The City Breathes

The city breathes its hot breath
In and out of choked lungs
With life blood pushing through
Clogged arteries, falling into dust

Yet wonder and vibrant life
Move through its buildings and streets
Along the wind, coarse with broken leaves
Drip atop scarce raindrops, almost muddy with dust

The heart of the city beats
Among its denizens, those half broken souls
Pass beside the towers of debt
Populating its skyline

Open Call for Short Stories and Poems

I am calling on all writers to submit their science fiction and fantasy short stories and poems for publication on thelandline.com. If this interests you, go to the link below and carefully read the submission guidelines. Then, send me an e-mail with your submission to jim@thelandline.com. I look forward to reading your stories and poems and adding them to the The Land Line.

The Land Line

The Land Line-New Site

While I will continue to post poetry and other posts on this blog, please check out my new web site, The Land Line. In it you will find all my poems, short stories, my online novel, and links to articles I’ve published online. If you choose, you can shop for DVDs and Blu-Rays, Poetry Books, Literaure, and even learn about a way to build your own online business.

As always, I appreciate your support and feedback. So, let me know what you think of the new site. You can like my Facebook author page or follow me on Twitter @AuthorJamesLand. I’m so gratified that you’ve chosen to follow my blog and visit every now and then. I look forward to many more years in the WordPress community.

Peace of Christ,

Jim

The Brush of Your Hand…

The brush of your hand across my shoulder
Sends fire into my cheeks, burning away
My confidence, waning as the sun over the horizon.
I would chase you until morning
Dazzled as the night brightens your strawberry hair
Undone by the moonlight framing hazel eyes that
Always smile against a masterpiece rendered
In countenance, sublime in its glowing reflection.

Let my love rest beside your form, holding
Tightly your features till dawn snatches
You from my grasp, and memory dreams
Along the snarling contours of day.
I await the night and the fragrance preceding your touch.

All My Dreams Rise on Thermals

All my dreams rise on thermals
Unhindered in the waning sun
Seeking a fresh perch for the night.

Its beauty keeps them aloft
Silver beams streak like towers of pure light
Reflected and filtered by the moon.

They lay down tracks to usher in
Milky Way and her sister Andromeda,
Their diamond gowns shimmering as life itself.

I Enter the Forest at Night

I enter the forest at night
Search for a glade and rest
My tools I lay on the ground
Worlds apart, alive with sound

Hours I pass listening to songs
Played out infinitely
My eyes adjust to the dark
Set my sight, enlist my mark

Barrel and scope point assurance
Ranging through the moonlight
My target comes into view
Minutes down, seconds ensue

Accommodation of fresh eyes
Clearly see through the night
I set my finger in place
Press down, capture time and space