grocery apocalypse

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The pool of blood

beside the Coinstar

should have made me

pause – no,

I should have turned the fuck

around, but the kids

really needed

milk

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spelunking

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It’s been a while
since words passed
these gates.
It’s been a while
and the last human
to venture this deep
left one word,
hiss /t/ pop, the
universal signal; warning!
lo, solitary orb,
luminescent
in this dank space –
go no further
danger
STOP

via Daily Prompt: Luminescent

tenebrific

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it’s
difficult, near
impossible
to shake
loose, push away
the brooding thunderclouds
of others’ battles,
twisted wars within
gray matter
(or otherwise)
call it moody,
broody, sugar-coated
or jagged,
the dominant pulse
beats slow
and murky, this
dark dirge masking
desperate cries,
how can I help
you
help yourself?

by Melissa Kro.

via Daily Prompt: Dominant

this is not a new year’s resolution

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this is not what you think it is
this is not a promise
or a cure, or a forced
apology to my vices, held tight
this is not a resolution
writ large in cold dawn
this is not what you think it is

i know, you know, we always
make room for CHANGE
another fucking chrysalis trope
from chapped lips;
forgotten are the masses
of wings, of dreams broken,
the reservation for fear
and doubt thrust away, over
january’s gleaming edge
this is not what you think it is

by melissa kro.

via Daily Prompt: Reservation