Tamara K. Walker

Petulant Communiqués from the Late Kali Yuga


Wraithlike shadows yawn azure breadth over the sunlit membrane of this marred realm.

Obsidian streaks leak upward like tears from the inkpad below this tarred realm.


Sequestered in vibrating wool of embryonic avolition we nest,

breathing in ashes, fingerpainting and sketching the atmospheres of far realms.


Shattered lenses litter the bridge on which we once tended orchids together,

weaving diamond silk threads through the vortex of miasma growing in our realm.


Morphing painlessly into little lab-rats convinced of our dignity,

we swallow the hollow intricate promises of this crude “avant-garde” realm.


Some gaze at the Eclipse while releasing poisonous shrieks of blaring silence,

grasping for medicine to heal the dry little voids of this glitter-charred realm.


Longing for anyone to distrust to trace the lines in invisible skin;

How lonely it is to inhabit the shrouds of voluntarily-scarred realms.


Handprints inside our crystalline sphere, aloft, blur our view of our reflections,

for we can’t help reaching out to try and gather fireflies in the starred realms.


In toxifying arrears to your bronze-fibered heart I quickly went bankrupt,

sending it fluttering to the floor, in the collapse of our house-of-cards realm.


Some souls scream and others whisper for what we’re led to believe doesn’t exist—

A Mother to shield our soft luminescent cores from infinitely hard realms.


Tamara K. Walker resides in Colorado and writes short fiction, usually of an irreal, surreal, magical realist, slipstream or otherwise unusual flavor, and poetry, usually in English adaptations of originally East Asian forms in modes both literary and speculative.  Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Café Irreal, A cappella Zoo, and The Conium Review, among others.  Her short story, “Camisole”, was a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee.  As of 2017, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in LYNX, Ribbons, A Hundred Gourds, Eucalypt, Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka, Star*Line, Eastern Structures, Scifaikuest, Moonbathing: a journal of women’s tanka, and Lavender Review, among others.  She may be found online at http://tamarakwalker.weebly.com.