A poem to end your life

is a poem to end your life.

I am drained into your counting culture

and drained.

There is a distant point between two cultures

that isn’t on any map of our galaxy.

The train we take will stop in the dramatic plains.

The train we take will stop in North Dakota

and our lives will be dramatically plain.

The exoskeleton of Sarah Palin will lie to us.

In our hearts, she is in blue, dressed in blue.

If the moon weren’t white,

I’d have a hero or two:

a dancer of laments,

a musician with three hundred feet,

a miraculous doll without a head.

If the days weren’t inside our hands

and behind our eyes,

I’d have a premonition about raising a hero

from scratch,

made of lily pads

and coffee grounds

and glitter and glitter and glitter.

If the letters of the alphabet

weren’t made of steel

but of liquid,

I’d have a thousand reasons to call you

a king and a skillet,

a Chaplinman of a different etiquette,

a star that rescues the sky

from turning gold and right

with a certain look of unreliable music

floating by and by.

If the desks of the world

and the queens of the world

weren’t hollow,

I’d have a different life.

 

 

Eszter Takacs
is the author of The Miraculous Hysterical, forthcoming from Coconut Books in 2015. She is also the author of the chapbooks Together We Will Talk Right Down to Earth (The New Megaphone) and The Spectacular Crash (H_NGM_N Books). Her individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salt Hill, Yalobusha Review, Forklift Ohio, Sonora Review, Alice Blue, Diagram, Word Riot, Smoking Glue Gun, Ghost Proposal, Coconut, Prelude Magazine, Hot Metal Bridge, Soft Blow, Sink Review and Inter|rupture.

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