Day 30: Fighting in Vapors

To burn everything that touches you
char all that nestles inside of you
over and over, pretend in silence
until they walk away, until they walk
– is one way to fight.

To burn everything that touches you
char all that nestles inside of you
again and again, pretend in silence
until they walk away, until they walk

– is one way to fight.

Measure they all say. So I awaken to confront
thermometer in hand, resolve to find your
heat, see just how much you throw in battle,
discover how to approach with 6-decades
old defiance, some uber-heated wisdom.

Measure they all said. But as soon as
your porcelain door shuts tight, silent-
you bite, glass fragments thick and old
scatter across the midnight black
speckled floor, scatter to all invisible spaces
somewhere beyond US steel door
– patent pending c. 1952.

I search, look hard for quicksilver beads,
scavenge shards, the spoils of loss
like missing teeth after one deciding right hook,
but find only space, a pungent metal smell
inescapable, everywhere
saturating senses, now racing

To fight with vapor, fill all spaces
blind to the eye, deceive with combustion, drive
your heat to recombine with that (O2) which can
never (air) dilute (destabilize) your toxin

– is one way to fight.

I close my mouth, too late
feel you move from nose to lungs to brain,
mercury fumes slamming me hard
against all the walls inside my brain

You win.

So this is the very last poem for National Poetry Month. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of writing daily- but posting daily was the toughest part.  I think I did better than last year, but there were times, days – when i just couldn’t fit it in before or after a gig or traveling.  Anyone else have a tough time with their monthly commitment to write?  Thanks to the sponsors! I look forward to next year 😉

Author: tara linda

musician, poet, jewelry maker

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