Beyond the Gates of Hell

One: Spiraling down
A dizzying array
Two: Within I drown
My heart away
Three: I’m lost about
In silent screams
Four: I cannot shout
Through tattered seams
Five: It’s understood
I’m locked beyond
Six: Your world of good
I was so fond
Seven: Trapped inside
This crushing darkness
Eight: Without a guide
In desolate starkness
Nine: The mind can’t protect
From being woefully heartsick
Ten: There’s no way to correct
The Devil’s arrhythmic

Morning Star

I focus on the distant light

Purple and pink and orange too

Across a net in the sky they fight

Up high like cinematic lovers do

The grains of time under my feet

Light and silky before the season begins

There as my rectangular afghan

Parachutes down by the grace of my shins

Tackled beneath me

Swaddled up with a black velour hood

Plunking down

Wrapping around me as it would

The wind sweeps

As the day breaks

My heart leaps

My hands shake

As I see your midnight eyes peeking from a hood

And it’s so freeing to finally see

That forever this time is truly good

Because you’re in love with me

And as we walk to close the divide

The jolt of frosty winter waters

Left behind like a jilted bride

Makes us flee to closed quarters

So here we meet

We’ve come so far

Kissing in the backseat

Beneath a morning star


I wish my light could last
As long as the stars shine
A peek into the past
Forever you’ve been mine
Travel beyond our dreams
So infinitely far
The universe gleams
Without even a mar
Maybe I’m the lover
Dreaming you up in my mind
Always under a cover
Of beautiful stars aligned
What lies beyond the edge
It’s wondrously unknown
My love for you someday I’ll pledge
Through the marrow of my bone


My heart beats faster when you touch me

And the stars can disappear

You’re all the light I need to see

Gone now is my fear

Shadows cease to exist

Time it stretches so far

The moonlight clenched in my fist

A firefly freed from a jar

Will they hear a sound

If it is trapped so deep inside

While kissing the girl you found

This, we should never hide

My heart beats faster when you’re near

And the stars all fade away

Gone now is my biggest fear

That I’ll die alone someday

I wring the sheet with a tightened clasp

You gaze into my eyes

I let out the lightest gasp

Of pleasure and surprise

You hold me and feel me shaking

I’ve come undone here for you

All this love we’ve been making

It’s ethereal and true