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CampfiresThe ghost has faded,
its opacity spread thin over the night,
into the balm of morning.
Stars remain pale in the sky
like the static of smudged prints,
the boardwalk still pointing to them
like the worn bone of its finger.
The pulp of fruit has memorized
the path of its throat
over sun-scorched leaves
as it meets the ground.
Its gaze lost in its halted stare
in the gray shale of its eye,
waters heavy with mineral
in a constant passing cataract.
It lies buried beneath years
in the boy's mind,
beneath brush and thistle--
the haunt that kept fires burning,
that made him brave thorns,
talk to those beyond the grave.
GaiaIn the broad blue sometimes
I feel the sulfur of your hand
spinning shadows into shoals
I catch your allotropic breath
in the sky
going every which way--
bones shifting in their axis,
and all I know is that I cannot keep
the feet in my breath
from racing to your prevailing path
all I see is the age of you
in patches of desert and tropic.
I want to tell you
I am not another freeway
running through your lungs,
breaking against the crest of them,
but more like the prodding rivers
nudging at your sleep.
And in the faint slit of your horizon
you half whisper
how the wind is the swelling of all of us,
everything that matters--
that carries echos across stubborn hills
as I try to distance myself
from the clenching gravity of your heart
telling me to bury myself in layers
Unopened LettersSomeone should have told me
it is possible
to lose yourself
in the yellowed out past;
falling around the ephemera
like disbanded sails.
I knock around with envelopes,
too close to discern
a shape in the ink
like scrawled twigs
drawn from the slow, passing ripple--
lost to the glare
And yet the kettle on the stove
because we need it to remain the same--
like the doddering, translucent skin
of an old hand,
gesturing for time to slow.
DisintegrationThe poem too
is in danger
of becoming the canopy
long parted from its roof,
to the blue sky
with the memory of a ceiling,
the tired wave length
in the brown and grey
that was once red,
the fungus grown upon the wood;
in the last heavy wind;
the wretched, twisted metal
shoved upon the beach,
with the memory
of its shape,
its place in the world.
As I Roam With ShadowsThe sun finds me,
between the spaces
in the pools left
on empty cupboard floors;
through the Venetians,
like a Godly hand
bending this figure into a pendulum
Cars strobe the room,
passing through it
like bits of photon in a memory,
the great prism,
and no matter how long I wander
into the hours,
I will never walk into
the peaceful posture of saints
in the courtyard,
the long pause
beneath the soluble sun,
the long gaze inward,
oblivious to the rain.
Veil Tail GoldfishAs the vein
runs through the fine
you have the light by which you glide,
the current that moves beneath you;
fragments of lamp lapped up
in the shadows of a room
while my feet try to pick apart a pace
in the metronome of
day to day
whose time has all but buried the satellite
of where I need to go
between bits of brick and mortar
and so I leave the window open
the memory heavy in a lifting curtain
as this room sits like a sunken ship
in the waltz of light and turning earth.
I curl up in the womb of it,
leaving the sky as my glass,
feeling the heaviness of Heaven's eye.
IntegerI tried to think of colors,
or a place that would embody a poem
one day, in the event that I lose
the chance for words;
a tree seemed too simple,
but a worthy candidate
as the forest thinned its limbs
to the sun
like futile arms
in the sighs of future buildings.
And then it was too complex,
and green sufficed,
or maybe blue, or whatever color
broke out into the sky.
I tried to walk without a beat,
and summon what feeds
on every bit of youth it could get
from our bodies
like water to a desert-fiend;
tried to think
of what a minuend would be
if not the razor backed edge
of a number,
but the crumbling of cells
piece by piece to the elements
of time as it sorts infinities,
and I am nothing but the breath
that escapes me.
EveI remember when time was time,
when Eve fell into the sea, eyes burning--
her great arm unraveling from the night.
Her breath made its way into
the path of sun.
She became the long road, arriving;
for me the cradle of Winter,
a quilt of windows and hills.
It was a beginning.
She walked with me,
our pace measured in the length of buildings
as she sighed into the wood, textures,
and the joints of stairs.
I almost remember when the thick oak of doors
only ran beneath my fingers
long enough to explore.
This was a beginning too,
and I know that it was here that time began to bleed,
and Eve died young.
Today thoughts almost seem to
in the melted snow of windows,
falling away into Spring.
I watch the spaces emerge in the fence,
the transparency of glass.
Her vision now rests in the pool of sun upon my floor.
She is almost better suited without a form,
as shoveled roads and time wait for me to carry on,
the world cracking beneath an unforgiving sun,
nails rusting in
Through The Clouds, LectureHis eyes are still in a place
where colors scream,
the stillness sprawled across the pavement
finds contorted limbs in thallus roots,
not unlike the entanglement,
and stiff neck
to the sheen brushed upon
the interrupted stare
It is because of this
that you should be the helix
of white in heavy rains,
the lackluster worn upon windows;
the balm that falls over the memory
that keeps the blueprints,
like all ghosts
folded safely in the years.
Change this lifeHiding in the shadows
Resisting in secrecy
Trying to find a way
To change this life of misery
The future is unknown
The past is to forget
The present is dull and boring
Is this what life has to offer?
I want to change
And I keep trying
Only to fail miserabily
Every single time
A lifeA life
when i stimulated the prayers of rib-beat
when i licked the temple of my teeth,
speed pushed my fingers shaped like confessionals
clasped holy, carved my throat to fixing-
lover; i did this for the anthem of your eyes,
the feel of strangled feet crushing the fame of stars
for the glow of streetlight worship, for the moons
of your crooning throat, for the halls of your arms,
the strayed revels of your arms,
lover: you manufactured a god out of the drugs i used
and had me addicted to the divine, to the dignity of music
you pressed in my direction: just what i am, hallelujah,
marijuana, day and night-
lover, i fell in love with your culture
that preached the real definition of dusked kneecaps,
the plea of closeted throats, the whisper of bless,
unlearning how to say please god in borrowed tongue,
i fell in love with your attention, nervous grace
lover. i levied the rubble of my sins
Synesthesia - III have learned not to say
when your voice burns under my tongue -
learned not to shiver
at the cold of sirens on the street -
learned not to describe
the pricks and strokes and touches.
I have learned that skin cannot hear,
nor ears feel
(whichever it is).
How strange to think:
I may travel all my life
and never find a lover who can hold my laugh in his palms.
Even The City KnowsIs it at all easy?
Being by yourself, I mean.
Sitting in a car, on a train, on a bus--wherever you might be now, isn't it hard to be a drifter?
There are no men with newspapers, no women with strollers, no love-crazy teenagers, no annoying toddlers, no anybody.
You stare out the window, like there are people out there, calling your name. The trees are out there, and they've lost all their leaves, all their buds--they've lost everything, just like you.
The sky is out there, and it's gray and colorless, just like you.
The stars are out there, and they're so blown-out-of-proportion, and they're just like you, too.
But the trees, the skies, the stars, they're used to being left alone.
You lack the ebullience of your drink, but it, too, is fading.
Frost has gathered on windows, on the ground, on rivers, everywhere.
Frost comes and goes, just like you, when you finally melt away.
The city draws to darkness and quiet--it disappears, just like you.
But, even frost
the tattoo artist.she finds gems hidden underneath my skin and
rips them out with her teeth, the sores
along my arms swelling with pride and red; never
has she wondered if the pain would make me
grit my teeth into powder—no, she knows
i take it like a man takes steak:
raw and tough and bloody, like my fingers
after picking scabs to let some fresh air in; her
words are etched on the point of a needle, and she
is a tattoo artist drilling ink into my body, her lines
thick with moxie: "alive" splayed out across
my wrist, "awake" above my heart—she paints
a vision on my eyelids of an endless sky and
tells me it doesn't belong to me, but that i
can have it; perhaps foolishly,
i believe her every word
Death to the LoversHe screamed,
He tore his hair from his scalp;
But it didn't bring her back.
The beautiful girl
With the gorgeous smile
And witty remarks
Would always lay six feet under.
She would lie in her death bed,
Her arms folded on her chest
And her face full of peace
Known only to the dead.
He would be the first to rot.
First his health,
Then his sanity.
She would forever feed on his emotions
Like a pretty little leech,
Sapping his well being
And happiness from her underground world.
And he would let her,
For a fool like him
Who allowed himself to love,
Where my corpse is foundAs I lay here,
On the guest room's bed,
My grandmother exchanges the oxygen
for the delectable scents of cinnamon, sugar, candy.
She does this through the magic of baking
Gingerbread Men, Gingerbread Houses, Yule logs, Candy Canes.
While I smell my cruel ex-boyfriend's suffocating tangy cologne.
I hear the laughter of people outside the streets.
Their loud, cheerful voices show the huge smiles on their frost bitten faces.
While my ears hear the bitter melody of arguments.
My parents' failure to stay together as promised in a holy place
caused my lovely imprisonment here at my sweet grandparents' house.
Through the slight opening of my door and through the windows,
Color penetrates the Darkness I have worked hard to create.
One usually embraces the Illuminating Decorations.
While I lie down here to reminisce my friends
Who are Traitors;
Proof of their conniving betrayal was the broken art project
of A Christmas Star
sitting alone on the floor.
People at this time feel w
CubistsHe crawls inside himself.
Places eyes at angles
from which they see the world,
mouths from the pits of where they scream.
Arms coil the lengths
of distances he's always longed to reach--
he digs deep into his palate--
cobbles a patchwork sky.
There are canvases whose depths
cannot be observed in a lifetime.
His room has a glide he cannot see.
The clouds, all day crawled across the blue,
a slow and steady turn of the world
as the tint drained from his walls,
left arcs of shadows in its place--
the world and its elusive brushes.
He cannot bear to paint himself as he appears in it now.
Like the sky,
the longed for depiction would be
the static images of stars long gone.
Time is his box.
The ocean gathers sand, ebbs a picture he'll never see.
And without a God
he'll never come to know the wayward heart
it bleeds from.
Crown of ThornsShe wakes up with red staining her pillow
and the taste of blood like iron in her mouth
It stains her teeth and leaks from her lips, and as she
rinses her mouth out, she can’t help thinking that
it’s better than dirt and ashes
it feels like she’s wearing a noose
of broken promises and shattered glass
that tightens around her throat with every day that passes
She nails a smile to her face
and doesn't let herself think the word dying
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