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one world
for billions of worlds
inside billions of bodies
won’t ever work
to everyone’s benefit

I only go so far
into the conundrums
of solvents
gravity and time
until I get bored
until I can see the circus
of cruelty more clearly

it is not our fault
a universal smile
a sign of trouble
beneath covered teeth
lipstick bullseye
both life and breath
kissed curse
sustaining the greater forms
of life with death

thinking me
in the silence
become things in space

this world is full of faces
this thing-ness of things
even the walls face me

is a billionth
of an explosion
into its universal partiality
from what I can see

the first third taking blows
taking notes
the second third creating
escape routes
that didn’t go anywhere
this last third
arrives completely empty
at first it is hard to cope
maybe just a bug in a tall jar
or a cog in the gears
of a cosmic kalediscope
the third third I am in
is where I always knew I would
eventually begin

nothing is
for free
nothing is free
free nothing
from anything
without using its name

pine cones
blue spruce
the only one left here
I don’t want to draw or paint
or capture you
I want to smell your sap again
on my fingers

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  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 2 years ago

    my favourite is until I can see the circus
    of cruelty more clearly
    but it’s hard to pick a favourite line or sentence in what you write
    beautiful and intense Anthony

  • thankx ms heather. it is truely weird to SEE the macbre essence of life in its cruel guise… yet it exhilirates us! some of us…

    – Anthony DiMichele

  • wigs
    wigsover 2 years ago

    brilliant writing…

  • thank you for reading and commenting ms wigs!

    – Anthony DiMichele

  • wigs
    wigsover 2 years ago

    You will be pleased to know that I have featured this briliant piece of writing in

    Writing Pursuing Happiness

    Thank you for sharing

  • it is I who thank you.

    – Anthony DiMichele

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