ἔρως in amber

empty eros   encased   in.amber. […]

ἔρως in amber

 

      empty eros   encased   in.amber.
      caught god   stable.despite.hollowed
      (was once   aphrod.ites favour.ite)
      (son beg.otten   chaos or.mother)
      yet.passive   under soil.is shining
      to be waiting   found.excavated
      (ephemeral   from.man.to.boy.to)
      (wane.and wave   from amber.prison)
      romance   sculptors.wax   politic.
      whence this   .artefact.bankside.is found
      under foolsgold   under fossil   under.side
      (eros.breathe.   no to fly.where.in.here)
      (vomited.from   pitoftartarus.hence.chaos)
      (chimerakin.d   he bleats.roars.moans.)
      and placed   on steel stalks.eros.entire
      next to.the   desiccated.remains.
      of some old   king.of.egypt.pharaoh.
      for   .got.   ten. side.sh   ow. er.os.
      (once pride of litter: once the fav.rit son)
      (once to bring.the sm.ile of man.upon)
      (yet naught.more.than.now.than.now
      side.sh.ow   ros.et.ta.sto)ne. no.
      no rosett.a   st.one.not worth pr.ice
      of adm.iss.ion.er.os.em.pt.y.e.r.o.s.
      e.n.   c .a.s e   d   i.n.   am.ber

 

Two Poems: The Burden of Angst, and Extradited

To play protector, or to live out the role— […]

The Burden of Angst

 

To play protector,
   or to live out the role—

To separate
             the instances

     Childhood from maturity,
     a lifetime yet of doubt.

Save the smile
   from the burden
             of angst—

Which is to say,
         we hold back
             Authority’s loving hand,

and embrace the future
   as if it were our own youth.

 

 

 

Extradited

Bricklaying.
Building a path
Extradited.
Soft, lingering spit
A neat, messy little package.
Never returned
Arc welding.
Holding the line
Soft, lingering spit.
Never returned