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spacer.gif   Bill DuPree
Posted by : cj on Friday, July 29, 2005 - 03:52 PM
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The Other Pillow

You wake from dank dreams
wrapped in a chilled blanket of mortality,
its cloth, darker than the lamp-lit clouds outside your window,
darker than a moon-less night in a murdered farmer's field,
darker than the frigid waters pooled in bottoms of caves
where fish evolved without eyes.

Your dick is piss hard,
ready to spill your seed, or last night's beer.
But the other pillow doesn't snore,
so the hardness is wasted on a stubbed toe and a splashed toilet
and your seed backs up until the next time
you wring the turgid neck of your
little friend with an oscillatory hand.

You collapse again onto unchanged sheets
to face that darkness. To turn away.
And there is no point in whimpering
or fussing or making a loud noise,
because the other pillow doesn't snore,
and no one will wake to hear you talk

To yourself, like the begrimed, bearded one
down the block with all the bags,
the green line of snot dangling from his nose
as he spits and curses, "Get outta here you goddamn motherfucker!"
and wards you off before you can steal his aluminum cans.
And in the light of his day you can see something darker than your night.

Or is it?

You wonder whether the imbalance in your head
is giving you a taste of what's between Beardo's hairy ears,
as you bead sweat and writhe on sheets,
waiting for dawn's light to mingle with your spiraling gloom,
to blot it out--or will that darkness follow you into your day
and hang like a pall over what little might give you joy?

The blankets you kick off,
heaped next to the silent encased down,
don't move, or heave, or breathe,
don't ponder engulfing nihilism, are unmoved by the oblivion
when your own pillow ceases to snore,
when you kick off.

And does the other pillow
long for warmth, for a mop of hair,
for unrelenting stertor, for pooling drool, the scent of morning breath?
Does it long for occupation as much as you would have it occupied?
Maybe you should be done with it
or get a cat.

 
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