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New Year's Resolution

by Matthew Zangen

My dependencies spill across the floor
like my sprawling fingers,
reaching for the forgotten
lives before me.
(they are growing,
like regret’s forced smile
scarred across my face)

My memories have burned away with my cigarettes and all that’s left are their blinding ashes,
sodden and cold from the new season’s bitter rain.

I slouch in the corner of my mind,
cold, but
draped over myself—a shadow to the night, with the ghost of my tears painting my face guilty.

01/01/2004

Author's Note: Well, they can't all be good ones. Enjoy?

Posted on 01/03/2004
Copyright © 2022 Matthew Zangen

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kara Hayostek on 07/29/04 at 03:17 AM

I thought it was very good, your opening is very strong (dependencies across the floor/reaching for the forgotten...) as are the rest of the images. Ending fits perfectly as well. Very much enjoyed.

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