life's left me at the river's edge
murky water calls my name
tethered to the shifting shore
watching promise drift and fade

lost in the swirling darkness
scorn and sorrow take the lead
like a flailing toothless phantom
entrenched in gargoyled dreams

as panic fogs the mirror
desperation grips my soul
lightning gives a fleeting glimpse,
winds of thunder take control

trapdoor to the great abyss
gives way beneath my feet
now I embrace my memory's face
in a deep and peaceful sleep

Seattle, Washington 13