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Running Down


This is something of an experiment. I don't think it worked quite as I meant, but c'est la vie.

Running Down

V

One two three
pierce a waltz through the breaks
in my calm, stitch a dam
against labored breath as I spin
crushed to a partner whose 6/8
measures burn my soles away.

IV

Two two three
Both hands guiding the needle
lacing my faltering will
embroidering my skin
so a beat graces
my eyes, a coda too close.

 

III

One two three four
     reverse the steps change
the rhythm. Drop a stitch
                        and catch the thread as I
        fold into the bar, collapsing
                 the fixed notes to a rest.

 

II

One two three four
five.
Fissures erupt dancing
extra time bleeding
one two three
needle
aflame.

 

I

Tick.
Two.

                                                   Metronome implodes
                   Iron shoes mercurial
    needle 
                        Threads taut
                              shredding patchwork skin
           tattooed
                              tatted
 fit to grace a shroud.


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