Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NaPoWriMo Day #10

The prompt at NaPoWriMo today is:

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is a portrait of someone important to you. It doesn’t need to focus so much on what a person looks (or looked) like, as what they are or were.


He Was An Old Soul

How ill-prepared, one whose heart
has been left to frolic the roadways
of the insides, pink glowing and
sometimes upside-down altogether,
each night a bright star flickering
all white-florescent, and then dropping
from the head like pieces of
a straw hat, nesting and twinkling
like tinsel, ridiculous as a wayward that
stops time on a sidewalk just to
stoop and stare, dipping his young
fingers into the glow-in-the-dark
brain-matter that drips from crown to ears
like sky-lava, an as-yet unnamed element
that fell into the eyes of someone I once
knew, a man who taught me with hands
as tender as bird-feather that the mind
is a raging super-highway, a crazy
moon-night ride, a fully-equipped apocalypse
of vintage muscle cars and the mad-eye
of a roadside opossum, and how each
thought only a mysterious grove in the 
black asphalt curving past towns with names
we've never yet heard about, times that carved
our bones into the bodies that we are,
indigenous as old blood, our veins a
constellation, our eyes a vexing lunar eclipse
of pupil-formed to words, a textbook annihilation.
We are the trapped moth of a porch-screen
wire, just flipping invisible wings and waiting to die
until some random window blows the shutters open
and the wind, again, finds our feet,
stiff and bare, old souls born into new toes,
and we drag our dreams, like bruised knees,
into a wild-star night, watching close the clouds
how they fold the tree-tops and white-noise
of the city into each other like an old, withering 
envelope that saves words and voice in
the gray space of it's empty pocket.

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