taz.jh

Hong Kong

i write crap poetry and read great poetry and wonder where i went wrong.

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"“we have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.”
-nikita gill

the world looks different through the looking glass

June 13, 2020

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the bottle blurred at the edges,
clear, almost, if you close your eyes
the world looks different like this,
distorted, twisted, whispers of malice.

droplets trace and fall and trace,
there isn’t much left after
my lips and yours drank this
clean, cold remedy to life.

if you look close you see
the edges of your your eyelashes,
mascara clumped, sorrowful,
attached to a single, frail, hair.

you tilt the bottle and the light
flickers a little differently and
you wish more than anything you
flickered a little differently, a little brighter.

you have learned that plastic
decomposes over hundreds of years,
and yet you see it crumbling like pie crust,
falling, spinning, nothing makes sense.

you wonder how hydrogen,
oxygen fit together like puzzle pieces,
rounded edges, smoothed out for our fingers,
fragile, nimble, inept.

and the corner of your eye
quivers just a tiny bit, you
swear its the curry from dinner
but spice does not, cannot, linger.

the world looks different through
the looking glass. this bottle,
like most things, has been dented,
not by the world but by

the clouded eyes of the
viewer.
 

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2 Comments
  • mia_:)

    *chef kiss* This is fabulous! I love the line . . . wait I love all the lines! Great job!


    6 months ago
  • Sol noctis

    This is beautiful!!!


    6 months ago