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The Mouth of Decay

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The Mouth of Decay

The pawn slept in an overgrown city lot
a flat piece of cardboard for a bed
cattail and wildflower walls
a ceiling of blue or gray,
it was many dreams ago...I don't recall.
Pawn was homeless(on the brief)
slow roasted over a fiery dream.
but pawn was freed from the devil's green, 
cord sometimes cackle soured sweet. 
Pawn turned into a whispering rose
right there on that cardboard bed
but only when the restless mind
gave its soul to sleep and time. 

Queer thing, this king of circumstance, with crown of mist and robes of black
comedic cascade of karmic darts 
that morph into feathers then back to metal again...
and time will never turn its bow to yesterday,
spin the stars into the murky miracle of decay.

Pawn cleansed the soul of self
whisked away the briar
left its humble drool upon
the toothless mouth of yesterday.


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  1. Date: 7/25/2013 8:39:00 AM
    Time has never been anyone's pawn, nor would I have it to be. What remains of Angels when only feathers are left to be gathered? Love can often be difficult to understand, yet simple in some ways, but two self respecting, strong people, secure within themselves, love each other simply, not out of need, but because their hearts speak to each other. Heart to confident that you are the one. Be confident. Love and hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 6:58:00 PM
    Perfect title! and what an ending !!! LOL Gotta be careful though...a person can catch gum disease like that...LOL Excellent poem! Hugs, catie :)