Birth of Some Insight
though you know most of your own craziness inside and out only now and then do you get to see the fears, worries, demons of others and how, sometimes, sadness overwhelms them, madness hits its head against the wall produces a big knot on the forehead the animate meeting the inanimate head on you understand the tunnels in which our emotions thrive the darkness and how a mind runs its hands over a wall while carefully stepping no abyss to step into you hope so slowly palms of the hands like suction cups in the dark you rub sensitive palms over whatever is rough or smooth and yes I see you try to keep yourself upright forward-looking though I know you see nothing but the dark but you’re ready for a crack of light I see you hope you make it through your mind hope you can squeeze out into a more beautiful though imperfect world and cry
Another Incident in the History of the World
shot down in the street and the black jeep roars off drives over her the now nameless officer just a second life axed down sirens cry-rage-mourn-warn-rule the street an army of police blanket the area but the perps slip through the net for now oily eels they are evil slinks away under trees away from a helicopter's eyes they escape for now family, community do not grief comes like a storm drenches the badge fallen doing her duty a casket, a flag, an elegy the job remains good and evil remain the sun is both light and fire
Affirmation and Negation All in One
begin again no it can't be done the galaxy has spun beyond that time and space the faces are gone the dawns have dropped like confetti and though you want so much nostalgic golden sun movement of eyelashes sugar dropping into black coffee unlacing of crystals drop of gossamer gown violins plucking rhythm a chorus of katydids and you learning the German word Zeit no, not to be the echoes, the silhouettes walk away mist, fog, steam engulfs
Dan Cuddy is currently an editor of the Loch Raven Review. 2003,. Most recently he has had poems published in the End of 83, Broadkill Review, , the Pangolin Review, Madness Muse Press, Horror Sleaze Trash, the Rats’s Ass Review, Roanoke Review, the Amethyst Review, Synchronized Chaos and, Gargoyle.
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