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POEM : Impossible Star

A poem upon the occasion of learning of the death of David Bowie (1947-2016).

(Poem for David Bowie)

I

Impossible star

Buttonhole eyes unlock the door

Late last night and night before

Snow fell keeping the shock

Tethered inside.

 

Hours come and go

Passing themselves off

As a heartbeat leaves a larger heart

On some vast expanse of horizon

Found lost in Central Park.

 

Walking without direction

Hands clenched in pockets

An inner scream believes

You are warmer elsewhere

Frozen with burning snow.

 

II

Crossing through SoHo

A rainbow shines respectively

Dripping through the sunny rain

Into a forgotten garden

Cultivated in need of serenity

 

Beneath the knees

Footprints sink in iced puddles

Wiping away brittle leaves

Taxi horns echo past.

 

On store front windows

The sun’s reflection asks

what landscape are we

now all the glitter has gone?

 

The new born bulbs try to answer

Gnawing with an urgency

Like a mother’s sore nipple

Finding an infant’s sweet tongue.

 

III

Stains follow shadows

Between my pockets and skin

A fixed star explodes

Tracing fragments

The size of lipstick memories.

 

My cell phone reveals a child with congestion

— nothing serious the doctors say —

A time to cradle comfort as seconds glisten

Into familiar songs and distractions.

 

All night he dreams basic.

Instinctual like birds pecking ice.

Moments of silence then exploding heaves

Between breaths. I am forced to begin again

 

To scratch that is.

In a worn worm moon.

Where musty curtains unfold and blow

A shudder of looking glass tears.

 

IV

Haven’t slept enough of my life away

Reads the confession scrawled on paper.

 

Stolen hours with spoken interludes

Linger with mushy clouds on hotel ceilings.

 

The night slips between your thighs.

Out there shoulders rub with velvet lower backs

 

Daylight displays a reluctance to appear

Stumbling through a chiseled street.

 

Waiting for the bus to burn

I’m glad you screamed into the end

 

Dew-damp footprints melt into the realization

Life aches to begin again.

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