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Claire Voyance

Five plus one equals

By AphoticPublished 10 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2023
Claire Voyance
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I heard you come in some time after midnight

At first I thought, the wind

But I keep all of my windows closed

So nothing can get in

I felt you climb into my bed

And crawl across my skin

The air became a tangible

No longer something “thin”

I inhaled the sweet familiar scent

Of peony perfume

A bullet to my brain

Enveloping the room

Strawberries and honey

The sweetness on my tongue

Your kiss always reminding me of

Sugar and the sun

I didn’t have the courage

To open up my eyes

And let them fall upon you

Afraid of what they’d find

That was when you whispered

In a voice I know by heart

That no matter where you are

We will never be apart

And your breath caressed me softly

Leaving goosebumps in its wake

Like a feather touching lightly

And my earth began to quake

I took in another bale

Of your beautiful aroma

Never wanting to forget

Your sex, your soul, your soma

Then the strawberries and honey

In my mouth turned into mold

When I reached out to touch you

And found nothing there to hold

I jerked my eyes wide open

Remembering, morose

As the moonlight melted over us

Me, staring at your ghost

I used to tell you all the time

I didn’t believe in spirits

You promised I would change my mind

And I didn’t want to hear it

Feeling you beside me

Though I cannot hold your hand

I’m glad that I was wrong

So I could feel you once again

And smell the heady peonies

That lingered, heavenly

Clinging to your essence

Like our names carved on a tree

And taste the wild berries

As I fondly reminisced

Cause your presence brought it back to life

Like a brand new kiss

And see your face so I don’t have to

Rely on photographs

Cause pictures never did you justice

That always made us laugh

Right then you made a promise

That you’d haunt me every night

Until the day we meet again

In another life

That was when you faded

And the air became less dense

And in the aftermath of you

I welcomed my sixth sense

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  • Karissa E.L. Cuff7 months ago

    wow, unbelievably amazing poem. I enjoyed every line!

  • Ian Read9 months ago

    A beautifully haunting poem. Stunning work!

  • Tiffany Gordon 9 months ago


  • This was fantastic, unique, and so creatively written. There were so many lines I could get lost in. Loved the imagery you used. Hearted and subscribed. Look forward to reading more.

  • Kristen Balyeat10 months ago

    Wow, what a vividly emotional ride that was, and your last line was PERFECTION! Absolutely fantastic flow and beautiful, evocative lines. Bravo!

  • Komal10 months ago

    I loved it. It is so good!

  • Zack Graham10 months ago

    Absolutely stunning piece of writing - reminded me of Poe with its looping vocabulary and soaring rhythm. Really enjoyed this one and the way you addressed each of the five senses throughout the piece.

  • Kathleen Roberts10 months ago

    I love this poem

  • Ah, such a beautiful poem for the challenge. Loved the inclusion of sixth sense. Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Kim Loostrom10 months ago

    Gorgeously morbid, the imagery is completely immersive! What a stunning poem!

  • I dream dead people. As haunting as the movie

  • F. Leonora Solomon10 months ago

    Aphotic, i used to love to read and write poetry--you may just have ressurrected me...this is stunning❤️

  • Veronica 10 months ago

    I need a poetry book, please! your art is SUBLIME!

  • Cezanne Libellen10 months ago

    Oh, that is so sad and touching!!❤❤❤

  • Kari Rappold10 months ago

    Wow. That was emotional.

  • Dean F. Hardy10 months ago

    Last line is a piece of savagery 👌

  • Gina C.10 months ago

    This was SO GOOD!! 😍😍😍 Absolutely in love. Wow, just wow! 😍 I was captivated from the very first line, "I heard you come in some time after midnight"... I knew this was going to be amazing!! Congrats on a well-deserved Top Story!! 🤗❤️

  • Sarah Wilcox10 months ago

    Intriguing for sure! Excited to read some more of your work, if you have time maybe check some of mine out, I could use some honest opinions about my writing from some real people 🫶🏻

  • ARC10 months ago

    this. was. doooooooooooooope. amazing structure, amazing story. wowwowwow. 👏👏👏

  • Caroline Jane10 months ago

    Well crafted. The flow drifts along... almost ethereally. The use of the word "soma".. inspired! Congratulations!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story🎉💖✨

  • Joelle E🌙10 months ago

    I love the intimacy of this. Just incredible. Well done 👏🏼

  • Heather Hubler10 months ago

    Oh wow, this was stunning! Your imagery–top notch, my friend :) So haunting and bittersweet. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Cathy holmes10 months ago

    This is gorgeous. Congrats on the TS

  • Dana Stewart10 months ago

    So sensual, so real. Absolutely genius use of the prompt. Slam dunk fantastic, I love it so much.

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