Fading Away

in her eyes swim stars and sky’s sadness an ocean of veils summer’s brutal lusts and a touch of the forests of whimsy from her eyes fall amber-coated memories and delicate rainbow fancies darkness swells her eyes close a bed of salted dream dust rolls down flushed cheeks goodbye tara caribou | ©2019

Lessons in Pain

Pain You’ve made me who I am today I should thank you I really should From the crushing of my young soul To the tearing of my child’s body Can’t forget the burning of callous words Or the maiming of my wounded spirit Not to mention the repeated ripping out of my feathers I should […]

The Second Time

at first there was excruciating, agonizing pain sweat on my lip, my heart beat erratically my breathing was uneven, ragged my heart paused skipped, missed, paused again I stopped breathing I kept staring at the window blind without really seeing anything at all everything stretched and elongated like separating a yolk from the white I […]

Hesperus

every indigo evening I scoop up the night sky within the palms of my dirty earth-stained hands there’s still the dark damp soil of the day’s passing beneath my nails and the dried banks of river beds from those afternoon tears still, I pick out the stars and the space dust and the sun-smudged traces […]

Submissions Open – two weeks remaining

Hello there short story writers! Want to be a part of an amazing anthology project and see your story published? Raw Earth Ink is opening submissions for this year’s short story collection: Static Dreams – A Dark Anthology from Twisted Minds. Here are the rules. Genre: dark fiction, dark humor, twisted subject matter. Not allowed: […]

Gone Fishin’

I’m around… sort of. Summer in Alaska. Busy. I’ve been the last few days doing a type of subsistence fishing called set-net. It’s moderately labor intensive but worth it to teach others the “old ways”. So here are a few pics, should my view interest you. Mostly silver salmon, which is exactly what I wanted. […]

Listen Carefully

you didn’t listen when she cried as there were bumps in the night you didn’t listen when she saw a witch in the wood you didn’t listen when she did her best in class you didn’t listen when she failed you didn’t listen to her sobbing when she didn’t make the team you didn’t listen […]

East

casting my eyes to the east I looked for you felt the wind lift my hair caress my cheek kiss my neck was it you? I sighed for I want you you’re all the best parts of me you are the sun to my branches the pull of my tide the stars of my nights […]

Muddy Puddle

you look in my eyes and you say, love suits you love? love suits me? ha! more like blind naivety you ask, are you pushing pushing away from us? yes, absolutely yes I am pulling away distance growing makes it less painful betrayal less available my skin is leather the rain is thundering down and […]

Rock Climber

I’m slipping Scrabbling for purchase I want to climb To reach your outstretched hand Yet The toeholds are small The fingerholds smaller I jam my fingers in the cracks Crevices Moss falls away Pebbles and rock slip beneath me Clattering to the valley floor I don’t want to look down But I do There are […]