Static Ornate pavilions house Weary souls who lament On concrete existence static, But untenable are norms Driven by excess and folkways No longer arcane, No longer mores upheld in good faith, For lands immortal can no longer rest As opaque lines traverse skies gargantuan, And ever warming still, For dynamic fads drive static existence As ironic dichotomies shield Globalized economies From recession contrived Just as existence is demarcated By rates appraised and reproduced in silence, Just as subject to free will And value judgements echoed In collective sentiment, As fears of the unknown are effortlessly maintained And lost to a distinction without difference verifiable. Copycat Prowl on darling matriarch, As paths narrow And divergent ways diminish Just before your scarlet eyes, Howl on temptress as clouds dissipate and night grows weary, As jarred doors turn you away, How tables must have turned, In this the bleak and final end, Where prance you do Above physical remains contrived, Like the falsehoods you weave, A death shroud, self-fulfilled. Sordidus Intolerable aberrations denigrate disciples That pray by the riverside As dark waters wash Giving earth away, Where ‘Sordidus!’ is exclaimed upon the lips Of all intelligible souls amongst The desert dwellers, Wanderers In search of humility Amidst generational destruction, But cool winds whisper wondrous truths As pale skies darken as magenta dusk arises To lull forlorn men to moonlit trance As cosmic luster ignites Fervent hope, But wanderers Know no cleanliness In a world derived from bespoke truth And contaminated by soiled lands Tarnished by pure deceit, Like moon-rays crystalline, Our guiding spirit Primal.
Samantha Terrell, author of Vision, and Other Things We Hide From (Potter’s Grove Press, 2021) is a widely published American poet whose work emphasizes self-awareness as a means to social awareness. Her poetry can be found in many fine publications, and her work has been featured on Sunny G Radio Glasgow, Dublin-based Eat the Storms podcast, and “The Open Collaboration” all-acoustics show (Bristol, U.K.). She writes from her home in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband and their two sons.
A.R.Salandy is a mixed-race poet & writer whose work tends to focus on social inequality throughout late-modern society. Anthony travels frequently and has spent most of his life in Kuwait jostling between the UK & America. Anthony’s work has been published 150 times. Anthony has 1 published chapbook titled ‘The Great Northern Journey’ 2020(Lazy Adventurer Publishing ) & 1 upcoming Chapbook ‘Vultures’ 2021 (Roaring Junior Press). Twitter/Instagram: @anthony64120 https://arsalandywriter.com/ Anthony is the Co-Eic of Fahmidan Journal