Dustin Pickering

Socratic Dialogue

A moment, transfix the eye,
kindle this light from distances unknown.
Draw a line on the ground
to signify your plight.
The flying creatures will alight your
yearnings with vague temperance.
Too much is too little in the embrace
of the gods.
Collaborate and make a show for

The simple fold for simple flock,
clan and clash, this rapid speed, dexterity
of dream.


Solitude’s Edge

Faceless, hidden

The dark edge of solitude

where Mourning

sits silently

(o prophet,

the bridge,

the beaming light

over this placid


absorb me!)

In serenity,

I hear the echoes

of dream

shield me from

the shouting

in darkness where I dance


Dustin Pickering is founder of Transcendent Zero Press. He has contributed writing to The Huffington Post, Café Dissensus Everyday, The Statesman (India), Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, The Colorado Review, World Literature Today, and several other publications. He placed in the top 100 out of 12,500 entries for the erbacce prize in 2021, and was a finalist in Adelaide Literary Journal’s first short fiction contest. He hosts the popular interview series World Inkers Network on Youtube.