the heart laid bare

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No Apology
the thunder
tinder
VERBAL PORTRAIT OF A CAT OWNER
critical shortage
the sky we thought we knew
CIRCA SOLEM
almanac
baby
dearest orlando
FIVE MONTHS
A LETTER TO THE UNDESERVING
cactus heart
would we
the fall of giants
paradise lost
Dad
after you've gone
time
a smile from the eyes
trepidation
why so cold
fix this
swallow me
untitled 8
insular
cry alone
robin
quicksand
laces
D.I.S.C.
stripped
waving goodbye
your open eyes
enemy within
mortal
untitled 4
sleepless
outsider
untitled 9
come dream with me
in the face of adversity
one word
the dark of the night
untouchable
one and one makes two
you burn me
see me
this shaken core
my lover
helen
my room
his words
foolish
rita
chalk drawings
the longest night
stupid skeleton
CLOTHES MAKETH
FIRST LASTS
STELLAR
TODAY
I WATCHED A MAN DIE TODAY
THREE WEEKS
this slippery slope
untitled 5
Arrows
First Kiss
The Talk Of Love
Nicotine
Blackout

mortal

Carried by the current,
Smashed and thrashed and bashed against the banks.
This river drags me forward, gasping and flailing,
Over the rapids, through the eddies,
Relentlessly pulling me through waters so deep they appear still and tranquil.
It never stops moving.
Try as I might 
To anchor myself to the shore,
To curl my tail around a rock to keep from drowning,
Or to float, face up, hair spread, enjoying the gentle drift.
The undertow will take me over the edge
Whether I will or no.
And will I see the waterfall?
Will I hang briefly motionless in the air,
Weightless for moments like hours?
Will I plummet facing forward, eyes open,
To crash on the rocks below?
Or will I be drifting happily in the current, 
Drowsing and oblivious,
And melt beneath the water with a smile on my lips?

© mjc 27 March 2013

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Biography

Daughter, sister, aunt, godmother, friend, public servant; self-confessed hermit, confirmed cat person, sporadic baker, irreformable yarncrafter, voracious reader; occasional wit, voluble shower vocalist, frequent sacrifice on the altar of brain-to-mouth filter fails, random shit-slinger, unrepentant purveyor of puns and dad jokes, writer and poet.

I have always lived by the theory that no matter what you do for a living - if you are compelled to write, if you wake up in the night to scrawl the contents of your dreams on a notebook beside the bed, if no event in your life seems complete without you recording it, if you are drawn to comment upon the world - then you are a writer.

These are my words.