“Darkless” by Richard King Perkins II

“Darkless” by Richard King Perkins II


For the first time

we’re unhinged
by bits of sun

a sudden flood
of white blush humming.

The powder of day
blows across a floor

of remnant slippage
and linoleum repurposed.

The sky bends low,
close at hand;

we fill it with spirant smoke
and muscular bondage—

if not for
withered willpower
and tribal instincts

I would have you
right now
in a full-term

Unwanted help
and sunset

would never arrive.

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.

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