PUT ON HOLD
be that as it may, i still feel
from time to time...
this wasn't always the case.
years of alcohol and drugs, even though
i abore the cliche
kept me from such juxtaposed luxuries
and those ridiculous things
such as feelings, when put on hold,
have a funny way
of rearing their ugly head
when they're not wanted.
(seeing how they were never wanted
in the first place.)
feel silly after wards (when they catch up).
like running away from some unseen force in a horror film.
full sprint through the woods; looking over your shoulder
cut shot to cut shot for editorial pacing.
and the aggressor is simply walking.
sure, looking menacing, but gaining none the less.
imagine such a terrifying moment
seeming insignificant, when you've made it such a way.
therein lies the horror.
after all, you chose to run in the first place.
on opiates, without having eaten in days, but on your thirteenth
jack and coke
so the calories still count.
at the time you felt
you had the, "jump" on the things. the things
you made small enough
to tuck away and hide.
when you grab the bridge of you nose, stare at the ground,
shaking your head side to side is when
you find them in your pocket.
stow aways this entire time.
out of breath, you look behind you.
wipe your brow and pat yourself on the shoulder.
thinking you outran the things that were destroying you.
('cause denial is the easiest part yet.)
and since it was obviously time to celebrate
you grab your smokes,
check your pulse, then
reach for your lighter. though
fumbling around reveals a recollection, this
smiling beast that you thought clocked
in after you in the imaginary race you've been running.
and it hits you,
like licking sandpaper and liking it, or jaywalking
while the person who followes suit
gets crushed instantly by a bus.
you can't outrun the blocked out parts
of your life. mostly because they never extend courtasy.
any and always an inappropriate time
to show up. and if i battled them back when
i was sure of myself, i might have stood a chance.
though now is not that case. so i give up, give in,
i beg to be devourer whole. and plead that you
not bite, or chomp, nor chew.
and, i promise next time to get back to you.
pay my proper respects.
deal with you
in the moment.
your esophageal sounds
will be my music, and i'll rejoice
in being left to digest in the sweet music
of the situation.