THE RED LINE

THE RED LINE

Sunday, October 18, 2015

i lie in wait -- #POETVERITAS





moonlight through the woods

i lie in wait for someone

my blade is sharpened



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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Absolute Zero -- #POETVERITAS

 ABSOLUTE ZERO

That morning, Incipient Realization. Crawling over me like a shudder. 
No more rationalizations for excusing the inexcusable. Forgiving the unforgivable.
Illusion of stability stolen from my life. That morning.

Got into my car. Drove the ten minutes down the causeway to the beach.
Parked facing the bay. Rolled the windows down. Killed the engine.
sat there, slight salt breeze blowing through. Didn't matter. Long-sleeved
white shirt sticking to me. Took off my tie and rolled it up into a ball. Shoved it into my pants pocket.
All alone with the miserable truth at 9:00 am on an otherwise sunny summer Thursday.

Things had been bad between us. Had been for too long.
All the signs were clear: Asking for permission; A consistent gnawing feeling of inadequacy and guilt; Apologizing for no apparent reason; Negotiation; Palliating; Pleading; Temporizing; Creating excuses; Hiding; Anticipatory cringing; Trying to conform to an unspoken and unknowable standard for my behavior; A chronic sense of always being deeply at fault - for everything in her life.

A friend once told me that the descent to the deepest realms of hell is fraught with untenable compromises. He was right. Tragically.

All of those years ...defeat had crept up on me. When had I ceased to be the Mysterious Savior, and become the Abysmal Disappointment ? Where had the tides of circumstance changed my self-image and my fate? When had I become a walking dead man" When had I become a cut-out card of a gentlemen? An afterthought...

Sitting there. Alone. Thinking so hard that my head was useless for thinking. It was a good "taking the garbage out" time. The air felt thick. It was time to leave. No more, ever.

It was slightly past 11:00am. I would have to do some hard explaining. It was physically exhausting.

Took a deep, slow breath. I turned the key in the ignition.




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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Until The Whisperings... - #POETVERITAS

UNTIL THE WHISPERINGS

On the impossibly conflicted terrain,
the twist between pleasure and pain,
the bridge between us was built; through the crucible of the years,
through the pulse of expansion and contraction,
through blinding fire and frozen stillness
our souls bonded, consigned -
inextricably intertwined -
by destiny combined;
or so I had thought / or perhaps had desperately dreamed/
until that is/ or was/
until the whisperings came;
from out of nowhere --
sounding at first like distant static
from a radio tuned between stations,
and then like the fevered hum of wires, whining
like myriad veins embedded within the walls,
and finally, like the screams of children
on a midnight roller coaster ride gone wild;
inescapable, cutting into my every thought,
my every minute, my every breath,
mercilessly... relentlessly --
and today I can barely think of what to say
in this letter that I am trying to write to you
/amid the screeching and howling in my head/
and besides which, I fear that
someone else is living at your old address.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

YOU ONLY -- #POETVERITAS

YOU ONLY

Cliches will never be for you, never about you;
Avoid them. Defy them. Outwit them all.
Walk away from any room corrupted with their vacant smiles
and their compliant, cadenced laughter
wrought of an unspoken underlying fear;

Distance yourself from their legion standard-bearers,
eager to add to their burgeoning numbers,
inconspicuous and ordinary,
soulless;

Listen closely to the voices within yourself
to the innate music of your own making,
a symphony of infinite possibilities,
an expression unlike any other,
a call to meaningful exploration of great gifts,
and of ideas waiting to be born;

Be vigilant in the face of convention, and be
wary of its contempt for questions
and acts of spontaneity;

Remember that the closer you stand to the crowd,
the further you stand from yourself,
and the greater the danger of loss of your own light
in this world, so needful;

Do not invite compromise too easily.

Strain to see beyond the horizon.

Draw all of your own designs.

Always be you only.

 






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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Irreconcilable -- #POETVERITAS

IRRECONCILABLE

A somber testament to the triumph of betrayal over love
it was,
that we stood, miles apart from each other,
unable
to join hands just one more time
over the widening chasm
and glancing, as we did,
hurtfully downward
into the silent blackness
instead of one another's eyes;
and with spirits tired of unwieldy defenses
could not concede the certain plight
of never wrong, but never right,
where tenderness gave way to spite
and loneliness consumed the night.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

I'm Not Like You -- #POETVERITAS



 



I'M NOT LIKE YOU


I go home at night to a place like no place you've ever lived

everything in its proper position, perfect, all angles squared

cold, clean, sharp edges - no curves or softness

only razor precision.

Mirrors and glass and polished stone.

No sound gets in or escapes.

I am sealed in tight for the night.

Thermostat at exactly fifty five degrees.

And when at last I pick up my book to read,

I pay no attention to the written lines...

Just to the secret meanings of greater thoughts and grander feelings unwritten between them.

And I am not like you, nor am I like any other,

And the voices racing through my mind are telling me things

That you could not bear to hear.



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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Don't Give Up On Yourself - Ever -- #POETVERITAS

Don't Give Up On Yourself - Ever

Do not be consumed with self-loathing when you are set upon by a barrage of seemingly relentless, merciless failures;

Do not be dissuaded of your value, your ability or your prospects by slips and falls,
nor of the ill-spirited laughter that echoes in the wake of a minor setback, nor of the catcalls of those who have settled into complacency and embraced mediocrity;

Ignore the bitter comments about your shortcomings that are uttered by those jaded souls who have given into despair and cynicism;

It only takes a single success to offset a lifetime of failed attempts.

Every single day, you are reborn into a world of new possibilities.

Be inspired. Persist. Persevere.

Don't give up on yourself - ever.



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Thursday, July 16, 2015

My Dance With The #Stalker -- #POETVERITAS

MY DANCE WITH THE #STALKER


You appeared in a tiny corner box-shaped window on my computer screen;
Unrequested. Unbidden. Suddenly. Startling me.
A rendered, cleanly typed

"Hello" 

out of thin air from an anonymous wraith of cyberspace.
I clicked on a small "x" in the upper left-hand corner of your stolen space and you vanished; only to reappear each time I sat down, shuddering slightly, to turn my computer on.
Undeniable and unforgettable, you reappeared with your sparse, alien communication:

"Hello. I'm watching you."

And for fully four months, you were a constant in my life. Appearing on my screen at your whim.
Knowing me through all that I viewed, and wrote and read.

"Hello. I'm watching you."

So simple, yet so powerful and invasive.
Eyes watching my every living moment through a one-sided screen...
Knowing my every longing, my every indiscretion, my every sin, my every doubt, my every move...
My unknowable companion.
My response was unnecessary. You knew me. You had me.

"Hello. I'm watching you."

It's been four months, and you have ceased to appear.
You have just vanished.
I have failed you.
I was neither interesting nor engaging enough to hold your attention.
And I find that I crave that mysterious attention now that you have stolen it from me.

And through your non-communication you have spoken volumes.
I turn on my computer with guilty, half-hopes that I will find your trace, your presence there,
making me feel desired... making me important...
But my half-hopes are fast fading into feelings of finality.

I am no longer the star in a movie watched by an invisible audience in a blind theater -

Without you, #Stalker, I am nobody.

Once again, I am nobody.

Once again, I am utterly and totally alone.



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Friday, July 10, 2015

FREEDOM -- #POETVERITAS



FREEDOM

An empire built upon repression must fall;
as surely as a crack, like a vein, in a wall
grows larger with each frost and thaw
and with the pounding, upon the earth
of freedom's inevitable footsteps, so it, once mighty,
crumbles -

Every fateful act is voluntary
and every thought your own,
and just below the somber surface of oppression
runs the river of freedom
and the water of life -

Let no captive be complacent,
let no spirit be resigned,
 for freedom's longing can never, will never,
be contained by chains or fences
or be, with mortal defeat, aligned -

And, above all else, be ever vigilant,
 of those subtle macerations of sacred liberty
under guise of loyalty, patriotism or Greater Good,
for the flag that represents you must be your very own -

Kill for it, or die for it,
but do not take it for granted:
It is everything.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Patriot Park -- #POETVERITAS --



PATRIOT PARK

Everyone had scattered.

I clearly remember hearing the distant, solitary squalling of a little
baby's cry, and the indifferent peal of a church bell from the next
town as the swollen sky rapidly darkened and spilled its heaviest rain,
turning the open field into a muddy marsh, replete with the leavings of
a hastily abandoned cardboard sign, and paper plates, and half-eaten
ice cream cones, and at least one knitted pink sweater with a bright
yellow smiley face button pinned upon it (looking blindly upward at no
one in particular).

The air smelled of a recent wood fire, reduced to
steaming, hissing embers as a somber prelude to inevitable extinguishment.

After a few minutes, a deathly quiet descended upon the entire world
as one of the young, uniformed soldiers bend down and proceeded, with
meticulous attention, to wipe the clods of muck from his parade boots with the
sodden flag of the nation that had once been mine.

Unseen, I slogged my way toward the row houses across from the parking lot.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Making Some Sense Of It All -- POET VERITAS --

Making Some Sense Of It All

I've spent these last five hours,
thirty seven minutes and twelve seconds
pacing the floor of my apartment
fighting the urge to just get into
my car and race over to your place,
and ring your doorbell, and hold your
hands in mine, and look into your
eyes and beg you to forgive me and
take me back, and that I was so
very wrong when I made that comment
about wanting to be free for a while;
what I should have said was that
I was afraid of falling so hard and
becoming too dependent, and then,
getting hurt just like those other
times... I'm too impulsive, people 
tell me, and impulsive people lead 
lives of regret... and being impulsive
and afraid of love leads, in this case,
to almost a whole bottle of wine, and
ten crumpled-up balls of writing paper
in the wastebasket (and three on the
floor under my desk); I'm too drunk
to drive, but this feeling is hell, and
I miss you ALREADY... nothing I write
could ever express it, so I'll give you a call
to make some sense of it all.


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Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Don's Dactyl --- Poet Veritas, Live From Brooklyn

THE DON'S DACTYL


I wanna be known as da biggest guy

da boss of all bosses dat sits up on high

and if youse should happen ta need any ding

youse gotta come visit and kiss my ring -


An' everyone, everywhere all of da time

has gotta come kiss no one's backside but mine

and though youse may dink dat my motive is greed

youse still come ta me for dem dings dat youse need.


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Poet's Note: A thick Brooklyn accent may be required when reciting this poem out loud in order to achieve the optimum intended effect.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Don't Leave Her Love Untended -- Poet Veritas

DON'T LEAVE HER LOVE UNTENDED

Do not leave the young lady's love untended

Her delicate flower needs water and sunshine and the touch of a skilled gardener

to bring out the luster in its fragile petals;

Be awe-struck with racing heart and shaky voice

but fear not that of being a fool

for the fool in his awkwardness is the greatest prover of love's truth

and should you be hypnotized by the subtle sway of beauty so bright that it stings your eyes

move toward the object of your fixation and fear and bow before its luscious innocence, 

to be blessed as a supplicant in the mystical sanctuary of profound preoccupation

and be purified in that moment of moments

when her lips part slightly in the shy but sly curve of a smile

and her eyes meet yours so briefly

and all that there is is all that she is;

be overwhelmed and carried to where the truth of what you feel leads you --

and should it draw you ever closer to her flame

remember to surrender to her budding love gently and profusely 

until you've successfully forgotten

where your spirit ends and hers begins

and give yourself up in fullness to her

and swear to her in that instant that you will never leave her love untended.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Civilization's End -- Poet Veritas

CIVILIZATION'S END

Who will be left to bear witness

at civilization's end?

Indolent masses, micro-focused on the minute-to-minute

knee-jerk stings of getting by,

looking at either their shoes or straight ahead,

failing to notice

the crumbling periphery and shuddering foundation

as the advancing army of black-shrouded attackers

devours the tenuous lights of civilization

as a cloud occludes the sun

and yields the way

for the rise of the blood-red crescent moon.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

How's Billy? --- Poet Veritas

How's Billy?

How's Billy? Is he well?

Or have his plans been blown to hell?

The feds think he's in Cozumel --

so if he isn't, please don't tell

(at least not on the phone).

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Deep Red Well -- Poet Veritas

Deep Red Well

How inopportune it is

that i can only draw my ecstatic pleasure from

the deep red well of your screaming, writhing pain;

and now that each piece of what you once were lies twisted and torn, ripped and raw,

strewn about the poverty-wracked apartment where once resided your random soul, 

i celebrate in the afterglow of my magnificent work,

and ready myself for a pleasant nap,

first carefully wiping the jagged blade on the sodden sunken couch,

before lying down in the mystic swelling dawn's first pink rays

creeping through the holes in the curtain

and making curious and fascinating animal shapes on the floor...



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Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Thin Red Line Between Audacity And Insanity -- Poet Veritas

The Thin Red Line Between Audacity And Insanity

I was born, and have lived my life,

straddling the thin red line between audacity and insanity;

though landing on either side could never be safe,

i simply don't know of another line to straddle.





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Monday, April 20, 2015

NEGOTIATIONS - Poet Veritas

Negotiations

When the handshake fails you,

find the fist;

When your whispering fails you,

find the roar;

When you raise your glass in a toast,

and your counterpart curses his host,

break your glass on the table,

and use the jagged edge.



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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Watching The News -- Poet Veritas

WATCHING THE NEWS

watching the news on TV

wistfully wishing that the victim had been me -

i'm a prisoner of life

of decisions made and unmade

painfully passing time

until my time has passed.


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Monday, April 6, 2015

An Uninvented Man -- Poet Veritas

AN UNINVENTED MAN


incipient nihilism

pulling apart and tearing away

(one stone at a time)

my unfounded foundation

a personality disorder of frightful perception

where there can be neither order nor anchor

as i struggle from minute to minute

crazily stalking meaning walking

in the shoes of an uninvented man



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