Look at the blank canvas again.
Is it truly blank?
Or has your gaze burned a passionate desire?
I see the wind gesturing, and heat following
the same spirit.
Your hand is a conduit of God,
telling the world the names of all of your children.
At birth, I was set apart
from others for a reason hidden from me.
They were mean, they confused me and sent me
back to the sky where worlds are born.
I am a world. Orbiting the body of the storm,
I am dizzied by counter motions.
Yet smiles are symbols of strength.
I will dream even if others awaken me.
I hide my face like the dark moon hid from us
because we smiled and knew ourselves rich.
We are together, passing the night
like strangers wildly apart,
I want to bring you roses
and dream the misty sea.
I, emboldened, touch your face
and a prayer flees
into the silence
like a planet in creative motion.
I am this planet, losing my drift
and drafted for a new purpose—
I don’t know the sky or star
except as a bridge to You.
Script as timeless meditation, memory.
This sweet moment is my heart’s kiss,
vainly striding like poison in a cell.
I announce myself to you, unknown,
and You address me in words from the canon.
Love, I say, take what you will.
Your bow is broken
as hearts after your initial thrust.
I am empty. Take back
what you gave.
Make me a slave.
I will not worry. My heart
is emptying into the darkness
and is filling the universe with light.
Rhymes are echoes, each its own verb—
my actions have become limited
and have led to senseless struggle.
Weighty indifference has made me cynical.
But I throw my heart at your door, Sasha,
and hope someone will knock and you will find.
I am shy. I speak my intentions flat,
and devote these symbols to your eyes.
So much love in our paradise that it is often forgotten.
Dustin Pickering is founder of Transcendent Zero Press, a poetry publishing company responsible for Harbinger Asylum, nominated as best poetry magazine in 2013 by the National Poetry Awards. He is published at Seltzer, Lost Coast Review, di-verse-city 2013 and 2015, and Muse for Women’s anthology released in 2012, among others. In his spare time, he organizes events as fundraisers.
Editor-in-Chief of Harbinger Asylum
and founder of Transcendent Zero Press,