Grief’s Eternal Day

Once upon a time in a stainless-steel dream
Two famelicose smiles devoured a dead scream
Chewing on its gristle, hollowing out its dune
Crumbling stray cinders into a solid prune

In a withering wilting world upon a lyre
I smudged scorched faults with a disdain
That belied my quaking waffle’s refrain
Festering, blistering, seeping sputtering fire

Mother and daughter

The mother smiled,
the daughter too;
some innate and involuntary reaction
to a life unfiltered
spent sharing love and laughter
and secrets whispered in soft voices.
Souls that no generation could divide,
a togetherness
that most would never know.