Amoebas, Locusts, Fog

by Jonathan O’Farrell

How can I describe this left hemispheric madness?

Well try this,

first came delicate filigree amoeba,

followed by blue green algae?

But less blue, more green

with a hint of burnt umber?

It remained so for sometime.

I hoped to bode it farewell.

I bade my time, waited.

As per usual you wake up one morning and it’s,

it’s gone! Oh, what was that?

But no, it came at me again,

bloodged, bludgeoned itself into my conciousness;

thicker, inkier and then locusts

as if from afar,

covering from horizon to horizon,

up and down,

above and below.

Locusts, swarms of them

doing what swallows do,

only not so prettily.

They stir up in their wake indeterminate fog

and it banks and it swirls

and it impinges.

And so I rest upon my one, good, in inverted commas,

right eye and it works harder

and I work harder,

maintaining slices of routine.

Maintaining fronts,

amidst all those banks of fog.

Morningtide, I pray, eveningtide, I pray.

I think for now, that’s all I can do

and hope, the good hope.

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Shallow Certainty-Sperantia Zavala

Take me higher, so far away

This toxic place was never meant for someone like me

Despair chained by merciless desolation

An emptiness that is suffocating

Stinging tears, each formed of crippling isolation  

True love can set me free

Yet, bleeding dysfunction is dripping all over me  

I glimpse a distant doorway leading me somewhere else

My only comrade on this lonely journey is hope

Shallow certainty this life may transform for the better

One day my wishful heart will escape from here

Discontent, you cannot drag me down forever


[Sperantia Zavala is a guest contributor for Sudden Denouement. Her works include “Nothing that I Want” and “My Foolish Heart.”]