October 22, 2003

Brink

I am
on the brink

of sending you
an email, I am

always on the brink
of sending you

an email. But
something

always stops me,
thank God.

So I never do.

Posted by Karen at October 22, 2003 02:04 AM in poetry
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Lineage
by jeffrey mcdaniel

When I was little, I thought the word loin
and the word lion were the same thing.

I thought celibate was a kind of fish.

My parents wanted me to be well-rounded
so they threw dinner plates at each other
until I curled up into a little ball.

I’ve had the wind knocked out of me
but never the hurricane.

I’ve seen two hundred and sixty-three rats
in the past year, but never more than one at a time.
It could be the same rat, with a very high profile.

I know what it’s like to wear my liver on my sleeve.

I go into department stores, looking suspicious,
approach the security guard and say
what, what, I didn’t take anything.
Go ahead. Frisk me, big boy!

I go to the funerals of absolute strangers
and tell the grieving family: the soul of the deceased
is trapped inside my rib cage
and trying to reach you.

Once I thought I found love, but then I realized
I was just out of cigarettes.

Some people are boring because their parents
had boring sex the night they were conceived.

In the year thirteen hundred and thirteen,
a little boy died, who had the exact same scars as me.

via unpoetic

Posted by: Karen at November 2, 2003 01:27 PM

Sulfur

Posted by: Karen at November 3, 2003 07:41 PM


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