untold story

like hopping stones
across still waters
that reach out forever,
like coffee
and vanilla and
firewood in
the cold,
like the rain
in the mirror
that peeks in
through the window,
like sunlight,
like moonlight,
like starlight,
i am an
untold story
like glittering
and mist,
crisp meadows
and darkness,
white soul, salt, snow,
like unrelenting fire
in thankless fields
of lavender,
like snowstorm,
like rainstorm,
like windstorm;
now i know
that i’m an
untold story
that i can
sculpt and paint
and dance
like fingers
across a piano,
breathing, dreaming;
in only a glance,
i’ll live my
untold story
like a soaring
i shall fly,
and, only for
a moment,
i’ll outshine
the starry sky!

T. E. Pyrus


she loved the way
a boy with
scraped knees
and an angel’s smile
by the creek
under the sun stained
sunset sky
loved a dragonfly
between his fingertips,
and mesmerized
by the rippling
liquid diamond
in its wing
that stayed still,
he watched it try
and fly away,
and watched
it fall;
and watched with
sardonic fascination
as it drowned
in dewy raindrops
by his feet,
giving in to defeat
as flighty dreams
lost all hope
and the wing
beat offbeat;
he stayed for a moment
in naive wonderment,
no doubt,
and hovered away
into intoxicating
darkness all about;
it spied from
its mien
as his tread lightened
with a spark
and pursued in
the lonely firefly
in the dark.

T. E. Pyrus


i love those
spacey rooms
where basketballs
echo like
an irregular
beating heart;
i love those
little rooms
with huge windows
and careful white
walls, that try
to make up
for narrow floorspace
with ventilated dreams;
i love those
vast rooms
with wooden floors,
and a mirror
that covers
an entire wall
along the length,
beside the
ballet bar,
and alternating
false pillars of
hollow wood
along the
lonely wall
that faces the mirror
so that music
echoes and
to outweigh
the ghost footsteps
in pale satin
ballet shoes
that dance alone
through the night
in a resolute stupor,
occasionally peeking
through the
now-shut door,
awaiting the
gracefully greyed
shining eyes,
the off-white shawl
with tiny red
tulips like
summer theatre,
and a walking stick
to waltz delicately in
at the break
of 8 o’clock tea.
i love those
with an exquisite
mahogany coffee table
and a crystal swan
the patterns on
the couch in a
range of shades
of coral to match
the snugly sized,
maroon, artificial
velvet cushions,
and a grey
stone fireplace
for when it snows,
a dimmed lamp
on the mantelpiece
beside the
mollified and dozing
black cat,
and the water-colour
painting on the wall
of a waterfall
with surreal
strokes of yellow,
lilac and rose,
a tiny framed
photograph of
a red headed
young lady
with a green scarf,
her lover’s arm
around her shoulder,
their smiles, warm
enough to melt
the blowing blizzard
from the north;
i love those
overly spacious rooms
that come with
white carpets,
and white walls,
and white bedsheets,
and a brimming itinerary,
the glass window
that covers the wall
facing the miniature
a bright blue
coffee cup with
a tiny yellow
hand print rests
on the glass
and the faded
sound of pouring
rain and sleep
deprived keyboard taps,
the blankets in
the morning
smell of half-familiar
i love those
smallish rooms
with a twin sized
bed in a corner
by the world map
on the wall,
the light grey
t-shirt from
the previous day’s
excursion with
uninteresting people
lies comfortably
on the chair,
a fumbling trigonometric
ratio beside the doodle
of a scratched out
name on the notebook
beside the headphones
on the floor,
an old piece of
ruled paper
sticks out from
in between the
yellowing pages
of the old dictionary,
that lies idle
amongst the
bizarrely ordered,
rewritten pages
with the ingredients
for that story,
with an old orange
crayon scribble saying
my brother
told me today
that dragons ar real
and the dark
blue curtains
flutter only slightly
in the midsummer
night’s breeze
through the open
window, and the sound
of a far-fetched ‘perhaps’
in a psychedelic dream
that this was
the night when
the dragons
would return…
T. E. Pyrus