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November 28, 2007

The dates dotted in this journal, with gaps
amidships, are clicking on up inevitably,
as they are wont to do. Three years now,
and my want for you, my want of you,
keeps coming back like an old football injury.

I never played, but the metaphor seems apt:
prior glories, hard hits, a longing looking-back
that, too rigorously examined, having kept reading,
proves not to hold up so well. Well oh well.

Used to I could induce rapture
at will, by picture, poem, or rereading
old emails. Often, substances got in on the act.
A doomed, dready dreaming, mouthing a memory
like an ice cube in August: delicious, but gone quick.

Now not so much. Sobriety’s conspired
to make life realer. Clarity can be a bit dull.
That old pull’s perhaps been dispelled
by my newfound stability. The pilot light’s lit
but I’ve turned off the gas.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. scram. permalink
    November 29, 2007 4:56 am

    This is one of your best, bro.

  2. Jake-Freedom permalink
    November 29, 2007 2:30 pm

    the last stanza is tip-off-the-tongue precise and good.

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