My thoughts are a drowning,
dead like a floating head in formaldehyde
I’ve not cried for him in an age,
but dreams plow where the beast leads them
On a pillow sewn with sorrow,
lunula-deep in matted soil, black and fertile
Harvesting dreams in Elysian fields,
plentiful and ripe in a reaper’s illusory garden
I’ve no need for rosy lenses,
when the truth lies shaded in my own remorse
Depressing years into a few moments,
one form of pain bruising into another
Contented to sleep within the nightmare,
rather than lie awake within another
Let me drown by the leaden images,
whilst wistly they weigh on my fragile brow
a.d.matthias is an unpolished, uneducated, poorly read writer, who has had pieces appear in Spillwords, Brave & Reckless, Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen, and Lucy’s Works: A Little Writing Workshop of Horrors, whilst enduring countless rejections.
You made a doll and projected your soul into it.
You named it after me.
Oh, your infantile state filled with rage and creativity.
In the end the earth devours us.
If you give me that doll, I promise, I will show you that we are the planetary twin-peaked
From black through red through gold we will ascend to the sky ending in the exact point where
the universe blessed our love.
Our cross will bear fruits.
Can you see the fruits?
Their skin is humid, and their virgin eyes are filled with desires.
Their colors are as vivid as the colors of your dreams.
I love you. Does it surprise you?
Now, please, give me that doll.
Gabriela M. is the author of three novels. Her poetry book, Passions: Love Poems and Other
Writings, was published by Vita Brevis Press (April, 2020) under the pen name Gabriela Marie
Milton. Gabriela was awarded 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press. Her poems were
published by Spillwords Press, Vita Brevis, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry (translated in
Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, “Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen,” Literary
Yard, Proletaria, Free Verse Revolution, and other venues. She was selected “Author of the Month”
at Spillwords (April 2019). Her poem “The Breath of Love and Death” was voted “Publication of the
Month” at Spillwords (November 2019). Gabriela’s work was included in the following anthologies:
America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, 2018); Florida’s Best Emerging
Poets (Z Publishing House, 2019); and Pain & Renewal (Vita Brevis Press, 2020). She blogs at
shortprose. Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on
Gabriela’s poetry: “With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe