Blood Leaves

Image: Road to Liguria, Italy – Herman Rhoids The dark forest stretched ahead. Trees wrestled with each other in their search for the sun, yearning to be gilded by light. But their growth is warped, bodies twisted, locked together in a vicious embrace. She thrust apart the branches, struggled between sentient trunks. Twigs recoiled, and thornsContinue reading “Blood Leaves”

Confusion

Eyes, darting from left to right Heart, split in two Soul, dwelling half in dark and half in light   Road, forking east and west Mind, grappling Body, yearning for from this search, a rest   Spirit, torn midst night and day Questioning, is it true or false? Unknowing of the answer – is sheContinue reading “Confusion”

Lost

Wanderer, treading gingerly upon this broken path, as dried leaves crunch underfoot, remnants of a glorious summer; a time when the world was brighter, greener, fertile.   Now, petals in decay, rotting fruit forgotten, their beauty lying only in a memory, distant and fading like a parting touch, goodbye kiss; tender, yet bringing the firmContinue reading “Lost”

Rules

Will you dare to break the rules, Defy what’s taught as right? Will you risk what you have won, For this new dream in sight?   Will you overcome convention, And go against the norm? Will you redefine the purpose, For which you came to be born?   Will you run up to the edge,Continue reading “Rules”

Freedom

Captured, by her eyes of steel It would be wrong to call them cold They’re only hardened against a world Which punishes those who feel   Her passion, dark as night Hidden beneath false layers A guarded guise, heart opening Only to those with a certain sight   Ruptured, your soul is caught Splintering beneathContinue reading “Freedom”

Irrationality

One word, one whisper A feeling sparked A burning hiss Bitter anger, breaking fear Harsh intruder takes over   Ripples spread, waves rise Flooding fast As an incoming tide Painful regret, ghostly echo Lonely call of your demise   Heart trapped, foreign angst Gentle but firm As seduction’s trance Uncanny delight, enchanting pain Rational mindContinue reading “Irrationality”

Anxiety

In this anxious place This hopeless space The mind spirals away Trapped in thought   Bars caging her heart She’s unable to start Inner voices pursuing Until she’s caught   The shadows whirl Too strong for a girl To resist the touch Of her mocking plight   And in silence she sits Her eyes desperateContinue reading “Anxiety”

The Dancer

As dew drops sparkle On grass so green And sunlight filters Through youthful trees   You’ll spot her whirling An ethereal mist Her presence splintered into A thousand golden rays   Music is playing But it’s not to be heard A silent song rising From slender lithe limbs   And her heart lies open ExposedContinue reading “The Dancer”

The Poet

Words, rippling forth, from unknown edges of the innermost, mysterious mind.   Rushing onward, as they grow in strength, they whisper and sigh, tantalisingly.   Murmuring, they seek attention like a lover’s demand, gentle yet compelling.   And stronger still, they take shape, take a beautiful form in this tangible world.   Words, holding herContinue reading “The Poet”

Capturing Perfection, Chapter 4

The fourth and final instalment of the short story. * * * Never have I worked so hard on a painting. Never. This had to be perfect because Lorenzo was perfect, and to picture him anything but was a travesty and a sin.   I ordered new brushes, tiny ones made from a few threads ofContinue reading “Capturing Perfection, Chapter 4”