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Through sips of cold coffee
Underneath stinging raindrops
Watching bright blue sea stars floating, bobbing
I feel a deep ache to run and run and run
       Inspiration, inspiration
Blissful waves of illumination
Over warm, shimmering, saltwater tears
 for an indigo muse
My beautiful, wilting, serpentine guide
Your divine presence always
       Inside, inside
and I won’t sleep tonight
You’ll find my green eyes wide
So you can ignite the rainy forest with
 a wordless lullaby
and my delicate mind of visceral thirst
Clings tightly to fragile, tiffany mists
        Inclination, inclination
to have what can’t be found on Earth
All-knowing, glowing being
Seeing you through double vision
 of an endless sapphire blue
We’ll dance and dance all night like ghosts
 on the floor of a spinning room
Hallucinating silently from
Bright red passion tea fumes
        Insomnia, insomnia
Visit again at eleven-eleven
Bring your formless, flickering, seventh heaven
Clear droplet of heartache
Do I yet dream deep?
Celestial god, saccharine demon,
Matters not to me
I’ve found you either way to be unclouded artistry
 a restful, ethereal visitor of
        Insanity, insanity
So crying, and dying and try as they may
Little powder-blue pills cannot keep you away
Made of vapor
 and stars
While I’m slipping astray
I’ll look over my shoulder and ask you to stay
My teacher from Heaven
I wish for, I wish on eleven-eleven

As I run through the streets, I pass faces that smile
 but I know they would not take me in
 and while you run through my veins I keep hearing you say
That you would
I know well that you would

- Amy Strom, 2014 (Wingedmind)


For years I stood there waiting
In my predetermined place
For what I’ve no idea
Evidence left not a trace
The forest floor grew moldy
The seasons went and came
And life grew stale and boring
In that predetermined game
The butterflies were morphing
The moon eclipsed the sun
And pathways spread…

Sere Nocturne


Lost amidst the smoke trees in the deep, unending wild,
Walks the wayward spirit of an outcast river child.
Drifting where the grim gloom guides her feet,
She finds her spectral semblance weary, hollow, incomplete.
Wandering eternally beneath the tide of night,
Hunting for the faintest trace of veiled ancestral light,
Harbinger of supernal retreat.

Her shadow-box heart contains eventide codes.
Cimmerian secrets of nature unknown,
Of radiant splendor she’s never been shown;
Of gems from the gloaming’s wide reach.

By the weeping river she lies, blanketed in stars,
And floats atop the cloudy waters, honoring the dark.
Dusk-like gaze turned up toward the moon;
She chases flashbacks waiting for a moment opportune.
Taking all the beasts crepuscular beneath her wing,
Waiting in the shadows; dreaming, longing, lingering
To make her last escape woefully soon.

- Amy Strom, 2013 (Wingedmind).




  Yarn flower…
Effloresce in the story garden.
Shrivel when your covers run parallel.
Tell us over again when you’re opened,
         of spring,
when the ink river dribbled black for miles.
This bountiful morpheme harvest,
for your hundred-some wings to hold,
should be pollinated, transplanted,reaped, over and again.

- Amy Strom (2013 Wingedmind).


There are rainbows through my wet eyelashes
And I feel his lungs shuddering
As all around the bugs hum and the grass sways
You’re under your tree, under flowers, under the earth
We’re still above
I watched your eyes as you went away
You were watching the distance
It was peaceful I think
In the…

This is such a nice dedication to darling Night the kitty. She was a sweet, fragile little lady.

Shadow Dance

Shadow Dance

He’ll smell of wet leaves when we blend.

Fine trace of lace and lily stem.

Of clumps of clay and pressed Wild Pink;

Droplets of cloud-colored ink.

He’ll recreate the meaning of

A taste of death;

The scent of love.

Like silver slivers of a dream,

He’ll stir in me a shade unseen.

He’ll feel like branches, mica stone.

Like cold, cobwebbed canary bones,

And windswept feathers sometime lost,

Rotting ‘neath moth-eaten moss.

The true fixation of my soul —

To haunt a ghost

Without control.

He’ll smell of a wildflower field.

I’ll breath him in; I will be healed.

- Amy Strom (2014 Wingedmind).

H 2 Aeronautics

H 2 Aeronautics


Under thin moonlight currents I become a bird,
And sail from stream to stream.
Sea foam stars light my way to the tree in the clouds,
Where my thoughts are ever free.
They fly up to the planets that rotate above,
On wings of afterglow.
Frail spider web filters choose which will fall back,
To Earth who hangs below.
I search for the portal carved into the trunk,
Wings pounding as my heart.
But just like before, there isn’t a door,
And my theory falls apart.
So I ride waves of birch bark and try just to smile,
One can’t smile with a beak.
Perch next to an owl on stardust covered branch,
And find out I can’t speak.
While I wait there I try, and I let out a sigh,
Which howls forth as a wail.
It startles me so I fall to Earth below,
Forgetting how to sail.

- Amy Strom (2013 Wingedmind).

In Darkness, Memory

The air was dark orchid,

I saw, peeking through x-ray contacts, fixed fast over dilated pupil,

Standing still in that stagnant sarcophagus, usual.

And all around, a vague, inky haze.

In the rocker she rhythm-creaked to a well lodged lyric,

Trapped for the twenty-year absence of kisses to a spent spirit.

Through transparent skull I marked notes, brain-embedded, so deep they were automatic,

Pitch-perfect, but enigmatic.


I saw static withdraw to the roots of parched hair,

With ashen streaks slipping through splintered beams, drifting dawn everywhere.

All the while her cruel throat demon surfaced to lips,

Ever promptly suppressed with dainty diet-acid sips.

And he was a paragon, numb in the legs,

Lungs lying through ivories, the measure of nest eggs.

Hands, draped over plaid-swathed wood,

Admitting defeat, waning dreamless and weak.


Sunlight ripened and bloomed into pitch black repose,

So my toes gripped the boards tightly where I stood frozen.

And well without warning I glanced through debris,

Their ghastly pale, heartbroken eyes flick to me.

Some startling, pure panic was trickling freely,

Like tears from my irises over my body,

Wrapping me wildly in dim waves of horror, so vast I could no longer see.


Then veins constrained.

Bones caving, feet feeble, sunken sockets cradling tears.

I felt tempered rainwater welling; smelling warm and sweet;

Saw the slow stir of a storm - electricity illuminating those lungs.

Her tined teeth were now clenched like his fists should have been.

And my hand in the bag at my side,

Brushed over a little surprise -

A case which I opened in search of Goodbye;

A place to escape to where I could clear cries.

But within, x-ray contacts held hard to my eyes, still floating in saline…

Still unapplied.


I walk through the dark orchid fields. Sickly sweet and careless, they bloom all around, those dingy memories of my past being fostered by them. She sloshes around, sugar-syrup, and already dead, choking out the weeds in her way, of which the heartiest were He and I. Now we’ve been starved, shriveled up, and the memories aren’t fading… they’re staying; making clear why we’re hollow, hollow, hollow.

- Amy Strom (2014)


Out the windows it’s been hazy gray all day but the rain doesn’t come
And I’ve been planning the next several things to read
But I still can’t write a single sentence of my own
[but there is time]
Sometimes I join programs or rewards clubs even though
I’m only going to buy one, ever
Just because…

I love you Raychel. You are a creative, poetic, lyrical genius. And you deserve so much more recognition and fame and wealth than you currently have. But don’t give up, because it will happen if you keep trying and make yourself known! Good things do come to those who wait and those who want and those who try.

(Source: parkinglotseagull)

The Cadaverous Prowler of Her Reveries

He is the one who wanders the night and prowls the deep and keeps her from sleep.

That place where she found him,

   Awake in his ashes,

And if this is madness…then I am Alice.

And that chill down her backbone,

It must be her sadness.

That place where she found him,

                …Beginning of Nothing,

Goes all the way down to the very last something.

That perfect scar beneath his lips.

She could ask how it happened…

                Discover its reality by sweeping her fingertips

   Across, and listen…

As his compelling voice explains about that for a while,

    And she’d admire how they still share contoured lines of asymmetry.

            But she is scared to death.

        And she is scared of death.

And anyway, she wouldn’t want to solve all the mysteries of him.

- Amy Strom, 2013 (Wingedmind).


I only smoke at night.
I like to hide it from myself in the darkness,
when the rebirth of day is over and it’s time to die again.
I resign myself to a hazy fate and breathe in poison.
       So much for fresh starts.
I breathe in the muted morning, the withered afternoon, the weeping evening…
   then slowly blow it away.
I watch it fade into the deep darkness, until it never happened at all.
Sometimes I pretend so well, the vague lines of my reality disappear completely.

- Amy Strom, 2013 (Wingedmind).

The Tree

For years I stood there waiting
In my predetermined place
For what I’ve no idea
Evidence left not a trace
The forest floor grew moldy
The seasons went and came
And life grew stale and boring
In that predetermined game
The butterflies were morphing
The moon eclipsed the sun
And pathways spread before me
But still I couldn’t run
I closed my eyes to exits
‘Til they closed themselves to me
Remaining closed my windpipe off
Until I couldn’t breathe
And yet so long I lingered
For the stifling fear of change
Beginnings of their own took shape
Of manner awfully strange
I stood still for so long a time
My feet were rooted there
And branches sprouted from my arms
And leaves burst from my hair
My body turned into a trunk
Sap where blood used to be
Only my rings could tell you now
How long I’ve been a tree
Perhaps the day will come along
When they will level me
The girl who didn’t want to stay
But couldn’t bear to leave

- Amy Strom, 2012 (Wingedmind).

Of Internal Ache, Eternal

I speak droplets of confusion’s bane;
Bottled and shaken. 
Ataxia turning in churned carbonation,
All the while humming a worn fabrication: 

I’m handle and spout to my twin’s acrid tears — 
Her sane on the wane in the high ward. 
Seared, overgrown gardens of cerebral fears; 
Ignoring the internal soothsayer’s sneer…

…A lie, notwithstanding 

Let me cry; wring my hands, ‘til their bones turn to dust,
Now I catch long-craved boons in quelling what I must.
Until this uncertainty breaks from its cage, 
We shall sip of my seething mistrust.

- Amy Strom

Soul of Spine

Fear blooms from her betrodden lungs
In poisonous waves, like Houndstongue
Barbs biting deeply into whomever brushes past
Grave words are etched into her eyes:
Do not attempt to quench my cries!
The closer they get, the deeper the sickness seeps in.

And it’s a lonesome life she lives
Revoking all she ever gives
To save them from that burn of her spewing affliction
Lovers flee fast from her embrace
Though she’d dismiss them with raw haste
Before all else: Safety, in shadow. Her prison.

- Amy Strom, 2013.

A Breath of Fresh Art

To carve from yourself a masterpiece, 
Requires the most hurting need. 

And for once you’ll become who you’ve wanted to be, 
Just as big as the sky; as the sea. 

Outlines leak from that spot in your inspired thoughts, 
And become a bright reality. 

Though, one thing’s to imagine, and one to compose. 
Days of slow lamentation to bleed graceful prose. 

Now you’ll wait to compare with the way that you rose, 
In the hour of your greatest boast.

- Amy Strom, 2012.