polarities

I play sick
I am sick
I play sick so I can play
I am living

I am dead
often
I have been dead
alone before

Now I am dead
among them
but can’t let them know
Or they’ll confine me
and adorn me
into some semblance of life
I don’t want to be altared
Just given room
to play
at not being dead

There were moments
very few
when I was alive
but they weren’t real
The others
were not there
Or they were
the dead ones
pretending

I’ve have never met
another living person
while being alive

the secret to my success

That last ditch effort
you wouldn’t heed,
forced me to water
the desert longing left
just to pass the time.

It grew into a forest
of Jurassic proportions.
Flora and fauna
I wouldn’t have dared imagine
filled my landscape
’till there was no room
left for you.

Dungeon Prompts: The Turning Point

disdain 

jotNrot

Disdain has stained my lips
a grinnish red of contradictions
piled stairway high to escape
more realistic depictions
of the fictions
that used to make my mouth water
with enough words
to flush out distortions
and swell the proportions
to fit my devotion

But mostly
to drown out the voices
that said it wasn’t so

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derailing

jotNrot

Him:
You’re the rocks on the tracks
That derail me
so I can look in ways
at things I’d never see

Her:
And you,
you clear the way
so the going is easy
as long as I stick to the path

Her (riding the metaphor);
But I need
detours and curves
and to swerve round bends
if I’m to stay intent and alert

Him (making way for her):
I would give you those
and add potholes and cracks,
but I know you’d veer
at the slightest bump
with small chance
that you’d come back

Her (fiddling with a rock in her pocket):
Funny how it never works that way for me.

Him (getting his broom ready):
Doesn’t mean it never will

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perfect day

today is a perfect day

the sun burns hot
the air is cool
colours burst in unexpected places

ideas from vague theories
bloom into complex constructs
and fall into plans
flowing into purpose

still there is time
for coffee and conversations
and lunch on the terrace
and everything’s infected
with Spring’s momentum

that must be why
you didn’t pause
to look my way

appeased

jotNrot

If I had you I wouldn’t care
About the cold or weather fair
If I had you I wouldn’t need
Fancy meals and endless treats

I wouldn’t care about success
Or the state of my dress
I’d never wear my heels high
Or trace dark lines around my eyes

I wouldn’t decorate my home
With artifacts of what I’ve done
I wouldn’t love without limits
The souls I have nourished within it

I wouldn’t stay up all night
Mixing colours to capture the light
Of that day I last saw through
To all that which you wouldn’t do

I wouldn’t have packed up and moved
To lands too far away from you
To ever see what you did
Without the love that I hid

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resistance

jotNrot

With you removed
my mind turns
to the body politic
Instead of roaming
all over yours
Thoughts curdle
into globs of witticisms
the reflux of indignation
spat into the wind
Instead of expanding
to your endless horizons
twirling you like candy
I want to make last

Let us then turn
to nobler causes
Where resistance means fighting
to gain freedom
Instead of fighting the need to express it

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so what

So what if each spectator is unique
and each sees colours
hears sounds
differently

They will file in
take their seat
rise and cheer in unison
and file out to their graves
(as will those who don’t)

The show remains the same

the naming

As though a name
could be kerosene
and speaking it
the match
Mute with fear
and awe,
we longed
Enthralled
For so long
Our hearts and guts
cramped

Was it exhaustion or frustration
that made the first move
to drag it into the light
and tease it apart
to release the tension

Now the only thing certain
is the name on our lips
that freezes our smiles
between delight and dismay
unknowing whether
we wished to find
a means to ignite
or to tame it

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