Saturday, February 26, 2011

first a subtle prickle




first a subtle prickle
needles through case

punctures armor
breaches mettle—
sheath
over silky smooth skin

strikes vital vessel
streaming qualm

darker than any
bewildering Stygian
twilight

doubt's trickle
transform to flow
oozing gel

later lichen
as banquet
for fast faltering faith

darling, this is how
waver spreads
Cimmerian

how argument is whittled
to fashion shadow-form
hair-trigger.




4 comments:

Old 333 said...

Stitchy Ow. Yow. Lovely poem, Noxalio. Thank you for it.

P

Noxalio said...

thank you PG

arspoetica said...

prickly indeed-- you describe the progression in pristine images. i love that penultimate verse best: "darling...." :)

it's been too long since i've been by...

Noxalio said...

hiya Joanna, yes, a long time ... but i'm glad you stopped over ... hope all's been well.