One Defiant Kingdom

Fear disappears down the quicksands of awkwardness

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Fireworks welcome me home to the place I don’t come from
Prayers from the present prompting togetherness
Sulfurous hope, dazzling darkness, one defiant kingdom.

Bold dalliances with death and dismay distract bedlam
Life is grand felony, laughter a crime, gentleness a disgrace
Fireworks welcome me home to the place I don’t come from.

Our geographies merge among flotsam and jetsam
Fear disappears down the quicksands of awkwardness
Sulfurous hope, dazzling darkness, one defiant kingdom.

The heart thrives where it finds solace and freedom
Pages absorb the love our shy silliness will not profess
Fireworks welcome me home to the place I don’t come from

Haze in the air, sulfur in our hair, divergence an emblem
Of our explosive chemistry, creativity against distress,
Sulfurous hope, dazzling darkness, one defiant kingdom.

We are but two standard souls who collided at random
With doubt to displace, steps to retrace, words to embrace
Fireworks welcome me home to the place I don’t come from
Sulfurous hope, dazzling darkness, one defiant kingdom.

“Beginnings are sudden, but also insidious. They creep up on you sideways, they keep to the shadows, they lurk unrecognized. Then, later, they spring.”

Margaret Atwood

I’m a French-American writer, journalist, and editor now based in the Netherlands. To continue the conversation, follow the bird. For email and everything else, deets in bio.

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