RIC S. BASTASA


hello and goodbye


he pops out and says hello
you must know by now that
that is what he only wanted
you know what he will say
next: thank you and goodbye
he will find many excuses
a story to write, a friend to invite
a poem to read alone with him
alone admiring the smooth flow
of the words and then he disappears
for in truth he does not like the crowd
though he misses it
most of the time
he knows that he cannot be there
dissolve and be gone

he tried it once
had a drink or two then danced his way in the middle of the dancing floor
with all the lights blinking in shifting colors
he was shouting with all joy and lost himself until he fell in the same
dancing floor

his eyes will not close
they stared at the blinking lights
they thought he was dead

indeed he too thought that he cannot live anymore
he shatters in the limelight
like specks of dust scattering every bit of himself

he learns his lesson
now he makes the limits
marks the boundaries of his being
knows the fence
and the entrance and exit
he looks from a distance and then makes his sure steps
towards his own death

Submitted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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