Summer’s Swift Portrayal

Cut the cords

we’ve no more room today

no more rooms
they’re gone, I say

Goodbye, push back
your hello—pull a thread
on the word farewell
tightly along your lips

let that sink in
like the ship at sea
now one with the swell
now alive and well
against rocks, against fish

sand and salt spray
like that in our skin
the ship settles in
to a home of washed light

and I, its captain,
have gone and made
some tea from seaweed.

And within our shells
we toast with the water
we breathe, and dance
as the tide would do.

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Old Stitches

The embroidery of these seconds
sinks against my brow
and life sits still—so quiet.

I’m left without a sound,
but the future nestles
like a devil against my ear
and tells me that I

have many more miles
to walk,

and the weight from my
stitches and pieces of time
makes me weary—
but a couple more years
and maybe
I’ll be strong.

Bees at the Orchard

I watch them
pick the fruit from the trees.

Some pick the fruit
gently at the stem.

Some rip the ripe meat
from the branch.

Some saw the branch down.

And there was one
small boy, who brought
with him an axe.
He spent all day
sweating, with eyes
nearly closed from the pain—
his hands blistered, swelling.

The tree fell,
and the young boy
gorged on the fallen fruit
and slept—

leaving the next day
with his axe and his
full belly, leaving
the rotting meat behind.

Stings Against Gentle Hands

Monsters carry venom,
a vile solution used to
dissolve and break down,
injected amongst sweat and spit

Monsters bear craftiness and greed,
they’re callous and confused,
with one simple goal in mind:
to devour

Monsters claim its their right
to take of flesh and bone
that’s born of another soul

and monsters bump in the night
so that they can keep
the glee of destroying without
being known

They take, they break,
they see no fault
in the mirrors they keep

And yet they know—
they know!—
the torment they bring,

and smile knowing well
that they will get away—

since there is no defense
for the bright colored mouse,
too young to have seen
a monster’s bite.

An Old Foreshadowing Thought

My writing isn’t beautiful

My writing isn’t dark

My writing isn’t some great mystery,
some great expression,
some great something
that I felt had
to be relayed

My writing is my thoughts,
my feelings, my need
to breathe, the result
of my yearning
and my unease

I’m writing
to share the world,
or at least parts of it,
with you -

cause, sometimes,
it’s hard for me
to walk closely, or
make a call
so that I can share
those moments too.

There are halos in the wind,
the air we breathe in are wings
for both angels and demons
and our luck,

and reformation, and renaissance,
clings to thoughts we think,
the ones expelled,
the ones brought in
like an anchor holding on

heaven on earth
and we mix it with
our hell—
we get the grey,
the brackish water

we’ll have something
at the very least to drink,

and we’ll drink to ourselves -
glasses raised even as
hearts stay heavy

like a stone lifted, though,
day in and day out
the muscle grows strong

don’t let go—
not until you
can throw the weight
far enough outside
of the blast zone.

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Duck, duck…

The choices amongst me
are an infinity.
The star filled sky
is a straighter road
than the one I walk - with
possibility circling
around me just as
a vulture from above
hunting in wait for
the putrid dead
to ferment and decay.

Each road I’ve
been shown
carries thousands of
footprints, numerous lives
already marking the trail,
yet the sands of time
blow anew over every
new soul to wonder
against every winding route.

So I’m left here,
to choose which trail
in this winter
will turn to spring,
or turn to cliffs
and falls - and leaving
me to falter, prolonging
my search for a
life to finally lead.

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I don’t like being around these people.
I lose my sense of self,
my humanity is disposed of.
They ask to see a smile,
and my distant mind forgets
what that’s supposed to mean.

My memory loses consciousness,
and my senses reflect the loss.

I don’t wish to be alive
around these certain folk,
and so I try—unknowingly—
to transpose flesh to stone,
and play with pigeons
instead of smiling a lie
toward these blood-filled ruins
that carry more than just
old memories and older names.

I need a means of
restoration—I need
to settle for sanity
rather than wait
for luxury that may
never be found
amongst these waves
of aged rubble.

Around it goes.

I took down
the merry-go-round
because it made
me dizzier than
the third shot of whiskey
I let settle against my stomach.

The children laughed
at me—scornful and malicious
smiles bubbling about
their darting eyes and
youthful faces—
and said, “You couldn’t take it.”

I sat against a tree
as the young ones
decided to play
hide and seek
and I was wishing
to be evaporated
like the best of them.

But I was among
the best of them, since
I would still
be hidden in plain sight
as they became ready
to take on the world.

I took another drink,
as the sun set
and the children fled
and scurried back
to their homes of holes,

and I was alone
without their shrill screams
once more—
tired and dizzy,
uncertain if I should
give the whirling mechanism
one last go
just to prove and show
that I can take on the world
as it spins on, yet again
from young to old.

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Time Forgets

My words are whispers—

the photos that I’ve forgotten

or ran from

hold little memory

for my mind that’s

left those moments.

I’ve recorded what I can

but records can be edited.

My history is a forgery,

and though I wish
to be the thief

of my own past,

my mind’s been

the arsonist

of a past I mostly 

don’t recall.

I hope to linger

amongst these ashes

and like a home

destroyed by fire

I hope to build

myself renewed.

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I sometimes think
about the huge audience
the wind has
as it strums the leaves
and plays against the grass
beneath its feet.

But like a performer
on a busy street,
I don’t believe
we ever drop
our cap, and reward
the music with a glance,
or with a coin—or
with anything at all.

 
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