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Poem: End Scene


End Scene

Blood pool glimmers
thick and telling
oozing over the threshold
sticky, sickly
in the glow of moonlight
pouring silent secrets
into the narrow hall
and dispelling the black blanket
we call darkness

can be as dark
as this

And your bitter words
alone, unspoken
always trapped
inside a rusted cage
behind an unwilling tongue
take hostage the stale air
and fill our fragile lungs
almost as if
you are screaming

My insides threaten
to become my outsides
my steadfast gaze unable
to tear
away from the truth
lying at our careful feet
betrayed by time
but all I can think
is how much I hate
the colour red
and how it always seems to shriek
with unsatisfied desperation
the end

Gumshoes and corpse keepers
chatter above the radios
only partially ignoring
the soft noise of my steps
and without deciphering
their chicken-scratch notes
I can already see
behind my moist eyelids
the monochrome headlines
come the morning
threatening to ruin
the newest of days
for the unsuspecting

Yet I need no words to know
your light is gone



I wrote this poem July 16, 2014, but it stems from a shorter poem I wrote on July 12, 2014 and posted on Twitter. The idea was inspired by the #HeartSoup poetry prompt #128: Gone. It’s a FANTASTIC idea, writing poetry specifically to fit into the 140 character limit of Twitter. Talk about really forcing a writer to be succinct! I encourage everyone to take a shot.

Anyway, I’m pretty certain (100%) that the imagery and concept came from marathon-watching CSI … which comes after watching some Criminal Minds.

(And as I’m writing this, guess what I’m watching? That’s right: season 8 of CSI Las Vegas. I heart Grissom. I’m also on Team Grissom & Lady Heather. Melinda Clarke makes a fabulous dominatrix, just as much as she did an Amazon!)

So, that explains why this poem came out kind of … ick. Although why I used “gumshoes” … that’s totally because “detectives” didn’t sound even a third poetic! Maybe it’s just a bit of Greg Sanders’ character sneaking in.


Release Day! “What Must Be Done” is now available in the “Dark Light Four” anthology

DK4 cover

Happy Release Day!!!

Purchase Dark Light Four from Amazon!
Available in eBook (and print at a later date).



I’m excited to announce that my short story (and debut!), What Must Be Done, is available to read today! It’s just one of the stories in Dark Light Four, the latest anthology from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

My thanks to CHBB and editor (also author), Sarah Jayne Carr, for this opportunity to share with the world one of my creations.

And if you’re on Goodreads, check out the anthology’s listing!


What Must Be Done

Igraine Althwaite. She’s young, unmarried, wealthy. A secret telepath.

She is everything the Kerrick Killer wants in a victim.

When her father insists she marry to stave off the attention of the killer, she wants only one man: the unconventional Sterling who seems different like her. Haunted by nightmares of the dying girls, Igraine must possess the heart of the rugged Sterling if she wants to live.


Check out more behind this story! I blogged about it just after I finished the manuscript and I also shared the soundtrack I used to write the story … just in case you’re like me and like a little audio to go with your literature. 🙂

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