Yellow was the moon watching over the starlight as your face shone through like sunshine amidst rain. Go back beyond there, now. Grey and dilapidated, splintered with lost childhood. With smoke rings hung from oak trees balancing carefully upwind above the place where I sleep. And you walked in without even a hello. What’s come of us, Youth, gone long behind the sallow liver of the sun.
The Dark Castle (PT V): Journey I
the hero entered the unknown
offered up life and soul
a labyrinth of darkness
carved, covered walls of madness
left behind by failures
to free the Queen and save her
the road to hell is paved
hues of blood, black and dark blues
a maze to test intelligence
direction and common sense
follow the little details
the story starting at the cradle
his father told the fairy tales
since his first earthen day
of a princess cursed at birth
a pretty face with no worth
beyond her heart of selfish
surely there's a reason
the Maker would set down traps
to lead soldiers into many mishaps
the Queen, though, must have some power
to help the lost in their dark hour
of choices and roads stretching out
what are these glyphs all about
[ I ]
a cradle, a crown, a throne
"the cradle when she was alone"
the curse came at night
a terrible fright
deprived her of mother and left her alone
[ II ]
a rose, a book, a thorn
"the thorn, her father forlorn"
spoiled the brat senseless
she robbed him defenseless
instead, became the thorn
the last road to choose from
before the great quest
which made the brat act
at her true best
[ III ]
the butler, the wizard, the boy
"the one who brought her toys"
of great worth in nature
below, far, her station
it was the wizard and his coy
tricks and treats
up until her curse would make him bleed
Her wrists, elbows, her cutoffs, ponytail. The warmth of the asphalt on her bare feet. I think the heat had got to me. She was so cute, so beautiful. I wanted to brush the pebbles and dust from her feet, kiss her, say "I love you," and get us to the nearest place to sleep. I put the car in Drive again and rolled up next to her. "C'mon, Laurie, get in the car. I'm sorry."
Again she stayed looking straight ahead but this time gave me the finger. I pulled onto the shoulder again and and let her get small in my headlights. This time I waited until I couldn't see her anymore. I turned off the car, got out and took in the stars and crickets and heat. The moon was a yellow pearl. So much beauty we could be enjoying together. Looking at the moon I also saw her wonderful butt and her tender thighs as she stepped over some small lump in the road.
If I were to zip by her, would she make it to the next off ramp? Who would pick her up? What then?
Back in the car, nothing but wind.
"I'm sorry I called you a whore."
"I'm sorry I called you a stupid bitch."
The side of her face. I touched my knuckles to it.
She was asleep and turned away when we pulled into the Motel 8. When I pulled the seat back she squeezed my wrist.
All they had, or so the lady said, was a double with two queen beds. I went up and pulled back the sheets before I carried her up. I slept in the other bed but in the morning I got in with her and we spooned and I held her and then there we were again, trying not to gross each other out with our foul mouths, filthy tongues, and sweat and grime.
How Human are We?
I was raised on the notion that deeply embedded in every soul there is an ugly thing - an inescapable wretchedness. It is born of a hundred thousand inconsequential, long-forgotten injustices. It is a thing that calls out for love in whatever form it can get and howls in rage when fate throws unexpected trials in our way. It beats against all our ideals and ideas of self worth and the worth of others until there is nothing left but a wound in need of some kind of dressing. A toxic love can cover this wound and hide it from the world, but it is not clean. It will fester. Make our blood boil. Make our minds go numb. Make our hearts feel lost. How intoxicating a thing like this can be - how wholesome in its imperfection - beautifully dire - horrifically dysfunctional - how human.
the hymm and hum of defamation
a porcelain dining set draped upon a lonesome tablecloth.
I am inclined to elucidate the embrace of
a toast to the inevitably, meaninglessly profound.
The rims of the glasses ring upon contact
the contents teetering over one another.
A droplet succeeds escape
licking the cloth with its red tongue,
a hush falls as they intertwine.
Someone tries to set their glass upon its now prominent impairment.
to conceal the wine's desperation.
now mottled with ruin and disgust
The rest is consumed
yet the droplet remains.
it is tapered to solemn clotheslines
brisk winds set to chill its crisp warmth
the tablecloth is tossed
but not without the wine to pair with it.
In New York, No Longer Starved
New York says nothing to you as you wander the frost alone,
during the strange-feeling
and all too fleeting
beginning of the new year.
under the dusty, smoggy winter sky,
street lamps bathed in a milky haze
drunkenly lean against cement.
their halos flicker as snow blows in twisters,
in tandem with cigarette butts and
old frozen leaves.
burrowing through the dark, wet, earth,
a python creature of metal and plexiglass howls under your feet
and above your tousled hair
towers of glass and copper meld together, chameleon-like,
falling into one another with
the whiskey now softening your eyes.
this is not a place that has
place for you.
it doesn't need you -
it should barely even want you:
in spite of it all,
you can go for a walk here and never want to return home,
somehow serene in the wild storm of changing things.
it might be that the chaos of these infinite streets matches some unresolved chaos within you:
it might be the liquor in your chest that makes you feel how
everything is happening
all at once.
every moment, particles fly through slits unobserved and cars
crash on highways and flower petals flutter and people kill
themselves and water for coffee boils and willow trees sway and
weep and dogs bark bloody murder, and there are too many
people, and they shout at each other, and then at themselves, and
at the snow
fluttering down the streets.
they cannot live without a reply.
only you know that the city speaks a language you can't understand, and only you know there is no sound more beautiful.
it is January first and your flask is empty.
Stolen By Star People
In a long white gown, I stood gingerly,
Four beings, in one room with me,
All of which looked human, tall and if I must say,
All was quiet,
Lights of white were positioned everywhere,
Floor made of metal that was like aluminum
But, it felt like nothing beneath my bare feet,
A language inside of my head, not English,
Yet, I understood it,
Animals petrified behind glass panels,
Different species from each part of history,
In my mind, I wondered what these beings wanted with me,
The room had monitors, like flat screen TV's,
Earth flashed up then it was metallic symbols,
One of them tenderly nudged me to write on the screen,
With hesitation I repeated the pattern of four symbols I had seen,
My mind started to fade, as I felt a pair of cold hands catch me,
When I awoke, I felt groggy, drugged even, in a haze,
Vivid in my mind was the memory of those star people,
And that place.
Swirls of grey brood in the sky above my little head, imminent danger lurking in the wind. There's now a strange hole up there, the kind that throws you up into another world: puffy white clouds, sunshine, rainbows, only to bring you crashing right back down. It seems to me exactly how life is. One moment everything can seem perfectly fine and the next you're right back where you started: in your very own shithole. So I guess that's what it looks like. A shithole. Ready to throw itself at the ground and mercilessly devour everything in its path.
I don't know how I came to be here. I guess it was my mind that brought me to this place, though I can not, for the life of me, remember being here in real life. It's a lonely place. I'm picking soft, white daisies growing on moist, dewy grass. The plains stretch for miles, beyond my sight's reach. There's a plateau behind me and the grass on it seems to be freshly cut and shaved. Minty aftershave lingers in the mist that seems to be growing heavier by the minute. It settles in my chest, almost suffocating me. It takes every ounce of energy in me to turn myself around, maneuver past the chubby ducks in the pond, nibbling at pieces of floating bread and lay myself flat out at the top of the plateau. My bones ache, my muscles are heavy, I can't move.
It's when the first few droplets hit my face that I shake myself awake. They feel like bullets, piercing my heart, where it aches the most. I try to get up and run but to no avail. It's too strong, I can't survive it. The annoyance at my lethargy, mingled with this irrational fear makes me twist and turn in bed. With crusty eyes I try to glimpse the face of the clock, faintly ticking beside my head.
I groan softly. Another dream gone by, another night wasted. Will I ever get my happy ending, if only in my head? Probably not. But maybe that's the point. You gotta fix what's out there in order to fix what's going on in there. Or is it the other way around? I don't want to know anymore. I just want to sleep.