“Paradox Phenomena” – Haiku IV

[Note – Contains moderate dark content, such as violence, themes of depression, and imagery that may be sensitive or disturbing to some. Originally published as part of Blood Ballet.]

31—
Inverted teeth smile
Imperfect as undying
Buds of nature’s womb

32—
Internal coffin
Narrow cave of fruitless dreams
Bare isolation

33—
Chase me down to Hell
With flayed feet and concrete mask
Strike me like nightmares

34—
Human brain luncheon
Waits at my table for me
Steeping in strange soup

35—
Forest of plastic
Mangled like a lonely child
Under apple tree

36—
Court of indigo
Always you return, always
To torture my dreams

37—
Contemporary
Madness, darkness calls from far
Endless corridor

38—
Red-curtained theatre
Repetitive discomfort
Certain vertigo

39—
Revenge harlequin
Stockings of briar and thorn
Doll joints bleed and crack

40—
The glass harmonic
Eerie prelude in mirrored,
Desolate hallways

Copyright © S. M. Shuford 2018
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