a writer’s relic.
i lead my finger down yesenin’s spine. it is old cracked torn fragile, just like the words inhabiting it. this hand-me-down soul smells like home still. st. yesenin’s spine, relic of the protector of poets, maniacs and sad minds. i’ve kept it safe under my bed. in my hands, it shivers. unshielded.
and opening up to me, yesenin repeats his goodbyes.
just another book i sacrify to fill my empty mind. going through, for the nth time, i stop.
there seems to be his blood under my nails.
i’m trying to write again.
#prose poetry #yesenin #writing #dark
Snow always brings it back to the front of his skull. That transparent winter noon, ages away. Snow wipes the dust off those memories and takes them off the shelf. Claude has never been too successful at keeping his mind tidy.
What comes first is that dying sun struggling with its rays through the clouds, spilling light over the playground and the boy's boarding school. Saint-Julien school for boys [reformatory // correctional center]. The building was reaching back toward the sun. Its neo-romanesque walls thick and stern, seemingly providing safety. Standing dark red, red and dark victoriously over the melting white snow, the school looked proud and reserved like a professor would look at Claude over the rostrum or a preacher over the pulpit. You'd feel small and irrelevant staring up at it and the tiny windows placed along its whole length and height would merely wink at you with their curtains. You'd then turn your head with slightly flushed cheeks and ears and continue throwing your glances elsewhere.
And the playground, it was coated with the same shade of cold-day grimness. It was an achromatic painting of someone's fading childhood. Colorful leaves hidden by soft layers of snow and mud. Colorful laughter quiet under the cries of the swings, the cries of the smaller kids, some cursing and then a sound glimpse of the traffic somewhere behind the protective Saint-Julian. Claude was listening to it all, observing his still fairly new situation and the faces still unknown to him. It was slightly unlike him to remain clam, on the bench by the side, slowly adjusting to the new home, having his favorite activity taken away from him. Along with his family or rather, the other way around; he'd had been taken here. What an overwhelming dissatisfaction, to have your wishes come true in the most distorted ways, felt like the world was mocking him. His expression was unreadable, blank, his fourteen year old mind bewildered. Nevertheless, his curiosity clung to him, always whispering into his ear, giggling.
Then a rougher voice flew into his ears. Someone spitting out: "Fucking little dickhead." It wasn't directed toward him, no. However, it was only meters away and he had to move his focus to see what's happening. His eyes alert. Heartbeats feeling heavier in his chest.
Two figures at the current center of attention. Bigger and smaller, a persistent cliché of school fights. It wasn't the world's most difficult question to guess whose voice it had been. The bigger figure was a boy so obviously over Claude's age. He had his fists clutched at the other boy's shirt, dangerously close to his long, soft neck. As much as his face was cold, his eyes were shooting fire. The pair of bright, widened eyes, on the other hand, seemed frozen with fright, accompanied with the expression of crimson embarrassment and terror.
"Give me the money" the older one was practically growling through his teeth. Shaking his head in attempts to get his dark locks off his face, one of his hands sweeping away the smaller kid's efforts to kick him wherever. "You will lose your fingers, you little-"
Anticipation and cold air dancing withing Claude's throat. He got up. Stopped when his feet made those few steps. Robotically.
When he opened his mouth, it felt as mechanical.
"Leave him alone" he yelled - he supposed, but his voice echoed in his ears moments later. It felt weak and unsure. What even lead him? To call it bravery or justice would be a joke. It was closer to stupidity and simply the need for a shoot of something old in a new way. He had eyes of other students aimed at him, perhaps of some professors, too. Will they shoot? He had his own eyes aimed at the burning set and his fist aimed at the cold, frowning face. (The small rat used the confusion as an opportunity to slip out).
He missed. Whatever. But soon they were both on the ground. All mud and snow, drops of red, a new emphasis on the fading childhood painting. A fine detail to fit the building’s dark red walls.
Claude's first fight and crush tackled him down all at once. Punch to the flesh and the heart. François' first hello.
Snow will melt soon.
#fiction #prose #youngadult #teen #lgbt
soft porn on the walls. soft red restaurant booth. soft are the lights so the noise is brighter. bright are the stranger's eyes next to me, aiming somewhere in front of me. dinner for two is cheaper and the two can mean silence. the noise is brighter, yet distant. distant is she next to me, wandering eyes. soft porn on the walls, but they are just paintings. walls are closing in, distant people are close, the night is wide and growing. a painting.
primitive touches and
hunts for a rush
it wasn't for us
you traced shapes
the trails before my feet
decided to follow the stars instead.
I feel the earth, think of you
recall your face
and fail to cry.
I carried those moments
-- lush with liquor
and bittersweet glances
I carried those memories
a stone cold venus
against my palm
a stone cold you
against my heart
with you, I discovered fire
Monday mornings might make me mean. Mild mist mixes my moods.
Moreover, many mistakes may murder my moral. Missing most memories motivates mourning.
"Misery must melt," my mouth meets my mind.
Minutes mirror moments. Mazes move. Mystery multiplies.
Movements mislead mindless 'myselves'.
"My majesty," Monet's masterpieces moan, mocking me.
Magnificent museums mean magic.
Love is a wormy fruit - be careful when you take a bite of it.
It is true; whenever I miss my old streets, I imagine them missing me too.
The concrete doesn't smell the same here when different rains fall. It's tougher than my grass and the rusty railways, but it lacks soul. Taxi cars, buses, they're ghosting through the avenues. Does the train call for me like it used to scream for you?
Even the street lights are dim blocks, their shine doesn't whisper 'life'.
I long for the moonlight and I lost my way.
Perhaps I'm just feeling nostalgic?
But yes, it's true; I tend to do the same with people. I imagine you alone. Missing me, too.
public love affair
I gave myself to the world.
Cafés, trains, streets
Strangers give the best love.
Unknown eyes and discreet smiles
A flirty secret pulling her skirt up
- no touch.
Coffee, cigarettes, the people
My head tilts back in ecstasy, neck tickled with kisses. Kisses pressed by the chatter.
The words a mess of whos whys whens.
what what what? a controversy.
Society and me - fucking tragic lovers.
Don't bother me with commitment.
for A. [VI]
I saw dreams hanging off her eyelashes
that's when she shot me with a smile
the sleepy smile, you know?
the genuine smile, the 'lips appreciating life,
eyes longing for sleep' smile, you know?
she shot me through her gaze, too
that bullet made me bleed real bad
the red red love pouring out of me bad, you know?
the blushing bad, the 'on the edge of consciousness,
walking toward Death' bad, you know?
the dreams kept playing over her face
until she let them take over her mind
'Boys don't kiss'
He used to say, not resisting my touch, but leaning away whenever I'd get too close.
'Boys don't kiss'
He'd mumble every time my lips'd trail somewhere near his.
In the minutes of his game with death, he decided the rule was worth breaking.