Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Beckoning Royal Majestic

Since I left

I ate a donut
the size of my head
Washed it down with
3 shots of espresso
Veered off the highway
to an unknown strip mall
bought a new pair of shoes
I didn't need
Missed my next three exits
Almost drove off the road
trying to remove my jacket
as sweat dripped
down my sides
twitched incessantly in my seat
finally came
deep breathing
tears spilling
from the outside corners of my eyes
rolling down the sides of my cheeks
Passed the gas station in Decatur
where I once gave a lovely old woman
the flowers I had bought

Thunderheads billow on my left
Deep Purple
with asymmetrical fractals of lightning
Sunset burning on my right
Florescence orange
beams through a foggy haze
Driving straight through
the flat plains of windmills
Headed toward an indigo sky

Let go
and find peace
you said
What the fuck does that mean
Telling me to let go
is like super gluing my hand
to a grand piano
while you proceed to sit down
and play
jazz chords

I have found fleeting
moments of peace
in my life
but they are located in the past
and there is no map
that I know of
that can help me find them
in the future
I feel like
a wild coyote
stuck in a trap
and most days
it is all I can do
not to chew off my own foot
But then again
isn't being a cautious three legged dog
better than being a car chasing
dead one

I have lost all my sense of direction
from insistently following
thoughts clouded with fear
Instead of fearlessly diving
into the eye
of the 


Fear makes me no smarter
than a monkey
If I would just let go of the goddamn banana
maybe I could pull my hand out of the bottle

I have completely lost track of time
Random electric flashes
bring me back to the present
illuminate my way
revealing midnight cumulus tendril fingers
that stretch over head
Reaching for me
Wrapping around me
This storm front has no clear end
and I have forgotten where it began
The only problem is
when I am flying solo
I tend to get lost easily
but maybe that isn't really a problem
Knowing where I am going
has never brought me to any place
I have wanted to stay
and this unknown
doesn't really bring me panic anymore
I worry
that I don't know
the difference between
calm and numb
because the one thing
they have in common
is the stillness
and chaos still seems to be
the heroin of my existence

At the end of every drug trip
is the dry up
At the end of every road trip
is the quiet
Maybe I will find peace
in the silence
if I just keep driving
and allow this storm
to swallow me up

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Room 241

"I would just like to find out if my sister is OK too"
she said through purple bruised lips 

Same color as the scarf I had just given my grandmother
on new years eve before she started to have chest pains
could not catch her breath

Her dark eyes sunk back into her head
with retreat and worry and pain
Her skin was porcelain
as if shock had just set in
Her hair a red shock of wild that twisted around
her small frail frame
my grandmother's roommate
room 241
It was the 5th or 6th  time I had been there to visit
and still she sits alone on the other side of the curtain
no visitors coming to see her as of yet that I know of
Scared and alone
and it frightened me
so I retreated
didn't ask the questions that rose from my chest
what about your sister
what happened to you
tell me who you are
why are you here alone
left to deal with your obvious agony
all by yourself
didn’t ask the questions that stuck in my throat

I thought of her as I walked through the grocery store
selecting bright pink flowers for my grandmother
who so deserves my love and affection

Hair on fire deserves love and affection too
so I pick out some white ones
with sparkles on the petals
I hoped they would bring healing
I hoped they would bring peace
I hoped they would bring her people to her
I still think of her now
Ashamed of my fear
as if it was even possible for her to harm anyone
Ashamed of the trite goodbyes
we all gave her as we left the room
Ashamed of the goodbye I wanted to
but did not give her
Ashamed of not reaching out
the way that I should have
Ashamed of my inability to change her life
or give her hope

My grandmother was afraid too 

Why didnt I behave the way that I wanted to
Why didn’t I choose to be the example
of how one should behave
I should have took her hand
I should have looked her in the eyes
I should have wished her peace
and good
and love
and a fast recovery
as her twin sister finally sat in the corner chair
bent and crooked with osteoporosis
looking up at me sweetly from the same deep sunken eyes
neatly cut bangs
soft and gentle demeanor
A missed opportunity to see them as they were
in that present moment
the way that I see them now
I didn’t even recognize that they were twins
I missed the opportunity
my vision was clouded 
by discomfort and self limitation
by my fears of the unknown
my fears of being asked for something extra
in my state of tired
from caring for my momentarily ailing grandmother
I sensed that this woman had a long road ahead of her
in a life that may not have very much road left

Just like my grandmother

How many times will I look in the rearview mirror
2020 vision is blurred by neck pain anyway
from looking over your shoulder all the time

How long before I let go of the should
and just have the moment
I am tired of limiting myself for the comfort of others
I'm tired of being afraid 
I am tired of being tired
so instead of a possible connection
she is yet another lesson

the test never looks like I think it's going to 
Twin sisters in a hospital room
long locked
bent and worn 
gentle and timid 
quiet and inquisitive
respectful and yearning
within arms reach
God has many clever disguises
and to touch each other souls
is nothing to be afraid of

and neither is my grandmother

Wednesday, December 28, 2016