Even vampires must slow down in a time of plague

Wear your masks

Vampires

& leave

The children alone

In a time of plague

Even vampires

Must slow down

~○~

You are of

Some kind of

Magic’s making

Can’t you then

Transform

Into something

Other than

The undead

Taking

~○~

Lifeblood

Purgatory

Of existence

A metaphor for

Without mirrors

What you really are

Please stay home

& when you must leave

Wear a mask to hide your teeth 

~○~

Your stolen

Iron-vapour breath

Your story is old

Yet not so old

You are perhaps

Exaggerated

No cape

This lifetime around

You only tell

Of your sorrow

You never tell

Of your wrongs

~○~

The preyed upon

Have grown tired

Indeed

Of your pleas

Of your

Rocketship beliefs

Slow down

Vampire

You know what

We think

There is nothing

Left here to eat

Or to drink

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Photo by Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash 

Pink unicorn: micro-fic

 Image by Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash

The apartment is stifling. No a/c. It is one of the hottest days of a heatwave. Too hot to think. He’s not home at least. You need a few things. You have to leave the little old bright green-eyed grey cat, whom everyone mistakes for a kitten, for now. Only for now.

That’s all you’ll think about for days. Knowing she’s missing you & scared. Easier to worry about the cat than yourself right now.

You pack some clothes, some sketchbooks & a pink unicorn stuffed animal.

This is the last time you’ll see the inside of this place. You are leaving for good.

In a hurry, you look back around only to wave to the cat, neither of you wanting to meet eyes; as you hold the soft unicorn close to your heart & run down the long flight of stairs. You’ll be back for her. She knows. You know.

You exit & breathe the hot heavy air. Your bus will arrive soon at the corner. You make your way.

© Niliema Karkhanis

Of cerulæn re-imaginings 2

Days on

Heartache

Leaves spaces

& empty places

Fill up with things

Eventually

You remind yourself

To take it all in

The sky

Like your life

It is stars

It is

Lightness

& it is

Soothing

Darkness

Turning

& twinkling

A transforming

Illustration

Of itself

Drawing itself

Pinks & blues

One stillness

Evaporating

Into another

Storms

As deep as

Oceans

Holding

Life’s secrets

Itself

It’s air

It’s all

Some things harsh

Some things breath

Itself

~○~

Infinite

You

A portal to

The multiverses

Lightning is

Lines of truth

Telling

Thunderous

Stories

Of selves

& of the galaxies

Songs on scores

Birds & rain

Their notes

Embodied

Singing songs

Of all that is

& has gone

Clouds of

Many colours

Return to life

~○~

For hours

You cry

Rain

Falling

Like stars

From your eyes

After an eternity

You gently leave

Void’s comforting

Door behind

& then

From nothing

Like a flower

You arrive

© Niliema Karkhanis

Time forgotten

Time forgotten

Bends

I guess

Your heart-shaped

Dreams on a flight of

Air

In air they fly

Through the sky

Filtering the day’s

Explanations

You hold your breath

Anticipating things

Turning

Around

Themselves

Sleeves of joy

Come upon you

Intricately enveloping your arms

Time had stopped

Anyway

Anyway the day goes on

You bring what is there

To bring you to where

You can breathe again Some dreams are […]

Time forgotten

© Niliema Karkhanis

Love spell

A spell

What better way

But I am broken now

Was breaking then

& your magic

It didn’t know me yet

Unknowing magic is beautiful, raw, energetic

And it’s dangerous

I loved you with my entire being

I gave myself to you

Because I wanted you to live

Did you?

Are you?

[…]

Love spell

© Niliema Karkhanis

From a February series on love & heartbreak

Après/After

Photo by Dimitri Tyan from Unsplash

Après

Ce n’est jamais

Comme avant

On doit se

Reconnaître

Encore

Qui nous sommes

Evènements

Places

Choses

L’une

Après l’autre

Déjà vu

Journées

Répétées

Mais jamais

Les mêmes

Sauf pour

Des pensés

Qui nous

Consommes

Quand même

La prix de vivre

Dans la vie maison

On n’abandonne

pas le corps

Non

Pas

Maintenant


Traduction/Translation

After

Is never

Like before

We have to

Recognize

Again

Who we are

Events

Places

Things

One Moon

After another

Already seen

Days

Repeated

But never

The same

The same

Except for

The thoughts

Which

Consume us

The same

Price of living

In Life’s house

We’ve not

Yet

Given up

The body

No

Not

Now

© Niliema Karkhanis

Poste 200/200th post

Elliptical: they stood at edge of the world (reprise)

Photo of Neptune by NASA from Unsplash

Finding herself

At the edge

Of the world

Again

She reminds herself

About spheres

The eliptical axes

At the centre

Of everything

Her arms

Stretched to

The scale of

The universe

Spinning


They stood at the edge of the world

© Niliema Karkhanis

For the dverse poetics prompt ‘edge’, Choice 1; you can find it here

Elemental

Photo by Franco Antonio Giovanella from Unsplash

~○~

Of æther

Where nothing

Becomes something

Spinning in

Weightlessness

~○~

Of the air

Like cloth

It wraps us

In breath

Inside & out

~○~

Of water

We emerge

Drinking it in

Flowing

Raining

Forever being

~○~

Of earth

Geology of life

~○~

Of fire

In our core

Something

Becomes nothing

~○~

Gravity

~○~

© Niliema Karkhanis

For the sammiscribbles weekend writing prompt ‘elements’ (47 words)