Bait-and-Switch

Rapture is our native tongue.
Words, the rungs we climb
from the cleft of our longings
to the free fall of innocence.
Holding the heel,
we are thrust into
a neon apocalypse,
half-timbered in skeletal frame,
begging lentils in
the bait-and-switch of
Jacob's dream.
We are hunter and the hunted.
We are hunger and on the run.
We are wrestling in dream sequence—limping.
We are swallowing the sky in morsels
too small to be tasted.

 


Stephen Roach is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and poet. He is the founding member of the internationally acclaimed ‘cinematic-folk’ band Songs of Water. Stephen has self-published three works of poems and an illustrated children's book, Satchel Willoughby & The Realm of Lost Things, which was a finalist in the NAESP’s children’s book award contest of 2011. His poems have appeared in Cultivate and have been distributed in America and Australia. He has written and recorded six albums and contributed music to independent films and commercials as well as the works of recording artists Ricky Skaggs, Jonathan David Helser, John Mark McMillan, and others.

Stephen travels internationally, performing and conducting workshops on creative writing and music composition. He is currently hosting the Makers & Mystics podcast and working on his first book of prose. He and his wife, Sarah, live in North Carolina, with their two beautiful children, Evangelyn Belle and Isaac Brighton.