The Leaning Towers

By Marcus D. Niski

Magic steps unfinished

nights gulped down under

new waves

within us each one view

skys no longer burning

over spent seas

the clouds lie down in vain

my nest made in your arms
it’s loose body drooping and falling away

under failed remorse
into the void of unseen dimensions

[MN] 10 January 1999

I Warm up my Machine

(For Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961)

By Marcus D. Niski

I warm up my machine
to begin to write
with hands
across the keys
thoughts ablaze with sound and fury
keys burn in my wake
as lines rage
across a blank white page

[MN] 5 February 2000

To Write like Cendrars

(For Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961)

By Marcus D. Niski

To write like Cendrars

is to write
with pure clarity
and vision

to write straight and true

with the heart of an arrow

to write like Cendrars
is to be:

burnt alive
by the fire
of writing

[MN] 15 February 2003