Preserved In Naught
: 01/09/2012

Each and every word we hear... each breath stolen by frail lungs... each thought is a gift. And though we may treasure these gifts, those who truly know what is missing cannot find their peace regardless.

(note: I have older poetry and writing tracing back decades, and will post much of it eventually. Check back for more history)

"...listen to yourself..."
-DKB - 2012

Preserved In Naught
: January 9th 2012

Wherein soundless majesty that void becomes the sole color of all we know to exist,
through those stretched shadows, whispered in reverse,
whose ripples snare respite in tears of restraint.
To sleep in the softness of pools most grim
and dim thy light in that verboten longing to breathe...
Unrestricted passages of nothing render not a comfort whole
bar emptiness to see three-fold into that alone which is barren.

There, in the gleam of eyes but one, the dead speak and fallen rise,
to for nil engage thy legions upon the infracted melodies of night.
Enraptured and unwrapped in the cover of quiet
promises shed as blood like dew from those wings of evermore.
That never made whole, instead kept together in pieces
which pour in sorrow's perfected overcast,
to enrich the earth that grievance etched into the landscape of the living departed.
So kept in breaths beneath the spirit of winter's lost angel views pulse.

And for that wind which carries dark into the screams of midnight stars,
a fortress to the fallen beyond an empty radius of waste.
The shadow's shadow crawls in hourglass sand dunes dropped from heaven's dream.
Pleading for more yet left to bleed... Safe and alone.
Preserved in naught.

© 2012 - DKB

: 01/08/2012

My seventh new piece is undoubtedly my style in form and function. It's all about the journey, and the rewards that our travels may or often may not have in store for us.

"...beauty comes in the form and angel and demon alike, I tend to look deeper..."
-DKB - 2008

: January 8th 2012

Thick in the maze of wretched ambitions,
a spring of death feeds the floating gardens of beautiful agony.
Enchanted, elusive lures of graceful waters gleaming with light that sing to desiccate travelers,
inducing ceaseless journeys to this shore of promise.

Through dense terrain they would press on,
fearing the failure of that which lies just beyond reach.
Those maimed and scrambling along the way lost to the overgrowth,
somehow not buried beneath the moss of hollowness.
Yet still that sconce radiates for those who weather the distress and extend faith as they sight the waters edge.

The instants wasted away unknowingly...
Another moon sheds skin without notice as seconds echo through surrealistic daydreams
of times that were less actuality than aspiration.
Unreadable, a face and hands withered in darkness as time thought still vanished in flocks,
and blind determination became all.

Till crouched on shredded hands and knees
a weary wanderer finds themself upon that arrant shore.
Where naked and breathless they teeter on edge unable to see to the endless floor.
A quest at end gives breath of life where none existed.
To inhale, and bound into those alluring depths...
And for a heartbeat, time regains that unimaginable standstill.

Yet as the water hits the flesh it births no comfort.
Worse still the lovely anguish it instills just under the outer layer, below the skin and inaccessible.
The drowning drawn deeper attempts a scream to charge frail lungs with frozen winds
of liquid torment, solidifying that final breath and cementing their core to this downward path.
Encompassed in pain throughout,
a journey dismissed in terminal flashes of endless sorrow the goal became.
And the stillness of silence...

© 2012 - DKB

The Wishes Three
: 01/05/2012

If you had a second chance at something, would you take it? Have you missed it? Do you know what it is you truly desire?

"...one should never waste a wish, they are precious and to be treasured..."
-DKB - 2009

The Wishes Three
: January 5th 2012

There stood no lamp of magic most ancient,
nor cursed limb of a moldering savage
to marvel in that fractured sight and utter the wishes three.
Successive, repressing desires... incessant, this constant discomfort of grants unaccepted.
Sufferance is less strength than necessity once surrounding inhabitants forget the promise.
The untainted rapture of such amnesia... would serve a most consummate gift.

Abstracted somewhere amidst faults left by nothing
rest moments unearned, chanted as pawns to reassure the master.
Between obstacles stumbled about and inhumed are the oaths of the pieces lost before them.
The true hopes of tomorrow never sensed in the flesh-eating era
of pretty assassins and viral lips.
Whose stealthy heels missed never a stab, and exacted only from fragile prey.
Secluded wants of disremembered hereafters clearly outlive the reign of lies,
to softly brush away the dust of false seasons.
Without notice, the slight of heart forgotten.

In remembrance of the one, the dream, and the savior.
Persistent wishes not faded with flesh, carry the weight of loss
as those empty reflections gleam brighter than the disconsolate mist of the theater.
Within that single moment of clarity when the masquerade loses all glamour...
Hope aches to breathe anew.

© 2012 - DKB

: 01/03/2012

At some point there are always ghosts who return to us. Skeletons in the closets of our minds which never find their way from us. We can fight it or embrace it... but it will never matter, they return.

"...I will be back for you..."
-DKB - 2008

: January 3rd 2012

Scintillating retentions slice through the hue of a distracted consciousness.
Precious holdings locked away from the vengeful hammer of repentance and pain.
Bantam priceless treasures kept deep between the cells.
Safely moved and forgotten in haste for replicas...
yet remaining long after the tarnish devours
any value once handed to all that glitters.

The perfect ghost... who somehow breathes within each dying memory and only stalks when summoned.
In a silent tremble and the motionless hum of winter's forbidden song.
Encircled by the dead, the phantom's kiss intones passion...
Lust and rage besieged, for that which was beyond it's understanding.
Held still, for none living to lay sight upon.
Omit one promised that sacred property so long ago, in whom you tried to trust as successor.
If duty should call, would those lands still exist?

For that ill replaced by the dust which followed
subsists within the broken vision of a fallen spirit.
Lest nameless faces and faceless names
falter apiece in time they shall;
that memory kept unknown to all stays forever hallowed within,
and waits quietly for the hand of
the only anticipated proprietor

© 2012 - DKB

: 01/02/2012

This, the fourth of my new poems, is a personal favorite and reminds me much of some of my older work. Imagination is like a floodgate once opened and it seems to flow more freely when you refuse to keep it contained.

"...pro vobis fracta..."

: January 2nd 2012

Unsettling, the dream from which it wakes. The beast enkindled as unrest itches beyond the flesh
and rustles the demons of more cryptic chasms.
Disturbing residuals of the imagery induced in night's cold and tormenting grip...
Where solace ignores the scarlet doorway
and phantoms invade the momentary stillness.

Chained to the darkened corners of this cavern,
a tomb with marker removed as punishment,
it bounds through the black to scratch tiny memories in blood soaked dirt wrought with parasites.
Microscopic vampires that feed between the lines yet never seem to fill the depressions carved.
Ever calling to the voices within when the fires untended yield ashes of rue.

The eyes of truth...
Tempered and stained by those long dead.
Only see in the ring of the sleepwalker's whisper.

For in the utter essence of the midnight choir
lies the secret to that which none simply hear
and a silence that begs to find peace.

Still the keeper tends this endless ember whose dance casts the shadow's waltz
within those moments carved
upon the crust of a decomposing burial chamber.
Where creatures house their shattered dreams...

© 2012 - DKB


: 01/01/2012

The third piece since I began writing my thoughts again. Awakened by a freezing wind that danced around me while I walked outside. It cut through me instantly... but also guided me until I landed here.

"...there is a truth deeper than that which we share, at times, it knows more than we do..."
-DKB 2012

: January 1st 2012

It took but a moment to feel the chill in the air tonight. Enshrouded save flailing onsets, lined with glistening blades,
and launched from a broken and frigid center...
Memories of it's familiar touch stir and agitate the ghosts within. Actuating another haunted midnight.

The blade remembered... quiet in each slice. Stealing sections despite their offering.
Secret pieces unnecessarily cut apart.
Hidden truths, treacherous denials, and the transparent tears of a masked princess
to silently wash away the evidence before staining the ground in it's stead.
That which shows no blemish to common eye. A sunlit afternoon, which could only be summer,
cautiously hiding the hypothermic poison under a shade tree.

How it fooled them all...
to cut between the prints of each finger and bleed them dry unnoticed.
With a smile, and a flawless gesture of aide...
Found dead long after your departure.

And alas the winter winds which chill the eyes of the master, know there is no hope for the weak and unguided as they shift through the landscape. Burning the glacial wastelands left in their wake.

Though as I die searing, with skin shed by the cold. Black and rotten, frost-bitten away in tiny shards.
I take pleasure in knowing that even in serial fashion, no future flesh destroyed shall feed
your core as that you consumed in arrogance and sought forever after in vain.
For even winter takes not pride in yet another frozen kill,
but never forgets the single warrior rose who welcomed the onslaught.

© 2012 - DKB


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Into Dust
: 12/25/2011

After 20 months of not writing, I decided that I missed the days of penning my way through the dark. With no shortage of inspiration, it seemed only logical to continue filtering my thoughts through words. To me, all forms of artisty are a great release and inhalation. This is just another world, waiting quietly to be created.

"...sometimes, the statue refuses to understand it's own beauty, because it wants to be heard or felt, instead of only seen..."
-DKB 2011

Into Dust
: December 25th 2011

A pale light ventures quietly, through the aging dust of some lost and forgotten attic...
drawn upon a faded mirror where memories cling with hooks and chains to sterile flesh inside a soul.
Locked within the reflection's stare... decayed remains that have molded over time
to comprise a statue of something human, this broken sculpture, attempting to shed blood through stained eyes.
Praying the burn will blind its gaze to the incessant disgust it finds staring back.
Unable to move or look away, and begging for an end.

The storm outside continues an onslaught against the weathered roof of this dying estate.
Once home to laughter and tears... Sorrow... and emptiness. Still housed within its walls are the ghosts of these things. Funny, how "nothing" begins to take up the most space. Ironic.
The manner in which it attaches itself to everything, and every memory.
Emptiness should not manage to overcrowd so much. One can find themself buried in it through the years,
climbing over and among it only to reach new spaces somehow already filled with the endlessness of it.
Until that which is less than something, becomes everything.

Atop the piles of lost moments and broken dreams; but a ladder with desolate rungs, cold and twisted, haphazardly balanced against an entrance to this haunted tomb where still our sculpture waits...
gathering dust in preparation of his own demise.
This masterpiece carved from the empty promises of hollow phantoms
and words without depth to flow through the valleys left.
Those veins devoid of blood once strong and pure... loyal and true, a warrior's heart, expecting... endlessly.
No longer beating, but beaten into some shape of pseudo-perfection necessary to fit the decor.
With pieces shaved away and left forever unrecognizable.
Another stale trinket of a passing fad in a world that knows not forever.

Ancient artistry, misplaced and left as its only witness... Locked away from the eyes of both judge and betrayer,
to be saved by the silence once fatally feared and free from the hammer of the next decorator.
This frozen stone finds peace gathering dust before a reflection that will not sculpt further,
and a storm that can no longer erode the base on which it stands.

© 2011 - DKB

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: 12/20/2011

The first poem of my new work, and the alarm inside my writer's soul. I find it interesting that this poem and "Into Dust" were written so closely together, and both use the imagery of inanimate "humanized" objects to symbolize the subject. Where one is to be admired, however, the other is the antogonist. When considering the similarities between items sculpted for art and those made to look deceptively real, it eventually becomes a fine line between true art, and a burgler's mask, does it not?

"...love has always been my greatest focus, and in turn, sorrow; my greatest muse..."
-DKB 2009

: December 20th 2011

Sketch a picture perfect face upon any hardened item... empty and cold, a plastic shell.
To captivate those weak and weary, taunted by some concealing misrepresentation.
Layered lifeless decorations atop skin deep glamour shrouded from the gaze of existence.
Offered by chance the gift of breath, while moments passed clinging to the storefront.
A fractured expression no eyes behold, quietly crawling below this false facade,
and protecting the world from the rotten core just beneath the frozen surface.
Where lies are truth and secrets are the power of forever... love shall not tread.

May the counterfeit face in your display be your only discovery.
The pride of a heart forever empty and dead, alone and cold.
May the fading mask of your conceit become the curse you cannot control,
until all of the world sees through your hollow frame,
and the soul you shunned haunts your artificial dreams forevermore.

Memories of sorrow and treachery... that overwhelm beauty's lure.
The destruction of all that could be astounding, draped in accessory.
Behind the false, and unworthy, and deserving of trivial tomorrows,
are the regrets of another jaded customer looking for value in vanity.

The lie that you are shall consume you,
betray you, and remind you... For all of time.
A forgotten mannequin,
whose shallow soul could never contain reality.

© 2011 - DKB

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Suffer the Mist
: 04/04/2010

This poem was a culmination of numerous pieces from my past. It makes references throughout to concepts found in older writing. My work, like life, follows a continuous storyline, so to speak. This was the last poem I wrote before again hanging up my pen... In search of inspiration maybe, not that it is ever hard to find.

"Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart,
and bids it break."
-William Shakespeare

Suffer the Mist
: April 4th 2010

Quietly you have followed his path... This trail of crimson and tears,
distressingly deposited from distant desires long dead.
Hiding amongst the fog of ruin you watch, with baited breaths clearing just enough to conceive sight.
Unknown... unheard in the stillness of nothing. You pursue this broken dream upon his endless path to nowhere.
In silence and screams the song of this shattered has fallen into the blood of the earth.
In mountains unmoved and the flow of the wind as the veils wear thin you will feel him.
See his flawless shadow...

The wraith of winter's lost sorrow, Hunted and haunted and hiding in anguish...
Still tall and alone and drawing the fire of nightmares and hatred of all that could save us.
The cloaked in clipped wings and draped in the black dust of oblivion.

Balanced upon the edge of desire, a fragment of alchemy embellished in flesh...
To rip and tear in search of his secret forgotten to the eyes of mankind.
The gift within, this treasure sought as tombs up heaved and tattered through bare naught but splinters of the whole.
Spirits in unrest between the walls scavenged with no one left to possess.
And nothing left to be found... save those precious doors once witnessed.

If you are still, and can suffer the mist... Patient eyes find one who's not dead but dreaming,
in pools of wounds fed by an ancient invocation. Never to be bled dry.
Where within each subtle beat, A quiet breath... of heaven released.

And the dead whisper again.

© 2010 - DKB

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: 03/20/2010

If the person you loved the most asked you today, would you know in your heart... how you will forever be remembered in their eyes?

"...to realize one's destiny
is a person's only obligation..."
-Paulo Coelho

: March 20th 2010

Lost in the fragments of a whispered dream, Memories settle like dust, lifted in winds of truth divine.
The sudden torment of reality alighting the remnants scattered.
Slowly they fall into sorrow-etched footprints...
Filling the gaps and erasing the way to where you have been.

Forward the only direction but down, we travel or fall.
As the ashes quietly drift into place, and smooth the variations left in our imaginings.
The path behind but a ghost of a memory banished in an instant of devastating clarity.

Never to be forgotten...
The broken voice of sorrow's ambassador angel leads you to that inevitable branch...
Where choice is the touch of both heaven and hell.

You can stand at these crossroads, for all of time... And listen upon the shattered, dying breath of a lost current for the choking whisper of your fallen forgotten...
Shunned from your ears to suffocate in the blood of betrayal.

Wander or wallow in wonder, it matters not.

The heart once shattered, is no less broken either way.

© 2010 - DKB

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In Exitium
: 02/22/2010

without a doubt one of my personal favorite pieces, In Exitium is one I still like to read. It has numerous lines I find powerful and as relevant now as when first written. It, like many others, pulls from ideas of many works from my past, and still inspires me to this day.

"One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering.";
- Jane Austen

In Exitium
: February 22nd 2010

Pray for the haunted who followed that fate. Carving the chronicles...
a septic blade sharpened on those wounded in training.
Call to lost angels betrayed before bloodstained gates of razor and pearl... As purity lies in wait.
Paint a pretty memory upon some fractured tomb with colors drained from the accursed bled naught...
the failing forgotten whose name parts cold lips in a deadly whisper.
Where sorrow doth tread... and shadows bear the mark of wretched wounds. Pray for the broken who worshiped your name... for the fallen adorned in crimson memory.
Souls worn to rot building abandoned temples they refuse to part for fear of admitting their life was a waste. Hear their lost song in the walls that buried them forever. Their selfish wish... to not die alone.
Blank pages in a divine arcana... never to find those eyes meant to read them.
Moments... tip the scales from that void.

Pray for the sands that have seeped into the eyes of the seer... a shattered hourglass
whose gradual torment works beneath the skin and within the ducts that play the slide show of a life
upon rotten clay formed where visions lay dead and trapped inside.
And from that chiseled remnant... gates built to solemn catacombs. Where tears and time become
the endless maze of walls... cold and cracked with his imageries.
A blind waltz through the jagged ruins of a reality whose dream seemed less infected...
ending only when that graceful whirl tears the last fragment of flesh from his frame...
And the dance of the damned... leaves another tattered and broken.

As the age of mourning expands in endless circles, consuming that flickering light in a season's death.
Pray for the memories that swim in your veins... it is their pain that nourishes you.
Pray for that journey never-ending... from the place within we cannot escape.

© 2010 - DKB

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: 2/12/2010

Anything I were to say about this piece at this point would be pointless and irrelevant. It is sad at times the way things go, and where we rest our hopes.

"...where are you now?"
-DKB 2012

: February 12th 2010

Ask a dreamer... "how do you catch the tail of a star?" And they will simply tell you to reach.
Ask one who has caught a star, and they will show you the places their flesh was burned,
While they remember the ride.
Ask an angel... "how can I fly into heaven?" And they will simply tell you to have faith.
Ask one who has fallen, and they will show you a trail of their shattered pieces,
While their soul honors gift of the journey. I have lived somewhere between a dream and reality, struck from the sky so long ago into a place known and unknown. Left to die alone upon the edge of a serrated drop. Where I waited for time to wither away my memories. It has never been my wish to perish in such a fashion. I cannot die drowning in the sorrow of secret spectres. Nor can I crawl back from where I began...

I stand upon the edge of tomorrow, scared of the staggering height as I look at the razor-filled fields of yesterday surrounding me. I see the storms on every horizon... and I fear them. I see the torment beneath me, baiting me... ever at the ready to drag me under.
Then somewhere in the sorrow I see it... My light, my direction, my last destination. And I know that there is only one way to reach it. To forsake all else in the face of fear and fly...
knowing the fall will leave nothing behind.

Today... I leap from this tired perch of the dead. I will catch the tail of a shooting star, to ride the currents of these storms. Above and beyond the ages of grief and regret into the light of a new day...
A new tomorrow.
I will find my way to that flame. I will risk whatever is left of me to find the path... to you.
You are all I know at this moment... and all I can discover in the chaos...
As I watch the currents move, I can only see you. As I fight away the terror, I can only hear you.
As I take this last breath... I can only feel you... You are the gravity... and the wind beneath me.
You are my every dream... and my missing pieces.
You are the light of hope that shadows the demons of times left behind.
You are the hand that I reach for as I bound from these borrowed chains.
You are the current that nothing can stop... carry me where you will, my love.

Ti Amo... Sempre

© 2010 - DKB

(note: I have older poetry and writing tracing back to my youth, and will post much of it. Check back soon)

Everyone has their own vision of perfection, but the eye of the beholder is ever-inspired by the hand of the artist. - DKB

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