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Sep 27 · 111
twisted river
oh, i could lay down
against her bedroom door
and never wake
though the twisted river
of my mind is coursing still
rapt by summer’s golden fury
brought to a boil

and the sympathies she shared
all fold and duplicate
with the endless molten morning
and her second storey
glowing like damascus steel

i go to sleep with a smile
that was never mine to keep
Sep 9 · 1.1k
via crucis
you left your blueish dress
twisted by the pool’s edge
like a cold monument
to every single misstep
and my heart is overwhelmed
with visions of a dancing grave

via crucis in the morning
carry me, noble palisade
while these tiny arcs of light
leave my eyes, breaking easily
and your voice keeps me awake
i believe that i need this

you were wrong
i am nothing
but one more familiar face
amid the pageantry
Aug 22 · 180
oh christ
gold and silver rain is falling
in a cavalcade of mercy
and dusk’s writhing shape
calls out to me once more

dearest, i swear i saw you
so undivided
and fluttering like salomé
for blood or drink
or blades of grass
we concede to a sweet dream
while your warm breath changes
to a sabre in my memory
Aug 8 · 286
in bed, in bonnechere
one last emerald night
at bonnechere park
thin moon piercing through
glass pendents of a weeping tree
the truth is
i still hide your name  
inside my lips like stolen bread

beneath our lucky stars
i found the ending
i was searching for
to kiss the sand on basin lake
the serrated cold of water
and my heartbeats
slowly dissipate
Jul 23 · 478
lake of mirrors
love, you sensed the rain
before it fell
like another easy beast
into the arms of sleep
and i half-believed
that bleeding was a virtue
at the lake of mirrors

i tried, i tried
to forget the murky colours
of your hyperion moon
dancing freely on the water
as if i had a reason
to sleep and lie
in light of all these folded blades
still pacing in the drain
May 29 · 596
oh god, you were right
to say that nothing happens
when we die
just as the lights burned out
and our woven hands
were drowned in cimmerian dark
i am scared that i will go
without a sound
and ever haunted
by the souls i keep
in the centre of my heart
May 7 · 473
breathless rest
all heavy, all tungsten
i am bound to fall
by veils of overarching verses
and phantom mirrors
hope dead in everything
tethered to this world

for me, the guilt is overflowing
like a cistern
of amaranthine, breathless rest
demeter in the soy field
seeding poison
from her fingertips
Apr 5 · 831
i don’t want to die
in the shade this time
with the haunting phrases
that conjure every nearby demon
still pouring out of me

minerva of a thousand works
and condolences
red was everywhere
when you lifted up your shirt
and the water in your eyes
was boiling like mercury
at the thought
Feb 12 · 1.1k
leave the lights on
and kiss the dance
of the seven veils
upon my windowsill
or leave me now
with the abject quiet
that the scythe
and sickle sound

i’m so used to being
in love with you
but the world is ever dark
and we sleep
in separate rooms
Feb 5 · 584
i dread the thought of you
cloaked in someone else's hands
like the gems of harmonia
never sated, never dead
Dec 2018 · 1.0k
kevin hamilton Dec 2018
give me a chance
to be the worst thing
that ever happened to you
Dec 2018 · 2.3k
the sacred spring
kevin hamilton Dec 2018
before i knew it
you were wearing nothing
but your jewels
and the silver moonlight
like artemis in the wild
oh, just kiss me sometime, softly
dream of where we go
when the body dies
Nov 2018 · 326
dark nights in arcadia
kevin hamilton Nov 2018
the last time I was with you
there were blossoms falling 
softly to the ground
and the kindness in your eyes
was waning, too
when you finally saw me 
as i see myself 

dark nights in arcadia
at the holy mirror 
my dear, i used to think 
i had so much to give
oh god
but it was never true
Nov 2018 · 372
kevin hamilton Nov 2018
strung out at the overpass
and there is nothing
but the sea of headlights
like an ever-burning brand
on naked skin

your face was everywhere
when cold shadows fell
and the night was young
elegy for a mourning dove
who kissed the ground
to feel the sun
Oct 2018 · 178
the three fates
kevin hamilton Oct 2018
i want so badly to find peace
among the effigies of her love
or better yet
the threads of foolish hope
that still remain in me
kevin hamilton Oct 2018
watch me tear myself apart
at your altar
to gain a life i hardly know
and i will dream of nothing
but these nights

high darling
love is out there waiting
for you and i
Oct 2018 · 1.5k
delicate unknown
kevin hamilton Oct 2018
rose and grey
was the bathroom mirror
i heard your voice
over the ambience
and a picture of dread
returned to me
but there was nothing
you could have done

tell me when
a nightmare is enough
to keep you wide awake
i know myself
cursed is the guilty one
forced to face
a life that never ends
Oct 2018 · 871
house of knives
kevin hamilton Oct 2018
it was fine to say
that nothing would hurt me
but the crushing weight
of hideous swan songs
darling, you should know
i was built for this
and made for you

house of knives
the sigil was burning
from across the sea
and under the covers
you pulled away
blood red lights
kissed my animal face
when i heard your name
Sep 2018 · 2.9k
argentia road
kevin hamilton Sep 2018
break me on the wheel
while the wheel spins
argentia road
and all i see are crows
gorging in the open field
severed cornstalks everywhere

burned your clothes
beneath the palest stars
like a contagion
to cherry embers for my bed
love, i dreamed of empty graves
and the undivided moon

such a fragile thing
to sigh for the sake of breathing
no more, no more
i am claimed by blood-soaked hands
and my resolve is dead
Sep 2018 · 9.4k
breathing altar
kevin hamilton Sep 2018
true death and restless spirits
i remember all of their names
like they were mine
and the charity of cold
chimes forever
in a sea of salt

kicked down the cemetery gate
and kissed the ground
forgive me now
for the pain i caused
that night, canis minor wept
and all was dust
on the acropolis of troy

i am the one
who fell from dark
into an even greater void
Aug 2018 · 17.6k
royal botanical gardens
kevin hamilton Aug 2018
heard a voice as i died
in the cold moonlight
forty phantoms
breathing through me

and this wasted life
holds on too long
like a piano from the dark
of a mystic chord
i froze and woke in tandem
with the underscore
Aug 2018 · 407
away from the fields
kevin hamilton Aug 2018
“what is this
that i have done?”
i say, plucking certain doom
from each collapsing star
cruel eyes
on the road

please understand
that i think about you
every night
and i've been losing sleep
over all the pretty things
evading me
Jul 2018 · 1.8k
swan dive
kevin hamilton Jul 2018
i woke again already gone
with one hand to the sky
swan dive
toward the faceless dark
cold knife inside of me
sold blood, blackened sheets

never to tire
of finding the same hells
in different people
we were entwined
i was disarmed by your sincerity
and your face was kind
Jun 2018 · 5.3k
seldom to those we love
kevin hamilton Jun 2018
i woke up next to fire
and the fountainhead
callous boy
seduced by distended memories
of moonlight's tresses
pooled in syrupy puddles
like spoiled milk

i woke up on west queen west
wild witch kissing me
spider fingers on my throat
i swore if she was killing me
she would surely know
May 2018 · 745
punishment of the self
May 2018 · 2.5k
trick mirror
kevin hamilton May 2018
broadview hotel breathing
in the trick mirror
of sunday moonlight
lethe, my dear absolver
you tell me glass only breaks
and never flows

and the river vanishes, too
before my eyes
like ghosts in the morning
all cursed wine
plucking mental pictures
from the jaws of drink
worked 36 hours straight and wrote this. not sure if it makes sense, too tired.
Apr 2018 · 283
vodka soda
kevin hamilton Apr 2018
i picture her
in mantis green
beneath the overwhelming light
of setting stars
***** soda everywhere

the wasted space
in my head
rattles always
with that glossy night
i wish this upon myself.
Mar 2018 · 292
living water
kevin hamilton Mar 2018
glasses vibrate
like the final chorus
of a late-summer june bug

living water
in a bar, vaguely captivated
by your crusading movements
and unbroken echo

dearest, your open doors
close my mind
the path of destruction
stretches deeply
into the ashen night
Mar 2018 · 1.1k
ninth house
kevin hamilton Mar 2018
footsteps on hard snow
jupiter strikes twice
the crudely painted door
of my tannic home
i eat the key before i look

the body melts
and famous parting words
are partly formed
for the vacant chair
and empty sky

a goodnight
to the cautious fingers
that skip across my back
like paper-thin stones
on a cold lake of glass
Feb 2018 · 2.0k
death of the falling dream
kevin hamilton Feb 2018

hands grasped
for purchase
on the sheet-white ceramic lip
surfaced from
a dark wine burial at sea

burning calligraphy
stole my pinkest skin
i tried, i tried
to join someone i never knew
part ii
kevin hamilton Feb 2018
my pale blue hand
hovered like a baby bird
over the mirror shards

a starry sky, a starry sky

my pale blue hand, the pendulum
drained cardinal sins
in the blood-warm bathwater
part i
kevin hamilton Jan 2018
twelve white roses
graceless on marble
twelve empty threats
wrapped in ash paper
and baby's breath

another shambling spirit
so divided
among the tomb-cold eternity
Jan 2018 · 1.2k
song for falling dust
kevin hamilton Jan 2018
molten i woke
to your understated
outro song
crowded at the corpse door
with the curtains drawn
and only briefly wishing
phantom pain
on endless vigils
for a swollen soul

sealed the crypt
your moonlit recital ceased
to no applause
Jan 2018 · 2.4k
taut is the skin
kevin hamilton Jan 2018
born is the beginner
badly bleeding
and taut is the skin
that weds me to this world
uneasy as the alliance
between my sense of self
and the trials i dream
yet, revealed to me
are all the pretty things
left alive
beneath the blue moon
Dec 2017 · 3.0k
the unfolding dark
kevin hamilton Dec 2017
captive audience listening
to the hornets pouring out of me
i was running fingers
listlessly down your face
and dreaming of acid rain
—a picture in my head
that refused to die

ever mindful
of the bedroom door
hinging on your aches
and unborn eyes
the reanimated heart
and i saw distorted visions
of what awaits us all

a rising overture
from behind the veil
warm, wet handed
in a bath of blood
Dec 2017 · 1.4k
kevin hamilton Dec 2017
black lung whispered
abject terror in my ears
a circle of candles
and closed eyes
made plainly naked
by the thought of you
beneath the rising tide

i poured raw honey
down your abyssal throat
stole a different form
and fell into your arms
only sweet goodbyes
as i grabbed my overcoat
Nov 2017 · 1.0k
glass apollo
kevin hamilton Nov 2017
flickering stars fall
and you name every single one
for this, i kiss your rings
and hang my head

tell me about sensations
worse than death
and through your eyes
i’ll see them all tonight

should i make it until morning
to watch the sunlight
dance across your cheek again
it will be so much more
than i can live through
Nov 2017 · 216
kevin hamilton Nov 2017
and shame
i was an effigy
of spring

before the flame
kissed every bone
and drank my skin
without a sound

the clicking of my heart
as the world
ceased to spin
Nov 2017 · 329
kevin hamilton Nov 2017
spent too many
precious curses
on you

i should have saved them
for myself
Oct 2017 · 795
ring of stones
kevin hamilton Oct 2017
northern window
breaks from the inside
there will always be others
for you to skin
and starve and overflow
with tacit permission

the ground
parts for me this time
i would rather stay awake
but my eyes are heavy
and dimming fast
dearest, let me lay
in this tidal pool of blood

i am always left alone
after last insipid words
whispered thinly
from a ring of stones
Oct 2017 · 931
hemlock and hydrangeas
kevin hamilton Oct 2017
give me
a painful death
and take your time with it
i have nowhere to be
and i’d rather stay

grant me
my last look at the moon
from the cracked window
of your basement tomb
i’ve been living in the dark

oh darling
i was only breathing
for a lower purpose
pale ghost chiming
locked behind the shower curtain
Oct 2017 · 273
o love, sing me to sleep
kevin hamilton Oct 2017
o love
i might be leaving soon
i see shapes and signs
between the stars
where once was dark

o love
i remember this
from my sweetest dreams
but i’m woken up
always before it ends

o love
sing me to sleep
with a midnight voice
and i’ll be yours
Sep 2017 · 226
kevin hamilton Sep 2017
i will write at length
about the brief time
we spent together
Aug 2017 · 222
untitle ii
kevin hamilton Aug 2017
shattered bones
and i was drunk
i put my phone away
to watch the ghosts
come for me
lost my voice
saying goodbye
and there was nothing
left to write
at the end of summer
when time is slowed
and nothing grows
Never ignore the spirits.
Aug 2017 · 382
kevin hamilton Aug 2017
out of the inferno
but i see things in the sky
that i can't explain
the colour
of the moon
and the mask it wears
in its ending stage
eyes full of poison
mouth like a wide open window
Jul 2017 · 243
kevin hamilton Jul 2017
i was in mezzanine
with a clear view
of the discordant
third act reunion scene
Jul 2017 · 261
kevin hamilton Jul 2017
i spent the night in a sink
the cold, stale air
the wet tombstone
pallid lights, local drink
Jul 2017 · 329
kevin hamilton Jul 2017
her eyes belonged in bed
smelled her clothes
copper, snow, tangerine
kissed her cheek instead
Jul 2017 · 1.8k
whale oil
kevin hamilton Jul 2017
shall i die this time?

she said yes
and no and mostly no
she lifted up her dress
my crying eyes aglow
within stove wood burning
melting all the snow

tell-tale churning
i am doused in whale oil
and my blood cells sing
she just came and killed me
spirit rising

i robbed my own tomb
in a dying lighthouse
leveled lantern room
deep sleep depraved
i will fall in stasis
through an ancient cave
Jun 2017 · 2.3k
party trick
kevin hamilton Jun 2017
at dusk
the lights went out
and never came back
left my earthly husk
through the lips
the whiskey spoke
and it sounded nice
easy party trick
broke into your medicine cabinet
and saw my face
in the bathroom mirror

stay awake
and we'll stare at each other
until we become familiar.
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