It’s a little melancholy and certainly, I think, not my best work, but the following, “Like a Brother,” is my piece for today. Any suggestions? Post away.
I am your prisoner,
the aluminum cage is as grating as your flesh–
torture, I see, in each crossing of your legs,
deliberate porcelain tactics, smoothing out the cause
as your apartment beckons.
The car, idling in reverse, waits
as I smile into my sentence, hands shaking
as I execute the timeless dance.
No other can compare, my lips sing praise unto thy beauty,
but if your ears hear it, your lips pretend,
deliberately pursing, calculated condescension
as you remind of the value of a friend–
turn head and flee into your night.
I sit, stupidly watching, that valued friendship fly
into another’s arms, waiting for the look –
and no look –
No, stupid, no – she doesn’t care –
love, that brother’s love spells
an end to love, no lust tonight–
soul shrinks at heart’s bite.
* My latest contribution to the wonderful One Shot Poetry Wednesdays! Once you’ve had a look, check out some of the other One Shot Poets as well–they’re a skilled bunch of poets, with a strong and supportive community. Enjoy! And while you’re at it – vote for us in the Shorty Awards…we have a chance to take Number 1 in Art!