THREE POEMS by ALYSSA CIAMP

THREE POEMS by ALYSSA CIAMP

Occultist Ophthalmology

my third eye,            nearsighted
even with a cosmic contact lens,
sees only self-fulfilling
catastrophes

I think up spells,           chants;
have all of my loves sing
them with me.               I sage
my mind with magic thoughts

but my eye,                  saccadic;
superstitious, predicts paranoia
an upheaval of my mental state
in split-second epochs

I try to unthink,          but I think
I am my thought
I somehow inverted my body
to exist only in visceral vision

my energy is eroded,
my voice is tired,    my magic
is tainted—it's hard to sleep
with my third eye open

//

Congenital Nostalgia

the desolate
emotion that has infected
my chest
is not viral
for it has a heartbeat
slow, methodical, incessant

it has ransacked a nest
long-since abandoned by
a warmer creature
the parasite has left
old skin and debris
that rattle against my ribs
every time
I try to catch my breath

my heart is a cavern,
once a yawning, sacred place
that now bleeds black bile
from scratches in
the walls. The scattered
remainder of a home, the tiny pieces
that are misplaced in my spine
like socks in a couch cushion,
will eventually reform
slowly, methodically, resolutely

the lonely mother will
build her nest anew
settle by the warm river
of my left ventricle
feed her young warm milk
so that they too may grow old
at the bottom of my heart

//

Gashapon

In the morning
I pick out
what the sandman
left behind
some dried tears,
crumbling to salt
in my delicate grip
deeper still are
calcified stones
small, hallow
like the orbital bone
of a hummingbird
lodged in the space
between my sclera
and my tear duct
hidden like a love
note between bricks
on a city street

 


Alyssa Ciamp is a scientist, writer and aspiring ghost hunter. In her purse you'll find a knife that looks like a pen and a gameboy advance SP.  Her work is forthcoming in OCCULUM and tenderness, yea. Find her on Twitter @ClinicallyChill.

A POEM by RACHEL UTNAGE

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