Treasure Island

Justin Tallman

(September 4th,1989 / Milwaukee, WI)

The Petruding Head from a Turtle Shell


on a stable street
tongue and cheek
gather for a smile

but sick for mystery
way beyond the concrete
my medicated face
sings a song
for a distant style


Just for now
I say

I'll be calm
and still

Looking forward
to dreaming

In between
living a number's


ears aching
for the songbird's infection
walking deaf

eyes staring
at the smallest
or what ever
is left

the chest burns
boiling the blood
cooking a recipe
for intoxication


the mind starts to blank
no words
no sights
no sounds
not even the pain
of scraped knees

is left to plague
no strings
no overwhelming voices
no nonsense

the idea of wings
doesn't seem strange
nor the idea
of a tall building
high above the sidewalk
on the 'sane'


when the window shuts
the rain is visually
even the snow

fiddle with the thermostat
let's get warm
and cuddle on the couch

my eyes
into your's
our eyes

in the warmth
hearts beat
and wake
to an awkward sun


Shall we
try this again?

Submitted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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