Your Future

Gold foretold by tea leaves,

Success etched on your palms,

The spirits will tell you more, my friend,

If only you’d give alms!

The sheep’s guts whisper “fortune”,

And the Tarot cards whisper “fame”,

Look upon the Ouija board:

You’ll see this is no game!

The beings beyond the thin place

Will destroy this tedium,

And you’ll get your money’s worth

For, despite my girth,

I am a medium!

via Daily Prompt: Premonition
“Premonition” typically refers to feelings of foreboding, but that’s not where this piece ended up going.



Why did that Obstinate Organism,

that strange beast,

crawl onto dry land,

and take great gulps of the ancient air?

I defy it’s rebellion,

shed two of my four legs,

and return to the sea.

My clumsy steps disturb the sand

and kick up small clouds of shingle,

but I remain upright,


by Poseidon’s hands.

I am able.

I run

and I jump

and I dance

and I stand

I stand

I stand still.

I am able.

I feel at home

in the diluted primordial soup,

at ease

in the arms of Great Tehom,

and in tune

with the Good and Gracious Ground of Being

and I am able

to stand

to stand

to stand still.

No Time (like the Present)


sin city
Sin City (dir. Robert Rodriguez, 2005)


No time like the present
No time at all
Sleep is a thief
and it has overstayed its welcome
leaving heavy thumbprints
on the surface
of that troublesome grey organ
don’t close your eyes
don’t give an inch
Sleep is a thief
it will
the furniture
and stain
the carpet
and steal
the silver
No time
like the present
No time
at all

This is a sequel of sorts. Knowing me, I’ll probably try to come up with a third and make it into a trilogy.




Annihilation ( dir. Alex Garland,2018)


Time stretches
and snaps
into itself
and slips
through the cracked,
hardened hands
of  the bored angels
who watch us
watch us
in the cosmic corridor
we’re gouging
our names
our ages
and our favourite swear words
into the mouldy walls.

Inspired by time (obviously), tiredness, and the intro to an old BBC sci-fi show that (truth be told) I haven’t actually watched.



Sunset Boulevard (dir. Billy Wilder, 1950)

“Grey?” or “Gray?”
With an “e?”
With an “a?”
for the odd half-light of
a winter day?
For the sluggish smoke
of a damp cigarette
and the patchwork of regret
that constructs the soul
of a bit-player miscast
in a major role:
kicking and screaming,
from the drafted page
and blinded by the lights
of centre stage,
all they can see are shades
of grey
(or gray)
with an “e”
or an “a”.



A Harrowing: Redux

Last night, I performed at a spoken word open mic for the first time(!) I opted to share one of my theological musings from nearly two years ago. The version that I performed is different from the original, so I thought it’d be worth sharing here. The bolded writing highlights changes from the first version and/or emphasis that I wanted to highlight during my reading

The fire gave no light. It belched and spluttered as night molted its thick, black feathers and day let fall a veil of glass-jagged ashes and dust.


Veiled and feathered were the bodies wanting to escape and stay still, stay and sleep, writhe and sleep in a state beyond the below where the peaks were too low and the valleys brushed the snake-scaled ceiling of the sky.


Hooks hung from the tongues that the False Witnesses wore, lolling in a great cloud of unneeded answers to unneeded questions about unheeded law that burned on the lips of the cowardly, the gullible. Their curious despair had left them cold amid the sickly waves of a heat that cried-


Mystified, the flim-flam men lost their last Fugazi to a pack of televangelists whose golden smiles stretched out for miles and swallowed all the seed faith in their way.


Wanting to stay, a Don Juan type waited for his absent lover. Ten minutes more. Just ten minutes more. He stared at the door while Avarice shuffled on the ground: the scraps (his scraps!) could not be found.


The traitors shivered on the ice, quaking from both cold and fright, because Dante, Dante was right and their fate was a frigid furnace.


The narcissists nearly stopped talking when they saw a Man a-walking. A strange tree, strapped to his back,  scraped the liquid floor.


The Violent were jealous of his scars, which shone like silver stars; they felt truly empty because there’d been substance there before. This Man had seen true war.


The Gluttons saw his skinny frame, and joked and laughed and pitied His name. He wasn’t hungry? They were. They were. Yessir. They were.


His voice was never very loud and this really did disturb the Proud. How long did he expect to stay if they couldn’t hear what he had to say? There were other speakers on the list.
When He whispered ‘Freedom’ (and he often did) some followed,  but more hid. It was too warm, it was too bright. They’d stick with the fire they knew (thank you): the fire that gave no light.