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i.
they wrapped me through with police tape
before i was born;
yellow silk fetters entwined among
the arches of my ribs
and along the hollow bumps of my spine
like a warning

binding back what leviathan lay
indistinct
and waiting
in the dusk

i've searchedandsearched and never found it,
but they promise me,
(oh promise me it's there).

ii.
i've tried to call down the sun from up high
because i didn't like the way it made everything
light.
i prefer the darkness.
(they've told me that's
where i belong,
hidden away for what
better purpose i have yet to
understand.)

iii.
i'm drowning in shadows vague and empty,
and all the wrong words
i never gathered the courage to
speak

because with each whisper
another remnant of what sky i used to know
comes crumbling down,
and i always bloody my hands
when i pick up the shards.

i tried to tell them
that everything falls to pieces.
they shook their heads
with jaded smiles
and told me not to worry.

but they are reflective, i say
(i scream);
they show me what i don't want to see
(denial thrives in the blind).

but maybe it's not bad, i argue back.
those scars in my side
along my arms
tangled into my veins
are my best friend.

they listen.

iv.
i talk to the mirror
sometimes
but i don't like the things
it holds:
a venomous tongue
and dying sunshine gaze
and fingers broken
from eternal grasping.

the bags under her eyes keep her
from going anywhere

and she sings to me, quietly
the best lullabies are tears.

v.
there's nothing left to do,
the days are empty.

perpetually drained
thirsty for something-
fabled, and promised
but never real.

i've learned to live
with eyes wide open
so i can watch my life
drain away

there's solace in answers
(but never solutions)

vi.
each night i sleep with the closet door open,
for someone already let the monsters out,
and each night i sink into sweetbitter sleep,
where the same demons
and same regrets
and same hallucinations plague me,
relentlessly,
an endless pattern;

and i'll dream of falling until my face hits the pavement,
where i try to count my teeth

(only to realize i lacked them
all along.

i gave them away when
someone asked for a smile
to replace the one they never had
or maybe they asked for a piece of me
i shouldn't give away.

i can't remember anymore).

vii.
perhaps sleep
isn't any kind of solace at all

but a disguise cloaked with all
the latest
manic trepidations.

because insanity never goes out of style.
This is definitely one of my favorite pieces I've ever written.

A collab with the lovely *featherback. I'm so excited I got to work with her! She is one of the loveliest writers I've ever read, and not to mention an amazing person.

My favorite pieces by her:
(although, everything she writes is breathtaking)
no pulse but a glass metronome.
sometime when her body was young
and her mind young yet
the world breathed her in and sang her out
in chime whispers like
the musings of a glass metronome,
steady peals directing each sure-footed footprint,
tick, tock, tick, tock,
a cadence of simplicity
and self assurance.

i wish i knew her still.

if there was ever a timepiece
in these
dusty rib bones
it's long since burst with childhood's ebb,
scattering every once-effulgent shard to the far corners
and high limits
and roaring hollows,
leaving a space vacuous and inert,
haunted by an absence of sound
which cries volumes.

just breathe,
says every philosophy and philant
a clinical send off.there was a time when i almost convinced myself you loved me; back when your kisses coated my tongue with heavy, bitter deflections, back when you nipped about my ankles and slowed my steps and determination with sour laughter like the rattling of chain links.

back when you wrapped yourself through my ribcage with greedy intent to tie up what veins you hadn't already snapped.

back when i wasn't afraid to say you, because i didn't know what you were (when i didn't yet fear the day you'd push your way past broken lips and thus become a reality).

but attachment differs greatly from affection, and sometimes i caught you clinging not out of des
the sonnet and the breeze.she was a sonnet and he was a breeze
they both resembled their essence with ease
for the soul is expressed in the strangest of ways
and in all aspects their nature they conveyed

she was dulcet, and sonorous of mind
with treble clef skin and eighth note eyes
she danced on ballads and spoke in verse,
pulse singing in measures unrehearsed

he dwelt transient as all breezes do
wistful and fleeting, he roamed in pursuit
of all the unfathomed, but he never stayed long
before the sun's rising he would always be gone

they met in a clash of whisper and rhyme
(he breathed hello, she hummed a sigh)
and 'neath the morning they judged one ano


Show her piece love, too:
As Insubstantial As Cigarette Smokei.
they wrapped me through with police tape
before i was born;
yellow silk fetters entwined among
the arches of my ribs
and along the hollow bumps of my spine
like a warning

binding back what leviathan lay
indistinct
and waiting
in the dusk

i've searchedandsearched and never found it,
but they promise me,
(oh promise me it's there).

ii.
i've tried to call down the sun from up high
because i didn't like the way it made everything
light.
i prefer the darkness.
(they've told me that's
where i belong,
hidden away for what
better purpose i have yet to
understand.)

iii.
i'm drowning in shadows vague and empty,
and all th
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autumnlit Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
:blackrose: Your lovely poetry has been featured here: fav.me/d6ogtjc
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:iconintricately-ordinary:
intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
you're the loveliest thing :heart:
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Ad-Kins Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I can see why this is your favorite
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes! *featherback is one of the best people in the entire universe! I consider it a huge accomplishment when I can write something that even somewhat reflects her.
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Ad-Kins Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I was reminded of Adrienne Rich.
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Unicornmasterpiece Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how you wrote this... Wow :)
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! ~featherback is absolutely fantastic, and we wrote really well together. I'm so happy she worked with me :love: Again, thank you. :tighthug:
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Unicornmasterpiece Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's my pleasure :)
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ssensory Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Writer
I'm definitely suggesting this one for a DD :la:
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intricately-ordinary Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that might be hard, though- it's a collab.
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