Cast

If I were kinder to myself
Maybe I could look in the mirror
And not see the flaws
Others have pointed out
Or made reference to
Without stopping to ponder
How carefully my soles touch the ground

If I were over confident
Maybe the mirror wouldn’t exist
I’d be caught up in the persona I exude
Unaware of compliments and curses
Heedless to any failure
And unable to bear any kind of weakness
Only focused on my own pleasure

If I were honest at what I saw
The opaque surface reflecting not distorting
Revealing every beautiful dent of individuality
Every scar and wrinkle earned
If all my glories rested in my service
All my achievements brought joy to others
I’d have seen further than mere appearance
Touched the divine connecting us

endever

From pasts, we were all tangled
Couldn’t find a way out
From presents utterly shattering
Things can only go south

From here, onward into unseen foes
Obvious messages juxtapose
From here, reaching for recourse
Barbs and thistles ring o’rose

Fallen towers, “clang” rings the church bell
Solange, Dolores, Invidium
Rencontre des neuf
La fin est ici, bravo

Framed now, for all ages to see
Accustomed to err by folly
Crippled hence, ridiculed thus
Lesson’s learned posthumous

ClF3

This warmth beneath my skin
Slowly pull you in
Bathe you in fiery desires
The purest highs

Your potent infinite soul
Smoothing out my worldly edges
Dipped in the streams of passion
Your skin glistening

We’ll take this by the horns
We’ll wave goodbye bygones
We’ll pave a new start
Spontaneous art

This feeling without understanding
Diving deep and dizzy
Fulfillment never sought
Only exuberance

[ClF3 = chlorine trifluoride]

Resuscitate

Answers that we wished away
Pressurized by peers and petulance
Every which way outmaneuvered
Hung by hinges slowly eroding
All welcome in

Flipping through albums and fairy tales
Expectancy only brings misery
Leftover dinners freezing and fungal
Moments we tried to live again
Slip through stubby fingers

Abandoned signs litter the highway
Measured by underestimated distances
Gotta keep dreams in check
Growing out of ourselves
Strength feebly twitching

Questions that span the cosmos
Broken backs incur arrears
Keeping still while the dust settles
Practiced until a reflex
Death-defying