a peculiar voice still shakes me awake
like a living nightmare
nearly four hundred days from here
a 3am stranger says you were
driving with familiar ghosts
curled above the hot curve
spooning them in your waking sleep
you were flying, uncaged bird
wingspread and flying
dangerously, devilishly high
soaring that thirty seconds of
speeding across the tracks
until you fell again from
an intoxicated sky
as if an attempt to kill
your own demons
a rusted stake to the heart
and I can never write
the aching silence found
in a sunless morning
in a sterile room
the medicinal white stench
of stilled air
and you, hanging on
each startled tone, a reminder
that a cheated death was less than
a millimeter from this day
you were alive
but so far away
comatose, yet crying
I wipe the salt from the cracks
in swollen cheekbones

and like a rock song
you become one with the machines
pumping toxic venom from your
draining black milk from a vacant space
behind broken ribs
where breath no longer inhabits lungs
every inch of skin, a palette of pain
hues of hurt I never knew existed
and through the doorway comes the man
who uncrucified you
to tell me you are lost in the woods
with less than one percent chance
of ever being found
last rites were all that was left

By Lori Hamilton, © 2015, All rights reserved.


5 responses to “~comedown

  1. Lori, wow, each of your poetry pieces are so strong! I would love to have a poet of your strength participate in and share my monthly poetry challenges with others. The general link to the poetry parties is <Memee's Poetry Parties and this month’s poetry party #summertimeblues has a submission deadline of July 25 with voting occuring on the 26-30th of the month.

    I hope you’ll take a look and think about participating!

  2. What a powerful piece full of profound sadness and graphic metaphors that leaves a soul to both sigh and look for anything handy to wipe away a tear.

  3. Such a powerful write and a emotional piece of writing.
    I just loved this. Love your writing

    Anthony J. Nacke

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