Breathlessly

The original version of Breathlessly has been published in All of Me Vol. IV, courtesy of Shadow Spark Publishing. Featured art is by Karol Bąk.

Listen to Breathlessly by Richard Charles Stevens

Listen to Sorcery by The Toxic Avenger

Sometimes
I get breathless
Yet never once do I feel restless
Kill me quick and strip me fleshless
Still no fate awaits that ain’t effectively a late date made with destiny
Persuaded less clandestinely
Of no unfree consent
Decree or sentence

Sometimes
I get breathless
Yet never once do I feel restless
Kiss me quick and feel it true
Let my lips reveal to you
The dreams that I move freely through
The deep blue seas foreseen with ease as endless

No longer feel so diffident
Defenceless
No longer feel five different kinds of senseless
No longer steel protrudes from wound
Commands I conquer
Sooner lose than choose dishonour
Ponder yonder longer and with fewer clues
Than when the proven truths of youth supplied my wide consensus

Sometimes
I get breathless
Yet never once do I feel restless
Kill me quick and strip me fleshless
Still no fate awaits that ain’t effectively a late date made with destiny
Persuaded less clandestinely
Of no unfree consent
Decree or sentence

Sometimes
I get breathless
Yet never once do I feel restless
Kiss me quick and feel it true
Let my lips reveal to you
The dreams that I move freely through
The deep blue seas foreseen with ease as endless

Life no longer exercise in tanned hide and atonement
Sunrise on my lips and every kiss is kindly spoken
Every cloud that breaks
Does not so offering condolence
Simply painting rainbows at the wake
Miles and miles of rediscovered country as the crow flies
Swooping to recover diamonds washed up in the low tide
My throat gets tight
And sometimes
I get breathless
Paroled from what appears to be life sentence
Reimbursed for every word I slurred concurring penance
Unperturbed by demons under tenancy
With tendency to buck each trend that leans towards dependency
Unless the need to dream the sweet dreams meant for me
Unless the need to dream the sweet dreams meant to be

Intrepidly I venture forth
Serenity endorsing course to endless seas divorced remorse
Disordered thoughts
And former talks
That called to mind my mortal faults
No awkward pauses
Legal clauses
Lethal forces
Or deceitful sources
No receipts
No retreat
No agenda to surrender
Since entropy made sense of me
No fenders left to bend
No feeling owed
Misspent
Compelling reason known to vent

Knew that every season stressed address expressly meant for me
Knew the light and shade would find a way to mate eventually
Knew I could impress upon the precipice of everlong
If only I could memorise the song
This chorus line a glory chime of silent sight for sorest eyes
Pilot light to highland site where former lives reorganize
Where shadows hold no harrow
Swim the shallows of auroral light
Sometimes
I get breathless
Yet not once need I feel quarantined
For every breath undressed is more refined
Its taste delights the darling buds which tell this very story line

The time is nigh to regulate our breathing
Offer ourselves something most becoming to believe in
Contract out devout
And crowd out doubt and consternation
Hound out hate
Sound out love
Scout out braves
Of member states or part thereof
Learn to be the architects of heart’s content
Do better than our last attempt
And sever the disaster thread
Get breathless
In the moment
Own it
Break that date with fate
Postpone it
Make it wait
Until you’re through
Say it straight
And feel it true
Do so at your leisure
Be the zephyr
Eye the storm
Transform into final form
Live out loudest
Unapologetically
Pout your lips
Lean in for each kiss breathlessly

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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