never you never

Person standing on a point at the shore. They appear as a silhouette. A beam of light appears behind them on the water.
Silhouette. Sonia Nicholson photo.

Visual poems are a challenge to publish online because it’s hard to maintain spacing. I’m sharing this one as an image, but the text is included below it, as well as in in the alt-text. Tip: try it in reverse order! As always, thanks for reading the words I put out into the universe. –Sonia

never you never between bricks and mortar 
show yourself
true
self
say
truth?
Yes-Man yes to everyone knocking hands elbows out
in demand 
business
stocks the best now

everyone wants a piece of 
time
the words the right words yeswhenofcourseillbethere 
give them your minutes and 
the whole
damn clock

keep up, now,
can you standup sleeping, love,
be the star burn -ing out inside the walls
with the rest
always never always

full stop.

beyond, remember,
another version one cresting over buildings brick and mortar 
unbuilt you outside open
beautiful 
inside-out
mess
of constellations
missing one piece 

for now

show yourself 
never

say 
you

never say

Text (without spacing):

never you never between bricks and mortar show yourself
true
self
say
truth?
Yes-Man yes to everyone knocking hands elbows out
in demand business
stocks the best now

everyone wants a piece of
time
the words the right words
yeswhenofcourseillbethere
give them your minutes and
the whole
damn clock

keep up, now,
can you standup sleeping, love,
be the star burn -ing out inside the walls

with the rest
always never always

full stop.

beyond, remember,
another version one cresting over
buildings brick and mortar
unbuilt you outside open
beautiful
inside-out
mess
of constellations
missing one piece

for now

show yourself
never

say
you

never say

Published by Sonia Nicholson

Sonia Nicholson is an archivist, executive assistant, and writer. She was born and raised in Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada and studied French and Spanish at the University of Victoria. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs. Follow her on Twitter @nicholsonsonia_

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