Come Fly with Death: Poems Inspired by the Artwork of Zdzislaw Beksinski is available now as an ebook for $0.99 and trade paperback for $5.99, and will also be available to order through your local bookstore in the coming weeks.
Below you’ll find two poems from this chapbook (two because I failed to post yesterday when my iPad became possessed). First is the title poem, ‘Come Fly with Death’ along with ‘Bring the Light.’ You can also sample three additional poems which I’ve previously posted: ‘One in Hell,’ ‘Ocean Eyes,’ and ‘Hell Fossil.’
Thank you so much for having a look at my work, and if you like it, tell a friend! (If you don’t like it, just pretend you never read it.)
COME FLY WITH DEATH
Come fly with Death
and feel the splitting as you come apart
with turbulent screams bifurcating bones.
Flee further from this life—
unfurl your wings and soar
with tangled feathers cutting the night.
Join his skeleton beak,
slicing stabs at airless wind,
and wield its dashing spine.
Stay near to glinting shroud and glide,
knowing tattered wings will guide,
as whispering scars are left behind.
Go now into that hollow abyss,
but do not pass the dark in calmness;
break the barrier with raging clamor!
Do not scrape or merely crawl.
Come fly with Death—
and swoop, and yawp, and bawl.
BRING THE LIGHT
What wretched creatures lie before me!
Squealing, squirming in the dark,
amidst their feasting orgy.
Gnashing teeth, spattering blood,
their tongues dance along the drips
of other men’s pain.
A cryptic overseer
looms beyond the mist,
his crow shoulders
pecking upon the scars.
A thousand wicked grins
gleam from rubble and from rot,
a pile of waste—
dead men leering in the dark.
A door to freedom is at their backs,
but most will never see it,
long since trading eyes
for sharper teeth and larger maws.
But I bring the Light,
and I wear the shroud.
My candle burns;
my flame never falters.
The Bearer of the Cross walks beside me.
We pass among the throng
and it parts before our steps;
like the splitting seas—
I bring the Light
and the darkness scatters.
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