Fugue in Cyan and Black

RC deWinter

Fairfield, United States

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© 2013 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

bitter herbs

what do you want me to say,
that we can glue
the shattered mirror
back to what it was?
some things are better
left in splinters on the floor.

what is there to say
when the music stops,
the sun goes down,
the wound becomes
a ragged scar?
nothing.
there’s no going back
to whatever it was.

and knowing you
there’s no going forward.
you don’t have the balls
to live with me in real life.
that would take risk,
dumping that calculator
you call a heart
and letting real red blood
flow through your chest again.

let’s not forget
i’m not your type,
not gifted
with that laundry list
of skills that take
such precedence
over the real glue
that is love.

don’t look at me that way
it’s self-destructive
to hunger for
such sweet poison
i can see
the skull & crossbones
but i’m starving.

if i were dying
i would tell you
that i want you
– still –
more than any man
i’ve ever known,
but i’m not.
i’m going to live
and live well.
you know what they
say about the best revenge.

so hand me that bottle
as you leave.
i need to wash away the
aftertaste of lies.
you promised sweetness
but fed me bitter herbs
forked gently
in my mouth.

© 2013 RC deWinter

Self-portrait in digital oils from an original photograph,

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Akvis Oils

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