Creeping Lifebloom


Like vines that crawl across the garden wall
Experiences change me all the same
Cascading like a frozen waterfall

I hear the cadence in the shadow’s call
That tintinabulation set aflame
Like vines that crawl across the garden wall

Every time I try to break my fall
I seem to interfere with my own aim
Cascading like a frozen waterfall

I crave the pointless rapture of it all
Enlightenment enmeshed with friends and fame
Like vines that crawl across the garden wall

But what of penance, will it me befall?
Could I be cursed with sentimental shame?
Cascading like a frozen waterfall

My memories lay tangled in a sprawl
Those hopes and dreams that finally became
Like vines that crawl across the garden wall
Cascading like a frozen waterfall

After The Curtain Call


the show was over
Humanity took its final curtain call
then retreated to its dressing room
exhausted from playing the part for so long
it wiped off its makeup
a cheap, watery base coat of civilization
that wasn’t concealing the flaws anymore
it examined itself in the mirror
squinting in the glare of real right now
and it liked what it saw
something raw and rough
and genuinely remorseless
unshackled from compassion
free at last of empathy
it practiced its new savage smile
pleased to see nothing
that could be perceived as a desire to befriend
enamored by its own flat and empty eyes
Humanity wondered why
it had bothered with makeup in the first place

Wylde Abandyn 11/19/16

No Amends


when the cloud gods
finally came to judge us
they blocked out the sun
Wooly Mammoth and Rabbit Lady
eventually accepted our cowering apologies
and the sacrifice we offered up
but Hammer Head was having none of it
His lighting burned our retinas
His thunder burst our eardrums

Acrylic Waves


his mother stopped dusting

the garage sale painting

that hung over his bed

after he threw a righteous fit

he knew she didn’t get

his obsession with that

particular image of the sea

and he didn’t care

as long as it wasn’t disturbed

before he climbed through the frame

and drown himself

in the acrylic waves

 

Wylde Abandyn 12/05/04