Someone had to flirt with the errors
we face, when midnight blurs a teary star
from the face of the ancients.
I deserve something new—
fresh and original, unable to mute its mouth.
Spontaneity offers the silence of fossilized fear.
I begin my song at Jericho,
Rahab of the Silver Snows:
you flap your scarf in the flittering winds.
Scarlet, the hue of whoredom, becomes austere.
You embrace winter like a gun
that shot before paradise became alluvial.
I buried my last wish:
Rahab, hope is left to you
and we are already redeemed.
Dustin Pickering is the founder of Transcendent Zero Press, the publisher of award nominated literary quarterly Harbinger Asylum. He is published in Texas Poetry Calendar 2016, di-verse-city 2013 and 2015, Pyrokinection, Muse for Women anthology, and Artistic Muse among others. He is author of the chapbook Salt and Sorrow (Chitrangi, 2016), and has self published The Daunting Ephemeral and The Future of Poetry is NOW: Bones Picking at Death’s Howl. He has featured for Houston’s popular reading series Public Poetry in 2013. He currently works as an office assistant for a home health company.