Phoenixx, "let's have Poison"

by Steven Kenworthy

the lighthouse has spotted your plastercast
in the daily sand
miles away
two hips
a reputation too far from
Cosmopolitan or "this or that" Health

play a sad self-esteem song

strong & ill
the IV brickhouse
in ignorance's bliss will not work on its delicate walls
from here a comet sees your cosmic weakness
in taking days off your life

in perfection they'll say
she has a ways to go
in this country & on Bay st.
metropolitan star
obsessed with inches has issues

hardwork thegym asitup

excuses here tasting like the devil,
an education to learn to hate them
disciplined disciple
watch your portions taste your proportions
i hope you like fruit
pear shapes
apples and oranges we're all different


say no for once
tell me your creation is better than mine

your statue should not resemble exactly the city's model
in the chapel
these conversations count

a contractor
eats well a blueprint for you
pretty interior paints
upon careless minutes consumed

you're literally
TAKING your time
a watch
with a face
shaped like who you don't want to be


Author's Note: it's hot out and the U.S. is the fattest country on the planet.

Posted on 05/30/2006
Copyright © 2020 Steven Kenworthy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/02/06 at 04:09 AM

Pure poetic Methamphetamine. Love the smooth evolution of word and images, form. Wish I had written this...glad you did!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/02/06 at 02:20 PM

Fascinating word play and commentary! Well done.

Posted by Rula Shin on 06/02/06 at 08:20 PM

"you're literally TAKING your time owning a watch with a face shaped like who you don't want to be" - Yes, we just keep on indulging in our obsessions, in all the non-choice happenings, in our habitual mind-sets and call this LIVING. You have so many great lines here including, "classtime an education to learn to hate them" - so true, every habit/thought/mindset is an "education" and if we are to change our "face" into who we "want to become" we must first UNLEARN/UNDO the chains created in our past, unliving the moment, killing our presence and our LIFE. That's how I felt. Brilliant, high marks.

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 06/03/06 at 04:07 AM

Well, what we become is the doings of the happening, we constantly watch, if we really watch. And what we want to BECOME remains a dream, we depict in words as and when we remember to remember. But, yes, its a realization and a battle for them who is prepared to fight within.

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