ten years ago
i took up the knife
held it to my eye and with a flick
felt it cut; just a trickle and a speck,
and the city barely felt it
but it was reddish-blue, a royal hue
(though lacking you)
and i cut again, and often.
four-score and seven years ago
i freed myself from my earthbound
wondering if you were out there
‘cause i could taste you
even if you danced just out of reach
of my tongue
and i took up the gun, to shoot, to kill,
and kill me i did, until reborn,
i rewrote myself, with
you as my leading lady
and then four years hence
mass-killer now, and crazy
with the knife, i cut, i kill,
i spin at will, i’m there,
you’re here, but still not near
still out of reach, that tender peach,
i’ll always taste, that bitter waste
my leading lady,
that failing muse, that buys me bullets
i’ll never use, and tears i shed,
we’ll never wed,
but faithful shall i ever be.
2 thoughts on “ode to a decade of art (or, i wish i could push rewind)”
This is lovely, baby.
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