Patience Has Teeth

Turn on every light

burn every candle

that you have

in your room

to keep the darkness

away.

Close the closet door,

jump up on your bed

and whisper those prayers

you learned in Sunday school

when you were a child.

Maybe they’ll work

They’re so old and comforting.

Like a warm blanket and a warm sweet drink wrapped around your shoulders

sliding down your throat

when it is dark and  the air is thick with ice and fog and despair.

Don’t look down to the floor

towards the window

Oh God

did you lock it?

Did you lock the window you scream to yourself

in your head where you thought the monsters lived.

Why didn’t you draw the curtains closed

how could you forget such a simple thing?

What will keep you safe now?

Could you scream for help? Cry to the Devil

to anyone, to someone to save you now.

Please save you now?

Go ahead.

Ask.

Plead.

Beg.

I’m listening on the other side

of your window

where darkness is forever

and I’m not going anywhere.

Daily Prompt: Creature

The Ruined


 

” I trusted you! ” his eyes were bright, his breath was sharp he pushed his face close to hers.

” I did everything you asked of me, gave everything I promised to give, I broke the rules, changed the rules, I ended lives, I set the hills and sky on fire for you. “

She looked down and he was sure she was smiling.

That’s the way she was, that’s the way she had been since the day she drew her first breath and it sailed down her throat to her empty chest and the place where her heart should have been.

” We had a deal. You made me a promise. You said you’d give me your love and you Soul. I thought you were perfect. ” he closed his eyes and welcomed the darkness he saw there.

That darkness, that abyss was reminded him of her.

His heart burned, it ached, it was no more.

His eyes flew open and burned into hers.

” You are oblivion. You are a cheat. You are a lie. “

She raised her hands to his face, reached up and rested them on his horns.

” And you, my poor sad creature  are a trusting Devil.”

 

Say Cheese

Photo A.M. Moscoso

One of my favorite stories about the great Bluesman Robert Johnson wasn’t the silly story about selling his soul at the Crossroads to the Devil.

My favorite story is one where he was in a diner and someone ( can’t remember if it was a cook or a patron ) said he wanted to learn the guitar but all he had was a beat up old thing that he couldn’t possible learn on.

So Robert Johnson said, bring it on out and he’ll take a look at it. Maybe he could fix it. So the guy brings the guitar out and Robert looks it over and then he plays it- really plays it.

” Sounds fine to me now ” he was supposed to have said as he handed it back over.

Photo: A.M. Moscoso

For the last couple of years I’ve been taking pictures with my phone- and even though they aren’t technically great I didn’t care.

They showed what I wanted to say, I had fun taking them and as Robert Johnson said  ” Sounds fine to me. ”

Recently though I decided to break down and get a camera, there is only so much you can do with a phone camera – and God knows I pushed it- but I wanted to see what I would get with  a ‘real’ camera.

So here it is.

Here is the funny thing.

I had a Canon 35mm and I even learned to develop my own pictures. I experimented with Black and White Photography. I learned to do still and action shots and what kind of light and film to use.

Do you know what I never had to do with my old camera?

Wait for the freaking battery to charge.

I don’t know how this new photography experiment of mine  is going to go- though the one word that to describe how I feel right now is ” curious. ”

Photo: A.M. Moscoso