28.8k · Feb 24
Ciel Noir Feb 24
We are such            clever creatures to divide
Most everything             into its different sides
With chaos versus             order, dark and light
The stark duality of         wrong and right
We even split the very        world in two
With human versus human,       we and you
But still no matter how much      we divide
Each thing has infinitely many      sides
2.9k · Aug 21
By Any Other Name
Ciel Noir Aug 21
I took          a trip
I took                a look
That tree could read me
Like                      a book
And                 open me
Like a             library
Cipher      in the
Still deeper
Inside the place
Where           secret
Knowledge         hides
The twin snakes ladder
Necklace              chain
Make life        by any
Other           name
2.5k · Jul 29
Ciel Noir Jul 29
one step   s   m   forward
two steps   e    i    back        
        my   e   d   right      
     your    k   d   left        
my slow          l    your fast
                    seek    y   e    the middle path
two times    e         one half    
    poetry         p    math        
   one    t   a    mind
   two    h   t    tracks
               seek ye    e   h   the middle path
1.7k · Jul 28
Ciel Noir Jul 28
A lot of people try to say
That people act so differently
Based on their gender, their birthday,
Their race, their nationality

And every time we think we've changed
We find that it's perennial
Same little boxes rearranged
What's up with these millennials?

We all say "We are not like you!"
They all say "You are not like us!"
This is something that we all do
Predictable, ubiquitous

But one day, we'll be seen as one
There will be no one else to blame
And they will look at what we've done
And say that we are all the same
1.4k · Jul 9
Dark Was the Night
Ciel Noir Jul 9
The Peacock and the Necromancer
Dance upon the sky
Their light lives on beyond the stars
The thousand staring eyes

We show them where to find us
From Bridgeport to Camelot
We tell them our dark secrets
And we send them our bright thoughts

We flash our golden feathers
And we sing our pretty words
So they will see us, notice us
So that we can be heard

When every other edifice
And evidence is gone
They walk the dark ahead of us
Where our song shall play on
1.2k · Jun 28
The Vulture
Ciel Noir Jun 28
The vulture is a peaceful bird
She watches, circles patiently
Waiting for life to become death
So she can gather what she needs

The vulture does not maim or slay
And causes neither harm nor strife
She walks in the shadow of death
And so turns death back into life
885 · May 9
Ciel Noir May 9
I may seem open
like a flower
petals upon petals
shroud a tight furled core
deep within
sheltered, snowed in, slumbering
I have yet to bloom
875 · Aug 27
Rose Tree
Ciel Noir Aug 27
I dreamed that I was
high up in an oak tree
white flowers like roses
on my left hand side
woven up like a vine
among the branches
I was
so still
peaceful inside
826 · Jul 28
Ten Thousand
Ciel Noir Jul 28
10               .000 raindrops
01                thundercloud
10             .000   raindrops
    01            bolt    of lightning
10         .000       raindrops
01                         rainbow
10       .000         raindrops
   I n d I v I d u a l,   distinct
Mirroring the Sun
10.000                raindrops
1 cloud becoming the sea
The sea moves as
824 · Jul 9
The Observer Effect
Ciel Noir Jul 9
What would we create if we didn't
Care how others saw our art?
Would we write the exact same poems
Were we not collecting hearts?
Sometimes I really wonder
Whether what I say would be more true
If what I wrote were just for me
And not to share with all of you

We know when we are being watched
And it makes us act different
Instead of simply doing, being
Now we try to represent
This goes not just for humans
But for subatomic particles
I read about it in some kind of
Scientific article

How many eyes are watching me
And altering the way I act?
I hide in a cube in 3D
Somewhere it is a tesseract
Sometimes it's much more fun
To think about this process in reverse
I stare into the starlit sky
And rearrange the Universe
733 · Oct 18
Another Mind
Ciel Noir Oct 18
I think my thoughts
But deep inside
There is
I feel
Another mind

Which sends me messages
In dreams
Some wells are deeper than they seem
670 · Oct 6
13 Questions
Ciel Noir Oct 6
Do they wonder
Do they feel
Do they ******
Do they steal
Do they whisper
Do they sing
Do they have eyes
Do they have wings

Are they golden
Are they grey
If they know us
Can they say
Would they understand our questions
Will the search be neverending?
630 · May 14
Ciel Noir May 14
I know you think about it
Every day
I wish that I could chase your
Demons away
But who would I be
Enamored of?
Your shadow is
The one I love

The things you try to  
I find very easy
To relate
Your shadow self
Has such a hold
Over your heart
And both our souls
597 · Jul 20
Ciel Noir Jul 20
How she wondered
What they knew
Full of questions
Like a fool

Lady Moon
Lady mirror
Didn't know if
They could hear her

Man of faith
Hand of ***
Drew her from the

Cold justice like a
Tolling bell
As death came down
For someone else

A lady by the
Starry shore
The dreamy land of

But just as soon
As she'd begun
She stared up once more
At the Sun

Stellar spectre
Fair reward
Man of ***

Lady Earth
Lady Moon

and the Journey
of the Fool
581 · Aug 7
Ciel Noir Aug 7
If life is a dream,
Then who am I?
Can I be seen?
Do I have eyes?
Can I speak?
Do I ask why?
What strange stars
Light up my sky?

If life is a dream,
Then what is death?
Where do we go?
What comes next?
When I wake
Will I forget?
I'm not ready
To wake up yet
567 · Aug 1
Kitty Kitty
Ciel Noir Aug 1
Hey little cat, pretty kitty cat
I wonder what it's like for you to think the way you think
When you pounce upon a feather do you think that it's a bird?
Do you understand the weather?
Do you understand our words?

Hey little cat, pretty kitty cat
What do you think you're seeing when you look up at the stars?
Did your mother ever tell you not to stare into the Sun?
Do you wonder where they came from?
Do you wonder what they are?

Hey little cat, pretty kitty cat
I wish that I could understand your crazy point of view
Chasing pretty birdies with a bell around your neck
Did you find out how they know
To fly away from you?

Hey little cat, pretty kitty cat
I guess I'll never really understand your kitty brain
I wonder how you see our crazy daisy little world
I bet you think we're pretty
I bet you think we're insane
559 · Oct 8
Ciel Noir Oct 8
A dragon deep inside, it's true
I know you are a dragon too
And when we do what dragons do
I feel that savage part of you

All woven up in twisted seam
Waiting in darkness deep, unseen
So civilized, that's how we seem
But we are dragons when we dream
556 · Jul 9
Ciel Noir Jul 9
There is an animal inside
Intuitive and powerful
Irrational and dangerous
But animals are beautiful

Sometimes we keep it on a chain
In a vain attempt to control
Discrediting half of the brain
Imprisoning half of the soul

But we've been animals for years
And logic is still new to us
I am not sure we understand
What doing this can do to us

Sometimes the animal grows cold
Refuses to cooperate
It will not do what it is told
It turns to anger and to hate

Sometimes the animal grows numb
If it becomes too deeply bored
Lets go of hope and joy and love
Refusing to dream anymore

Sometimes the animal grows strong
And takes control of the whole brain
Runs rampant, pulling us along
Headlong it drags us by its chain
540 · Sep 13
The Pit
Ciel Noir Sep 13
this is a pit                                                              ­          and into it
we throw our garbage                                           and our ****
       our grease                                                           ­      and grit    
   our slime                                                            ­and swill
  and all the people                                     that we ****
flotsam and jetsam                           film and oil
compacted into                              fertile soil
beneath the steep         and jagged *****
     there grows         a single flower

533 · Oct 1
Ciel Noir Oct 1
I’ll tell you, I am not ashamed
I was afraid to get on that plane

I was so young and full of doubt
I think I almost chickened out

And yet within that doubt I found
Understanding, common ground

With someone who showed me the way
I followed
Someone brave
508 · May 10
Ciel Noir May 10
O my soul
Can flow like smoke
Can form to yours
And make it whole
But if it is not so enclosed
It holds no form

I can be
The one you need
Just promise me
I'll never be
Without you
Without you
I am nobody at all
469 · Jul 19
Ciel Noir Jul 19
So many demons
Have left             my soul
I   gave        them         away
To   the rest            of the world
I   shared        my shadows
With you                all
And they return
As wonder
As love
386 · Jun 13
The Little Snake
Ciel Noir Jun 13
One time there was a little snake

Who said, why are the mice afraid?

The other snakes said I don't know,

For I have never killed a mouse!

And so the snake said,

I know! I will go and meet them at their house

The mice came to their windows

And they saw the tiny little snake.

It's one of THEM! They shouted.

They thought she was there to **** them all.

For you see, the larger snakes,

For thousands and thousands of years

Had killed millions and millions of mice

Which was the reason for their fear.

The little snake knew none of this.

She never had eaten a mouse

She only ate spiders and bugs

She slithered right up to the house

The mice came out by the dozens

And bit and scratched the little snake

She had just come to say hello

She thought there must be some mistake

They cut her into little pieces

And there came from them a cheer:

Hip hip hooray! We've killed the snake!

Now we won't have to live in fear.

You see, the mice had no idea

Just how many snakes there were

They thought they'd killed the only one

They thought that they had won the war

And so the little mice came out

And danced upon the little grave

Not knowing that the smell of blood

Had drawn a hissing knot of snakes

These larger snakes ate all the mice

And spilled their blood upon the land

The little snake could see no more

But if she could, she'd understand.
381 · Jun 3
Ciel Noir Jun 3


                  in the beginning


                                                            ­   0

                                                             ­            s p r e a d  o u t

                         ­                                                                 ­              nowhere
                                           ­        surrounded by
                                           nothing              everything                  until
                     looking in on      one              zero
                 everything               surrounded by                                    it
             looking out on                        
             within                                                           ­                           bent
              seen from
               that can only be                                                              b­ack
                 a vision
                    from outside                                                          ­in
                          seen                                ­                             on
                               can only be                                 itself
                                      a shape that          became
                                                          ­     1
371 · Oct 19
Ciel Noir Oct 19
I sit in a pew
And someone tells me what to do
I sit in silence
And try to drown out all the violence
Do not be afraid
If you believe you will be saved
I bow my head and smile
I haven't believed in *** for a long time
I wrote the last two lines in a dream.
369 · Aug 15
How Deep
Ciel Noir Aug 15

a word


a thing

here a feeling
there a scale

here a thought
there a tail

here a whisper
there a wing

O how deep that dragon sings

here a letter
there a number

page by page
it takes shape

in its sleep


from its


366 · May 22
Ciel Noir May 22
The Sun is just another
In an endless sky of stars
If we saw it from far away
Would we know it was ours?

It isn't too remarkable
In any special way
An ordinary little star
That rides the Milky Way

But when seen from our point of view
The Sun is like a ***
So wonderful, so full of light
So powerful, so hot

It's bright enough to light the sky
And paint it blue and gold
It shines on us, it grows the plants,
It warms us when we're cold

I think we would love any star
That brought us so much light
But our Sun is the only one
That shines on us this bright

Sometimes the ones who look
Ordinary from far away
Will dazzle you if you will
Just give them the time of day
363 · Aug 15
Ciel Noir Aug 15
does a tree care if you cut it down
to make a house
                a hundred books
                a boat
                a crib
                a trebuchet
                a bow and arrow
if you dig it up to build a street
                                          a church
                                          a home
                                          a mall
                                          a wall
                                          a well
                                          a garden
If you burn it to the ground
                                     for fun
                                   for spite
                              by accident
                         to stop the fire
                      to **** the dryad

all it thinks about is Sun
                             and Earth
                             and dirt
                             and rain
                             and bud
                             and root
                             and wood
                             and leaf
                             and acorn
would that there were
more of these thoughts
359 · Jun 11
Ciel Noir Jun 11
Who hides in light

Behind the halo

Who stands in darkness

Casts no shadow
356 · Aug 24
Ciel Noir Aug 24
Some say that freedom is
Wild emotion
Animal ****
Running through the forest
With no shoes
No words
Then none who is free
Can say what freedom is

Some say that freedom is
Rising above emotions
On the wings of the mind
Then none who is free
Knows what freedom feels like

I say that freedom is
The ability to choose
Between these states of mind
At will
Or even
To combine them

Only then can we truly understand
Only then will our whole soul be
And know what it feels like to
350 · Aug 11
Ciel Noir Aug 11
The Sun
Has won
We love
The Sun
Ciel Noir Jul 11
They twinkle like a glockenspiel
Sparkle in pairs a sky apart
The signs and symbols in the wheel
But one sign has no counterpart

The one who steps down from the North
Where arrows sail and eagles twirl
By ancient power to bring forth
His shadow from the underworld

And lo, although the sky has turned
The shadow waits so close, so far
To reach up when the Sun returns
And take hold of our shining star

Although they each may hold the Moon
Our star shall grace only the one
And still the other every June
Stands reaching for the midnight Sun
348 · Feb 16
Ciel Noir Feb 16
Our words are like the dewdrops on a web
Which shimmers in the pale light of the Moon
They borrow light from borrowers of light
Illuminating the invisible
The brilliant mechanics of nature
The cruel nature of its brilliance
Lie waiting in the dark to capture us
Our words can light them up like chandeliers
334 · Nov 6
Ciel Noir Nov 6
Vote today
Make a choice
Don't let them take away your
332 · Jul 29
Ciel Noir Jul 29
Tooth and nail and fang and claw
Bloodlust incarnate

Maelstrom of feather and fur
Silent vulture waits
325 · Jul 23
Ciel Noir Jul 23
Secret, all the world's a secret
All the world's a whisper game
Sometimes I wonder about all the
Things that people never say

The king who murdered for the crown
The queen who drove him to the deed
The rook who speaks no words and only
To the lonely seems to scream

The bishop's shadow of a doubt
The knight's pusillanimity
The little **** who'd wear that crown
And wreak her vengeance as the queen

Secret, all the world's a secret
All the world's a whisper game
Whence and whither
Hie thee hither
To the king without a name
321 · May 28
Lightning Struck
Ciel Noir May 28
Some people look for thunderstorms
Some people for sunshine
No matter what you're looking for
This is the thing you'll find

Some people look for aliens
Some people look for ***
And even through the deepest storm
Lightning finds its rod
317 · Oct 3
Ciel Noir Oct 3
many stars
spilled like seeds across the sky
waiting to become alive
as we are

what am I
staring out into the sky
bright enough to wonder why
only stars
312 · Apr 30
Ciel Noir Apr 30
We dream symmetry
But we are animals
We build castles out of chemicals
We write meaning on our field of vision
And connect the stars
306 · Oct 2
Ciel Noir Oct 2
That little airplane that I see
Is full of people just like me
As I look up do they look down?
Bright patchwork quilt, a candy town
Green squares for lawn and gold for sand
I bet they're glad it's time to land
For pilots, just a break and then
They shall return to fly again
303 · Sep 13
The Dark
Ciel Noir Sep 13
shades and shadows all around
watching when the Sun goes down
all the darkness of the night
  leads us to  an inner light
                       understanding     who we are                              
            written out      between the stars  
       in the lines     upon our hands
reading patterns in the sand          
  in the crystal            in the yarrow
in the tea leaves             in the Tarot        
   answers in the            form of riddles
      something missing            in the middle              
                         priestesses            and necromancers          
     asking oracles            for answers        
        we believe            we see a spark
  but we are shining in the dark
296 · Apr 30
Ciel Noir Apr 30
My mind is full of thoughts and sounds and words
It's influenced my mindset a great deal
I can be understood, or at least heard
It's easy to express the things I feel

And this extends to every piece of me
Even the pieces that, given the choice,
I might have rather lived with silently
Than shiver in discovering their voice

Sometimes it's just one track, a monologue
Sometimes a duet, chorus, symphony
I cannot see the raindrops for the fog
I cannot see the forest for the trees

Some other people have tried to give names
To all these whisperers between their ears
If *** is the wise voice that keeps us safe
The Devil is the part of us we fear

The id speaks only in short sentences
I want, I need, I love, I feel, I hate
The superego blunt but coherent
Dodecahedra do not tessellate

Sometimes they go off and do their own thing
One solves a math problem, the other dreams
Sometimes I catch them speaking, arguing
One speaks in monotone, the other screams

And I stand in between and keep the peace
The moderator, I, the ego, me
And when I create art I can increase
The interplay which flows ever between

When I combine the various powers
It fosters in me love and harmony
I listen to my roots, leaves, and flowers
But I am only one; I am the tree
293 · Jul 4
Ciel Noir Jul 4
ce Mercredi
après midi
ceux-ci sont les États-Unis

notre pays et sa genèse
c'etais dix-sept cent soixante-seize

rouge sur la rouge pour liberté
et pour la blanc l'égalité
le bleu a dilué le thé
notre version de la vérité

le monde reste mobile
et sur l'empire
le soleil se couche t'il
285 · Jul 25
Starry Night
Ciel Noir Jul 25
☆one☆ starry ★night★
☆falls☆     the way it     ★falls★
☆into☆                                   ★into★
☆life☆       is the mirror of      ★death★
☆+☆                                                    ★+★
☆life☆ rides on the heels of ★death★
☆=☆                                         ★=★
☆not☆ conquered ★not★
★living★ follow ☆dead☆
★+★                                          ☆+☆
★from★  the void they walk    ☆from☆
  ★the★                                                   ☆the☆
★darkness★  marches out into the   ☆light☆
★...★                                                       ☆...☆
★into★     the void they walk     ☆into☆
★the★                                  ☆the☆
★light★ within ☆dark☆
☆circle☆ the one ★flower★
☆in☆                                           ★in★
☆the☆ centre of the great wheel ★the★
☆                                                                 ★
☆darkness☆ which is filled with ★light★
☆where☆                                      ★where★
☆death☆ follows on the heels of ★life★
☆=☆                                     ★=★
☆not☆ yet reborn ★not★
★dead★ or ☆alive☆
★+★                                 ☆+☆
★light★    finds its    ☆darkness☆
★falls★  the way it always  ☆falls☆
★back★                                ☆back☆
★to★                                 ☆to☆
★one★ starry ☆night☆
280 · Nov 17
Ciel Noir Nov 17
The Moon and stars
They shine so bright
Deep in the night
I keep their light
How beautiful they seem to me
I wish that everyone could see
279 · Jul 24
Ciel Noir Jul 24
I wonder if our money's worth
What we are doing to the Earth
But all that paper painted green
Is a pale spectre of a tree
The ones who gave us
Food and clothing
Shade and shelter
Hands and feet
We cut them, burn them wantonly
And fill the atmosphere with heat
And gas and dust and ash and smoke
Enough to make the creatures choke
There used to be a lot of them
The trees that gave us oxygen
Our tangled shuttles break the loom
Carbon born and carbon doomed
We'll find that trees are what we need
When we find money cannot breathe
268 · Jul 24
Ciel Noir Jul 24
We are the void that crystallized
We are the stars in Earth reborn
Simplicity reorganized
Into complexity reformed

And nothing ever is destroyed
We turn and change and change and turn
We know that we come from the void
And to the void we shall return
266 · Aug 24
Other star
Ciel Noir Aug 24
Other star
Bathes me in her eerie light
Casting strange shadows
262 · Sep 15
Ciel Noir Sep 15
♦   ♦  
   ♦ The  ♦    
♦  Hidden ♦
♦  Diamonds  ♦
♦  No one knows  ♦
♦I mixed them in with♦
♦But you can see from♦
♦ Where I stand a  ♦
♦ Constellation♦
    ♦In                ♦  
     ♦The        ♦    
♦   ♦

248 · Jul 31
Ciel Noir Jul 31
We have seen a great hexagon
On the sixth planet from our Sun

Silent those frozen razor bright rings sparkle crystalline

They say there are a million moons
They say that it rains diamonds
There is still much more
To know

Than what this world has seen
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