i used to speak clearly.
i used to say things that made sense, that sounded right, that felt more
like the bridge before the chorus and a little less like rattlesnakes twisting
their way from my just-too-short grasp, a sigh of nostalgic wind rustling in one
ear and out the other, nothing left but a vague echo. like a bridge, there was a
beginning. there was a middle. and then it ended.
that was before all these perilous non-sequiturs wound themselves into a knot
and dipped down my dusty throat, catching an illegal u-turn at the end of the
dead-end alley that is my spine. the rope sprung out from my tainted lips and
pulled them back to tie a bow behind my ears, double-tied and irreversible.
that was before this new grin stumbled over me lying in the street and carried
me home. it was before i knew when to fold and when to check, before i knew when
to go all-in.
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