MARY TODD

GUARDIANS OF DARKNESS
BURY ME IN MY WHITE DRESS
I WANT TO MARRY DEATH
STAND BY WITH THE MAINLINE
RIGHT NOW LAUDANUM IS FINE
THE AFTERMATH OF LOSING MY MIND
HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO LOVES ME
AND HE LIES BLEEDING INTO THE NIGHT
CRYING FOR THE LAST CASUALTY
AS HE LIES BLEEDING INTO THE NIGHT
IN A SAC BY THE RIVER
UNWANTED BABIES STIR
PASSING THROUGH MY HEART
I LIVE WITH THESES STRANDS OF SORROW
EATING AWAY AT MY MARROW
BLACKEN ALL MY TOMORROWS
BECAUSE I FELL THROUGH THE ICE SOME TIME AGO
AND I CAN STILL FEEL MYSELF SINKING
THESE PEOPLE, THEIR FEELINGS
THEY MELT WITH THE SNOW
AND I CAN STILL FEEL MYSELF SINKING

APRIL 21 2000

I READ THIS AT A LATE NIGHT POETRY READING.
I WENT LAST AND IT WAS ROUND MIDNIGHT.
I’M SURE MARY WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED THAT.
SOMEONE HAD BROUGHT THEIR INFANT TO THE READING.
SUCH A HAPPY BABY WAS SILENT OR SLEPT MOST OF THE TIME.
HOWEVER WHEN I SAID THE ‘UNWANTED BABIES STIR’ LINE,
THE LITTLE ONE MADE A PLEASANT AND APROPO GURGLE.
I THANKED THE LITTLE ONE FOR ENHANCING THE ATMOSPHERE.

MARY TODD

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Joined January 2010

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