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    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    "Late-Season Malaise"

    Heartsick, smokesick, homesick, sicksick,
    I need pre-chewed intervals, the death of minutiae,
    white-paneled recovery rooms to nuzzle
    me through the nightly relapses,
    knowable shoulders like shorelines

    It’s an elemental sadness to be sure,
    claw-gripped and slithery, as documented
    and inoperable as a heel or a
    hunger, trampled down to bypass
    my defenses undetected

    The whole of October came and
    fled flippantly, tossing aside twelve words like
    nickels plunked into homeless styrofoam,
    over the crackle-knell of spat-down
    leaves and bricolage debris

    It’s long past the point of
    resolutions now, any earthbound rationale,
    to jitter-fingers, drawn blinds, slaughtered hours
    numb numb numb husks of weeks
    stewing in the ghost-milk of a laptop

    Stomach like an excavated cavity,
    I need the meal of mercy’s redress and
    round-the-clock supervision, sunlight’s febrile
    tongue nipping at foreign sheets to
    expel me into the streets

    Cures to clot the daybleed,
    alchemy to kill the nightstrain,
    I wait and wait for the chill to snap,
    for your anemic spell to shiver off
    like another flake from bony branches

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