Underword by J.S.Watts

A darkening undershadows the thought.
What’s to come?
Is it written in the sub-text,
commanded by language,
in thrall to the very life of it
or bequeathed to its solemnly
unspoken legacy?
Look beyond myth, hiding
somewhere in reality.
In the common tongue
the word on the street,
spoken on the sly,
there can be no up front here –
we would all shy away,
calls to the subconscious
through the dark strength of its metaphor.
Rumours whisper
of a secret knowledge
entombed in its hidden meaning,
deceitful in its silence
or is it just the silence
underlying the terrifyingly
inescapable fact of life
that whispers?
Significance is translated,
buried deep
like the dead it purports to speak for.
Orpheus enters the underground,
the tunnel of the unending scream.
The ticket price is higher than he knows.
In the belief his beloved
will come forth into light
he reaches back for the book.
Call up those words,
if you dare,
read from the blackened pages
of their dry cracked truth.
The dead remain unraised
but an underworld is textualised,
accessed through the words themselves
and the hard absences between them:
Alice crawls through the scripted page.
No mirror, no resurrectory breath, just
a world within a word.

J.S.Watts - cropped
J.S.Watts’ poetry and prose appear in publications in Britain, Canada, Australia and the States and have been broadcast on BBC and Independent Radio. She has published five books: two poetry collections, “ Years Ago you Coloured Me” and “Cats and Other Myths” and a multi-award nominated poetry pamphlet, “Songs of Steelyard Sue”, published by Lapwing Publications and two novels, “A Darker Moon” – dark literary fantasy, and “Witchlight” – paranormal romance, published in the US and UK by Vagabondage Press. See http://www.jswatts.co.uk

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