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spacer.gif   Pammy Jaskot
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 03:54 PM
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Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name Lip Gloss

The house is empty.
No one lives here anymore.
Candles around the bathtub
wait for some suicidal flower,
maybe a girl named Lily,
her petal-palms padding pink water.
An ache of longing lingers, hovers
near the ceiling like a closet shadow.
Look at you. Poetry sliding from your mouth
as naturally as lips glossed with a wet tongue.
How do you do that? The lost memory
of an R. E. M. song plays in the hallway at the top of the stairs,
unaware it's a razored memory, and not allowed there.
The stereo is quiet,
forbidding,
fingers to its AC/DC teeth
like a square brown mother shushing a child.
But go now. There's nothing to see here.
All that was is hidden in the paintings nailed along cracked walls,
invisible to the naked. There's nothing to see. Go,
but first tell me how you do that,

please.


Stations Of Her Calvary

She has no sweet medicine, no syrupy cures
She has no gods to pray to,

no leftover lovers to kiss her eyelashes
She's burned her clothes, shaved her head,

branded her skull with the doomsday mark
Her sour needles stick in the pincushion-pockets of rosary junkies
Her knees are imprinted with the waffle design of a fire escape
that she'll never escape - a cold copy of night invades her skin like a melanoma
She claws the air as carboned-paper sky darkens her fingers
and bleeds itself into the moons of her fingernails -
she shreds her lips with the tips
A carbon of night as serious as a black and blue veiled poem
always means one thing - she's lost in the cancer of her thinking,
beats herself up like a diseased Mary Magdalene who knows prophets are pimps



Bats

I hang with bats,
but I'm not one of them.
People think of bats and bat behavior as the rule,
not the exception to; I never wanted to hang with them,

lest they think I was one of them, but I always knew
I could see in the dark, radaring my way, yet I never
shared that information with people. People don't like bats;
they're scared of them; they run away from them. I kept
that little bit of info about seeing in the dark, secret, hidden.
Everyone knows bats are bohemians prone to suicidal fantasies
and dope-induced comas. I always knew
I could see in the dark

with radar;
I just didn't want people to know, lest they think I was a bat.
Everyone knows bats are bohemians prone to fantasies

and comas.
I'm a gypsy moth
with radar.
There are others like me;
we just play at bat-fantasies

and comas.
People are scared of bats;
I'm a gypsy moth

with radar.
Now go away,
and leave me to my moth-eaten poetry.


 
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