Thursday, June 4, 2020

Jewel's Nest

in all the Deep of Night

when even stars have gone to bed

Black like the lining of a jewel box after the jewel is gone

Dead Black

no supporting contrast gleam

of diamond




Fathomless Black

the sad outcome of drownings  


loss of all that was known in Life

that passage that no one has breached on the way back

to let us know what lies Beyond the Dark

so many times I lie and watch you sleep

your chest rising  

yes! and yes!

each inhalation a miracle that keeps us joined

for long and long

I hear your muttered dreamings

touch and taste your skin like angel wings

so softly you never know

give thanks each night for the miracle

that came to us both in later times

when cynicism Might have been expected

to dull our knowledge and acceptance of True Love

years unknown to each other

breeze in ghostly tatters

behind a constant testimony

that there were other lives before We Were

some aspects gone and missed

some gone, not missed at all  

it’s Dark

in all the Deep Deep Black of Night

the Starless Hole that swallows Universes beckons

as I pull away and confront the mirror

only to see my Grandmother

Not my Grandmother

but I

so she was

her honey golden skin paled and mottled

russet hair now silvered down and thinner

than once exuberant curls

her youthful ebullience

studied insouciance

weathered to a leathery acceptance

of limits never Dreamed of in her youth

a time when we walked Hard upon the earth

Knowing we were the First people of consequence

to arrive

that we would ever be remembered

as the Healers of Mankind

not having come yet to the conclusion

that the very Word


over half of the species so designed

that, Now, am i

standing at the edge of the Void

still knowing and loving

still thinking and striving

on the border of “going gentle” and Raging

into the Night, the Eternal

where each one’s footsteps go alone

the other side of the Dark

ever Unknown

save only met in Blazing Love  

as i have felt with you

the Circle completed

the jewel Dancing Fire

at the core of the Darkness

            like Life unending

© 2020 pamela twining


Saturday, May 30, 2020

Say Their Names!

People are So Angry
George Floyd. Say His Name!
too Many names
Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Amadou Diallo.
Manuel Loggins Jr. Ronald Madison. Kendra James.
Sean Bell. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Alton Sterling. Sandra Bland.
Too Many Names!
Philando Castile. Walter Scott. Atatiana Jefferson. Freddie Gray.
Renisha McBride. Stephon Clark. Botham Jean. Patrick Harmon.
Say Their Names!
Abdi Mohammed. Terence Crutcher. Trayvon Martin.
Tamir Rice. John Crawford III. Timothy Russell. Malissa Williams
Too Damn Many Names!

Take the Test!
How many can you name? How many Stories can you tell?

unarmed black man shot in Georgia
unarmed black man shot in Indianapolis
unarmed black man jogging
unarmed black man killed Minneapolis
unarmed black man killed sitting in his car
unarmed black woman sleeping Kentucky
unarmed black woman suicided* Texas
unarmed black woman shot by homeowner
No Charges Filed No Charges Filed No Charges Filed
Not Guilty Not Guilty Not Guilty

People are So Angry
the tinder is lit and the flames set to Burst
if Black Lives Don’t Matter
No Lives Matter

*suicided - not done By her, done To her

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Let's Dance!

Let’s Dance to the End of Everything
the final cries of a Social Generation
as we begin an age of isolation
our skins still soft and Begging
to be touched
our lips our lips
our fleshy selves pulsing
to the desire for Contact
our fleshy selves
the softer parts
not Studyin War the gentle parts
demanding Peace
tender but resolute

Let’s Dance
imagining the soft collision of Bodies
a Crush of other selves
awash in music
twisting and spinning in the Waves
the Waves
Leaps of Faith
Injustice Rules, wherefore then Faith?
it Is in Human Nature to Hope
(… springs eternal for a Reason
yes it does!)
there are Always those
who Believe in a Just and Conscious Future
a Time of Love Among BeingKind
that was after all
the message of Jesus the Christ

and So we still keep
writing dancing making music painting
still keep doing Art even in Desolation
the Cold and Dreadful Frozen Starved
or the Broiling Skin-Popping Crispy Critters
the End Result of unfiltered sunlight on the surface
Dig Deep
Dig Deep
is that the only way to Come Together
in the Mines?
tunnel down down
down through mycelium mast and mould
through foetid dank and loamy Earth
Soaked with punishing rains
(not punishment for the living beings anchored in the soil
they Belong)
it’s We who are the Secret
the Unnamed
the Uninvited
the Storm Troopers taking Over all the habitat
and killing land and sky
destroying Water
poisoning the Wells of Kindness Strength and Mercy
in pursuit of Mammon

can we Live without Sunlight under ground
away from a Sun now Deadly
sneak up-surface twice a month
for Ceremony Moon Tide
mångata the mystic path
North to Moon
through ether to the Mother
to disappear in Welcoming Arms

And it Really Was a Game
Congratulations All Around and Thanks
just those of US who Thought it was Life left hanging
w our jaws scraping the tarmac
No Way as even ones we Trusted Most
began to High Five and Celebrate
the ascendance of one who’s Less
So Much Less than what was Dreamed
and those Pragmatic sunzabitches
Insist there’s nowhere else to go
I Beg to Differ

Let’s Dance!
for Children whose memories
are Locked Away
for elders waiting withering wanting
Touch Denied
Let’s Dance!  
for a planet pulsing to new life
in spite of All
for the End of the Road in Sight
for all the Love we forgot to give
for all the Laughter at the cosmic joke
Let’s Dance!

© 2020 pamela twining