Writer’s Block Acoustic


I’ve been writing all day, trying
to find a phrase
that doesn’t need any formal wear and

my hands are twine, tying my eyes
wide. My cheeks are turning pink
like rabid dogs in heat.

I’ve been erasing all day, trying
to find out her name
that walks through scribbled out
smudging of me and

the walls are newsprint thin
like my sister when I was ten.
I don’t like it when they blink
or grin through filed down teeth.

I’ve been scratching all day, trying
to distract the peeling
and hauntings in my memory that walk
on backwards feet and

the words are reaching long fingers
through decomposing sheaths
with a neck that touches the ceiling
and casts a gray screen.

I’ve been writing all day, trying
to find a phrase
that doesn’t need any formal wear and

Image credit:Steve Johnson

Kaci Skiles Laws is a closet cat-lady and creative writer who reads and writes voraciously in the quiet moments between motherhood and managing Crohn's Disease. She grew up on a small farm in a Texas town alongside many furry friends, two sisters, and a brother. She has known tragic loss too well, and her writing, which is often dark and honest, is a reflection of the shadows lurking in her psyche. Her work can be viewed at:https://kaciskileslawswriter.wordpress.com/, and her visual artwork and music can be viewed on YouTube under Kaci and Bryant.


A list of the places where my writing has appeared or is forthcoming:


Imposter: A Poetry Journal, Sunday Mornings at the River, Horror Sleaze Trash, Intangible Magazine, Door Is A Jar, Voices of Fire, Outlander Zine, Fahmidan Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, The Letters Page, Terror House Magazine, Bewildering Stories, Unlikely Stories, Anti-Heroin Chic, Red Fez, The Bollman Bridge Review, Triggerfish Critical Review, Capsule Stories Cajun Mutt Press, Levitate, Harbor Review, The Charles Carter, Fragmented Lines, Written Tales, Kiss My Poetry, Rough Cut Press, Eighteen-Seventy, Ten Million Flies, Open Arts Forum, The Broken Spine, Necro Magazine, Pif Magazine, Otherwise Engaged Literary and Arts Journal, Nod Magazine, Ponder Savant, Sleet Magazine, Goat Milk Magazine, Memoryhouse Magazine, Martin Lake Journal, 50 Haikus, Sub Rosa Zine, and Former People.