the problem with temptation (20161113)

turning the flashlight
pointing up
into the tree
the white beam
punches me in the nose
suddenly i smell
the oils of the needles
feel the resinous pine
sap sticky on my fingers

a small green insect
dances into the light
caught in the beam
as if in amber
still except for the furious
motion of its cellophane wings

that’s the problem with
temptation i think
shining a light
where your eyes
aren’t accustomed to the
darkness
what you catch there
may be taught
to fly into a flame

——

for
as everything turns grey
writing prompts by J.R.Rogue and Kat Savage
8. The Problem With Temptation

the taste of time (20161109)

cutting into a steak
overwhelms me

we are all
sacks of shambling meat
delicious char blackened umami
a result of rapid oxidation

it happens to us at a snail’s pace
every day
as the clock ticks down
so slow you can’t smell
the melting fat
or hear the sizzle

all of nature waits to sink its
teeth into us
and have that taste of time
running down its throat

——

for
as everything turns grey
writing prompts by J.R.Rogue and Kat Savage
7. The Taste of Time

purple is the sky (20161108)

wine-colored sky
[or maybe eggplant]
hard to to pin down
as it wheels about
cut to ribbons by old stars
by new moons
smeared with clouds
like a car window
fogged with a child’s breath
amazed at the power
of her own lungs

in the new cold
we strain to hear
crickets of the fall
as we stare into
a darkened eye
that covers us, a dome
like a bruise turned
inside out

——

for
as everything turns grey
writing prompts by J.R.Rogue and Kat Savage
6. Purple is the Sky

late night vices (20161107)

if i had any vices left
i’d give them up for you
except for the ones
that creep into my dreams

after all i don’t invite them
but sleeping next to you
has an effect
on my brainwaves

i’ll be all innocent
in the dawn
if that’s what you want

——

for
as everything turns grey
writing prompts by J.R.Rogue and Kat Savage
5. Late Night Vices

what we reap (20161106)

it all has to be cut down
the waist-high grasses we
thought were wheat
but turned out to be inedible

there was no chaff to separate
no flour to be ground
no bread to be baked
but the unleavened
hardtack of regret
and false hope

——

for
as everything turns grey
writing prompts by J.R.Rogue and Kat Savage
4. What We Reap

the natural bridge (20161104)

all the dragons have been put
in pet stores and the magic
swords melted down into third place
trophies for dodgeball and the
rings that make you invisible
are plastic slap bracelets even
the dwarves have lifts in their
shoes and are as clean shaven as
they dare to be without losing
their street cred

whatever natural bridge
led from that other place to this
or held up under our feet long
enough to let that other place thrive
here has collapsed under
the weight of adult shoes

——

for
as everything turns grey
writing prompts by J.R.Rogue and Kat Savage
3. The Natural Bridge

the debt for happiness (20161103)

what do you want to do
marry every girl you know
that gets pregnant

messiah complex
if she’d been more educated
might have been her guess
though misguided
both she and i, really

her exasperation at
my naiveté
my disgust at her lack
of compassion

and carrying that
knowledge about us both
a red check in a black column
shaped like a ridiculous valentine heart

——

for
as everything turns grey
writing prompts by J.R.Rogue and Kat Savage
2. The Debt for Happiness

a painting in vengeance (20161102)

there is no reason to look
in your direction any more

this portrait is done

sallow yellows and sickly greens
of a soul split open like a rotted pear
dark bruised purple of pride
swelling just under the eyes
the whimpering greys of despair
running in streaks through your hair
casting ashes on your skin
and the reds
anger–blind rage–just blindness

so many drops, so much crimson
a shower of blood
that would make a butcher invest
in an umbrella

——

for
as everything turns grey
writing prompts by J.R.Rogue and Kat Savage
1. A Painting in Vengeance