waiting

©2022 Michael Raven

the runes tell me
they'll have none
of that casting
business today.

"need a break, friend.
nothing personal, mind."

i shrug. i have [shh]
something my brain
wants [psst psst]
to ponder any
way; that hair rising
on the arm electric
rainshower feel crisp
origami unfoldingling
whiskey shudder tip
tapping between my
shoulder a blunt
acupuncture

not the veil
but beside the eyes
painted knives
with the thrumhumhum
drone banging on
the heart drum

waiting...
wai--