Digging Deep & Dark

Deeply dripping dark dreams
Engaged erotically every eve
Five fondling fingers folded;
Girded goalposts give – go greedy –

How hath human horoscopes
Intertwined, itching, ignited
Jab jocular jostle; jury & joie
Kettle keeps a knowledgeable kill
Lording lust loves liminal
Mentions. Marathon. Mark marriage –

No napier, no nihilage
Over octagonal obfuscation
Purposefully placed; purport
Queen’s quaff – questioning & quell.

Ransom rider’s rote ruling raw
Satiated. Sunshine – superseded.
The twilight – two tormenting
Undertakers use of umpteem urns
Vie – vile & vain. Virtual vigor vane –

Wise Wu wonders why wanton warrior wanders –
Xon Xavier’s Xanadu; a xenophobe
Yoke. Yearning, young, yelling – yes!
Zeus’ zone. Zen. Zebediah Zealous.

After all, at apex approaching
Be better, be born, be bonded breast!
Catch cymbal; conch & catacomb crest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This poem was selected from entries submitted to our Creative Challenge Series #16: First Sentences, which required that the first sentence in the text must be used as given. Read other Creative Challenge winners. To find out how to participate, go to Creative Challenges.



Elisabeth Horan has been published in many journals, including Occulum, Anti-Heroin Chic and Moonchild Magazine. She lives in Vermont.




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