Thursday, August 9, 2012

9 August 2012

You tried getting him drunk and pushing
him out into traffic
but when you saw him staggering before the headlights
you felt bad and yanked him back.

You weighted him down with a bunch of books you hate
and tried to drown him in the sea
but you never managed to get him too far from shore
and he drifted back to you.

Once you stabbed him with a steak knife
and twice you broke him over some girl's head
but he always filled back up
with blood and night and dreams.

I remember that time you seemed
like you were going to ask me
if I'd watch him for you while you went away
but I just couldn't watch, like that.

I saw you getting coffee this morning
I knew you two were back together
You were jamming duct tape over his mouth
and he was winning.

Friday, April 13, 2012

13 April 2012

I didn't want to know
the you of alcohol and pills
shaky with pock-marked sway

I just wanted to see your name
in lights
to show that you are loved
so I could say to a stranger
I wish I knew.