Dah Helmer

1. A Longer Journey

Makers of eternity
thunder and fear, I bring this
offering, my used soul,
in return for a length of life
longer than eternal,
a slash of lightning to break the dark,
sunbeams, a stillness that moves me.

This thin air, this breath,
a momentary escape, here, forsaken
and twisted, rotted like an old storm,
caught in death’s drift, hardened
by an acrid drip of ice.

If I could break myself, these habits,
these scattered moments. If I could cut
like heat through the final ice, melt,
spill, ooze, discharge a living hiss,
some eternal life.

I rush to you this offer,
crash into time, carry wind
in my lungs, waves of blood,
drums in my heart, I rush
and pass faster into this growth
of hollow space, a cold dull gasp,
lips mute, eyes dumb.

Do not sever this hope from me,
do not break me, here, on earth,
a longer journey, a longer journey,
good fortune, good luck,
a shot in the dark, more hours
on the clock, a longer journey.

Gods of eternity
thunder and fear, I bring this
offering, my used soul, broken,
dismantled. This is all I have
and you have so much.

Dah Helmer © 2015

2. Cabernet

I savor this vintage
A red-swoon whistles
like a sailor
and my tongue’s waves
wash the essence to shore

Taste buds are spellbound

A whispering lift carries me

sedates my nerves

and even more is this empty glass’s
disordered drops along the rim
Smudged lip prints like breath’s vapor
a momentary ghost
moon sliding into water
fog snow
blood of sacrificial grapes

3. Dictator

To those who forgive me
I loathe you
for you are weak
your voices are not worthy
you spineless living
dead things
worthless as dumb dogs

If not incarcerated
I would do it again
would squeeze everything
out of you


your life

No do not say you forgive me
you are not gods
You have no power to forgive
you are impotent

After I vanish
I will haunt you to your deaths
and there
I will be waiting
to squeeze the light from your soul
until nothing but darkness