Dim Light

True being
tangled up
in living
neurons
& neutrons
wrapped up
in package of
empathy
when not busy
with serving self
on silver platters
meeting in person
a comic book inkling
retrograde reminiscence
sleeping bodies
you never knew
were there in dim light
finding diamonds
in a thrift store bin
peeling half-off tag from ass
settling for something less than
what is worth
snowflakes fall from
your enchanted eyelids
offerings promises
of a warmer season
gargling reason
with a mouthful of flies
lying to yourself about
reflection
when the mirror was cracked
from first place recollection
surprised by flat tire
along road trip of realization
finding self
through billboards
of utmost proclaimation

Nostalgia

Fingertips
on fire
running out of things
to touch
whiskey lips
and a loose tongue
rattling off
like a warm gun
happiness is
fucking in the streets
the Beatles were so right
a knife-and-bullet fight
wagering bad decisions
a discarded hard-on
a forgotten framed good deed
strung up like lights
at Christmastime
scrounging up laughs
in a tin coffee can
hallelujah hot rocks
coca-cola
foaming at the mouth
dripping sentiment
skull numbing w/ nostalgia

Airbrushed & Greased

Plastic
airbrushed & greased
that’s how we like our T&A
when we can’t touch
the real thing
celebrity fantasies
when we’ve lost touch
with reality
breaking the internet
with psychic hard-ons
glossy paparazzi
flashing body image
teaching us what sexy is

just can’t get it up
w/o a touch-up

Mucus

Sick again. sick still. seven consecutive days of exaggerated hell. contagious. outrage. demon germs flap threadbare wings across my household. every one’s affected. every one’s infected. wincing with every cough, rib cage rattles with air stolen through a pinhole. throat’s raw. chest is bruised. if my soul had a color it would be mucus green. i watch it swirl down the bathtub drain as i breathe the shower’s steam. praise the corporate lord for sick days. over-the-counter healing. hard to pronounce. too many vowels. dextromethorphan. guaifenesin. phenylephrine. doxylamine succinate. acetaminophen. ibuprofin. pseudoephedrine. drinking herbal tea. drinking herbal tea. herbal tea, herbal tea, come and save me. the body heals itself. time heals everything. my mind is playing tricks on me. temporary. insanity. wellness is a lost lover and I am hopelessly awaiting her return.

Anti-hero

I can’t quit it,
these
impulses, desires

I need an anti-
hero
to come save me

from my every-day
fiction
friction rash

to intervene
a need
this judgement lapse

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a ghost trapped, a light
just flickering between two worlds