raison d’être

The eye has not yet reached us—

I still smell
hunger in your verbs.
thirsting for a noun,
your lips a violent hour
among this prose-spun path.


my flesh became your canvas,
escape for your violet ink.
on edges, thirsty stains
from a cavernous mind,
a false penumbra, for you hide.


the eye has not yet reached us—
but droplets have begun to fall
here I stand, flesh-soaked and exposed
a gnosis bestowing freedom–you’ll never know.


© Grace Black

Welcome to the October Poetry Journey!

I participated in NaPoWriMo back in April (30in30) and it was a blast! One of my fellow poet friends—Ruth Long, lovely work check her out!–suggested #OctPoWriMo to me so I thought…Why not!

Today is Day 1 of OctPoWriMo  join me, 31 poems in 31 days. Do you dabble in word play as well? Let’s create 31 in 31!


Love and Ink,



        1. I will try and make it on Monday with a haibun. I agree with stretching beyond and exploring different paths as a writer. Top job, thank you for the camaraderie.

  1. Your opening & closing lines are killer effective. I average 2-3 poems per week, but one a day sounds daunting. I would fear that my best work would not bless each entry, each submission. Over at dVerse, many of us are having a honeymoon with haibun, & all stroll the /prose-spun path/ capped with haiku of course.

    1. Oh, haibun is such a lovely form. I will probably incorporate a few into this month of writes. Thanks for stopping by, Glenn! Your writes are always seem so fleshed-out and polished, I admire you for that. I look as this month long exercise as a challenge to keep my ink flowing and hold me accountable. Best to you!

  2. Beauty of expressinGineffable
    in symbols of human
    spiRit never
    befORe.. a
    tAble of more
    a napKin wITh
    colORs neVer
    tasted at
    be more

  3. I specially love this part:

    your lips a violent hour

    among this prose-spun path.

    my flesh became your canvas,

    escape for your violet ink.

    Each line is exquisite ~ Thanks for sharing at D’verse ~

  4. This is crazy awesome!!! Especially the opening 5 lines and this:

    “my flesh became your canvas,
    escape for your violet ink.”

    So sexy, girl. And that all-seeing eye really takes this up a notch. I love it.

  5. A poem skirting with danger and sensuality – love it!
    And bravo for attempting the poem a day challenge – look forward to reading them, but it’s a step too far for me at this moment in time.

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