1986 -    
Brass Knuckles Mike arrived into the world today as an evolution from the former, Michael C. Polyard who had found that he had indeed been on the frontlines of a cognitive war... within himself. A living paradox, a contemporary mover and shaker, a pirate chasing booty... BKM is all of them. And now he brings his stories to you.
Brass Knuckles Mike arrived into the world today as an evolution from the former, Michael C. Polyard who had found that he had indeed been on the frontlines of a cognitive war... within himself. A living paradox, a contemporary mover and shaker, a pirate chasing booty... BKM is all of them. And now he brings his stories to you.

The drum beats will haunt me forever
Their story is told just ahead.

The melodies that linger
Will run thick as mist
Every breath of my past
Frozen symphonic bliss
And the orchestral specters
That remain in my head
Bind me to my past
Chains like a pillar of thread
And each epoch takes me
Farther afield
Of the moments I've breathed in
And the truths they revealed.
Music once lost, deep to the wind
A ghoul that drags me back to begin
As I relive each moment
Serenaded by my formative years
And the songs they engendered
All lead me to here
Even anew they're too familiar
Like reflections a-past
Those that became me
Too deep to trash
And with every drum beat
I remember the chords
Of songs left unwritten
Of all the lives that I've lost
And each harmonic that shatters
Reality and time
I cannot but drift backwards
In reflections of life
And as they ripple
To which my future will bow
Ever writing my mixtape, a soundtrack
I'm writing still now.

Its nigh on nine
In the evening.
And I for the first time in too long
Feel each heart beat leave
This frail form
Never to be heard again.
And they are all different
And some have gone unnoticed
Sadly the preservation of life
Sometimes bears no witness.
The meticulous muscle un-felt
As it pounds against all
The could've been-s and maybes.
Each gasping for the air
My lungs are the warden to disperse.
Held in a prison of bone and flesh
Unseated and riled at the mildest stimuli
Beating their own rhythm
A pendulum marking its own time.
The clock is broken and never to repeat
And each beat is a second closer to its last
It is in the dim candlelight and shadow
That it screams the loudest.
Why is a heartbeat so unforgiving
And yet so unrelenting
That at moments of peace we're hardly aware its there?
And why when shadows cross a wall
In a cast of two dimensional players
Does it cheer so?
Sometimes it is as if
It will break free from my breast
And beat no longer
I can only hope
That when it leaves
Its in a rage of songs and fury
And its departure does not go unnoticed.

I look out among the skies
And the thousand lights lost in the night
But I dont see into forever
Just the reflections of my life
And I want to find my way back home
But cant go back the way I came
I've come all this way
That its really gonna take forever

I wish it didnt take so long
To write the words to fill a song
And it feels like its gonna take forever
But forevers come and gone
And you'll forget my name
Somewhere out among the stars
And if I ever get back again
It'll feel like its been forever

And it helps to think we're wishing
On the same bright star
All I wish is your gravity catches me
Before I drift too far
And maybe these radio waves
Will someday find their way
And even though I'm lost in space
You'll hear this mix tape

And your heartbeats keeps a rhythm
Thats been stuck in my head
And I swear its been forever

And the dark will be my blanket
As I try to sleep tonight
I let the universe sing its haunting lullaby
And watch you dance through my mind
Because I know its gonna take forever

And if we never meet again
This song will echo through the sky
And a billion billion stars
Will hear the music you've inspired

And it helps to think we're wishing
On the same bright star
All I wish is your gravity catches me
Before I drift too far
And maybe these radio waves
That I'm sending you tonight
Will find their way to a long lost love
Who still listens too the skies
I swear its gonna play forever

I loved you once

So much I couldn't let you go

I held on for my life

As I was losing hope

You wanted to stop the war
But what you took was so much more
And you've sentenced me to life
To somehow live without your smile

8 years you've been in my head
So much less often in my bed
And I know that that's my fault
I'm the one who let you go
But I fought my way back in
Fought to start again
But you kept walls around your heart
And we only got just so far

I think of you every day
Every night when I try to sleep
I kept my arms around your heart
But it wasn't mine to keep
I always gave you mine
And was there right by your side
And only asked you to keep a watchful eye
To protect it and believe

But I held on too tight
And left you so much harm
You never lived your life
Never found yourself in the wild
How am I supposed to live
With all the things that should have been
If only I'd never left
If only you'd let me in
And I'm tired of asking why
You could never make a choice
Because I know all the while
All you heard was my voice

We never could just be friends
Together we burn too bright
We always were a shooting star
Doomed to get lost in the night
And I still hold on to hope
Someday we'll maybe have our chance
Someday when you find yourself
And bring her back to me

If I never live that long,
Or if its too much distance that we keep
Know my love was true
Know you'll always be with me
Ever after didn't last that long
I never found my white horse
Regardless of the things I've said
You're in every breath and each heart beat

Ante, Shuffle, Deal me in
You should know that I came to win
Perfect smile, low cut dress
You'll reveal everything
Cut the deck and deal the cards
I cant win until this thing starts
We both know this is my last game

Place your bets, raises, calls
I bet my blind you're a queen of hearts
Pocket Aces, bluff and call
I'd chase the river from this start
No one wins until one of us ends
Play the slow game and stay your hand
There's no way I can lose this game
My chips are all in when you're playing with my heart

I chased my queen down the river
Pot commited and I'm all in
Cashing in on my losings
Neither of us can ever win
We could run away together
We'd have to leave right now
Let them chase us for forever
And burn this card house down

Time to make a decision
This has gone on way too long
Stay, fold, or raise me
Cant hide behind your cards
When you gave me your heart, baby
You said it was safe to play
But my hearts set on arson
And you love this game

Burn the card, throw the flop
Every tell reveals what your chasing
Say the words, we can stop
Let my jack baby be your king
After this we wont be the same
I'm the wildcard you cant tame
If we'd both win I'd throw the game
I would.

Texas-hold my
broken heart
We were always meant to end like this
A game of chance,
a deck of cards
Our love staked on a
game -  of - risk
What the hell,
just roll the dice
Someone else could be just as nice
No more buy backs,
you cant re-buy-in
I'll burn this house down to ensure the house never wins

I'll chase my queen down the river
I committed and went all in
Now I'm cashing in on my losings
Cause its like I never win
We can run away together
We'd have to leave right now
We'll run until forever
And let them chase us down

Time to make a decision
We're both sick of playing games
Thought I'd win on the gamble
I wont buy your poker face
You've got a decision, baby
I've loved you from the start
Or is everything I've dreamed of
A bad hand of cards

(Your clever highness
usher out the bards
try to hide the bluff in
hide the bluff in your house of cards)

Time to make a decision
It'll never be the same
Thought I played a safe gamble
But you lit the flame

You decide if we chase the river
And if you'll lose this game
But if you're gonna chase that rabbit
This house - goes up - in flames

Chase me to the river
It'll cost you everything
Chase me for forever
But you know I'm all in

You've got to make a decision
I've loved you from the start
Or is everything I've played for
A bad hand of cards

A modified version of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" adjusted to the heavier sound of I Prevail's cover. This is the same story as her's, from a jaded guy perspective.

I've lived for a thousand years.
The thing about immortality...
You dont get to live
And you dont get to die.

You just watch.
As everyone you know
Lives... and leaves.

The people that I admire most;
The ones who have made immortality
Less painful...

Were the ones who,
Even for the briefest moment,
Allowed me to live in those years
With them
Not beyond them.

Who allowed me not to think
Without guilt
Of a future without them in it,
Or how I will someday have to deal with their loss.
How I,
Will have to keep living.

These are the ties that bind us
Someday they'll be used
to prosecute and try us
But the scars that we wear
Are pieces we left behind
So that we're permanently there
Frozen in a moment in time

And tattoos speak
of the memories
That we'd rather not leave
But our scars are things best left forgotten
Every mistake kept without permanent marker
The good ideas at the time left as unwritten martyrs
We'd rather leave behind
Its the scars that remind us
That even after all this time
These are the ties that bind us

I left home
And I traveled for years
Lost like a drifter chasing words unwritten
A nagging in the mind like something long lost,
Something left behind
I chased those thoughts
Through every dark corner and each abandoned house
And every empty bar where I might have once hung out
I never quite got to where I thought I was going
But it always seemed to me
I got just where I needed to be

Someday
when age sets in and the memories fade
I'll forget faces, I'll forget names
But when I bear my arms and I see those scars
I'll remember something is missing

And even if I don't remember where the hell I put it
The missing circumstance or the blood that flowed through it
Ill be left with an empty reminisce
Of part of me I left behind
These are the ties that bind.

 
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