Aphrodite’s Disaster


She burned the box devoted to him,

And scattered the ashes in his car.

Hiss —

Irises flared in heated rage,

As she hugged her knees in the backseat.


He broke the window to her bedroom,

And stumbled through on drunken legs.

Thud —

Trembling knees cracked on wooden boards,

As he dropped his head to the mattress.


She found their picture in the glovebox,

And clutched the print with bloodless knuckles.

Rip —

Smirk and smile mocked falling tears,

When she tore their faces to pieces.


He saw the frame upon the nightstand,

And seized it with a strangled laugh.

— Crash —

Glass shattered, denting white plaster,

When he threw their love across the room.






She clawed his skin as he crushed her heart,

And Aphrodite sobbed from her throne,

As her masterpiece fell to Hades.

– kh.

March 2017 | Placer County, California

XII. Spirit


She was his entire world.

Day after day,

Night after night.

Sharing hugs, kisses, and laughter.

The last to watch her leave,

The first to welcome her home.

When she was gone,

He missed her most.

Their love was an invincible bond

Never to be broken.

Until he fell ill.

Her tears wet his pillow,

Her cries filled his ears.

A resting place found where sunlight could reach.

His favorite spot.

But their love is still an invincible bond,

Reaching through the abyss,

Never to be broken.

– kh.

© Placer County, California | April 2016

X. Peony


An empty canvas stared up at her.

Mind buzzing,

She sifted through the colors.

Red, blue, purple, green,

Crimson, cobalt, lilac, emerald.

A picture’s worth a thousand words,

But only if it exists.

Yellow, brown, orange, black.

Canary, cedar, sandstone, onyx

An artist without a vision,

Searching for a message.

A single color left untouched.



A small smile.

“Let’s do this.”

– kh.

© Placer County, California | April 2016