Oscar_Locke

Australia

these are my letters
to myself.

Message from Writer

sometimes i think i shape the words.
sometimes i think they shape me.

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Oscar_Locke (Australia) published:

immigrant meeting parents

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mother, daughter, boyfriend,
before father
in a polyester dress
pass the sausage
ethnic food ethnic 
jesus
big black eyes
new moon
in china town
vietnamese? polish
a rustling
in the garden outside
cockroach
darkie
they’re harmless
they only eat human shit
right?
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Oscar_Locke (Australia) published:

math exams

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we measure failure
in the length of a letter    
a, b, 
cede the paper to the palm, post it 
pens scratching
at midnight
house after house in the
black ink, graphite
housing-estates
smudges the sleep under their 
eyes
late
the numbers are sharp to 
pull apart, and during the exam
you can see their cut
fingers, you can see their                                    
cut
car drives 
home, sometimes 
the parents sob as children...
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Oscar_Locke (Australia) published:

15. euphoria

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the telephones crucifix 
black prophets
sacred for the scraps of voice
they pass from you to me
hell is the waiting 
that little god snuck
behind cracked screen
to tell why you can’t
call back,
and answering -
a good bearer of bad news
the telephone -
the plastic and metal delivers
smooth and soothing
of the crash, the horrible injury
through a million wires, a million people roaring out
but one
the telephone is silent
refuses to say
the...
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Oscar_Locke (Australia) published:

3. is anyone listening?

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seeing a ghost
        through the shapes in the sheet
    the features of a face
        pulled out; the sacred place
    where wind slips into skirt,
        the shirt-sleeves, loose
    blankets and dried towels
        form their soft mouth
    washing-line ouija
        their voices sound
    like dead leaves, doubt
        how they billow
that same question
        waiting for an answer
    you will say aloud.
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Oscar_Locke (Australia) published:

30. dusk

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they said he did it for attention
but the timing
did you see the picture of
a pack of playing cards
a black day a tragedy
probability to miss
carbon monoxide poisoning
makes the clouds
bruise
in the window
cars like chariots pass
no point for an ambulance
we will miss
counselling the mother
all the children in a chapel around her
funeral cancelled
“too many people”
school cancelled
“for the remainder”
too long weekend
we the remainders
pull out...
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4 months ago

Oscar_Locke (Australia) liked twin peaks by agustdv (United Arab Emirates)

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Oscar_Locke (Australia) liked p a r a s i t e by agustdv (United Arab Emirates)

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Oscar_Locke (Australia) published:

escapril stuff that i'm drafting

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dawn

long winter does not breathe
her lungs labouring
with snow and the stink
of gasoline
her shadow
cracking spring ice
a shivering pine
naked in the wind
in her heart
a long, drawn pause
the sun is slow to crawl
like a drunk
beautiful and warm
from his side of the dark
so scared to open her mouth
and let the air rush out
that old, long winter
so cold and alone
the dawn
greets an old friend
a...
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6 months ago

Oscar_Locke (Australia) liked there are ghosts in the trees by efflorescence (United States)

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Oscar_Locke (Australia) liked february highlights ANNOUNCEMENT - LAST DAY FOR SUBMISSIONS by Anha (Australia)

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