FEELING ALL SPACE 

IN BETWEEN WALLS,

CORNERED

IN THE MIDDLE.

SUFFOCATION PULLS

ME INWARD. MY MIND,

A TEAPOT SCREAMING

FROM THE NEXT ROOM OVER,

BOILING INTO 

NONEXISTENCE,

BURNING AT IT’S FOUNDATION.

A SQUIRMING COCKROACH

MEETS HER DEATH BY SPRAY.

I’M ON MY BACK GASPING

FOR THE AIR ABOVE ME,

FOR THE SUN MOON AND STARS.

MY DREAMS FLASH BEFORE ME.

ALL THOSE YEARS SPENT SCHEMING 

NOW DWINDLE OUT LIKE A TIRED CANDLE.

I THOUGHT MY SPELLS WERE STRONG.

 

NIGHTLIGHT SEEPS IN TO WAKE ME,

A NUISANCE TO MY PSYCHE.

TOSSING AND TURNING,ROCKING

MY MEAT AND BONES BACK INTO MY CRADLE.

CHASING HORSES WITH HORSE POWER,

AN APPALOOSA TRAILING THE APPALACHIAN

SHOWING ME WHERE THE GOOD BERRIES ARE.

YOU WERE MY FAVORITE.

ONCE UPON A CHILDHOOD TIME

A GLANCE CAUGHT ME IN A TRANCE

AND NOW I WALK ON BY,

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BETTER.

BUT WHAT I FIND ARE SHOPPING BAGS AND

VIOLENT FLIRTATION.

 

I WALK WITH DANGER, 

ON A PATH UNKNOWN,

MAYBE FOR MY OWN GOOD.

I FIND SECRETS ONCE HIDDEN

BY MY GODS, NOW HARDLY HEROES.

A WINDOW OF COMMUNICATION CRACKED BY

MY OWN SHEER WILL.

I’M NO LONGER STAINED WITH SIN.

 

MOTHER WILLOW WEEPS FOR ME,

SHE MISSED MY MORNING SHADE. 

NOW STRANGERS KISS HER BARK

AND CARVE THEIR LOVERS’ NAME.

BUT I CAME ALL ALONE

WITH PURE AND GOOD INTENTION.

ELIXER OF HER SOUL

FREED HER FROM OLD INFECTION.