses so often
to sit in silence

“Will you come out
of that tight curled shell?
For I too
am alone.”

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morning came–the black winter dawn
but in the pitch
there was a
forging light
a fire stirring

it cannot stay dark

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heavy, grey sky

there is catharsis
in the boil-roll-pour
sharp needles
of light
the sky’s implosion
far as
my weakly bones
thru my soul

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The Way of the Lost

“I’m finding myself”
she said.

But the more she looked
the more lost she became,
she had forgotten herself
at home…

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Inside the Broken

in the soft ground
my spirit lay
I could feel myself
lightly covered
& pushing to lift, to breathe

is there hope?

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I found
a helpless, empty well
at the bottom
of a death dealing desert
with no bucket
I screamed
to fill it with water
tho I too
was dying
of thirst

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she tore open
her delicate skin
–pale with little violet veins
with a pencil sharpener blade
& in slices
pain bled a chemical high
into her brain

oh my child

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