Phoenixx, "let's drink the Punch"

by Steven Kenworthy

behind a closing curtain i have a sparkling idea for you
i have one golden key for you
to the city we'll go
it will be a trip
we will make better decisions than you've ever
made before.

tonight is not about trying anymore than less
you have tried yourself out of your best
regardless i will paint you some poems
write you a painting or sing you some words, contextually
inside the print
selling at close to nothing these days
you're playing in traffic
runaways on runways you're dodging highly concentrated bullets.
guns blazing.
you will always take another to the chest.

think or
wake up or
think or

ok, this is not good.

the pattern developed here, the trouble
the obsession with destruction demolition girl, don't
do that. i don't like
this. for example
let's get out and stretchhh.
your strength
in numbers
one is two now that i am with you i am a star
lucky. to this point
five is well, over the limit be careful i'm shaking in fear.
you in fearlessness.
i mind.

let's put some heads together and not on accident
not an automobile accident.
long car rides yes of course i'll drive
take you
a way to
safety is wearing a lot more bright orange & yellow
at night
when you dance in the streets
in the light
in the pounding rain

stay dry.

the cement skyscraper i rented for the weekend is getting awfully tired
of blocking
for you.
& i am fighting for two lives instead of one. you, are fighting back.


Author's Note: take it from Phoenixx...alcohol can destroy people & ruin lives. written for somebody i love dearly.

Posted on 10/17/2006
Copyright © 2020 Steven Kenworthy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 10/19/06 at 04:07 AM

this makes my tummy tumble. lots to marinate. think or wake up or think or....stay dry -- disturbing....likee! :)PK

Posted by Therese Elaine on 10/19/06 at 08:23 PM

This piece positively hurtles, its like falling down stairs but the split second when you realize you're falling down the stairs and can't catch yourself. My favorite line -"tonight is not about trying anymore than less you have tried yourself out of your best dress"...that wrenches me.

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 09/27/11 at 12:23 PM

That ending is a killer.

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