The Darkness

where do you stuff the darkness?

that comes bubbling out of 

the soul container–

a detritus of karmic debt

Or cosmic indifference 

do you cram it 

in your gullet 

like fettuccine alfredo 

as if the sauce won’t

reflux at 3:17 a.m.?


do you roll it tight

like a mass-produced cigarette 

so it smolders 

a dim black coal?


do you pack it

like surgical material

to stanch the inevitable bleeding?

Iceland, 2014 / © Sébastien Van Malleghem

my shadow’s shadow 

mocks him

a plaything of 

abbreviated afternoons

smothered by 

the inky nights

the darkness is his bauble 

he points at grim king



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