Island Thoughts and Ship Songs – Nathan McCool

Call me down from the star splattered sky
of another opiate morning,
from bad dreams of your sails burning and
my body of wind passing through
uncatchable.

My limbs still shake from faltering flight
and the total absence of rapture’s acceptance. But fear,
I think it only finds home in the idea that you may
one day long for me only to feel my
fingers as morphine injections;
taste my breath as methadone.

So what if all I want is to walk the sea shore with the
solitary rose I harvested from your mouth,
collecting bowl shaped shells for holding
that nonexistent kiss;
your lips – a wreath of phantom accelerants.

I’m sinking way down to gather enough salt
from this ocean
to blanket pictures of old wounds.
An arm still reaching wide to hold hope,
a neck still turning to see our ideals of goodness.

You can have my wounds and salt, my dear. My
small amount of goodness that looks like
a corpse filling picnic baskets with
flashing images and blinding murmurations
of color.
I’m still an uninhabitable island in moon’s long
light. What else can I say, baby?
“Come sail your ships around me.”


[Nathan McCool is the dark lord over on Instagram at God Of Dregs.]

Author: Sudden Denouement

A Literary Collective

6 thoughts on “Island Thoughts and Ship Songs – Nathan McCool”

  1. Wow. The imagery. All of it. Just beautiful and brilliant.
    And how I love that song. One of my best friends and his band played that in another friend’s wedding years ago. It was awesomely done. I still love it.

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  2. Reblogged this on and commented:

    Nathan McCool is a wonderful musician as well as being a talented writer. I have had the good fortune to get to know him and I suggest take some time to read his work.

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  3. Love this Nathan.
    Quite captivated by
    “So what if all I want is to walk the sea shore with the
    solitary rose I harvested from your mouth,
    collecting bowl shaped shells for holding
    that nonexistent kiss;
    your lips – a wreath of phantom accelerants.”

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