The Hereafter (Nonet)

The Brown Bag Special

By Christopher Rupley and DarkyBlue

Death is a dingy nexus between

us and an eternity of

the unknown, and we all share

what arrives unannounced –

our mortality

more evident

when those who

are close

leave

(This has been another awesome collaboration between myself and DarkyBlue. This is a Nonet and the count is 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. Please check the rest of her work by visiting DarkyBlue).

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Sea Of Love (Double Sedoka)

The Brown Bag Special

By Christopher Rupley and DarkyBlue

My heart is shattered
when you leave me by myself, 
adrift with my devices, 
floating in the midst  
of a constant sea of change 
while waiting for your return 
 
Yet as I lie still,
heart pounding in thoughts of you,
body lifting to your touch,
as fantasy grips
I imagine you are here
sailing on my sea of love

(This is a form of Waka called Sedoka; the only difference here is that this is a double Sedoka, so the count is 5-7-7-5-7-7…5-7-7-5-7-7. It is an ancient form of dialogue between Japanese lovers. DarkyBlue is an awesome writer and I’m honored that she wrote with me. Please take a moment and check out the rest of her work by visiting DarkyBlue).

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