From the Wreckage

by Cooper   Nov 10, 2007

***The tall tale of pulling yourself from the wreckage, just because you actually want to live.
Here you go, Lenny. I know you're smart enough to find the happiness.***

Eleven fifty nine,
a single minute before infinity starts all over.
Breaking speed limit down roadless highways,
a cigarette in hand,
a letter of anamnesis written upon the dashboard.

And from the fire,
skin charred and bones broken,
vacant heart melting away with skin;
As you pull yourself from the ash,
licking up the pieces of an epiphany.

And from the chasm,
bottoms up, alcohol mixed of rust and blood,
seeps across your veins and falls from the peeling scars.
While you drag your soul,
from the repugnance,
watch the stars fall and kiss your forehead.

Sharing final breaths with the soil,
dropping your lungs from your chest,
barbed with dented steel.
(But where is the reaper?)

Apologies drift like dried leaves
across the graveyard floor,
and choke you with tears.
(Sobbing ... am I still alive?)

And from the wreckage,
ruined castle of obdurate tendencies,
whispers; maybe you were right,
but baby I was lonely ....
As the cold night air filters the bacteria of sorrow,
and your body becomes human once again.

You were the one -
hands gripping the steering wheel of volition -
to save yourself.


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  • 15 years ago

    by mier

    Breathtaking... The emotions expressed in great choice of words leaves me speechless.. This is such a powerful write and the imagination in this piece is astounding.. Very intense and eloquent images potrayed and I am awed by the creativity of the words combined in this poem...

    Splendid! (:

  • 15 years ago

    by 4 track demo

    You are new to me, and i am now a fan, what a splendid joy to read, the sadness and seriousness of a well crafted poem always brings a sense of solace to me, the feeling of not being alone there...original and unique, again, things i long for and appreciate in a poem, so well done..i look forward to reading more...fantastic!

  • 15 years ago

    by NyellMoonlight

    Endlessly powerful and effective. I know that I repeat myself when I comment your pieces, but what more can I say? I'm honestly impressed.
    I can find so many particles that I can relate to in your poems and this one is not an exception.
    The imagery here is stunning, completely breathtaking.
    Whole poem is excellent, very original and filled with fantastic descriptions.
    Keep up!

  • 15 years ago

    by Sungrl And Mrs Whatsit

    "You were the one -
    hands gripping the steering wheel of volition -
    to save yourself."

    Free Will to the rescue!...(and such imaginative phrasing, too..)


  • 15 years ago

    by Nigel Oliver

    This was very well penned

    Your story and how you expressed it was quite vivid.

    Your word choise was quite well too.

    I liked it.