Black out and 
you’re falling hard
through the asphalt-sky
wind razor-sharp cutting
body corporeal howling
hovering limbs star-fished, pancaked paragliding, 
mind tearing
age [eroding] around you.

Your descent, increasing exponentially, 
the patchwork landscape glistening Faberge tissue,
a quivering phosphorescent arc of
flickering blue copper chloride,
tracking, this 
bird’s eye view of the
final fissure. 

Buried in the 
parched earth, subductions 

etched in

spider vein fault-lines

horrible cracking 

radiating walls of tsunami-c waves 
in concentric circles.

Shaking chemical colours intensifying 
‘Earthquake Light’ flashes 
of cobalt lightning, electrical discharge [aftershocks]
in the atmosphere.

As you fall

backlit in cerulean clouds 

your trajectory
marking the line 
in thick jet, sumi, ink. Dripping
Chaboku strokes. Stipple.

[full stop]

inter-red body of mangled dimensions
black out and

Originally published in Soliloquies Anthology, Issue 27.1

Naomi Simone Borwein holds a PhD in English literature; and, she teaches at the University of Windsor. Her work appears or is forthcoming across a spectrum of publications: including HWA Poetry Showcase IX (featured poet), Beautiful Tragedies III, Ghost City Review,  Grim & Gilded, and elsewhere. Naomi is a past head poetry editor of Swamp Writing (2018-2022)–and a reader for Thanatos Review. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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