All works by Emily Holyoak, 2020
I pull back the curtain of butterflies
Leaving my white dress on the ground
Stepping into the possibilities
Choices that are my own
The weight at my ankles free
Balancing on my toes
Light as a feather
The ceiling expands
My heart takes flight
Peonies sprout from my head
I cock my shoulder in delight
And fly through the field of grass
Anyone can hurt.
Communication is key.
Gratitude is central.
Innovation is thrilling.
Kill with kindness.
Make someone’s day today.
Opportunities lie ahead.
Question born beliefs.
Say something lovely.
Undo the hurt.
Whatever the heart wants.
Yell off of a mountaintop.
WALL BETWEEN US
the sins that she’s ever committed, even the past 60 seconds
Hot Priest, drunk like a heathen
listening with intent, increasingly interesting
The tears begin to flow, regret begins to show
Silence as piercing as a scream
the floor marking up her shins
He draws the velvet line
the forbidden desire climbs with the devil’s temperature
temptation so sweet, so taboo
attraction to God’s light
carnal sin, thrust upon them
moonlight cracks through glass
caught in a twist, Hot Priest desists
Don’t ever visit the church again.
BEYOND THE YELLOW BRICK BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
In the dark corners of society where nobody looks, Elton John and Freddie Mercury have teamed up as crime-fighting, fabulous detectives. Using their pianos of justice, they fly on rainbows in drag and ascend in a cloud of hairspray and feather boas. Their secret den is underneath Buckingham Palace, where they eavesdrop on their royal highnesses and plot their lascivious parties when they’re off the clock.