unconfining memory

by Matthew Sharp

a callous lined picture
drawn from endless births and deaths
responsibility to a silence further than ears
brings the thoughtless echo
of appendage after appendage
slapping, p o s i t ioning, deconditioning
finding friends
in the binoculars through the wrong end

it will be better when we come back...
or so we keep telling ourselves
we die again
and pull each other back out
through the faces of individuality

ill find you in the water
the warm dirt in a fault line
falling through the sky
short lived
with no memory
weaving out of ourselves
like vanes through the universe

perpetuated by the uncertainty of words:
my beautiful angel corpse
patient enough to watch myself die
but not patient enough to be serenaded
sweet procrastination poisoning inevitability

so many lost breaths in the illogical nature of time
fulfilling desires of attraction
in thoughts from eternity's timeless observation
creating memories that last forever
inside of a picture frame
that seems to choke your love away
now i know
you where screaming in silence.


Author's Note:

Posted on 09/22/2007
Copyright © 2021 Matthew Sharp

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 09/22/07 at 03:09 PM

You've really stepped out of "the picture frame" with this one--and into my favorites. Really well spoken, lyrical, imagery that connects almost in "silence" all the way through, some startling and some with a "sweet" "inevitbility". As always the common view is recognized as limited, and the possibility for more-- aknowledged, and edged forward. In the face of "the illogical nature of time" and "a silence further than ears" you put this poem into a place apart, watchwords over it all. Every time I read it I savor lines, wry, heightened in pure emotion, reaching, even funny, and intense.

Posted by Ava Blu on 09/23/07 at 01:59 AM

if you know the screams, help to ease their pain

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