Subterranean Novellas – Aurora Phoenix

he is sleeping
fetally curled
as the narrow bench allows
hairily bedraggled
a forlorn green bean
hopelessly lost in a crisper corner.
insensible to the hubbub
lurch oblivious
sea legs unconscious.
his story has uncracked bindings
though I inescapably
draft this chapter
unimaginatively entitled
survival strategies for bitter blustery days

they wear their privilege
like their pancake
precisely overdone
accentuating blemishes
it purports to mask.
like spanx in overtime
containing wayward bulges
they convulse in paroxysms
suppressed schoolgirl giggles
as they selfie mock him –
these southern belles
similarly lionizing
life’s half century
in the city
that will never sleep

do I,
in the crushed velvet burnout
that is my poetic soul,
bear closer resemblance
to an urban misfit
escaping frigidity
cloaked in congealed
eau de shame
than I do
the pungently judging
glam squad clique
clicking and cackling
in cringe-worthy
mean girl couture?

I hope,
fervently as the guillotine bound
pray for salvation
that I do

[Aurora Phoenix: I spent over 2 decades as a clinical psychologist, prior to the decimation of my world when I was suddenly incarcerated 2 and a half years ago. My writing was born in that caged existence – not a choice but a soul-saving necessity.  I write as Aurora Phoenix at Insights from “Inside”]

40 thoughts on “Subterranean Novellas – Aurora Phoenix

  1. “they wear their privilege
    like their pancake
    precisely overdone
    accentuating blemishes
    it purports to mask.”

    I don’t even know what to say that hasn’t already been said. They way you lay out the words is just beyond my comprehension. Excellent piece my dear. ❤


  2. That green bean imagery!!
    This is awesomely devastating AP.
    I spent a week with a homeless friend in Arizona last January. Incredibly eye opening for me, who takes way too much for granted, that’s for sure!
    Once again, you’ve just nailed it brilliantly.

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  3. Reblogged this on Kindra M. Austin and commented:
    Aurora Phoenix on Sudden Denouement. Her use of language never fails to impress. I am constantly inspired to improve my own craft because of A.P. and the other terrific writers you’ll find at SD. Please check out the blog if you haven’t already.

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