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Taxidermist

Taxidermist

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You a ferrous metal and I a magnet

Drawn to you by design,

Yet sin degrades all

With its terror and its squall.


On my worst days

When I listen to the liar

Saying “It’s okay it's natural

Like breathing

Or seething.”


Desires denied

Sorrows multiplied.


I shower and feel the skin come off

Every time hoping the next layer

Will be thicker and less porous

Keeping out the slithering vapours

That slide in so easily.


You told me I’m brand new

But why do I have these phantom pains

From a spine I no longer have?

For you demanded that too.


Tonight don’t let the darkness bite.


Sometimes the prescription for these lenses

Is so strong I can’t even hear you,

My fingers trip over themselves

Can’t ever get the whole story out.


Why are all old men bent over?

Do we all hide our magic?

I am pierced not as though by arrows

But as though by poetry

Run through to the crux of the matter.


The matter of matter

Of what matters,

Do I?


That which upsets me inspires me most

And it’s a true tragedy

Brings a man to the surface.


For years now I’ve been far beyond the surface

Can you place me back beneath?

Give me a merman's lungs and let me not choke.


I am both hope and cheer

I am both charm and jeer.


I feel the spectre anticipating

I can hear it berating

And I see it slipping in and out of me

I read the putrid pleasantries

It writes on the corridors of my mind.


Ghost, demon, ghoul whatever name you’ve chosen

Allow me to address you directly this day

Do you not see me?

Look me in the eyes

Hold my gaze I dare you!


I am but the slain wolf

Of greatest hunters

The master taxidermist

Stitching me back together with sterner stuff.


Good or evil a wolf still has teeth

Come now and let us do battle!

I grow tired of dreading the looking glass

Of fleeing the hour where shadows lengthen

Like fear with nightly growth spurts.


That particular kind of weariness

That makes life bleed heavily.


Coffee isn’t enough to hold my hand

To prop open my eyelids

With tent pegs meant for the home.


I require victory

I thirst for conquest

Over strongholds in my heart,

Then I may rest.


You have birthed in me a rage

The greatest of the age

You’ve been biding your time

And committing your crime

But I have not been idle

I have known a donor of strength

That will make me victorious.


Come now bring your weapons

See if it does you any good

A man of my word you will soon learn

Light too can bite.


I by might imbued me

Will fight till bones protrude thee.



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