Claire Vogel Camargo


Touching the Edge of Darkness


Tonight the TV plays, volume low, an abysmal story

which unfolds in a rundown ward, dreary green walls,

40 years back in yellowed time –

    its gloomy essence seeping out

    into our living room, into me.


Steeped in its sad aura, as my loved one is ill in bed

and sleeps, I peer over the edge of the precipice,

see the canyon of the deep –

    feel the fingers of aloneness grasping to pull me

    over its edge, down and under the black below.                


Up here, ethereal bleakness beckons,

loosens my moorings, distances me

from those who matter, love, and sustain me –

    until I imagine losing them,

    maybe myself.


My mind, teetering, ponders how to pull back          

from the precarious ledge that exists in this moment

on one side of the body of my mind –

    the other side leaning back in counterbalance

    to prevent succumbing, falling.                  


I change the TV channel, hoping that will change

the channel in my head.  That it will not take long

to shed the film’s yellow taint, the weight of gloom –

    as perched on the sofa’s edge

    I wait for the dark tide to recede.

Claire Vogel Camargo discovered her poetry muse in 2007, began writing poetry, joined the Writers League of Texas, and joined the Austin Poetry Society, on whose Board of Directors she has been since 2011. Her poems have appeared in Lifting The Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga,

Texas Poetry Calendar, Illya’s Honey, The Enigmatist, Blue Hole, and various anthologies, including APS Best Austin Poetry, Poetry Society of Texas Book of the Year, Austin International Poetry Festival’s Di-verse-city, Permian Basin beyond 2014, Poetry at Round Top Festival 2015, and Small Canyons 9. Her first chapbook Iris Opening is an ekphrastic collection. Having Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Nursing, she loves writing ekphrastic poetry as it helps her leap from a nursing state of mind to poetic imaginings. She lives with her chef – ice sculptor husband and mastiff.



Deep Water Literary Journal

2015 - Issue 2 - August





Elizabeth Bodien (USA)

All Souls' Night


Chanel Brenner (USA)

Back at the El Encanto Twenty Years Later


Claire Vogel Camargo (USA)

Touching the Edge of Darkness


Saddiq Dzukogi (Nigeria)



S.E. Gale (Australia)

The Reliquary


Gary Glauber (USA)

In Philippa’s Hands




Clare Hepworth-Wain (England)

To mark her passing


Strider Marcus Jones (England)

The Two Saltimbanques


Robert S. King (USA)

Inside a Photograph

The Ghosts of Machu Picchu


Steve Klepetar (USA)

almost from the first

If It Comes to That


Ron. Lavalette (USA)



Sada Malumfashi (Nigeria)



Rasmenia Massoud (France)

Ghosts in My Skin

Open Mike Night


Catfish McDaris (USA)

Gone Amazon

Soldier Blues


Pat J Mullan (Ireland)

Mother Perfection


Christine Murray (Ireland)




Heather Mydosh (USA)



Caleb J. Oakes (USA)

Extended Forms of Hunger

Frown For Me


David O’Neill (Ireland)

Decisions in the Dark Room


Rachel C. Peters (USA)



Mark Antony Rossi (USA)

This Ancient City

Transatlantic Transfiguration


Walter Ruhlmann (France)

Distorted Echo

The Lips of the Wolf


John Saunders (Ireland)

Murphy is Out for the Summer


Terry Savoie (USA)

Buttermilk Poem


Larry Schug (USA)

As If We Were Not Brothers


Pepper Swell (USA)

Cold Fury


The Man in the Black Pyjamas (Ireland)