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Into the Woods

I stand neck-high tall
within the quicksand
of my infirmities.
Green and gaunt,
I hesitantly genuflect.

Ravaged tendons and corpuscles
are barely breathing
within the vacant corridors
of a soiled carcass.

My ardor for vindication
has been abandoned.
I presently refrain from accepting
the consultation of 
umbrous soothsayers.

Readers of tealeaves and tarot cards
hurl my infractions towards
the apex of your divinity
and the nadir of my scrutiny.

I espy no Judas rope
(dangling from lofty boughs)
as scores
of unanswered novenas
sleep beneath my fingernails.

Scars flourish upon my skin -
agnate to larvae
and dried leaves.
The density of my marrow
turns moss covered and dank.
Choirs of starving nestlings
bear witness to my afflictions.

Swallowing the last notes
of a disenchanted requiem;
they slowly bind my wrists 
with twigs of knotted reflections -
as Harper Lee's macaws
peck my cheeks and 
the calculated feast ensues.

A murky blanket
of eventide quilts me
in fibers of remorse.
Lesions burst
underneath my skin;
they herald my inhumanity
as I impishly smile.

Connect-the-dot cold sores,
(not found in children’s books)
entwine a raw endoscope probe -
mocking
my charted results.

Inky woodlands
are devoid of carnival mirrors
and inner deliberations.
Such forms
of bun coed celebration minuet
within another's emptied psyche.

The conduits
to my umbra are blocked.

All exits are closed.

So, into the woods I go,
medicine chest-closed
and matchstick available.
Searching for answers
the starving nestlings

formerly consumed.


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  1. Date: 7/27/2010 5:37:00 AM
    WAY TO GO JOHN!!! WARMEST CONGRATS! WOOHOO!!! love, shar xo

  1. Date: 7/22/2010 7:39:00 AM
    Great to see a multi-feature of the soup's finest poets....John, Andrea, Matt. Congrats on your third place in the international contest. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 7/21/2010 1:52:00 AM
    Brilliant poem, John...very deep and intelligent and the way you put your words together? Wow... Congratulations on your big win - Tim

  1. Date: 7/20/2010 12:32:00 PM
    Congratulations on a well deserved win in the soup contest.

  1. Date: 7/20/2010 12:24:00 AM
    Congratulations on your awesome win, Charles

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 4:09:00 PM
    Congrats, John. A very worthy Win. God Bless, Cjile

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 6:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the PoetrySoup Contest John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 6:00:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry+2 being featured this week John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 8:11:00 PM
    You are such an amazing poet.....I have never read a poem of yours that disappointed my expectations! A great big congratulations, John! Such a worthy win this is!! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:53:00 PM
    Congrats John on your winning poem in the Poetry Soup Contest.. enjoy your wonderful win my friend.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:09:00 PM
    John, your vocatulary alone here is utterly impressive. A GREAT win for you and a big congratulations and thanks again for your kind words. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 3:59:00 PM
    You already know how I feel about this incredble free verse, John. Congratulations on your win. You are one of the most gifted writers of our time in my books. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 1:55:00 PM
    Congrats John on yet another featured poem this week on the Soup.. Quality in motion John.. terrific.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 1:48:00 PM
    Congratulations John, a memorable poem if I say so myself....Enjoy the recognition and the terrific win!!! Love Jeralynn

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 12:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 11:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your exceptional poem, John! Peace, love, Audrey

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:28:00 AM
    Many congrats on your poem being featured again John - well deserved - its a wonderful piece. Janette

  1. Date: 6/3/2010 11:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry X3 making it through the first round . I wish you the best in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/6/2010 9:28:00 AM
    Congrats John on the featured poem. Hope all is well. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 6:59:00 PM
    Congratulations John on your worthy poem feature this week. Agape, Moses

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