Posted, Nailed, and Stuck

the paper fluttering under the Hi

fan setting,

threatening to take wing out

my window in the night,

tracings of book covers,

hand replicated albums with long

highways, artfully broken records,

diagrams of the true mind,

the beating heart,

an open hand,

a glass of whiskey,

the Rain Dogs and Buddhas in ink,

the gods and lilies in crayon,

the postcards i bought and kept to myself,

in the Manhattan afternoon,

i always meant to send you one,

a bar-tending licence i earned in secret,

i always meant to mix you a drink myself,

and the incredulous faces of my favorite cartoons,

the things i hang,

posted, nailed, and stuck

in place,

are me,

willing to be torn in half,

just to get free of the things that hold me,

posted, nailed, and stuck

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Size Matters

the enormity of years,

standing over me like a giant,

your sky on my shoulders,

your mountains on my mind,

like the loss of a limb,

a never sealing sore,

the sheer weight of carrying your delusions,

wondering who you were,

not knowing that you stood apart from me

you pressured me one way,

knowing i’d react another,

and you made me dance,

you made me sing,

you made me slide through the night

howling toward or away from your door,

toward or away from myself,

 

beyond time,

beyond distance,

pages flap in the breeze,

i put you away,

and my own goliaths

come home to step on me

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Deadman.exe

as many people that live

turning at night over things they didn’t say,

 

i turn

of things i’ve said that went unheard

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back again for more

i sleep off my shadows,

i hibernate in hope,

and when i wake up,

i walk back into the meat grinder,

ready for more

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the Solar Man

burnt to a fucking crisp,

smiling in sunshine,

living furnace,

turning puddles to saunas,

glowing in the night

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Snake-like

your skin on the floor,

your venom in your victim

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Mile Marker

mile marker,

this is where you are,

directory,

you are here,

grave marker

they were here

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