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  • Two Weeks

    Some weird poetry from 2003, when I was a wee child.

    two weeks before

    and the morning after

    all that mattered was not what really happened

    where it brings us now, or what a gamble

    we'd just taken.

    It was you planting your signature hasty goodbye

    sweetie on my cheeks in the elevator just before

    the doors opened to my morning; and I would

    step out to the tune of one bewitched.

    It was you seeking out my lips under those

    sheets, in the dizzy assurance of one who never

    gave much thought to all that

    she said; about as clueless as I was,

    But at least I never pretended to know any better, and

    even came out to the truth that morning brought.

    two weeks later

    and a headache after

    all that matters is not what games we played

    what games played us, or which part of you

    I saw through.

    It is coarseness lingering over still fresh wounds

    threatening to persist in the spite of me dumping

    them in pungent saline thinking it might remove

    each vestige of my guilt.

    It is your image cruising over my nightscape

    explaining, in the manner I knew best, how

    once you were done with me these would be

    all you'd leave me with.

    I ought to have listened, somewhere in the interim

    of that morning and this night, but tried too hard

    at mending the chasm between my yes and your no.

    two weeks later

    and a heartache after

    who can say for sure what games we played?

    all that matters is not the end heralding your

    beginning, but the beginning receiving my end.

    It will be me seeking a closure you were too selfish to grant,

    calming a present lover's fears, being the pawn

    in this game of which I was co-creator;

    taking danger by its horns yet scarcely daring

    to hazard a breath, for it may conjure your illusion.

    two weeks later, and a mourning after

    it will be me claiming your scalp, not that

    I care much for victory or vague triumph: only

    in hastening the signature dawn of a second morning.

  • X Weeks of Not Missing You

    Reposting stuff from my archive. This one from 2003, when I was a wee child.

    (so I still lie, to myself, more than to you.)

    sketches for my sweetheart the drunk..

    Hey. I don't think about you so much these days. I still do, of course – when my too-good memory starts acting up. Of course I do – it's not easy to forget anything for me. But especially not with us. The floating poem, unnumbered. "Whatever happens with us, your body will always haunt mine." I don't know what's going on with you now but I applaud you for the concerted effort to keep me out – you know exactly how I will obsess otherwise. I didn't take it too well at first but then I am 18 now and have learned the adult code of conduct in part, so it isn't so bad anymore. But I think you know how the story goes. Mine again, for a time at least, then not, then you will, then you won't..

    I know it by heart – why can't we say goodbye conclusively?

    (Because whatever happens with us, your body will always haunt mine, and I, yours… because there isn't any good enough.) I miss you alot. I don't know what you're doing now or how many men you're sleeping with. When dusk comes around and orange light sneaks into my house through its apertures I think a little of us, hair falling like water, orange light against our faces. So when it rains I think a little of us, lying on your bed wasting away a lazy Saturday afternoon. Of course you never forget these things. I used to stumble in wanting to translate our collective memory to the currency of living.

    I don't anymore, I don't even want to try, knowing I will die in the process.

    I own you and belong to you in a way no one else ever can. But then other people also own you in a way I never will come close to. I think you'd unsuccessfully attempted to articulate this before (using a bad analogy about skiing and injuries I think): you've never seen me at my worse. When I am ill, crippled, or injured. He has – taking me to clinics and driving me to hospitals, the like. With you and I – when we are together we are always at our best. The best foot forward, according to you. We never slip up because we don't see each other that much to begin with. When we do meet it's always the best performance, rendered to perfection in private rehearsals in our bedrooms, alone.

    You own me and belong to me in a way no one else can: they have not, I presume, had you hold them in the way only two women can – lips locked on the one end and fingers primed for my pleasure at the other. They have not had me go at them in the same manner I do you, in the name of love (truly, I wouldn't be bothered to work half as hard otherwise); encouraged by your reaction to me. But then you also belong to everyone else in a way I could never own you in. I don't know what you're like when you're with your friends, what you're like with your men, what you're like when you're drunk (though I suspect I don't want to know..). As we speak you could be fucking some strange man now and even if you were doing it in part out of the desire to prove you're not that gay (not as gay as to want only me), what good does that do for me? I am still here, still a fuckwit, still thinking of you. We go running back to our easy men and easy sex, easy sex from easy men. Because what we want is too difficult – or maybe we want it precisely because it is unattainable (in this lifetime, in this country).

    Baby, I'm just so tired. So tired of living up to your expectations of me, especially your demands for brilliance from me. So tired of playing the part of precocious talent being tormented by a mentor she hates and adores in equal parts. So tired of drawing you to me and tempting you with the carrot of having your history written out as you speak it, since I have proclaimed myself the scribe of The Great Affair. I don't think you'd have liked me as much, or kept coming back, if not for the reaction I have to you, and the words that this spawns.

    I want to run away from you.

    The more you are around and the older I get, the more of a mess we will get into, and you know that as well. You know as I get older and as the gap in our social circle thins out, as it becomes increasingly easier for us to see each other, you know somehow or other (we might not even will it to), we will be in a greater mess than anything that's ever happened. So I want to make that impossible. I want to runaway from you, from him, from this place. I want to see the both of you as little as I possibly can – you, because I probably will still love you years from now and will have to stop myself from wanting to shag you so much, so indiscriminately and illegitimately. From him because nobody has to live like this, this life I have subjected him to with my cruelty. For too long you have dominated my landscape. Nobody has to live like me.

    I just turned eighteen; to have loved so much but come away with… this little. Only D. can empathise – we both chose the harder path because we were too proud to settle for all that comes easily. We scoff at these other teenaged couplings and mock them for their simplicity, at how heroically ordinary they are. In our pursuit of the extraordinary and the exceptional, we could lose our minds (and hearts, several times). People may not think much of our ‘affairs' but they fail to see our intensity. What our love(s) can culminate into, fail us most times but if and when they bear fruit, the results are so amazing in their gravity but overbearing in their weight.

    All this, before the age of eighteen. The fruition into dust and ashes such as this.

    I want to runaway someplace where the air smells colder and my nose will have a perpetual sniffle from. Where the sun kisses the land and the beach is not mud and stones masquerading as a seaside and I can have an engaging intellectual setting to call home for some years. Where I don't need to see or hear from you so much. Practise forgetting you completely. Have an inordinate number of men and women, perhaps fall in love with some intelligent, beautiful woman even (and not merely to spite you with). Not you because you will always break my heart, not him because I will always break his heart. After a lifetime of excess, I crave balance…

    I should have loved a thunderbird instead. At least when spring comes they roar back again..

  • An Exercise of Faith

    This was published in QLRS in Jan 2003.

    I had weighed the burden of desire in my hands

    but in yours you weighed reality between your fingers,

    half serious even as we tried to kid ourselves

    (and others) nothing else quite mattered.

    I weigh now the desire of burden in my fingers

    but in yours you now weigh illusion between your hands,

    half kidding even as we deal with truth

    ours as much as others’; nothing else but this matters now.

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