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Blood Song

written by: Godfrey Holy and Tanya Rakh


no moon over water tonight
only dreams spat on fractured
no one beside me dying here
no sleep under these branches

now the key has turned,
and now wounds must bleed
time must yell and tell
of shadows over water

melting signposts
traveling shadows,
twists of uncertain
splinters bend on lacquered sobs,
artery and chamber

a new ice age
the kind that guts the frost
more gore for greed to travel
glazed and wide-eyed
awakened, the furious past

always the eyes, never the shine,
ever the rupture, never the thorns
always the water, never the
how cunningly
she arches backwards

the bluebird—how she breaks;
that quintessential sacrifice
a bloodied nest,
feathers scattered,
petals stained with flightless
no bed of leaves,
no hope to hold her

Godfrey Holy

Godfrey Holy

Godfrey Holy is a published author of several anthologies (In the Crosshairs, A promise of Doves among others). He has been a guest author in several other books. He resides close to Boston with his wife and three kids.
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Tanya Rakh

Tanya Rakh

Tanya Rakh was born on the outskirts of time and space in a cardboard box. After extensive planet-hopping, she currently makes her home in Madison, Wisconsin where she writes poetry, surrealist prose, and cross-genre amalgamations and works as a professional manuscript editor. Her poetry has appeared in journals including Danse Macabre, Yes, Poetry, Bywords, and Occasional Brilliance and is featured in The Alien Buddha's Feminist Agenda (Alien Buddha Press 2019). Tanya has just finished her first book, Hydrogen Sofi, which she hopes to publish this year.
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