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The Accomplice

In that instant
I am an accomplice
In the crime of arson
My childhood cubby,
Lying in ashes
Me, in shock, that it refuses to arise like the much spoken of phoenix,
Disrespectful of the fact that ‘we was only playin’ around’

On a whim, I lean way back,
The cloudless sky in my line of sight,
I throw myself wrecklessly from the oblivious beast,
The leaves crunching under my arms,
My face bruised with dirt,
And the horse trots along in the bush,
Content in his stubborn ways

It’s a crack in the walls of normalcy –
Mother and Daughter leap from moving train,
Like Thelma and Louise,
The wind whips through our hair,
Our faded pyjamas cushion the fall,
A distraught friend is now laughing, gleeful,
Given a respite, granted peace
As the train pulls away,
For us to never see her again

I blame the splash of unchartered waters,
As I sit in the broken down car,
In breezeless early morning,
Smoking that stuff I once saw flourishing in my brother’s backyard
Out in Maribyrnong

It was not on my agenda
Except that I was disillusioned with life,
Thirsty for a new experience,
to drown out the dull roar.

The majority of minutes, the hours and days that prosper,
Like black and white,
Early morning dream residue,
Afternoon Caramello Koala
And evening stroll

It’s the magic, dangerous, un-patterned remnants
that place markers throughout existence
Bringing regret, eliciting a secret smile
A crystalline reminder of the pain
Pain that brings you to life

An Accomplice, an Adventurer, a Stunt Woman, a Deadbeat,
From one to the next
Second to second
Thankful to have created them all,
To feel the dirt, the crackling leaves, the raw agony
And keep going back,
Perhaps having lived,
And breathed within that life,
In the moment.

The Accomplice

Michelle Rogers

Joined April 2007

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