Prophecy (2013)

please don’t leave

just stay asleep here

no I, I won’t be staying long

I’ll be gone

before you learn the truth of me

remember when we walked across the moon

got shadows on our shoes

and tried to wash them off

with the memory of wilderness?

but you forgot the towel

so the cleaning didn’t count

I can’t go anywhere these days

without staining cobblestones

yeah all we ever were

was a headache at the hairline

trying to separate the face

and frontal lobe

why spend your serotonin

hoping to be whole?

this is all there is

don’t ask for more

I don’t want to know

your words aren’t safe for souls

take your keys and verbal weeds

and leave their paper leaning on the stove

remember when the wilderness was wild

a tadpole in the tide

incapable of stagnancy

through no choice of its own

you say that nothing good is breakable

but china cabinet corningware

and I reply that shards

are more valuable than

smoothen-edged deceit

cuts are kind to me

take your delicate desire

and bake it in the oven

‘til it bleeds

your violence is in vain

the clearness of your caustic repartee

is plain as daylight

so why do you waste your precious tune

on winding up the room

and spinning me away?

okay but please don’t really leave

just stay here

and help my breathe

no I, I won’t be staying long

I’ll be gone

before you take the rest of me

I guess swimming through

the awkwardness of time

is lost on empty minds

there’s nothing in your head

but dead foliage so why

why waste this brilliance

on bandaging the wound

burning up the bones is better

that’s enough for now

your thoughts alone are loud

take your rhymes and roundabouts

and leave them with your clothing on the floor

this is all I see

don’t wait for more

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