Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Of City Streets and Stars (A Poem)



My pursuit for love, and the city,
Has been a long, dark, bony thing.
Nights full of type-written poems,
The thorn-encased beauty in a volume
Never meant to be devoured by the critics.
I played my game of idolatry
With the smoke and fog
Of a big city where headlights dimmed the stars.
I watched with new eyes the buildings
Of a town transpose into an ant army
Of funeral processions and high school graduations,
Cityscape spinning her streets and tress into
A hieroglyphic to translate my tragedies.
Like memory submitted to tapestry,
The devil sat on my right shoulder
In three nights worth of twilight
Before the beautiful hands
Of a married artist-man touched me with
Such sensitivity, the humility of my loneliness
A broken tooth to bite me viciously
Before breaking into bone dust.
I turned my pale face into an alleyway,
In denial of the heart-threads he’d sewn into me.
Beneath the path of an October sky too shy
To share the secrets of its witches,
I fell into the mercy of a stranger who held my hands
And stroked the tears from my cheeks
The way the moonbeams stroked the shadowed side streets.

6 comments:

  1. Stacey this is absolutely stunning! Your writing reminds me of one of my all-time favorite poets Jim Carroll. I wish desperately that I could write like this, you are amazing I don't even have words for it I love it!

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  2. aw thank you so much, but you are sooooo talented yourself...i love reading your blog!! <3

    you know, i have never heard of Jim Carroll...but I'm going to get right on that! :)

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  3. This was absolutely breathtaking, :) Beautifully done.

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  4. This has so many hidden depths and layers, words that just sing of the page, lovely and captivating.

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