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Loose EndsLoose Ends
A looseleaf of loose ends, tethering poems,
A few reasons you left together alone,
And whether I've grown depends on the evidence shown,
Or the reverence of better men who'd set it in stone..
Old flames and venomous thoughts,
Cold veins and treacherous loss,
Envious of the emptiness, growth-pained reckoner scoffed..
No shame, no blame, so strange the texture is off..
I don't feel the same anymore..
Claim denial, threatening violence,
Hollow and vile, heckling tyrant,
Feign a smile for deafening silence,
Followed for miles by beckoning sirens,
And I don't think it's an ambulance..
Meander through the noise in my head,
These answers, few, and choices have fled,
Powerless and out of control,
Countless, insurmountable souls,
Cowered to a mountain of tolls.. and gave up on the voices ahead.
Copyright © Travis J Gibbs, The Ant1-Her0 Project
to crumble up
the remnant pieces
of my love for you
and throw them in the trash
but I'm such a bad shot.
ViolinI remember the day
you told me violins
were strung with cat gut
and that is why
you hated music
(who says that to a child?)
I followed you
all that summer.
I watched you
grow away from mother -
your whiskey held better conversations
and all she did was cry.
We'd sit cross-legged on the porch
and count the horseflies
settling on our lunch.
You would drown tadpoles
in a bucket
surprised they could not swim
and I would dream
of cherry popsicles.
And when night would gather
on the sidewalk
I'd hold my breath
until a star appeared.
Don't bother making wishes
you'd tell me -
stars are dead weight in heaven
and God has cloth ears.
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