“Infinite Summer” – Haiku III

21—
Wintergreen landscapes
Agoraphobe sees them pass
From between shutters

22—
Sapphire tentacles
Vine, thorn and leaf throttle me
In my prison swamp

23—
Ingrown deity
Sopping pustules reflect none
Of the love you preach

24—
Changeling in the bark
Sockets like gateways, mournful
Within the oak knot

25—
Burnt cloven feet leave
Little corruptions, half-breed
Tracks on the lilac

26—
Crone calls like spring frost
Her shadow a fanged raven
Preys on the lonely

27—
Lungs of fine gravel
Exhale calcified footprints
Silver dust of time

28—
In sacred courtyard
Clots of paint stain stone fountain
Creature yet to live

29—
Barbs of hate sting me
But apathy spoils my bones
From the marrow out

30—
Lovers’ symphony
Floats through fortress half-submerged
In underworld mire

Copyright © S. M. Shuford 2018
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