Liz’s Poetry Series: It Was Never The Dark

by lizard

I’ve been deprived of internet access for the past few days, and this morning that turned out to be a good thing, because I wrote a poem that I’m pretty happy with. This is one of those pieces that arrived nearly whole, requiring little post-writing editing, which is rare for me.



it was never the dark chilled our bones
it was how the mind made the images
of what the eyes couldn’t see moving

it was never the dark, the spin of the earth
taking the sun away from us
it was the rumors of troops amassing
on the cold spring border of The Great Bear

The Eagle trembles in its nest
a low buzz fills the sky with dread
the borders we need
are not the borders being taken

a web of pathways closing off to us
won’t stop the spark makers
from creating brief flourishes of revelation

child, it was never the dark
it was always a grateful nod to the moon
and by her light the world moves

closer to the edge

—William Skink


  1. Big Swede

    Oh the political clime is frightful
    And the fascists think it’s delightful
    ‘Cause we’ve got nowhere to turn,
    Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn! -Insomniac.

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