because while some truths lend themselves to equations, others are best described in verse

exercise in Southern Gothic

train comes, its wrack
the undisguisably pickled

dregs of hope de-
composing, dreaming acidly

in blue glass, mason. so
much for bloated beginnings,

point-of-departure daggered
summer afternoons in the market

where souls are at auction as
they were lifetimes ago

and charlatans lien awned
forevers under skies that

darken and gradually un-
remember. she presses

thin dress over pale thigh, fights
wind-made wrack in torn fabric,

holds her voice white-knuckled:
what price would you pay

to drain the vinegar,
slough history, begin again?

 

 

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14 responses

  1. With the crap I’m dealing with right now I’d say that you wrote this for me after a conversation you and I had. Nice

    smooches,
    Larie

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    • let’s say that, then. written for Larie. 🙂 glad it found some resonance. hope all the crap lightens up!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

  2. dang..tight…esp. the closure.. there are areas in my life i would pay a high price to be able to begin again…love the title as well

    May 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    • thanks, Claudia. there are def. things i’d like a do-over for as well. 🙂

      May 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm

  3. Southern Gothic – saw Flannery O’Conner at book read at Miami book fair 1985 or so. Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor too !

    May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

  4. i dunno, i am always afraid inteh rewriting that i would screw it up worse than i did the first time you know…smiles…really some nice touches…the mason glass…the train…

    next time i roll by i will honk louder…smiles.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    • thanks, brian. this one really came from a lotta different places, though sometimes i think there really are things i would re-do….

      yeah, next time you come by lay on the horn; i’ll up the shades and wave from the window. 🙂

      May 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  5. Love the word “Wrack”. Very well used.

    And the closing words are just sublime. Great work.

    May 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  6. ihatepoetry

    The heavy cloud of regret lingers here – I liked following the path of this sad daydream. You do melancholy so well, 🙂 thanks Mosk

    May 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    • yeah, i kinda do, don’t i? like it’s a semi-permanent state-of-mind or something… thanks, Mosk. always appreciate hearing from ya.

      May 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

  7. Nice details….great poem!

    May 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

  8. Pleasure to read…!!!

    cloud reader

    May 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm

  9. First of all, I like the poem. Secondly, not sure what price I would pay but I would probably kill someone to go back to the time in history when I was thin and with a full head of hair.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  10. Awesome details, images and descriptions. If there is a train to take one back to a point in time one wishes to change, what is the price indeed. Hard to say, somehow I think if it’s possible, you won’t know the price till you come back to the present point again. Interesting poem. 🙂

    May 31, 2012 at 7:29 am

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