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Poetry

Seventh Key (a poem)




[For a friend]

He used to walk

to the edge

of town, feet dusty,

raw

and then back again

Love, if he thinks about it hard

enough

becomes something close

to tangible.

Sometimes his voice

still bounces

around aimlessly

blindly

in his head

like a canary in a coal mine.

He said: We are fast approaching

the day of ultimate

Destruction.

Who cares? A cold hand

wakes him from his sleep

He thought

to himself (to everyone, all the time)

where’d all the good

people go? Or

did they ever

exist to begin with?

He barely remembers

a time when he loved

himself (anyone, ever)

and someone once said:

the seventh key will open

all the doors

but…

he only had

six.

Night will again

fall

and again

he will be alone

with his thoughts

trying desperately

frantically,

frenetically (fantastically?)

to transform matter

into antimatter

and back into matter again

He seriously considered

careening into

oncoming traffic

the music

of horns and screeching

smoking

tires.

Then Eric Clapton sang

I shot

the sheriff

but no one gave a shit

about

the deputy.

He used to write

lyrics, poetry

dreams-turned

pocket-sized

romance novels

or cheap

dime store comic books

or sitcom scripts

but burned them

for the warmth.

Some days

he takes a cold

shower

to remind him

he’s alive

not dead.

Not stinking.

            Vibrant.

About Aaron Endré

I'm a character. No, a caricature.

Discussion

One thought on “Seventh Key (a poem)

  1. Really like this. Well written.

    Posted by Noah Matthews | August 27, 2012, 6:13 pm

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