Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Alloy and dark matter

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Lately, my poems have been filled with alloy
and dark matter. Too serious, overreaching,
weighed down with unnecessary fury and
a light spread not unlike the sigh of a moth.

One day, my children will read this and still
not know me. To them, I say that’s okay. You,
too, will live lives no one will ever know you
by. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with this thought.

I’m at that time in life when things fix to split
again. The necessary and the vital carve out
new routes through and away from the frivolous,
as if that had any bearing whatsoever on happiness.

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I’ve no idea what I will do about this. It isn’t
really up to me. It’s like when I used to not be
home in the seventies and someone would call and
a machine would invite the caller to leave a message.

Sometimes they would. Other times, I would return
home to listen to the muted fumbling of a receiver
being replaced on the hook followed by definitive silence.
Oh, the things they might have said and didn’t.

When the end comes, my children will look down
into the box or the urn and wonder the same thing:
Oh, the things he might have said or done and didn’t.
And I will settle in like the light sigh of a moth.

Joseph Gallo
August 9, 2014

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Blogger Kyle Kimberlin parried...

Holy crap, Joseph. You kinda dug in and told the truth right there. And it's beautiful, delicate death. I've been in a mood lately to demand apologies from the universe, and compensation for breach of good faith and fair dealing. This whole deal about being doomed to death and the awareness of death just sucks balls, and letting go of others is the worst part. You caught it lightly but without question. Well done.

August 27, 2014 1:36 PM  
Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

Thanks for your comment, Kyle. Some days, I wish I could write happy or upbeat poems, but they remain few and far between. That's okay.

Drachenthrax will shut down and go dark by end of November as it will reach its 10-year zenith. I will keep it up, but add no new works.

Time for a change and to do something else, off Blogger, more wide-ranging, and with my own name.

Thanks again, my friend.

August 29, 2014 2:07 PM  

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