Charming

Look at you go
After that
Switch
Flips to zero

Manipulating yourself
Ingenuine laughs

Downright charming
I’m sure that’s your aim

Proud of you
You really play the game
And you make me wonder
If you treat me the same

Black eye
Black hands
Battered and
Battering

Taking blows
Still surviving

A silver tongue
Snaking by

7

7 days
7 nights
Some mornings
With the city

Some mornings
Dishonoring
The memory
Of eras past
Like the cars
Passing by while
We drive fast
On four freeways

And the intersections cross

Over mornings we build from
The nights we spent
Laying
Foundations

Old town
Old country
Ships breaking waves
In the ocean deep
Like things buried

Until we go and
Cash those rainchecks
Rituals keeping skies clear
Of looming miasmatic fear

Okay to be vulnerable
Blameless and horrible

Dredging those waters
And purging
Those polluted airways
Acting like they’re
Not doing anything
Wrong

Senseless

You hate weakness?
You don’t seem to
Hate
Being vulnerable.

Step by step
Down beaches

Up streets where
We
Were betrayed

No confrontation
By design
It went
But

I’m sorry

Yet I know
There were no
Expectations outside
Foundations

Hate weakness
So you
Destroy the
Senseless.

Invisible Man

I wasn’t there
For myself
I was there
For the moment

When you needed proof
When you needed
A hammer to bring down

So I let you use me

Drove
Parked
Waited
Watched you get out
And confront my past

My proud passenger
“Right, Jake?”

Point to me.

Thumbs up as I sip
A cold brew, thinking
Of all the petty memories

Let it go
Run away

Like it always does

You’re stronger than it is
And I’m more invisible
Than I ever
Was

Happily
Spitefully

Rightfully

Sinnesloschen

Olympia October
In
Puyallup in April

It’s all senseless

We’re both passengers
In a seasonal vehicle

Each sidewalk step
Kicks up loose pieces
Of eroded concrete gravel

Skittering down sparsely
Crowded stalking streets

Oly is fearless except
When she’s not

Vulnerability is a constant

Olympia might be corroding
But she’s also consumed

By things exhumed beneath
The asphalt and grass
Thoughts permeating through
The nightlife

Moons burning to black
Ashes in our mouths
And the smoke billows
To a cloudless sky

While we speak we lie
That we’re both not
Hiding ulterior
Motives

Ambivalent mist
Floats thick, miles away

Oly October

Just like the city, she’s
different.

Not off, like the way you feel
walking down certain streets
downtown in the capitol city,
but different. A new flavor
of a coffee from Burial Grounds.

A book you never saw before,
In Bower’s library.

Indeed, a store or spot
that you never really had
visited yet, even through what
you’ve said.

You’ve been “up and down this place,
and know it like the back of
the hand”. For certain, but even
then no history can make up
for raw exploring. Don’t you
love it here?

You couldn’t count every
falling leaf in October
just like you could never
know what you don’t know
about your favorite city.

You have to find out. Be as
vulnerable as you first were,
when you were afraid of getting
mugged that one time on
3rd Street, and how uncertain
it felt to be out at night like
that for the first time.

You have to find out.

News – Miss Information Issues Statement on Dazzle Figures

Day 1,253 – The Administration issued a statement today regarding the people who don’t exist which seem to be roaming the streets.

They say the key word in that sentence is “seem”, as Miss Information holds fast that the dazzle-painted figures moving around parts of downtown are nothing to be afraid of, and in fact aren’t there at all.

This comes in the wake of a month-long stretch where Mayor Dean has stayed silent on the number of sightings reported in by locals.

Miss Information came forward and declared, “After much scrutiny, we have determined that the figures must have escaped Destiny, or have come from Somewhere Else. Therefore, they do not exist yet, if they are going to exist at all, and should be disregarded. They can cause no harm.”

Some have reported the figures talking gibberish, as well as conjugating entire sentences about where they are from. So far, none of these entities have said anything about anything that has happened, and instead reference events that seemingly haven’t yet.

We’ll update as the matter continues.

Panic

It’s not about the shot
It’s about the journey

Every riverbank trail
Every cold clearing
That fades
Into forest

Fog lying low
Brisk noontime throe

Looking into the sky
Being stared back at
By abyssal
Overcast

Why has this
Come to pass?

Looking back
At the
Mountain pass

Did these rocks and trees
Grow here to fear me?
Roots in the riverbeds
Turned to driftwood clay

This pass will know
My veiled face

Pathfinder’s tracks
In this place
Stay stratified
Where they’re made

Dug up dirt
Trembles before
This spirit
Of frostbite

Steps rift
Frozen soil

Eating away
At this wintry domain
In misted isolation
Alone in havoc action

Lungs shocked
By sub-zero air
Blood sluggish
Lashes shot

Each moment a panic
An otherworld

Each shot
A viscous copper
As the hills
Pass over me

Following the trail
Left behind
By my
Quarry

Can see stoic moss
Trampled upon

Branches snapped
In haste

I will not make
Its same mistakes

Its blood on my blade
My bite will soon taste

The pass quivers again
Knowing I am here
I trespass, yet this
Mountain should fear

A spectre of cold blood
Floating over steps
Of a misnomer prey
Fleeing

An abyssal monster
The size of man

Stalking among
The overcast day

Trixie

Didn’t expect this
Red lipped
Buttoned up
Monologue
And strip on stage

Weird to think I know you
Strange to be a party to
This cold opening
Display of… fragility?

Every color of the rainbow
Cradling the panties worn
Of a volunteer who soon
Removes the lacy bra
That was left behind

Leaving behind stickers
And imagination

Making the most of those
Assets, and moving
For all that movement
Could be worth on stage

Cult appeal so surface
It fucked its way
Across almost
Every continent

Making sex so undervalued
By wanton display
To what end, I wonder
But I don’t wonder for long

The show has begun

And if I didn’t know yet
This starting pistol shot
Was what got
Everyone’s attention