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The muffled scream of child. Later I join

the Mother shuffling cards, sipping her gin,

playing poker with ghosts that live to win.


The smell of soil reminds her of Father,

his hands as brown as clay. I have no kin:

I am the voice that drifts within soft skin.


As night unzips her heart, her lips as white

as salt, I bind her soul until my sin

empties a sigh for another end to begin.

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David W. Parsley

Poe has nothing on you, badge. Moves in the blacker region of Halloween.



- Dave

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I like the surreality of it. I also like the sonics of the poem. Thanks, badge.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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A difficult rhyming scheme to pull off ... and you did! Nice one, Badge.

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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Larsen M. Callirhoe

nifty little cadence here badge. i pondered over the word incubus and looked it up. the poem came alive after that. thoughts playing or dancing in my head naturally. i had forgotten what the word meant. i won't forget its meaning anytime soon. i think i am aging from the paralysis too much i think. my mind doesn't remember anything anymore. i think i have onset dementia. i do hope it is just a tired mind is all.



Larsen M. Callirhoe

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Deceptively simple format which you handle extremely well. Much to consider here: Incubus: a demon in male form , "scream of child", "Mother shuffling cards, sipping her gin", "The smell of soil reminds her of Father" -- it almost sounds incestuous. I particularly liked that line, "Playing poker with ghosts that live to win." it adds a certain Faustian touch. Well done. B.

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