The End of Dork Swagger

  

We have different ideas of forbidden.

Lamentations and lip-gloss.

 

Halloween again and again

Another night dressed as

 

Someone from Leviticus.

The Law is to keep you

 

From doing what you

Desire most.

 

There are so many trees.

How creepy all these trees backlit.

 

A forest of neglected feelings.

Run deeper.  Feet falling.

 

October.

Month of a mother. October

 

Death of a sister. Nothing

But our dark shines as

 

We tree weave costumed

For life accompanied by detuned

 

Banjoes and an imagination

Of what it means to be

 

Free.  Misfits t-shirt and

Menace of murder. We

 

Miss our brothers and sisters.

But are too shy to die in the night.

 

Sister (Two)

 

&            it             of                                                           or      our     isn't

 

                                           say that

 

                                                                                 which,

 

another way

would be

  

                                                         to reclaim                           

                                                                                                           say

                                                                                                           reclamation

 

 

say                           some                                 things                   never

 

 

it/ or/ us                                           to/ be/ not                        for/ is/ which

 

 

                                              sister, sister.                            dear

 

dead one,

 

                                          dear

 

                                                                           now/ deep/ beyond

 

today/ would/ have

                                                                     happy/ such & such

 

                seeing/ is

 

                                             day/ distance

 

dear dear                                                                          what/ now

 

                                 absence/your/absence                 is 


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Steven Karl's chapbooks have been published by Peptic Robot Press, Flying Guillotine Press, and H_NGM_N. His most recent chapbook is a collaboration with Angela Veronica Wong titled, Don't Try This On Your Piano or am i still standing here with my hair down (Lame House Press, 2012). He is an editor for Coldfront Magazine, Sink Review, and a guest editor for Immaculate Disciples Press. He lives in Miami.