They say every seven to ten years you replace all your cells
you shed your skin like a snake, in the night, making dust
these dust motes swirl, a swirling in mourning of stirring,
light filters through glasses on a table, in another's home.
I think of you often, and now, presently, I lie wondering
if you are okay. If you will be okay, if you love me still.
I wonder how badly I broke your heart, and if I will feel it
echoing, if and when you cry out, for me, from little sleep.
I wonder if you will remember my name as good, as clean,
and whole in your mind, untarnished by devoted cynicism
I wonder when we meet for coffee, if you will ask me back,
I wonder what I will say. We said we would meet, will we?
Should we? Would it help us with anything? Will it hurt?
I'm afraid if you hear one word from me, you will unravel
like a spool of film, with you going over and over and over
every memory and analyzing what happened where, when.
I can't tell you where I stopped loving you. I remember one
night, and many of them, each all unforgettable secrets, that
I will tell to my own daughters, maybe, if I am so lucky, of
when we saw the shooting California stars. They were ours.
But, I will not tell them about the night we spent together,
you watched as I cried clutching--scarring--skin with nails,
you didn't know what to do. And then we ran out of things,
and I didn't know if I liked you, or even if I liked me, really.
But, I still hear you, sometimes, with a ripped and raw voice,
that screamed, like an animal, that you only wanted me! No!
I didn't know what I wanted, but, I knew I couldn't stay,
that is how I felt, after so long, with the city impending,
pressingly. I felt forced to stay. I left because I couldn't.
I left you, alone, because I didn't know if I wanted you.
I wanted what I have now. I wanted art. I wanted the city.
I wanted new boys, girls, drinking, laughing, and kissing.
I wanted to know the taste of others that weren't you, and
what it felt like to truly be unsafe, alone, and dependent
on nothing but my own wits, gumption, and self esteem,
I have it. It is rough, but it is more worth it to me to know.
I remember all the weekends in bed, sweetly spent tucked
in the crook of your shoulder, the smell of your neck, us all
talking and laughing, enamored with each other and feeling
of love and euphoria. We'd tell each other our futures, and
we said we'd meet in Paris in ten years, laughing bitterly at
what we all know; that our relationship will come to an end.
That's the thing about first loves, that you are sure of an end.
You were a better man to me than others, that I know surely.
I did not need the roughness of a cruel person to know it then,
and having felt the cruelness of others, I know the real sounds.
But I do not think I can return to you, and be the same woman
that you once wanted, needed, and saw. I am just not the same.
Something in me grows, feverishly, and maybe we will meet,
but I am moving fervently, and too quickly for your nostalgia.
You would be chasing a whiff from a stale perfume bottle,
and a wisp of a will that is just barely out of longing reach.
So my question is, still, will we ever meet again, and if so,
where and when will we each be, and will you want a we?
Stars twinkle while suspended
in the dark sky above.
Some dim, others bright;
A handful hued, the majority white.
From their perch beyond, and
when their numbers appear multiplied
as the moon is absent,
they whisper, "destiny," to me.
The best dream I ever had went by far too fast
It had me lying in the grass looking up
Resting next to blades blowing
Inward as I inhaled
A swirl flowing up and outward
In all directions the wind whirled
A washing machine around me
Wailing and wanting me to get carried away
But I maintained a straight arrow
Stare at the stars and
Saw so many of them shooting
I swear they were
Cosmic passing cars
A traffic jam of celestial
In this lucid moment
I had that same epiphany
That we all have had consciously
One time or another in the same
Seemingly safe serenity
We are sand
Watching pebbles fly far away
Some already lived their lives
But still wink their eyes at us
Others hit the brink and
Try to breach our safety
A questionable security
As I see through this
My eyes align with clarity
I open my arms and
Allow the spin cycle to to complete
I realize I'm soaked to the bone
With the wind knocked out of me
Again looking skyward without cyclone
I heave to catch my breath
But I know it was never really thrown
Through each huff and puff
I feel at peace with the unknown
I start to wonder if in this dream
I have a handful of quarters
To start the dryer
But then again it dawns on me
Wet with wisdom is where I want to be
Eyes open awake shut
tell me who i am to you
if i am anything at all
am i the setting sun
diminished to the evening shadows
or perhaps, the early sunrise of soft pastel
slowly awakening the light
upon the fragile landscape
maybe i am the night
cascading across the sky
like the salted ocean tide
the stars of my body
creating a weathered map to your arms
tell me i am like the water
even when you know i am nothing
compared to the vast seas
for you cannot create a route on your magnificent ship
to the undiscovered islands of my soul
for they are buried where no one can travel
so that i may remain the siren
and you a fantasy
that will never leave its pages
Treasury Casino - 2:30 am
From my seat in the smokers section
I can see the Brisbane eye,
and the performing arts center.
Streetlights are mans answer to the cosmos
"Everything you can do,
I can make better."
Once it was said that we were made in God's image.
Now we can safely say that God was made in our image.
I am in a quiet place of the universe, the night stretches on
visible through the stately
carved of old wood and sandstone.
I am in a suede armchair, winged for pleasure.
The ceiling in this room is twice as high as an ordinary room.
Circular steel balls hang down like a path of bubbles
left by a leviathan.
My water was poured with panache.
Let me set the scene for you:
I'm in the Treasury Casino, this building was once the QLD state treasury, it never changed really.
Sitting next to window that overlooks the river, a glass of water sits to my left. The room is the size of a double garage, maybe bigger. The floor and ceilings are made of old wood, the walls are decorated with a transparent gray fabric that remindsme of smoke. An old marble fireplace sits in a wall studded with tiny lights that resemble stars or candles. Above me is a series of hanging circular light fixtures that resemble a trail of bubbles left by a leviathan.
This room was designed for, and houses opulence.
The TV plays Eminem.
Peter Garrett dances like a Parkinson's sufferer.
And looks like Disco-Nosferatu.
We have killed the night
and neon power
rape the romance
by late night solitude.
The silent street erupted around me the moment I sat down,
a thunder rumbles in the distance
but only reveals a passing truck.
The white swan drifts past
I watch the youths drive by on fish lane
as the silent score of stoplights
play to an impersonal audience-
tonight the pizzicato is on time.
The air is dense with quiet conversation
and the splash of luck
on a steel tray.
Elegant servants of style remove the unwanted things.
The air has cleared,
with two fat asians.
When did boring become stylish?
GET ME OUT OF HERE!!
"It is truly a free nation that offers pancakes 24/7"
Normally, the solitude of wandering a sleeping city would elicit poetry.
Tonight only nothing comes out.
Not the people nor the smells or secret music. Only the flicker of a dying neon sun assuring me,
that the parking is open.
A woman in a pink burkha enters a white car, only to be driven off into the night, followed by two taxis.
There are ancient trees twisting their tops through the modern facade. For eras, much like fashion are discarded by finicky time.
They have stood as silent sentinels for longer than I have breathed, and with any hope, they will stand as soldiers long after I come to pass. These reminders of the ravages of time.
I loved a girl who lived here once.
She lived in an apartment that overlooked the city
and had breasts like two soft moons
that tasted like honey.
Other nighthawks wander as wastrels through the quiet Autumn night,
with a slow, soft gait one never see's in the rush of day.
If all evenings carried a beat, it would be thus:
a slow jazz drum.
"...psssssh-bop! pssssh-bop! pssssh-bop!...."
would sound the echo of every evening heart
throbbing slow with power.
The car's carry white blood cells to the suburban arteries.
Taxi's are cancer.
Cold beer at 2am.
Faintly lit menagerie
an open cage containing
Well spoken Eastern girls
corporate white boys
two old tradesmen,
one on a smartphone with a rosary around his soft large neck.
The antique street curves away toward the river,
I follow it with my eyes.
And run them back
to the fairylights.
They hang like glowworms
Glowworms hang like constellations, the inside of their cave is the same fleeting feeling of being alone with the universe, it being caressed by your eyes.
For you are its lover and its mirror.
Inside the glowworm cave, I felt like the universe and everything reflected itself in miniature. That to look upon their hanging, blue stars you saw everything else.
The quiet servants to a neon god
walk beneath blind stars.
The sightless man sits, as two lovers pass
him by, under his feet the ground the changes colour,
Off time with the chatter that surrounds me.
He takes the hand of an elderly celestial
and they exit the scene
the way of waves.
Laughter explodes like a bombshell
the only casualty is silence.
Through the steel arch I watch
ivory wave burn the black
A child chases a seagull
through the slits of sea-fog
caught in the light.
The barmaid leaves and my eye follows her,
resting on the corpses of our modern age;
bullet ridden with boredom and the chill,
swathed in the sear cloth of modernity
and eyes glazed by rum.
The "Sons of the Silent age"
who's thoughts are as stolen
as this line,
stolen from greater men.
The Lindbergh baby has grown up.
I bear witness to the silence and pressure
of the girl to my left, it encroaches this space as
her gaze encroaches the distance.
These streets were once filled with the
of wasted youth,
the steady stream of touristry.
Now, in the winter
they lay empty, cold and pecked
by the multitudinous hordes of bird and man alike.
Where once they writhed with life
now they sit dormant and sleep atomic
on a chill stream,
at once both mirror and glass to our
If we are the dreamers and music makers,
then our instruments sleep in dust
and our dreams walk silent in this defeat
Standing on a corner in Montpellier, a woman
shows the truth
the world begs to hear. With her
pale face and red lips, she tells
the stories people refuse.
She is not cruel, but she is
too understanding of the world to elicit the
happiness people so desperately want
to believe in. Those
passing by speak freely, unaware
of her observations, newly cast
stars of the next epic tale. Tirelessly
her hands knot, twist, stretch,
trying to cause the world to see reason,
but she acts on
an invisible stage to an uninterested audience.
She is not crazy, but she knows
the lies they would rather bury.
Bound by the silence
of her words, she paints
pictures in the sky of what we all try not to see.
It is the space
between the stars
where moonlight fails to graze
where violet memories fall
It is the chorus of a dying sun
and every angels tear.
It is chaos
locked in a nutshell
It is purity we hear.
All the others may have heard
divines whisper fierce
but t you they have sung this song
and to us, you have released.
Triumph! Tumble! Turgid now!
this monument to peace
has en-flamed us both
with beauty not to cease.
To whomever is reading this,
First off, let it be known that I do not seek attention, nor do I wish it even in the slightest. See, I most certainly do prefer to be on my own. The spotlight's far too bright anyway. Or at least, that's what I'm trying to tell myself. However, I still can't seem to shake the feeling that this could very well be a cry for help, and that somehow, these words are my last hope. But then again, it is just another humid night, and maybe I'm only writing to make use of my time as I've come to the realization that I won't be falling asleep at any point soon.
I thought I was doing better, I honestly did. I'd started talking to my friends again. Laughing, sharing jokes, maybe even throwing in a genuine smile every once in a while. I mean, I sure as hell knew that I still had a long ways to go, but, things were finally starting to look up for me. Or so it seemed.
What I've never been able to quite fully understand, is how quickly everything can change. In the blink of an eye, really. Life is not a constant; it's a rollercoaster ride filled with ups and downs and bumps and turns and highs and lows and scary moments. A good day can turn into a horrible day in just a fraction of a second, because that's just the way it goes. We're supposed to grin and bear it because, well, we have to. Things change and people change, and life doesn't stop for anybody.
But tell me, what happens when it's a bad day after a bad day after a bad day? What happens when your friends give up on you? When there's no more jokes to be told and a fake smile is the only thing that will force the corners of your mouth to curve upward? See, maybe I was wrong before. Maybe life really is a constant sometimes; because it seems to me that all I've got are constant feelings of darkness. Depression. Loneliness. Regret. Hatred.
I don't hate the world though, trust me. It's a beautiful place. And maybe, just maybe, if things get better I'll sail the seven seas and travel to all the different countries and just let the greatness of this world engulf me and swallow me whole. I'd like that, I really would. You see, I love this world. It's above and beyond anything I could ever imagine. I don't even hate life, for that matter. The very fact that we are here today has got to be the biggest miracle there is. But then there's my life, which is a whole different story.
Don't get the wrong idea though. I am not complaining about my life. I have a roof over my head, I have food to eat, clean water, an amazing family, and so much more. There are children in this world who I'm sure would love to be me; children who don't have the money to attend school, or even to eat a decent meal. There are people getting raped, assaulted, bullied, and treated poorly every day. I am so lucky that I don't have to deal with any of that. So, why am I so unsatisfied? Why can't I just be grateful for everything that I have?
The thing is, I hate myself. Not only that though, I hate the way I've chosen to live my life. I hate the person looking back at me in the mirror each day, and I hate these thoughts in my head; screaming insults at me every second, loud enough to drown out everything that is good. I've forgotten how to appreciate the little things; like the fresh smell after a day of rain, or long walks on the beach, or laying down on cool grass to look up at the stars on a hot summer night. I guess I'm just too preoccupied with the things I should have done or shouldn't have done, not even thinking about the things that I still can do.
I'm a disappointment. A failure. I have put humans to shame. Why am I still here, when I clearly do not belong in a world of such beauty? Everything I touch gets spoiled; even myself. I should never have been born, but I was. And here I am still, but for what reason? What good can ever become of me? Should I just end it all right here and now, or would that do more harm than good? I don't know...
What I do know is this: I used to have hopes and dreams, always wishing that things would turn out in the end. But it's different now. I'm plummeting down into a tunnel of darkness, and the light that once could be seen near the end is now burnt out. I have no way of escaping.
Hope all is well on your end.