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Tremolo to a Vibrato

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Tremolo to a Vibrato

Tremolo to a vibrato

when loud words
are coughed forth
from the inside.
A chest aches -
and history repeats itself.

Adaggio calls me again -
deaf ears stretch
my arms open
and upside down smiles
spills
your imagination
into sepia tones.

Tremolo to a vibrato

when slick consonants
of clever abuse
peel my naked shadow
from your wall
and quietly sing me
onto your fine linen sheets.

Your fingertips burn.
Ego and psyche tucked -
I am aloe assaulted
with fist-folded skin
clamped upon my mouth.
Nausea will hush my tears 
as they rise and blend
into a cacophony
of eager reminders.

Lost epiphanies bleed
atop blaring crescendos -
the notes scatter
like malnourished roaches
and history repeats itself.

Tremolo to a vibrato

I'm trapped inside a lost journal -
where there are
no watchful eyes in back of me.
An embarrased immigrant is
stripped of his
challenged wares
and cursed sanctions;
learning how to believe in
the truthful lies
of my masochistic mentor.

I usually excuse 
my tattered ignorance.
Self loathing and wanting comes
with the territory -
when my masts are down
and I'm anxiously anchored
inside your nurturing claws;
I sing aloud.

Tremolo to a vibrato -
history repeats itself.

Tremolo to a vibrato - please

don't sing back.






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  1. Date: 5/6/2013 10:00:00 PM
    Well history John; hmm I suppose in one sense History is what is 'to be' that must fire some thoughts in you cosidering your profession.' the thing is.. is what has been' just irrelevance? and can our intentions/actions understanding keep us free from a negative future?? this has been a thought enhancing read for me take care Joe..)