A frank long life

Poetry

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A frank long life

It’s volatile
This frank long life
A surging mass, a humbling strife
It tickles too
And vrums, and woos
Really, dear, I think it’s you

The streets and smells
And cracks and signs
Would probably be nice and fine
For all who thrum and bustle ‘long
Through crowds of people,
Tumbling throngs

Near cities, ports,
Small towns and roads
‘Side curving brooks
On ways to work
As long as they don’t think to look
For someone cute like you, my jerk

But minus you,
There ain’t much flair
I can’t stand a day without your stare
Your grumblings, glares
You in my hair
I shouldn’t like to breathe the air

In space that’s somehow not yours too
Can’t really think how I’d get through
A shitty day
A turgid meeting
A paper that still needs completing
Or other little stresses fleeting

Like rockets sparkling –
They’re what I see
When you flash that goofy smile at me
(Okay, I lied, it’s more like three
Scouring flames across the sky
When your heart is beating ‘cross to me)

I want to kick you time to time
You’ve ammunition,
You snark and whine
In my direction
You lout, you swine,
You muddling hammered trite bovine

You trip, you snake, you utter flake,
All my patience your thrift takes
To meet you in your silent wake
It’s like I’m filling in your blanks
Don’t forget it’s shit
When effort breaks.

I hear your vibes
Your love, your jibes
It’s like you’ve messaged me a hive
Of throbbing, thrusting,
Questing ties
(But can’t you pass on trifling lies?)

We’ll get there, kid
We’ll take the time
(I’m optimistic,
Forget this shine
Of rippling fervor –
It’s still benign)

I’ll settle all your florid fancy
Scoff off all that darling dancing
Your generosity,
This trine
In Pluto’s arc
Can’t make you mine

‘Cause I don’t buy that shit
It’s fine
I’ve passed on by those glor’ious lines
Of partnership
Your hand, it’s shake,
I know that I don’t have to make

More effort in this
Foolish take.
We’ve faked it, there,
I said it loud
We’re back to that unsettled slough
I’ll pass on tension, done for now.

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