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The Sunless Side of Always

Posted in poetry, sonnet on September 29, 2020 by Jarrod Boyle

I promise not to flinch to hate

I will embrace this gift of pain

I will not hide your sovereign light

Beneath this abject cloak of shame


 

I promise not to run and hide

Concealed in darkness of another

Nor pull your faults across my eyes

I’ll keep my word to stand and suffer


 

Night folds me in blackened wings

And paints a landscape sinister

Your beating heart, it echoes still

Through the tangle of my viscera


 

That rhythm scores these absent days

On the sunless side of always


 

And for those who prefer their sonnets in the traditional pentameter…


 

I promise that I’ll not flinch into hate

I will fully embrace this gift of pain

I will not turn and hide your sovereign light

Underneath this abject cloak of shame


 

I promise I’ll not run away and hide

Or curl up in darkness of another

I will not pull your faults across my eyes

I’ll keep my word that I’ll stand and suffer


 

As night enfolds me in its blackened wings

And paints a landscape chill and sinister

The beating of your heart, it echoes still

Through darkling tangle of my viscera


 

Its rhythm scores these silent, stagnant days

Encamped on the sunless side of always

James Salter’s ‘A Sport and a Pastime.’

Posted in Reading with tags , on September 17, 2020 by Jarrod Boyle

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The notion of a relationship becoming deeper and more profound as people begin to ‘transgress’ the boundaries of what a twenty-first century reader would describe as vanilla sex is also a time-worn strategy.

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James Salter’s ‘A Sport and a Pastime.’

Posted in Reading with tags , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2020 by Jarrod Boyle

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A Sport and a Pastime is considered – by Americans – to be an American classic. My first question, upon finishing the book, is, ‘What makes something a classic? What makes it ‘feel’ like one?’

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