Illustration by Walter Jack Savage

Minotaur by Kirsty Niven

Illustration by Walter Jack Savage
Illustration by W. Jack Savage

The mere sight of midnight curls
provokes a tear even now,
and then – another, chasing its mate erratically.
I long for someone, who I can no longer see.

A glimpse of such a bound
would cause goose-bumps to explosively erupt
like little familiar friends over my polythene skin.
It is ripped so easily, and with such blood lust.

His hostile eyes steal my thoughts
and guilt infects me, corroding my judgement.
But I am not to blame; neither is it he, that demonic Dionysius.
The grim fortress kept me out, away from him.

About the Author

KIrsty NIven

“‘Minotaur’ compares an unhealthy relationship to being trapped in a labyrinth.”

Kirsty A. Niven lives in Dundee, Scotland with her husband and cats. Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies (e.g. LOVE: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Loving and Being in Love and A Prince Tribute), journals (e.g. The Dawntreader and GFT Press Presents: One in Four) and other publications. She also contributed towards the Dylan’s Great Poem Project of 2016.

About the Illustrator

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W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over nine-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California

Minotaur is one of the many amazing poems from the upcoming fourth edition of the literary collection The Machinery.

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