Archive for July, 2013

when i was 14 or 15,

had a coat that i loved like no other–

loved to wear it in cold cold weather

with my hands down deep in the pockets.

 

i liked who i was when i wore it,

and it liked being worn by me, i could tell it.

mama say, time for a new one,

and finally she buy me a new one

but i woulden let her pitch the old one that i loved.

 

sometimes, when i was 17, 18,

and was feeling lonely or sad, i would put it on

and go out walking in the cold cold weather.

it didn’t fit no more, but i loved it,

and i loved who i was when i wore it

 

til it wore right out, and now

i don’t know what to do

or who i am

without it.

kick the lock

slip the noose

swear to god

me and you

 

cradled in a hollow tree

from the start, damned to need

and if i speak, you’ll know i’ve lied

if i say i’m satisfied

 

kick the lock

slip the noose

swear to god

me and you

 

damn the heart and damn the bells

that belong to someone else

the devil’s doing will just require

a taste of honey and hell entire

 

kick the lock

slip the noose

swear to god

me and you

 

catch the bird and break the wing

just to make her stay and sing

keep, cage, stay and store

then swing it from the sycamore

 

kick the lock

slip the noose

swear to god

me and you.

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for Real Toads mini challenge: passion

my new dog

Posted: 07/07/2013 in Uncategorized

might’ve forgot to mention

my new dog.

she don’t speak no bullshit,

so she don’t know what you’re sayin’,

no matter how sweet you say it.

 

might’ve forgot to mention

that you best not just come through the gate like that,

like you used to,

whistling and full of your damn self

on your own schedule and full of your own news.

 

might’ve forgot to mention

my new dog.

she bites who she don’t like,

and she only likes me.

you better clean up your leg,

but not here–

go home, cos i ain’t about to accept

your next damn apology.

girl

Posted: 07/04/2013 in Uncategorized

the girl made of stone

spent the night alone.

 

the girl made of air

kept cardinals in her hair.

 

the girl whose name was fair and fine

bathed in spit and iodine.

 

the girl who filled the clouds with rain

cried and cursed and went insane.