Opening Pandora

Empty that box.

(Yes, take a tiny scrub brush to the corners, even,
every particle of want and whim and pleasure
spilled.)

Is there love in there? Or only
lust? A favored friend you thought
you trusted?

It’s an ocean of siren hum.
It’s a persistent itch.
It’s a switch you can’t turn off.

Status report: we are drowning

,
like moths to Icarus flame,
lamenting our wax
(and wane.) 

It’s a siren
(the noisy ambulatory kind that says
yikes, trouble’s coming. Trouble’s already
happened. Trouble’s on its way at a speed
you cannot deal with, fight, or change).

Call your next of kin. There is no tomorrow.

Can’t you smell the absinthe? The
need? The seeded things that make
the heart grow fonder,
farther?

Sugar-laced lips. Tiny strings. Lines
in sand even the wisest cross
(un
-cross).
Lost things that don’t belong
to you, but you will keep them, anyway.

Case in point: this poem.

Don’t stop. Won’t stop. Can’t stop. Stop
assuming you are ever going back. This box
is your home, now. Your shell. Your hell.

Paint a picture of yourself
in disappearing ink. Lady Soul, do you smudge
yourself sane?

I’ve got secrets, too. A ball of confusion. A Calypso
heart. A devil on my left shoulder
-blade.
Forgive me, Father, for
………………………..They’re all
………………………..the same.

 


Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge, day 18. This is the one with all the prompts. 

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4 Responses to Opening Pandora

  1. “Wow!”
    Just “wow!” ❤

  2. qbit says:

    “an ocean of siren hum” — beautiful.

  3. Misky says:

    I really love “like moths to Icarus flame, lamenting our wax”. The whole piece is splendid!

  4. Jules says:

    Stopped by for a twig and got a branch.
    Excellent. I like how you weave your box with stripes and strips of words.

    I did this about Venus (Flash Fiction) for a couple of prompts that you might enjoy:
    An Ineffable Goddess?

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