Apocrypha

by RC deWinter

my life is a grimoire
scribed in invisible ink
on vellum that crumbles at a touch
unreadable
and even if it were
you wouldn’t want to

a history of wrong choice
attributable only to pride
carelessness and haste

i do not speak of these things

what can be said in explanation
exculpation
expiation?
there are no words

there are no words

these secrets live in runes
on the ruin of my face
uninterpretable
by the usual methods of divination

if you can see into souls
and look closely
you will see clues leaking
hot and silent
from beneath my shuttered lids

if you are brave enough
to taste the salt
the mordant tang will tell you everything
you didn’t want to know.

 

Artist: Elizabeth Neel

RC deWinter’s poetry is anthologized in Uno: A Poetry Anthology (Verian Thomas, 2002), New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2017), Cowboys & Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon (Brick Street Poetry, April 2019), Havik (Las Positas College, May 2019), Castabout Literature (Dantoin/Hilgart, June 2019), The Flickering Light (Scars Publications, June 2019), Pointed Circle (Portland Cascades Community College, June 2019) Nature In The Now (Tiny Seed Press, August 2019), in print in 2River, borrowed solace, Genre Urban Arts, Gravitas, In Parentheses, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, Pink Panther Magazine, Southword 37 and appears in numerous online literary journals.

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