“Where Focus Goes – Energy Flows” – Lisa McCormick  

She was born


with a world-class

Olympic-size smile

a magic thing

that reached down

into a man

with a light

that soothed the savage beast

and quelled the demon

in his soul

and in an instant

lit his darkest day.


A smile that

King Arthur’s medieval Knights

Galahad and Lancelot


in their hearts

as they ventured out


in the dark

to quest

for dragons to slay

in the hope

they would wake

the morrow


in the warmth

of that smile

horizontal next to them.


A wordless smile

that nonetheless spoke

the four words

every man

must hear

from his woman

if he is to truly love her.

“I believe in you”. 


About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

2 Responses to Shelter

  1. portowingo says:

    Nice thought, what does believing in somebody really mean. Do you think they are right all the time or do you accept them no matter who they are. Maybe to believe in someone is to see the person beyond their ego, maybe it is to sense their relationship with the unity of everything. Nick is a boundless romantic.

  2. James Mcfarland says:

    Potent and visceral, brings out the knight in me, all the while purging the deep animal desire in men, juxtaposed with authentic love and a dying attribute: loyalty. With prejudice I confess, as a lyricist nonetheless (whoa, that ringing rhyme in my ear), this piece would descend from heaven to purgatory if these gorgeous phrases rhymed. I sense a classic, immortal song lying near the surface of this heartfelt, timeless work. Wisdom and wily craftwork from an artificer of splendor, we salute Mr. Nick!

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