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Afterthought 721—Triangulation Fugue

Posted in nothing special by maggie on 2016/01/28

Triangulate to get to me, if you must,
with his ice moon for point of reference,
then back up, wait to make your move
until you can make out what you will
to be heard enough to throw shadows,
not knowing that words unheard risk
nothing, how words unsaid are the sin,
but it works so long as nothing moves
out of your line of sight, undisturbed
by the usual business transactions.

Write me down for one of your marks.

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Afterthought 173—A Doppelgänger’s Complaint

Posted in sonnet by maggie on 2015/05/09

If I possessed such magic as might weave
vibrations through the wind such as dare dance
the stars through myths and legends we believe,
my spells would cast our night its own romance
in gold and silver circles wrapped in ice
as delicate as light's transparent veil
revealing word in love's most secret vice
and love retracing blood's worst wayward trail.  

I don't. The surest song I try to raise
falls flat, chokes on its bone, avoids
its own reflection, pastes in hoary grays
on grays, finds beauty in its hemorrhoids. 

Obloquy suits the ear, no?  Let each word
be child unknown, unwritten and unheard. 
 

Afterthought 221—At My Desk

Posted in sonnet cycle by maggie on 2015/04/26

Before my light goes irreversibly dim
I wanted things arranged so you could find
your way around, since I, the undersigned,
yield you full access, subject to your whim —
books I hadn't time to even skim;
a sonnet cycle finished, set to bind
then send as promised; scraps I'll leave behind;
and if you meet my mentor, this for him. 

I gave up hopes I'd organize this mess
I'll leave things in — moleskines untranscribed,
stuff from doctors and bill collectors unfiled,
leftover dreams and visions uncompiled,
shots of my muse's whiskey left unimbibed.
Chaos, my most rigid thighs caress!


Protected: Afterthought 151—Echolalia

Posted in sonnet cycle by maggie on 2015/04/03

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Protected: Overheard 89—Chord Progression

Posted in sapphics by maggie on 2013/11/12

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Protected: Overheard 88—Exhausted Ritual

Posted in sapphics by maggie on 2013/11/12

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Protected: Overheard 87—Won’t

Posted in sapphics by maggie on 2013/11/11

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Protected: Overheard 86—Not Pretty

Posted in sapphics by maggie on 2013/11/10

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Protected: Overheard 85—Doesn’t Mean Much

Posted in sapphics by maggie on 2013/11/09

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