Dressed in clothes spun from the thinnest of air
I gave my dreams to any who would listen.
“A gift,” they called it, “for words.”
Yet, when the winds blew wrong
my words changed to smoke that stained
or flames that blistered and scarred.
My tongue twisted and forked until lies
lay heavy in my mouth and my words
were weighed down with hooks, and sinkers.
My life became a night-mare ridden full‑tilt
at a windmill with a great wooden sail.
On certain nights, when the sky was sprinkled
with seeds of living gold, I rose upwards
to the moon and my words become stars;
on lesser nights, I lay broken in the gutter.