Katabasis

No army marches faster. Having beaten us, the clouds dropped their arrowfall into the bay, blessing our deepest failure. News reached me on the wind. Yet more ranks of salt and hate but there I was, sharing a mind with water after months of hard dryness. Stars gleamed like arrow wounds. There was great, roiling […]

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Candles

Wax colours the grate and floorboards as the candles stream away. Two matches burn in a caldera. Their heads are charcoal. Their bodies, black along their length, anchor the flame to a melting derelict. Gone out, they are broken columns where temples stood, cluttered with burials, votives and valedictions to gods who’d raise used kindling […]

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