I watched Dad lose this.

November 29, 2009

stillness and the wristwatch

November 24, 2009

(here’s something i found in a journal from 2004-ish)

When Time comes we’ll sit down together

to invent the fourth dimension.

It’ll take us a long tme

because we’ll both be drunk.

We’ll sit there bored,

until the second Guest comes

and hangs their scythe on the coat rack,

like always,

and, like always we’ll yell from the other other room

for them to move that thing;

the coat rack is an antique

and the scythe leaves gruesome little notches it its hooks (really more like pegs).

They move it into the umbrella stand.

pink flamingos

November 23, 2009

the floorboards creek. resignation moves real slow across the room. it slips in under the door. chuckles at me from the window sill. specks of dust suspended in a shaft of light. all games the room is playing this morning. warm warm blankets. stay in bed. dream a dream. eat a cop. blame it on the movies.

November 22, 2009

November 22, 2009

scenario

November 21, 2009

scenario:

i’m home from school. it might be easter. it’s warm, anyway. just freshly. it might even be the first time i’m back since we’ve known.

i have some people over. my parents are living in my uncle’s basement. the house has been sold. to a younger family. it’s my first visit since the move. awfully depressing, but i try not to dwell. on any one detail. my eyes and attention flutter about the room, picking up very basic elements of things and moving on without analysis. carpet: no one particular colour. temperature: chilly. smell: damp, basementy. picture of a very handsome, long-lashed Jesus at last supper: perfect.

my folks are kind enough to leave us to our bottles. they scamper upstairs to attend to theirs. i’m not sure how much time passes, or how drunk i am when i hear them.

it’s heart-wrenching. someone’s weeping like there’s nothing left in the universe but the sound of their own voice. long wails interrupted by the wet sounds of choking on tears and mucous. the basement pauses. i don’t look at anyone but, obviously, they’re all staring wide at me. i don’t let terror make me run. i walk calmly up to stairs, preparing.

i walk so slowly. 

the basement stairs curve into the tiny antechamber between the front door and the rest of the house where shoes and slippers pile up. the sliding closet door is all mirror, so the mass of shoes is doubled and you get the feeling you’re walking into a house twice as crowded. the front door is wide open. my father is a pile on the concrete of the tiny front porch, on hand slamming the screen door wider for balance. my mother is sobbing over him, trying to get him off his knees. she see me and goes even more ballistic trying to convince i don’t even know who that nothing out of the ordinary is happening.

it’s okay! go. you go back in. go!

her hand is fluttering back and forth in the space between us, slamming into her face like a moth into a light bulb, then jutting out in front of her to shoo at me.   

my dad’s head lifts by some force. his bloodshot eyes strain to roll up far enough to get my face into view. his stigmatism makes it so when he drinks, one pupil dilates to twice the size of the other. 

i choke back what i initially take for tears, but turns out to be the shear confusion over a lack of them. i am not about to start crying. i am uniquely composed. immediately, i understand my special gift of calm as radiation. diffuser of cancers.

         poster by Laurence Laurence Laurence

be still

November 12, 2009

if you google “goth toasts” this blog is the second result. kinda warms the cockles, no?

a poem dedicated to me

November 11, 2009

rolling around Brooklyn on the Q train one evening, a little poem floated towards me. it came from a small gaggle of teenage boys and it went pretty much exactly like this:

i say to.meh.to, you say to.mah.to

i say po.teh.to, you say po.tah.to

i say man, you say woman

(and here comes my favourite line:)

i say dick, you say date

(but then it got mean…)

i say cut, you say “that shit off”

(in reference to my proverbial dick, i imagine)

to which I say…

let’s call the whole thing off?

srsly

a little much

November 9, 2009

you felt like is was a little much. right? the outfit. the hair. everything. the way he sauntered in, beeline for you. one fluid motion from the door to your ear. his lips butterfly wings flapping at every face along the way in feigned but extra showy interest. puckering up, smaking the air next to every cheek. finally he hovered at yours, pushed past the petals. no. it wasn’t the outifit that bothered you. and certainly not the hair. i mean, look at you. fabulous. love it! love you. so close to your ear you could smell it. did you hear right? a mint on his breathe. is that lip gloss? a little much.