HI

my name is mark, and

I’m a rational stoic and a dirty zen wizard.
I’m a recluse searching for connection. 

I’m a polyamorous one-man guy.
I’m a control freak seeking liberation.

I’m an ex-drunk and a hungry ghost.
I’m a diplomat playing provocateur.

I’m a side-eye skeptic and an armchair mystic.
I’m a pagan who prefers the indoors.

I contain all Walt’s multitudes.
I’m as empty as the desert.

Labels are blankets.
I’m trying to stay awake.


Mark J. Royse is a queer Kentucky writer and contemplative.


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