John Tansey

Rookie - 488 Points (June 4th,1961...Gemini / Bronx, New York)

I Wish This Chronic… - Poem by John Tansey

I wish this chronic…
I wish this chronic,
clinically diagnosed, disability:
This obsession to write;

Its need to place letter beside letter;
in sort of intimacy, caress;
A matchmaker of words, so to speak.
It is this I wish would cease and desist;
It is incurable. a terminal disease
that will claim me at end!

A bloodletting…
From back in the feudal ages;
With leeches, heated, bulbous, glass jars;
And, still, the demons persist;
prodding!
Until I insist, myself, to pare the vein,
and let the venom out…

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 12, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011


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