NaPoWriMo Poem #22: Untitled 4-22-10

learn how
not to flinch
the hand raised
could be hello
you look for squalls
when there is only sunshine on the waters
and the wind is asleep
you are dizzy
like disconnecting head from body from heart
you think that you are dervish
and that your insanity is holy
because your head spins
from past to future in turntable revolutions
broken records made of rust
the needle digs in, sends up notes like tendrils
that slide in
wrap around
squeeze your heart and throat into ribbons
don’t tell me that you are whole
when all you know how to be is slices
you look like prison bars
that I forgot how to look through
nobody told you
that you were made out of iron
you expect
that tomorrow will be made out of fire
but you don’t know
how to turn into gold
alchemy is beyond your reach
you only know prison bars
the collision of iron reverberates through your head
as the doors slam
how do you make a song of out iron?
I want to know
how to shove metal down my throat
you make it look so easy
with fear like wings
but you cannot fly
you tell me that tomorrow
looks like a murder of crows killing the sky
I tell you that it looks like gold
you insist that you are made out of lead
become bullets
pierce the chests of those you love
but when the bodies drop
like love letters from your lips
that decayed inside your ribcage and turned into dust
don’t tell me that you’ll be justified
don’t tell me that you’ll be happy
you will still want to be gold
but all you’ll be
is prison bars

Written 4/21/10
© 2010 Nicole Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.

This is the twenty-second poem written for NaPoWriMo 2010. It was also written for NaPoWriMo #22: A Wordle over at Read Write Poem. This isn’t my usual style, and thisis a *very* rough draft. You could say that I wrote this to myself, but that’s all I’ll say.

Where are poems #20 and #21? I wrote them, but aren’t posting them here.



About ravenswingpoetry

I am a 38 year old writer from Columbus, OH and the creator of Raven's Wing Poetry. I am a poet, seeker, fellow traveler, and autistic.
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2 Responses to NaPoWriMo Poem #22: Untitled 4-22-10

  1. pamela says:

    Powerful and magnificent!

  2. Damn… the images here fly hard and fast and every one of them shines. Well done.

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