B.. Alexander


Broken Down Place


Our sentences are short
Perfunctory statements
Serving a purpose

Our brief embrace is feeble
Lacks the backbone
The spine of years ago

Your easiness with everyone is gone
My insight into everything is gone
In this broken down place
This broke down place

We built ourselves a fire
But who will be the first to admit
It's stone cold now...

Time is a ticking machine
Household tasks are an escape
Oh, will sleeping ever come?

A phone call to someone else
Like a glimpse of some sweet beach elsewhere
The image lingers on long after they've gone

Your diamond eyes are dulled tonight
My wit is simplified tonight
In this broken down place
This broke down place

The air was sucked away
The void between two bodies grows
Two silent figures
Existing, side by side
Alive, not living, side by side
In this broken down place

We built ourselves a fire
But who will be the first to admit
It's stone dead now...

We built ourselves a fire
But we must have let it cool
For there is nothing now
That we can burn
No strength in us to go on
But no strength in us to admit
It's stone dead now...

(2009)

Submitted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Edited: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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