Freeing Me

I come from the walls

Triangles and sticks

My mother had no breasts

So I fed off myself

Long before I lost my father’s name

 

From the beginning I stood on my feet

Learned what bullshit was

From reading classic books

 

I neglect history

Have made enough of my own

 

I am the first and last of my kind

Not a monkey man

But a man of the mind

Fragments are the answer to slowing time

And if you survive a thousand falls

You’ll evolve into what I am

 

The inhuman voice

From a different age

Past and future fused

The philosopher sage

 

I hear colors

Smell words

Touch feelings

Taste sounds

 

I am what the ancients called clown

A master of oral lore

Heartless but undamaged

Ruined but remade

Logic intensified

 

I came from the walls

But my fall was from the clouds

 

*”Freeing Me” was first published by the Rusty Nail.

Heroic Fantasies

I should’ve tumbled by now

Dislocated my spine on the way down

Spun into the cycle

Gotten caught on the tracks

Been burned by the fevered breath of a dragon

Taken a bullet to the heart

A sword to the stomach

Overdosed on a heroine

Or at the very least

Drowned in your eyes