a Guest

You say that others’ mistakes can’t teach.
Time is cruel and doesn’t cure.
May I help you? I’m not really sure
but I promise to listen to your speech.

You say that darkness is the brightest light,
that the loudest scream is mute…
I nod. I don’t argue with the whiteness of soot
and the preeminent grandeur of blight.

You shout and whisper. You laugh and cry.
My task is to put a kettle on fire.
You run round the room like a gyre.
I take cups from the shelf and slice up a pie.

You finish and go out into the night
with salutary lightness inside your chest.
…I don’t get the money from my nightly guest.
My royalties are my permission to write.

 

by TETIANA ALEKSINA
© All rights reserved 2015

GUEST POST // Regret by Purple Creature

I swirl around this world, taking delight,
When people stumble, making mistakes
And having doubt,
When you cry, I smile…
When you fight, I jump for joy…
When you look in your past, I dance all about…
I am an equal opportunist,
Black or white,
Big or small, I don’t care…
Male or female,
Young or old, I don’t care…
It doesn’t matter where you live,
I will always find you…
All I need is the smallest of cracks,
And I will work my way in,
And before you know it,
You will be consumed with me.
I will spread inside you,
Until you can’t see and feel anything else…
Your soul will be as dark as coal,
And all consumed with me.
Then it will be mine to keep.
I will put your soul on my mantle,
Another trophy, another prize…
For my case,
Who am I you say…
I start out very small, but can grow bigger
Than the biggest mountains,
Deeper than all the oceans,
For I am REGRET…

 

by PURPLE CREATURE
© All rights reserved 2014

a Refuge

please, let me to lay
on this cold granitic stone
between grey and grey.

please, let me to say –
I’m exhausted and alone
I feel total splay.

please, let me to flay
I’m ready to give a feast,
I’ll wait birds of prey.

please, let me to stay!
I found my latest refuge
between grey and grey…

 

by TETIANA ALEKSINA
© All rights reserved 2014

Oops!… We Did It Again (I was walking too fast)

Erm… hullo there. (This is rather awkward…)

Dear Reader, the stuff that was originally posted here has been removed.

We have done this because said stuff has since been included in one of our published books. We hope you’ll believe us when we say we’re not trying to be stingy. No, this has been done to honour the people who have already spent their hard-earned money on our eBook creations.*

If, however, for some reason you’re unable to buy one of our books, and feel you’ll die without seeing this piece of writing, then please contact us via admin@unbolt.me. We won’t allow our Dear Readers to fade away in the dark. We’ll send you the piece in question, and it will be absolutely free. All you need do is ask.

* Of course, we would be like two happy puppies if you too decided to buy one of our books.

 

by TETIANA ALEKSINA & TONY SINGLE
© All rights reserved 2014-2018