Once we were friends

when you take your eyes off me, universe,
I feel your chill like a sudden cloud cover,
grey with disinclination, the taste of alone
metallic at the back of my helplessness,

it is true your usual armoury of hate and fear
and hunger, every ugly arrow in your quiver,
was blunted by banality, by insulated cliché,
your every battle cry silenced by the
monotonous hum of the insipid tedium,

I tried to forget you,
to undo the knots in our weave,
but you grew petty and took away your largesse,
see, the rain here is tepid and tasteless,
the ocean motionless in a faded stupor,
the sky unwilling to undrape yesterday’s sweat stained clouds,
poems wither unread in the shadow of your retribution,

but your craftiness is old, is wasted on hearts
that don’t crave the colourful distraction of change,
the luscious touch of want , the opium of victory,
go away, universe, once we were friends, were more,
singing together at the purple brink of creation,
but you needed too much,

put away your angst, your shallow revolution,
the wildflowers no longer smell of warm honey
but birds gather on the old brick porch
and fresh tea bubbles on the stove,
come sit a while,
remember what happened here
the first time we met.

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18 thoughts on “Once we were friends

  1. This is soo beautifully emotive! Especially love; “but your craftiness is old, is wasted on hearts that don’t crave the colourful distraction of change, the luscious touch of want , the opium of victory, go away, universe, once we were friends, were more, singing together at the purple brink of creation,
    but you needed too much.”

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  2. The speaker’s exasperation is loud and understandable, these days the universe asks for more than most people can provide without ending up half-dead. Maybe, one when things get better, we’ll all go back to the days when the universe only asked us to do our homework, eat our vegetables, bathe and go to bed at a decent hour.

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  3. This is a wonderful piece, so painful until that soothing (though a bit melancholic ending)…. some really awesome images as well, the tepid rain for me is so lethargic that it just scream angst (more than ice rain I think)

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