Friday, December 31, 2010

Bittersweet Resignation.

missing the things
that never were,
missing the things that
could have been, the things that
should have been.

Faded photos of you
your light, floral dress clinging to the
small of your clammy back;
photos of the old car-
looking out through the frosted
windows, out onto the cloudy bay of a northern coast;
super 8 films of children that were never conceived
children that never called out your name
endlessly bounding in silent pantomimes of unfamiliar

I miss all of this,
all that I have yet to know.

You don't remember me
we have never met
but I love you.

I love your red eyes glimmering through cigarette smoke,
I love the worn, scuffed white heels you wear with everything;
I miss the way you pick at your chipped fingernails
and the look of your dog as I walked in your back door.
I miss the Polaroids on the fridge- the
golden pictures of shared drugs and 
empty cans of mexican beer
cluttered amongst the splayed out books and
precarious piles of balancing vinyl records.
I will never again hear the thump of an albums end
while you slowly undress
I remember you there, dancing in the flickering light of
fading, burnt filament

but I will never remember your name

all this was lost to me

all this was taken from me

when I chose to step back.

All I have now is the sadness,
the shudder of memory
and the sweaty panic, when woken from a dream
of your embrace-
of your voice.

I don't know you and I will never
know you;

but perhaps I am better for it.


Bailey said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this; although I seem to do things quite thoroughly these days.

I'm truly inspired, and wish that my photographs would take on the sort of poetry that is prompted by your words.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Anonymous... you are as wise as you are mysterious.