NullificationA Poem by Kenneth S.
why does he have to be the fighter?
why does he have to fight this persistent ache?
this persistent ache that will never leave
him alone, leave him be
why can't the medication murder it?
why can't the simple act of writing
quell it permanently?
why does it take several shots and
several tugs to catch the dragon's tail?
stuck at the intersection of
Arizona 85 and Arizona 86,
the shape formed by them that is
permanently, and waiting for
the desert sun to do some damage
to his person and his spirit,
because it's quicker than the
ache taking it's sweet f*****g time
even the simple act of petting his
black cat does little to ease
his foreboding, his bad luck,
like bad luck is his constant companion
all of the hours of music listened to,
all of the poems scrawled and typed,
all of the yanking and expelling,
the dull, persistent ache remains
until he becomes yet another
statistic, another member of the
thirty-five thousand people that
couldn't take that ache anymore,
the ache that never leaves,
the ache that is beyond being
the unwelcome house guest
this is his life on the exponential
death curve that never fully reaches
zero, the horizontal axis in other words
but the limit approaches infinity
it feels like infinity for him,
a never-ending slide into the abyss
let the abyss eat me, he says,
because all the help this life
has to offer is null and void
nullification is his best friend
© 2012 Kenneth S.
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Last Updated on March 1, 2012
AboutKenneth S. is an optimist wrapped in the candy shell of moroseness and cynicism. He lives between the two parallels marked 46 and 49, all while living in the state marked 39. He pretends that he reach.. more..
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