Monthly Archives: May 2014

Orange You Glad This Poem Isn’t Any Longer?

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I want to feed the monkey on your back bananas. #tenwordpoems

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This Is Why I Never Sleep

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I dreamed of arabesque shadows
Spiraling, serpentine
Projected onto chipped drywall and faux-wood paneling
By dollar store tea lights
(Far more romantic than they had any business being)
Which flickered on beer-splattered tabletops.

 

I dreamed of kisses as fierce as tavern brawls
Air being sucked from my diaphragm until I was left winded.
Lips bruised, tongue swollen
I could only surrender to fists that pulled the coyote fur from my hair
While teeth that scraped neck flesh like meat carved from bone
Pulled eighteen wheeler air brake cries from my throat
Simultaneous to a drunk dragging a bottle across the bar rail.

 

I dreamed of hard, calloused hands
Smelling like cigarettes and a lifetime of regrets
Sliding slowly up inside my blouse
While the numbers on watering hole tabs inched higher,
Before ragged desperation disguised as soft, white skin
Was stroked into something as pretty as a truck stop greeting card.

 

I dreamed of a closing time that left me open,
Where someone who didn’t have to go home
(But not allowed to stay locked in the bowels of a saloon)
Came away with me to explore caresses against concrete
Gasping in gravelly driveways
And seduction in stairwells.

 

I dreamed of sharing whiskey with this person between dirty sheets
And their taste remaining in my mouth
Passing sepia-toned liquor back and forth
To excuse the dialogue we might have had through language,
If we weren’t so busy articulating with our bodies.

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