POETRY

A blackout poem

Image by Jessica Lee McMillan. Blackout poem from pg. 9 of Harold. C. Kelly’s A…

unquestionably, we marvelled
at mechanical arts:
the accuracy of clockmaker
balancing
wheels and gears in dark casings
fitting
our ritual with crystal timing

by order of economics he
added and subtracted
daylight savings and doomsday clocks
refacing time,
manufacturing pace

forced into retirement
the city horologist
makes clocks post-time
and daylight cogs…

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POETRY

Free verse

Jessica Lee McMillan © 2022

in attempt to fix the colours,
I inhaled them off the branch
stained deep in bronchi

but tripped and fell at the site
of gods changing shape
in a treasure pile of leaves

eye looted to bloody knee,
drained vitality of calendar days,
secular jails, crossed off in trample

my…

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POETRY

Free verse

Black and white image of cloudy sky, raindrops on window.
Image by 준원 서 from Pixabay

memory water
fills drained lakes,
rushes the basin
recollecting shapes
moored in mile/stones

memory insoluble
moment molecules
ascend, one and same
rush main/stream

pours on floorboards
steeps room’s past
in tincture histories,
flooded house is you

in modern practice
of diverting waters,
like forced recall,
we cannot precipitate
present from forever…

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Jessica Lee McMillan

Jessica Lee McMillan

Poet, Iconoclast, Word Nerd. Likes shiny things. Writes on Philosophy, Music, Nature.