Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Music Box

Clifford K. Watkins, Jr.

we exist in some fleeting spinster's dream

as she twirls in a music box

listening for secrets

swimming in our tears

she brings the melody that summons our fear

she sits in darkness

spinning fortuitous realms of bliss

and when she awakes

we vanish into nothingness


Clifford K. Watkins, Jr., is a writer/poet/lyricist/rapper originally from High Point, North Carolina. Some of his publishing credits include: Underground Window, Endzville, Infinite Glass, Prism Quarterly, Cynic Magazine, Seeker Magazine, Oracular Tree, Poetic Voices, Ygdrasil, Poetry Stop, Zygote In My Coffee, Wildchild Publishing, Forever Underground Magazine, Muscadine Lines, Poet's Haven, Lit Vision, Interpoetry, Canopic Jar, Winamop, Long Story Short, TM Poetry, The Toe Tree Journal, The Persistent Mirage, A Darker Vision, Emptiness Spills, Red Fez, Words Words Words, Vain Glory, The Voyager, Tears For Eternity, and Green Brier Review.

A Painter's Ghost is Clifford's first novella: a nonstop psychological thriller told from a drifter's unique perspective--a four-pane window. Purchase at

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