Afternoon church halls

midnight temple scrolls

moonlight traces

the devotion of oncoming storm


Fear of the Lords

I walk in superstition

jumping squares, dancing on corners

my world falling apart

on peacock feathers


At the edge of blueberry hormones

she roars

but I never cared


I worship, I pray

to cage

what’s mine

so that it doesn’t fade away


to tear from her bosom-

ruthlessly, without fear

offer as a sacrifice

to her Goddess


even for a moment

to seek what’s mine-


her eye

my peace.



(Image: The Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ancient Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, India marking the location where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.)