Pointing a tremulous fester, both blue and old until the morn, Who were the buds of overside, those ending keenly at curly nail-tips, and whitened chalky manes; A muscled crypt of myrtle borne and seaside shallow? Crows with beating burly stalks, a thistle bird of sickly feathers. Those mercy words that swell the moving butter churns, turn to ice before the quail, egg and all are none the master, nor do the pine bark sing in lofty tails. When hearth or bracken, the skeletal birds of mine to keep, do suffer seek me, a pretty child, the virulent member or monstrosity come; hither there be no rhyme to coddle, as reek I do of morning chill or ported wine. A murky shire of chestnut trees are moaning, that cold burrow song, a priceless dog or soldier keep me not afraid. An hour of sleep before the morrow, spent and careful into the farrow. Fields are kept a plenty by the shrouded dowsing rod. Books are blackened, warming hands like spreads of ballads, the honey pot, a ripened callous, where hands meet gloom and loamy earth. Inside the keepers graze a jealous muffling hum, while parts of me reside within that rotting, muddy study.
Apart from my misery The stony hole, the wilting flower, Earth took a bud and shaking membrane, Past the lobe a striking pick Bending backwards a loping, Breasted mound. The earth is shallow. As I bring clay to cheeks and Whisper, unto him my bloody water, In boyish legs, spreading between them It grins a tepid, milky space As pick I do at tufts of hair. Biting lamps out down the walkway And into the zone of paper grass; Digging a gloomy bruise with fingernails And spits of wood That blood, a brightened slip, A fattened pathway, Rests, in part, in that Alley, Apart from my misery.
On what day did the Seeker, that foul-shaped gangly Figure, weep and belly-crawl toward me Forward winding? In craven eaves, in parsley fields, I wrinkled sleeves, running, running, A bare-foot straw sock stuck fast and wide While crows were nodding, nodding, nodding. The mansion breaks the parsley skirting; my mouth Is panting, low, unsightly. A butter cloud of moths Were dancing, and caught my cheeks with tender tags Of sickly salt-pan glister. With baked stone walls I Pushed the tail-bone, and time was wailing fast before Me, it scratched my back into a cup of clawing, Chasing fingers. He seeks me still in wooden boxing, under sweating Hands are shaking; time atop my crush of raven Swings a hefty, dullsome, tune. Knees were pulled far Up and rounded, domed and white, and jade, and black, Stuck and stinking fragrantly, the skiddish slums of slime Betrayed me- sleeves were dirty, hot, and green. With backbone slinking down the body, the clock Grows loud with muffled strumming. In front, the crack, The door before me, small enough to wholesome hold Me, blanks the mansion's putty light. Arms that longly grope The run trail, scoop a crackle from the door frame; Ones that pester, hound and perish With longing, longing, longing.
With wings that limb the beaten bore, Inside branches red to mud, blush and Dowse him, before the birding Sucks onto the pine. There be creeping a winding bottle, Blue in bud, spore-filled, boorish; A charcoal dinner of savoury wood, And muted burly fruiting. Beneath, the waiting traveller, a dusty Grass companion. Flailing dimly along the Bark wood- tempting feasts with Nose's crook. Smiling pretty beneath the pine tree, A sugary cheek becomes the rice mound, Frustrated, shaking, he throbs the timber; They watch him quietly, Ear to ear.
Awake before the cherry tree, My eyes are stuck The sockets thick- I stick my fingers in the bread pan Rounding thumbs with pastry nails. Stumbling bow-legged from the bed seat, Feet inhale the wooden plank; Before the forest carpet meets them, To ply them whole with muddy shards, And boiling heels With prickled cold. Walking in Past the fur-case, A deer is boiling Feet and all.
Fixing loose-curl auburn lockets, the pins embed And turn again. Step, and forward sway the hipbone, Thirty, forty, a flight of granite looming forward, Front and back, past my skirt tail – laden laced, pearly Quiet go the foot pads, front illuminations rest forgotten, Past the small mouse scuffling four-paw: zigging, zagging Along the stair stage. Past the morning call in woodpecker Tongue, squalls and loudly names the dawning. Softly, I ascend the cold rough stairwell; careful Not to spend courage whole. Wring the rusty thoughts of amorphous dreaming, eat the Bad thought before the stairwell – rubbish orts and morsels thin Of single tipped barbs, and doubted quenching alas Before they mean too much. Wave with white hands a fare-thee-well, the apparition That pauses; portentously grinding its nothing on the wall Seemingly real the whitewash of nothing, he is voided But lives existent in that other-world well, Singing, and that much better for it. Twitch the dreaming skull-bone loose, and question not, As I mask my tooth-grin with knuckled fingers; He spots me slinking past the wound in time and calls me closer, So that I may meet him.
The ceaseless eyelash stems they darken, Inky tails are black-smudged, viscous, They pinch-prick rotund dusty cold drops, Melting pits of sunken space. Tokun' tokun' goes the warming, Sliding, drinking cold drop pieces We own no wildness, as they wither, Snaking silver trails on milky skin. Under thinness, mouths are creasing, Splitting wide, and cracking deep: freezing Thumb prints on the wall-stone, watch them Bloom a passion flower, purple thumbs are tickling Tickling; my sparse and cold-bit hands. See how shaking numbness stretches! Then slap the hand shank on the frost wall, Behold the water smooth and blacken Under fingers, shapely, small. Pressing Colours from the nail tips; tracing outlines Into the fabric. Inside smells are washed and plumping. Watch, as snow cakes shoulders whole.
Big thanks go to Zendictive, Madnessinmasquerade, and Peach Farm Studio for your kind nominations. I am incredibly humbled!
The idea behind The Versatile Blogger Award nominations is to use these nominations to make other bloggers aware of other great blogs, as I’m are doing here. I encourage you to nominate some of your favourite blogs for The Versatile Blogger Award and Liebster Blog Award too!
Rules for The Versatile Blogger Award.
1. In a post on your, blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
2. In the same post, Add the Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
As per rule #3 “Share 7 random things about yourself”, here is a list of 7 random things to know about me:
1. As some of you may have worked out, I lived in Japan for approximately one year. While I was there, I studied Japanese and Anthropology at Doshisha University, Kyoto. It was one of the best experiences of my life so far, and I made some of the most wonderful cherished friends I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know. I miss them all terribly!
2. As a result, I understand a fair amount of Japanese, but I’m by no means fluent!
3. I enjoy reading books. Especially poetry. Authors like H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Diana Wynne Jones (sadly missed), and Slyvia Plath to name but a few. Also Japanese authors: Oe Kenzaburo, Nakagami Kenji, Yoshimoto Banana, and Haruki Murakami. (I read manga too, in both Japanese and English.)
4. I’m a total nerd. Lord of the Rings? Yes. Gaming? Booyah! My gaming escapades vary, but I’m mostly a RPG, Beat em’ Up kind of girl. Also horror titles like Silent Hill… that I scream at continuously.
5. I’m rather artsy, but I’m no where near as talented as my sister (I have two older sisters by the way.) I enjoy sketching, painting and sculpture. I mostly draw anime and manga characters to be honest; I’d say that Barbara Hepworth is my favourite sculptor, and Van Gogh is my favourite artist by far.
6. I’m writing a novel! (Or two, actually.) They’re no good at the moment, but you know what they say, things improve with age!
7. My biggest dream is to finish University, complete a Masters, and then a PhD – ultimately becoming a University lecturer of some description. Unfortunately, I’m not the richest person in the world, so it may prove hard – if impossible – to do any of that… but, I’ll keep on trying. I won’t give up. 頑張らなきゃ・・・
A big thank you again for your nominations! I urge you to take a look at each of my nominees; you’ll find a wide variety of poetical musings, writings, fun-facts and advice. You won’t be disappointed, lets share the love!
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