The call me...Captain Swurve.
They call me Captain Swurvey
They say my heart's half gone
As it's plagued with rot and scurvy!
They said I'd chase the sunset
And drink us all to drought
I said nay boys, I'll follow the tides
And leave no liquor-starved crewman without.
Now, as the legend rests
Just like the setting sun
I'll dream of pretty wenches
That did my poor heart shun
And raise my flask o' whiskey
And tip up my old gun
And wish that it was rum.
Surrounded by the sea
Of people looking over me
The captain that I've always wished that I could have the Balls to be,
Is not exactly what he seems.
I'm the captain, sodden and somber.
I own no land, and I owe no man no man's land, which is a place I've chosen to wander.
Take that as you will, I take wasteland as a million metaphors, dried up, littered on, desert that used to be a golden shore. Back then Bikini Babes would just come to right up you and ask you to rub tanning lotion on their backs, and you somehow didn't even have to flirt to feel attractive.
This place doesn't exist.
I made it up. That beach never had any water.
There was no such thing. Like perfect pitch, or total bliss or uncontrollable mental disorders.
Yeah, I owe barrenness to y'all. I'd never get any peace and quiet, or the zen of a much needed vacation
without that feeling you get in a crowd of total isolation.
It's hummmmmmming....of a million minds, a crowd of buzzzzzzing bumble fuckers, deciphering my metaphors.
Fuck metaphors, listen to what I speak, when I'm not up on a pedestal.
You know I used to want to be an astronomer? Just a fun fact.
Not because I never had enough tact to be an actor,
Just because I was always rather apt
to just sit back
and watch the
Bowl of popcorn over here on the left.
Bottle of lube right here on the right.
And the most beautiful woman God could create, raining down her fiery scorn on me, loving every minute of this cataclysmic pornography.
I am Captain Swurvey and I like to fuck.
Everything beautiful is useful to me,
Everything else just sucks.
And whether I want you to or not, you'll probably believe every word I say.
I am Captain Swurve
And I am sailing swervingly
Unsettling the neighbors and uprooting your search for worth and immortality.
I do it because people with a purpose make me nervous,
Looking only at the surface
You never go much deeper
And I'm skimming along on that surface,
But all I ever yearned for was the chance to dive overboard
And drown myself in the deep end of your ocean.
I'd like to see your coral reefs, and be swept up by all sorts of riptides, and undercurrents, and
I'd really love to see the bottom before I die.
I imagine all beautiful lights. That no one has ever seen. It's another world down there. And well...
You know I've always wanted to see your Marianas Trench...
Switch around, we're in space, I'm sailing through the sun storms, desperately reaching as far out as I can only to crash on the rocks of your atmosphere. Reeling off, and spinning past millenia, knowing there would never be enough space in the universe to keep us apart for too long. You couldn't hear me scream, but if you'd let me in there...you would have heard the battle crying inside me. If your brain's synapses are stars, then your heart is one insignificant little planet amidst the skies that by some stroke of hell managed to create life as I know it.
has been done before
I'm used up
i'm not original BUT
I can't be the only person who's ever fallen in love. I wouldn't ever want to be.
Because then you wouldn't see much in me. Without these seeds... It'd be kind of like a wasteland.
But God damn,
I am so glad
That humans learned how to plant.
Talk about self-absorbed, this kid writes a poem about his own celebrity persona which he pretty much invented! Well, there have been some modifications I can't take credit for.
You choose what you want to believe about me.
But I am just a person
My name is Captain Swurvey.
Help me out for a second here.
Help me out of here.
I'm going out of my mind/But I'm/Lying/I'm not/It's too hot/And claustrophobic
So... I'll bounce back and forth in rhythm/Listenin' to myself givin'/All you beautiful people allegorical head.
Audience is/Providence of/Godliness through/Loneliness when/Each and every one of you make/Up a giant intuitive/Entity of empathy that/I wish I could make love to.
I wish I could talk to, you,
but I often find that people look to me to be aloof,
but I also find the need to persuade myself into honesty.
But you gotta know, I just think words can mean so much more, or so much littler than the effort it takes to say them and it scares me all the time.
Sometimes people call me poet. I can't talk to people, they all think I'm silly and that makes me feel awkward cuz I have a lot sadness and put too much importance on the common interaction between me and the rest of my race.
So I sing instead of talking, Run instead of walking, improv without blocking, write. cuz I'm scared, I'm so fucking scared of something turning out unexpectedly, and I'm in love, I'm so fucking in love with that fear.
Thank you for giving this amount of silence. I haven't been listening to it very well. You let me take the stage and drown out all your lovely silence with my under-used, somewhat nasally voice. I'm sorry.
I owe you a turn. I really do. for listening
Say something real
-Say something awful
I miss the voices that used to talk to me
Enough faking it. Come already.
Feel like it's right, for once. Like I'm right, this determined swerving from right to left.
Turning East and West into a way to circumvent the crest.
Fallen into yet another losing game of chess.
Left a small population of very tall buildings to make another attempt at living.
Dried my eyes and the blood filling them congealed.
Injected the whole of another tube of "real" tropical fruit filling right into my pulmonary like, maybe if someone would eat it before the rot set in for once... Do you know the way back to happiness?
Cuz I'm about to board another bus with a flashing sign on the front that reads: home...
and for some damn reason...I'm wondering how you'd feel about that.
Right? Or is it wrong? Or am I just all that's left?
OK? Well...how are you?
I didn't sleep when I was in your arms. Too busy thinking about, Why did I hold onto something that was bound to leave with the next cold morning breeze?
"We always slept better together." ???
Probably because the windchill of my staggered circular breathing kept you warm.
Shrugging off the blanket I became, when the night finally let up, and the heat of the sun made you too warm
I fell off you.
You probably felt like I was passing away.
Nah, I had a foot in the coffin door.
Gotcha, King me.
Wrong game? oh..
Thus then must we return,
To the greater hands
Who is trolling us along?
Tricks, Pieces, Mirrors, begone
Of the ones who took love willingly, no more crying, no more crying.
Right where we belong.
We are seeds.
It's a hard thing for a man to grow old. To watch his hard earned muscles erode as stone does.
But stones roll forward...still.
The Cake was good. Sweet and moist
like good kisses are too, slightly mysterious...
regarding where it came from, or how, specifically, it was created.
We ATE IT UP! for fun and we threw the rest of it ON THE GROUND.
... ...for respect.
All the while I expected it wouldn't be my last birthday, or my last anniversary, in this lake of open arms and forgiving faces.
forgiveness faces a tough crowd today.I know I've built bridges and tunnels through ways around it.
Down there I feel like a Canary,
chokin' to death,
hopin' to catch sight of the sun one more time
prayin' for speed...enough to save me.
Up top I feel like a tightrope walker,
cuz we make the smallest sacrifices, it seems like, at the time. For the smallest differences.
But that time was a lot lighter, and it either piles up, or moves forward, and either way you're leaving that bridge behind, I don't think I burned it, but I know time will...
Gosh you look so scared, lighten up, it was a joke.
I ain't leaving this world or my freedom without you.
I can't blame you. Was scared too.
Terrified, black with ice frozen on the tunes I used to hum
from my Canary little heart,
See if I care.
I do, and I'll prove you right
About one thing.
Logic: Comfort from predictability.
Paradox: The predictability of growing.
Cliche: Home is where the heart is, isn't it?
Thoughts? ...and dreams
Sleep: ...Always better with you.
Remorse? Maybe a little.
I spent a whole lot of time in a place, learning how to: life.
And I spent the last day there, ever,
expecting warm and sad nostalgia.
It was frightening and dark, that
Now I'm somewhere completely new.
Unfamiliar at best.
Looking down the bed at you,
Putting me through this test.
Sleep, you need your rest.
It takes a lot out, to grow, so fast.
To finally come to know, at last.
That you, are home.
There used to be a time...
a time when we were certain
a time when we were used.
...used by a forger.
So bright was the furnace we always returned to
brighter than we can even remember.
it's hard to remember.
We would run in the field, because it was a field, made by us, for us, to run in.
Some whiles we would stay home, and block out the world and it's cursed sun.
brighter than was fair for us.
when we didn't want to be seen.
Again and again, we would be forged into new. Some new way, some new way of being the old way.
Again and again, we were here and there, so long as everyone called us by the same name.
We were forged into weapons. And we sewed distraught. We hurt, the ones who named us.
And now, our steel doesn't shine so hot. And the only thing left making us remember, that we're alive,
is the rapid thuds of our heart pumping down against the cold tile floor, begging us to choose
begging us for a path to follow.
pleading to flow this hot blood somewhere it will make a difference. Screaming that we don't need you, and we don't want you, and that we need not fight each other over thoughts about you anymore.
I was seven times certain who I was.
That I could forget you...
For those of us who feel like we’re underwater.
When the moon fills the dark spaces we won’t go.
When music is more than more than more than what you know about it.
And in the end of the world as every sun sets, something more is born.
There are good times ahead in the next city.
There are good times in all things.
Connect, cement, the heart in the stories that change, change.
They’re ghosts right?
From our memories,
Have been seized, we
From the perfect dream?
Drip drop drip drop
Turning tricks, dropped the jack
Bitch, when you coming back?
It’s off it’s off
Seldom silence serves as sight’s severance.
Dick chop dick chop OW!
Fucking pistol clock
Whip glock whipping cock
How many names can you think of for a knockoff
Of soda pop?
I’m sorry sir you’ve got the wrong Ryan,
I haven’t starred in any movies that cryin’
Old seniles, and sensitive females, so honestly claim
Was the way life should have been for them.
Oh in that case I’ll show you the brain,
Then kick you in the ass for being so gay.
Hold on there, wrong Ryan.
I ain’t waiting tables, or banefully fryin’
Up shit that I spit in for women with tips worth less
Than my two cents.
Oh I apologize, celebrity lookalike.
Must be the weather or the windshield is cracked
Or the antennae are bent or the cables are jacked
But I can’t seem to figure out just who you are
When I’m watching the TV pimped into my car,
Let’s try a few shall we
Not a cook…Not a lover boi…Silence of the…Birds, if you’re a bird I’m a…Bat…Batman! Batman and Robin! Red Robin! No not a waiter…
Red hearse, Fred Durst, Paris Hilton, Ryan Milton
Wrong Ryan, Wrong Ryan!
Oh my god, silly me
I seem to have gone on a tangent you see.
Tandem bicycles, all of them for free.
If you would only come visit. Agreed?
Of course I know that you’re THE Ryan B.
The first time I saw you. I had to remember it.
That was something I couldn’t see just once.
When we first kissed, was when I first became fully aware.
I wanted to run out into the rain barefoot, and scream your name until I’d squeezed every possible ounce of meaning that could be derived from the utterance of those syllables
Out into the weeping sky.
but It wasn't raining that day.
The last time I saw you, I was fairly certain I had hallucinated it.
You ever see something that’s been a reoccurring dream of yours for several years manifest itself right before your eyes?
I dream so much it’s hard to believe in anything anymore.
The last time you saw me…
I don’t know if you ever saw me.
Ok...I'm pretty sure I just walked in on you masturbating...but then again, I'm not really sure what your kinda people would call it.
Oh and now you're all over me like you were thinking of me the whole time. Uh-huh.
Wow. I'll give it to ya, you stay the course. Makes you pretty convincing.
What else do you have to think about though?
I suppose the internet battles over freedom of speech don't mean much to you. You never did use it much...
I mean speech...somehow you're all over the internet but I've never heard you speak a damn full sentence in the time I've known you.
How the hell do you remain so connected? Language: the great equalizer?
Your scars run really deep...deeper than mine. I still don't know which side you fight for.
I side with life, for all it's misgivings, misleading mysteries, and willingness to harbor these words through...existence.
I fight for the right that someone or something gave me to be formed from atoms and other smaller unknowable ingredients as part of a less knowable system.
I fight in the dark for the hope that one day the sun will actually rise and show us all what each other look like.
and show us we're not fighting on sides like we thought we were. that we're the only ones left.
and, well...damn we better start making something of our existence that isn't...a fight.
I feel like you're ten steps ahead of me, which is all the time in the world when you've been seein' the light at the end of the tunnel just up ahead ever since you first opened your eyes, first set foot in the cave, first made the leap into a dark earth.
Ignorance is bravery here...but wisdom comes from outside...when we accidentally step out into the light for a second. And then we shuffle and shimmy past whatever bright new horrors we don't wanna see, slamming our eyes shut until we're back in the cave.
For what we become.
Standing at the bottom of a murky lake
in the comfortable telling ourselves
this is it
We'll die where we were born:
I talk to you to talk through a medium to myself. When you silently sit there, and soak up my words, all around me becomes a panorama of open ideas that can no longer hide.
Each Primary Motive in my center is displayed on a picture rack.
It’s sometimes the closest I can get to really meeting myself.
It’s a clean break.
I talk to you because you’ve always had this one motif to work with. It should really be mine. It’s about me. It’s for me. It’s my own well being as a provider of life, and the ongoing journey of a nomad’s soul.
Some say the nomads have no homes. That wandering is in their hearts and they shan’t ever settle for one place. I say the nomad only has a harder home to reach.
Some of them never reach it. Perhaps because they only exist as far as we know now, in a physical world. There is more to home than where we buy a house.
It’s a thing that is built, over stress and pain and love for the creation. The stronger the will the stronger the walls, and NOT the facades this time, the walls that are constructed with the sole purpose of being able to welcome other through the gates of them.
Some build them from what seems like so much emptiness and nothingness that we should all deserve a religion of worship for the adverse feat of triumph. Perhaps we can believe, or hope, that not everyone's destiny is achievable, on and of this earth.
Pretty soon I'll go back to a place full of holes and crazed dreams, then press on, not knowing what else to do.
But let's sit here as we are in this clearing of sorts. Every forest must have it's clearings to rest in.
without that rest, even a soul on fire could be lost amongst the foliage. Let's sit here, and I'll talk...and you'll listen. Or seem to listen. Or I'll listen to you listening to me. That way, I can project it, and hear it myself. Instead of muddled through all the dreamed visages, and confusing chains of events.
All of the most and least convolution happens when I sleep through times I won't suffer. My ultimate escape is to equally give myself as much clarity as I take away, in each desperate step for the next ledge of meaning.
So I talk to you about my plans, to have a legacy, so that people will look up to me, and when all is said and done in the end I'll finally feel like my life was meant to be.
All the while this, picture panorama of forgotten imagery circles me, and you sit there in the middle...listening?
If you're listening, you're doing more than I ever could for myself. I talk to you to talk through you to myself. Because when you talk to people about what exists...you learn that nobody knows what they think exists and what doesn't. And when I talk to you...you see me and I exist. And that is all. Your through-line pierces my heart, and soul, and has anchored it's rigging all over my body. It's slacked but whenever I get just a little too far out in the cold, and I've forgotten which way is up or down,
You can drag me back(under).
And give me another chance to drown.
Who knows, maybe some day, I'll realize that I'm not cut out for the swim team. And that, I don't talk to you because you listen...I talk to you because you're there.
And you always will be.
I found your blanket. I’m not gonna tell you where it is though. If I told you, you’d go get it, and then you’d have your warmth, and then you wouldn’t need me.
The only thing I look for is clarity. But I wonder if I ever found it, if I’d stop looking…
I can see clearly now, so I guess I’ll stop.
I’m telling’ ya, I’m bein’ honest with you 90 percent of the time, even now. It just doesn’t look that way, yeah everything seems so convoluted, and “deep” and metaphorical, like I’m trying to make a maze out of a garden of already massive bushes that I’m beating around.
But that’s just cause, right now. Especially right now, everything in my head is spinning, on tumble dry, my head’s like a big wet laundry mess and you don’t even know whose clothes are whose anymore because the colours got mixed with the whites and the darks and my intentions got mixed up with my actions and yours, and
Well, Fuck it dude, they’re just clothes. They don’t make us who we are.
We just go out of our way to judge people sometimes, like a race.
Whoever can judge everyone before anyone else can wins…a fuckin’ VIP seat to watch the rapture or something.
So my thoughts’ll flow to you cuz you’re downstream of them.
But my intentions are high and dry, up on the top of the dam, I left ‘em up there before I jumped, didn’t even think to ask if they wanted a part in it.
That was kinda a dick move.
I’m sorry intentions. I’ve never really done you justice.
Ok, how many times can you count that you’ve just been completely wrong about someone you judged? How many times did you want to believe so badly, that someone was a better person than they turned out to be?
If you turned gay, and I turned gay, would we judge each other?
Would it be like a race?
Whoever sucks the other person’s dick the fastest gets…a face full of cummy dick!
That’s what all these intention judgment pushing disconnected people racing through life to get the first and last laugh really amount to.
A Face Full of Cummy Dick
I was charged with the task of outliving my opponent,
Our benefactor whom I will speak no more than briefly about, has laid these orders before us and we will follow them, without falter.
Since I’ve seen absolutely no sign of my folly in at least a half hour, and my camp and post is fully set, I may wander into the backwoods for a spell, searching landmarks and anything else that may aid my plight, I will carry the log at all times.
Slightly longer than I expected, took a few extra paths I discovered, still I should be within earshot of my encampment and have heard no sign of trouble. Perhaps, though, I should not underestimate my enemy.
Returned to camp, coldness and fatigue has set upon more quickly than expected. I will lay down to recuperate for a short time.
Awakening. My camp has been laid waste. Trenches have appeared as if by tectonics.
-The light takes care of its own, even when they wander in darkness
Made spikes for an elbow of trench. My defenses are nearly invisible. Good luck adversary.
4 days since trenches showed up. No sound, but the wind. No movement, but my restless thoughts. Paranoia?
A man fell into my east spiked pit. I watched the snowflakes gently cover his last horrified expression. He is not my prey.
2nd week. I’ve begun to wander out of the trench covers. It doesn’t get much lighter than twilight around this time of year.
The trenches…disappeared. What am I doing here?
Everything on this plain looks the same, I’ve passed several faces, with no names in my memory to stand by.
-What is courage to a death seeker? Whence does fear come if not from the end?
Strangely, I tire less. Perhaps this world has begun to harden my shell. I am stopping at a small stream, the first defining landmark I’ve come across in many nights. There are no days anymore, only nights. I must judge time based only on my internal clock. My resolve will not fail me here.
Crows follow me at night. I will feign my death…to set their trap. I must sustain.
The most godless meal I have eaten in my life…
-Unbeknownst to historians, here will go absolutely nothing, to change the
tides of existence
Three days by this stream, sadly, it does not run any longer. It has not frozen, but the current has halted. I cannot explain why I am overcome with such gripping sorrow about this detail.
I have taken to painting with a spear tip. Blood drips nicely through snow. It’s as if I’m the first man on the earth who has discovered the means to express himself. And perhaps the only one ever again to
-My quarry must go on to the next generation, somehow, for some reason I do not know, must save. My own. Brood.
Made an altar for the slain crows. Though they are considered the devils bird, no being deserves such a dishonorable death. Trickery
-How is there so much Hateful in the nonviolent?
Tears plague me, freezing before they can fall from my face. It’s like someone is taunting me, you will never be the man you searched for out here.
-My hand hurts, like a frostbitten oath nearly forgotten
Who am I?
Who sent me, who was I brought here to find…nobody.
Would I know if my task has completed?
No, I must stay vigilant. I’ve dropped my guard and my attention.
-We’ll see, foe, we’ll see whose wounds heal first
I have left the stream behind. Along with all the memories I had left. It’s time to move on.
-The task at hand seems far away now, like someone put it on the backburner for a minute, any minute now someone’s going to break me out of this dream life
I now stand before a white gale, seemingly a barrier to some sort of inner fortress. Unmoving. Bitter, cold, wind and snow. This testament of nature’s wrath beckons me,
And I cannot turn back.
I must reach the center now.
-As feeling returns, so too does numbness, trading turns for turns, blow for blow, eye for eye, tear for tear
-There must be something in this mad storm
Where do I begin.
It's been so long since I've been so close to the end that I could smell the earth around me.
I think I've been playing both sides of the field so long that I can't differentiate between a graveyard shift,
and a cold dead sunrise. But I wouldn't know the difference between differentiating and diffusing dreaming
Dead dawn rises opening up this world
Dead dusk down on a twitch throe, circling the fence around my collapsing line of vision
Sorrow and Sex, the two things I like best that I want less of the more that I get.
If I could go back...I would have kissed you on the river. I would have shown you with tenderness, what it is like for your life here on this world to be wanted. I would have given you what love feels like beyond the shade of fear of loss, the ultimate gift I would keep on giving. And then I would've stricken you with my oar until your beautiful body no longer broke surface intentionally. It would have been the gentleman's way of settling things. Instead I chose the dreamer's.
I've been in camouflage, hiding well from you. hoping to escape within the community of a seemingly functional
Found it hard to keep my cool when utterance of a simple name or phrase could throw me into breathing lasps,
When the sight of a single stone upon the ground could be a city in the sky, my last gasps are playing and
rewinding and then playing, and rewinding, and then playing, and rewinding and then playing, and rewinding and I'm laying down the sheets upon the floor, because the bed reminds me too much of the perfect story memory I'm
alone. In a
building. In a
desert. In a
deadlocked staring contest between me
and my reflection in the moonlit water memories that make up all I am were was are is will ever fucking be
If you can't escape in a fucking dream then where the fuck else am I gonna go?
I've wasted my life, observing, becoming less a part of all the things I spend time looking at.
Removing myself from the final edit. Hoping somehow,
That total abstinence,
From your world,
And my worldly desires,
put Me in
Love is about control for you. I believe in you.
I don't know if I believe in control.
It doesn't matter if I believe in love.
Someone please just see the justification for anything I do. I am begging for a partner. I have no one to observe
If I seem hellbent, please...I am merely driven by demons to an end I would have no means to reach if I was...
I don't know what it is that gives you the nerve or the will to live in my presence any longer.
I don't know what makes me hold on so tightly to your soul in this world either.
Truth is, you could have easily gone away last night and never come back...but I engaged the reaper in fisticuffs and told him there could be only one. Needless to say he was a little confused.
I've broken a promise almost every day since the day I said I would never leave you.
And I've thought about you every day since the day it was too late to realize I loved you.
Why then, can't I let you go? Out into the night. Where you belong?
You have my permission to die, but only over my dead body will you find salvation.
If we live in a world where people build walls out of their morals, then I must be some kind of retard. That might explain why I talk to plants.
But I got really good at climbing from hangin' 'round you, and I also got real good at runnin', and eventually I ran away.
That was years ago. And I just now learned how to stop. How to stop running, and smell the flowers. There's so many flowers, and all they want is for you to stop running and enjoy their presence, even for a second.
but sometimes to survive, you have to pick the flowers for later, in case you run out of food, in case you run out of run and need to dig yourself a nice little grave, preferably at home, and set the flowers up on top. Sometimes you have to feed off of others as a reality check that you can still make things move and that you can still move people.
Every time I ran away from home, it was nighttime. And I'd get about a quarter mile down the road and turn around to find you hot on my heels. When I'd get about a half mile down the road I'd always turn back.
I'd lay in my bed and think about dying and say, I don't want none o' that. and then you'd dig your nails into me really hard to remind me that I was mortal. Everyone was born to live.
Not everyone lives to die like you.
I laid there for many years. Thinking about what you said. It was hard to figure out because I couldn't tell if you'd really said it or not. And you always watched me thinking. ...what were you thinking?
It's not practical to fight any longer. As time, the only father figure I ever had, has shown me, all good must come to an end. Though I'm not sure how this world will survive without you, and though tears have flown free as the world's waters as I've written all of this, and though you are the closest thing to a God that has ever been mysterious to me...I have decided. and I have Realized just how important it is for one to die
What you don't realize about me is, for me...
Home is in other people.
and i ran away years ago.
Dawn's withheld in a single breath
The somber call of a lonesome crow as he mourns the waning light
Begets ripples in the frozen lake
And everyone forgets a moment after
And I forgot the moment passed
We drank to the life worth living
And no one's left still breathing
To live while you were leaving...
All the birds have stopped singing
Twilight broke the morning tonight
The sun cannot bare to light us any longer
I walked to the waters edge to pray for strength
I turned around and beheld an entire world of
Silence, Sounding so valiantly
The Elegy of my return
I have since forgotten the melody
Oh forgive me, I have stopped singing your song
Please believe me, I did not see you for what you were.
The moon hung low, and watched me from right outside my window.
I couldn't sleep. Thousands of ways to die played like films reels on two dark red walls behind my eyes.
Excuse me, thousands of ways to be happy appeared like holograms as the light shone through my window.
And I saw now. And then I saw now. And now I see now. But not now.
I see a flickering spotlight darting around my room. I'm giggling.
I think the last time I giggled was before I knew what the verb giggle meant.
Oh little light...you are fooling me into thinking I am now someone I am not anymore. I'll watch you. I'll watch you like the moon watches me.
Now I'm seeing...these things I think they're called memories.
I'm remembering the journey I took once...and you beside me, sharing every moment.
And now I remember the fallen ones.
The Green One, the mother.
The First One, the father.
The One Who Looked Like the Sea, the son.
The One That Got Away, the antagonist.
The One With the Broken Back, the lover.
The Two Who Nearly Drowned, brother and sister.
The One of All Hues, the adopted son.
Why do they come to me now? I know where they all lie. I laid them there.
Perhaps I wasn't ready for them to be memories yet...but what could I do?
What the hell could I have done? They told me, it was time. They had to go.
Like they had a place to be that wasn't with me, and it was urgent.
They told me this was my world now...and I didn't know what that meant.
But now I think......................I see you. You're as restless as I am.
Look at you. It's like you never even stopped journeying.
Through life, through death, you didn't care.
Sometimes I wonder what goes through your head.
You seem to see something I don't, something behind the scenes.
Something that justifies living here. On this God Forsaken Rock.
Sometimes I feel like you're inches from figuring it out...then the next moment...
you look as puzzled as me.
If there is a God...first of all he needs to get away from my window.
He needs to stop making me see things. And he needs to stop making uncontrollable circumstances that give me a reason to believe in him.
I'm not in tears as much as I was last time. Last time I saw God.
He told me to start the rapture. He told me to do it on May 21, 2011.
And I cried, and I begged him for an answer. And he just watched me cry.
And even through the tears I made the promise to do it.
And I broke my promise...I couldn't do it.
I couldn't understand, I looked around and saw so many beautiful people.
And I looked in the darkest places of the world and I still found such beautiful people.
And now I realize...that maybe....maybe life is beautiful....maybe life has made them beautiful. And maybe they deserve something better already?
I failed you once...hell probably more than once. But I'm gonna do anything I can to make it up to you.
Oh, little light.
It's time to quit your restlessness.
The sun is rising.
And the visions are going
to the other side.
We can follow them there.
But first you must rest.
I need this to be my world now.
THere is wHere it Happens.
THere is wHere it meets its maker, face to face, and then rips out the sink and sHatters.
An image of (G)god.
THere. Do you see now? No, you don't.Do you Hear it?
Of course not. These things can be forgiven.
Hallways, brittle lit unwavering absence of ligHt unfazed face of Hope.
unmarred reason of passion unscarred wrists, scanning the walls
Do you...feel it now? Do you? You do? Then...
The only trutH is tHat you are full of lies.
You do not see, you do not Hear, you try to listen but you cannot feel so let. me. kiss. you. So tHat you can taste your own sweet sorrow.
As you drove into me I was like the sun and you were like the moon, a firey fucking ball of fire versus a cold barren landscape, but the only thing close enougH to feel.
It stung like a needle.
It stung like a wHipcrack on a sunburn.
It stings like that first hit of cold water on an open wound.
It stings like when you suddenly realize a (G)god doesn't rule you and
before you realize that tHere is a reason beyond tHat.
It's a little thing. And you're only going to notice it when it leaves, and makes everything so, very slightly
As you pulled away I was like desert and you were like twiligHt. A cold barren landscape versus a darkness tHat still sHows some false Hope of light. Our lips were like the Horizon. They were.
You pulled away. And planets died. And people died.
And the place where my feelings once existed became a vacuum.
Every day I carried worlds on my shoulders. And the sky opened up like an old wound. And if you were the sky, I was the desert below it.
And there was nothing in this desert.
And there was nothing.
And then I knew, that it didn't matter if I lived or died.
But you were dead.
And no amount of remembering can change the world I'm in right now.
So I will make a new one.
and that is fine.
You're sitting there. Under the chair. Staring at me. Like years, and years, of what I'd like to call our life. Your green eyes are like...the woods. The woods we grew up in. The woods we came back to. The woods where we met
and where we will leave each other. For a long, long time.
These woods are full of Huffy bikes, and tennis balls, and summer ski trips, and deep lake diving. These woods are where friends are lost, music is found, first love finds you a hundred times, and nothing gets done.
I know you're thirsty, but you won't drink. You're sick of drinking. I try to tip the water up to your lips, but you turn your head. I beg you, "Please, just do it for me." You take one sip but no more. If I could breathe life, you'd find me kissing you. If my tears could heal, you'd find me sobbing on your forehead.
But I don't want your last memories of me to be sadness, so I turn my head away, and use every fiber of my being to pull out a smile for you.
We raised each other. and not once did you not come when I called for you.
We saved each other. and I don't want to think about life without you.
We fought each other. and you always came back into my arms.
I love you . and I don't want to have to bury you.
This is not a hopeful poem.
This is hardly a poem at all.
This is based on true events.
I can taste you in my mind. Even in memory you're sweeter than anything I could have presently.
and I will follow you to the brink
My New Year's resolution is to finally talk to my dad! I've never gotten to know him but I swear I'm gonna get him to open up to me! I know things must have been awful for him ever since his daughter died. Parents shouldn't have to watch their children pass away. But I'm going to talk to him about it when I come home for the summer!
Hey, how are you?
Doin' good, stressed from school =/ but good
It's just a lot of work and I get homesick sometimes.
I would visit more but gas is really expensive, I'm gonna try to get a job soon.
Yeah, they're raising tuition soon too, but I know I gotta do this for my future.
We should hang out this weekend when I come home.
I understand, you're busy with work and school and stuff.
Well let me know if you're gonna be free. I won't have much to do.
the best friends are the ones you can talk to about the most random shit, and the most serious shit. Like you know you've got something real when you guys stay up all night and can't sleep, and he can't sleep because he's thinking about giant bumblebees and Halloween costumes, and you can't sleep because you're thinking about a girl you love but are distraught over, and you can just go off on either of your thoughts at random and be completely comfortable. I'm so glad I know....
I have been hanging out with the most amazing girl. She plays guitar and she sings and she's so good, and she's beautiful, and she paints these awesome Indian looking paintings, and she just makes me feel so happy every time I'm with her. She's really sad a lot of the time though, and she's really shy about talking about stuff that makes her sad, but I'm gonna work on it, and hopefully she'll tell me about her life. The best thing about her...is the things she does tell me, it's all the truth. It's the most truthful talk I've ever heard out of anyone. I think I'm starting to fall for this girl, she's truly really realistically literally amazingly beautiful.
They had separated five years ago. He really did follow her to the brink. And well beyond. And she loved him the whole time. But she never went back to him, she was too scared of the brink that she couldn't let herself follow.
He watched his daughter take her last breath. And he was silent. He drove home. In silence. He took a beer from the fridge and swallowed it in silence. and another. and another. and a shot of fernet. and another shot. and a piece of bread. and another shot. then the bottle. every shot he finished and hurled against the wall. unfeeling. until there was nothing left but a sea of broken glass and a pale face. He had more children. he forgot how many maybe to make up for the empty spot where she had been. maybe because he didn't want to wear a condom. more wives. he forgot how many. he forgot what countries they lived in and how many he had. He almost forgot he ever had three daughters. Then someone asked him one day...it was a boy...blonde, blue eyed, pale...like she used to be. The boy asked him what he felt. He couldn't answer.
The last thing he remembered feeling was the coldness of glass on his lips, and the fire in his throat. that night he tried to feel it again. only this time it wasn't glass on his lips. It was metal. He tipped it up to the back of his throat. And took the shot.
One time I went to college
To get a cool degree
And get a sweet-ass job
And make my parents happy
But then I realized
I missed my life back home
I missed some girl I loved
And here I felt alone
I figured I'd go back
And try to work each day
And that's when I found out
I'd have no place to stay
To my parents I was just another source of cash
That would keep them comfortable in their old age
And if I wanted to follow my dreams and my heart
I'd be stuck on my own without home or wage
So then on my spring break
I found out something sad
The people that I missed
They didn't want me back New Story!
We spent an entire summer together. The moment after I first said I love you I promised that I'd spend every waking hour that I could before I moved away with you. You were sad and happy at the same time. And we partied every night like it was our last night, destroying bottles of rum like we were fuckin' pirates. Blasting our music and singing like we were at war with our lungs and our ears and our throats but it felt so GOOD! I remember when I got banned from the apartments, I'd sit out in my car and just wait for you. Because you still had to drink. You had to numb yourself because there was too much inside you. I remember after I'd drive you home, I'd lay in bed with my best friend talking about how amazing you were, and how much I loved you, and he'd tell me how happy he was that I was finally happy for once. I remember the night I found out you and him had slept together once. It hurt. But that was before I knew you, and I loved you both too much to be mad. I remember the night you fucked him again. And you watched me cry, and you were speechless. I remember when you told me you loved me, and I believed you...but you said you were free and it was beautiful, and you wouldn't give that up ever. I didn't believe you were free, and I never intended to shackle you. When you told me you loved me your words held no truth, but when you told me other things, your eyes were screaming I love you. I know you love me. I know you've told me more than you will ever tell anyone about yourself ever again. I remember talking to my best friend about how much he hurt me. I remember that being the first time I had ever wanted to fight someone. I remember him saying how much he loved me more than anyone else. I remember when you fucked him again. And again. And again. I remember the night you were 10 feet away. I remember the blanket you gave me the day before I moved away. You said I needed something that smelled like you.
That blanket...is in my closet. Underneath all my suits, and my other blankets, and my didgeridoo where I can't see it. Because it scares me. It scares me how much betrayal I can feel from an object, and how much I really really really just want to burn it or get rid of it somehow...but I can't.
PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF EACH OTHER. I know her past but not her present. She knows everything I think in the moment, but nothing about my life outside of her and I. I used to feel perfect with her. I probably still would. She won't come close to me now.
Fuck this shit.
Four four four.
This is what I did last night.
I experienced obsessive compulsive.
Wrote Wesley a note.
Went swimming in tears.
I love you period.
I walk very carefully.
Touch every black square.
There's less of them.
Kind of like me.
I'm trying to escape.
This is so weird.
I never do this.
I am becoming you.
I will carry on.
My name will sound.
And trumpets will follow.
Assuming I'm breathing tomorrow.
How comforting, a preconceived skeleton in which to work. I am no different than I have been in the past, but I've ruined my eyesight staring into the abyss and moved on to my liver, drowning it in conveniently placed blissful ignorance.
What are you supposed to do when you're trying to follow your heart, and your heart tells you to die? If the basest animal instinct is to survive and if the answer to life is love, then that kind of puts me between a rock and......................
I sometimes feel like people look up to me before they know me. Everyone wants to be that person that doesn't have a care in the world, and does whatever they want because they want it. Free. Apparently I embody that...but what kind of pisses me off is that I feel the same way they do. I look up to the me that isn't me. I envy the freedom others think I have. That guy, he doesn't exist. Ever. There is no one human so disconnected.
So sometimes I catch myself thinking that if I truly wanted to change the world...I would have to take this hero away from the people. How would I do that? I'd just have to kill him. I think the unknowable thing I fantasize about the most, more than what happens after death, or how the universe was created, is how would all of my friends, my beloved friends, my relatives, my acquaintances, my fans, and the people that allegedly hate me would react to hearing, "Ryan killed himself."
I wanna know how much stronger everyone would become after they witness the person they thought was so strong fall.
So I denounce suicide as a terrible choice. Because pain is part of having feelings, and feelings should be felt. That's the beauty of being human I say. I say I could never kill myself no matter how much I hurt, because I loved it all so much. But you don't know, and I don't know how things work sometimes and I don't make plans.
I can't see very well anymore, but I fake it. And I haven't been in a lot of fights, but my body's breaking in places I don't like, and places that may never recover. So I'm ashamed. This poem is about a guy named Expectancy. I've never met him. But I've heard a lot about him, and he sounds really great. But you know how it works once you get to know someone...so I think it's better off we've never met.
I am not a poet. I don't KNOW things. And I'm not an existentialist either. I'm not fucking stupid. I don't know how to tell you to live your life. But I will tell you anything that pops into my head, if you'd like.
So, learn about someone, and don't expect to learn anything. Take care of your body, because I love your body. Avoid safe patterns that you'll only fall into because you're scared of change.
if you wanna Die
point to something Beautiful
Indulge yourself in it
and Experience it in any and every way that you can
My favourite numbers are doubles of four.