Poetry Showcase by Louise Mather

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Content Warning: blood, dark themes, death, mental health, suicide

The Descent of Portals

The black veil of the eclipse,
the way my body was taken,
if this house was empty,
the rushing of silver atoms –
I feel the impact of stars
or I am being drowned
like a blue fish,
disguising old hope in a tunnel;
how many more years of this,
whose cold debris to adorn –
tear out this portal
for this curse
the roof will break –
the palace trails the light,
I count each spark
ferried from space,
the quietness, how it suffers
the weight of air –
all the while
I can still think, and more
and more –
this is a trick,
I never surrendered
to be a witch.

Chappell 1811

to your insides
if I prised you open
of blood and ribs
a blunt-hammered signal
birds mimic
your bare feet
gathering roots
I have forgotten
the paper
it is no use
if you were parched wood
strings and tones
falling out of minor
I weep
for time to wring
it loose

Myth is Your Reflection

Your mother doesn't understand the darkness,
    so you roam the frail earth, hunting –
the moth wraps its echoed wings
            to the night               silk in desolation,
to pull you            from the labyrinth
                     as far as the hawk’s
vermilion sun                             you think
             you are the only flesh
that wants
                     to be stitched back to the cave,
       to mercilessly plummet the aphotic, 
                      drown the mortal ocean,
       until you are empty, of nebulous atoms,
                                         of longing –
         do not mistake him
     for your shadow,                 you sharpen
the knife                  your blood is a cauldron
for an orb of blue chimaera,
                                         feathers of life,
you have made yourself
                                 into the moon       myth
               is your reflection.

Bio: Louise Mather is a writer from Northern England and founding editor of Acropolis Journal. Nominated Best of the Net 2021, and a finalist in the Streetcake Poetry Prize, her work is published in various print and online literary journals. Her debut pamphlet ‘The Dredging of Rituals’ is out with Alien Buddha Press, 2021. She writes about ancestry, rituals, endometriosis, fatigue and mental health. Twitter @lm2020uk 

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