The State of Mercury Now Available!

Last week, I said my first chapbook would be out in a week or so. I’m happy to announce that The State of Mercury is now available on Amazon! This chapbook has a nice sampling of poems from both my books and explores the many moods or states of mind people move through. In addition, about 1/3 of the poems are new and give a foretaste of my next book, Shadow and Memory.

I hope you’ll check out The State of Mercury, which is available in Kindle format. I’ll close this post by sharing the second to last poem, “Love.” I’m especially excited about this poem. Why? Let me share a brief story: As of two days before publishing, I still had no poem about love. This really bothered me. How could I release a chapbook about human moods and states and not have a poem about love, which most people value above all?

As I began setting up The State of Mercury up for digital publishing, I talked with the Lord. Given that scripture says, “God is love,” I felt my chapbook would be especially incomplete if it didn’t have a poem about love (1 John 4:16). So I asked God if He would give me one. Not long after, an idea came to me. By the next day, I had the poem below 😊 Many thanks to God for giving it!


Petals open wide
to sunlight’s cleaving sword

defenseless bloom

bleeding color

breathing out

Published by mrteague

Teague McKamey lives in Washington state with his wife and two children. Teague’s poetry has appeared in several journals and in self-published books. He blogs at and In all areas of life, Teague desires that Christ may be magnified in his body (Php. 1:20).

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