How I Escaped the Planet’s Gravity

it was a sonnet that you read to me
            under the gothic bridge, it glowed like purple earth
            in the escaping night and I
      did not remind you of the water (how it rose!)
to touch the grass-lined border around
                              our hideaway
sitting inside our steel-bunker car
      we were untouched, detached

and if I once had held
                  my tongue (though who
can hold what cannot be held) perhaps
the indigo of sadness on your lips
                  might have slipped
      into the blue-gold sympathy
                              no amount
of effort can achieve
      what I long for – time is rushing headlong
                              down the crowded turnpike
where I edit words
where the words expose the danger, where
highlighted movement on the glowing plastic
                  of a mild mind denies
the truth of death
and a cynic soon becomes
a zealot, or
      I deviate from non-existent patterns driven
by the hailstorm of your eyes


About QuietMonolith

I was just a mild mannered young man living in Portland, OR, until one day....POOF! I turned into a crazy, nefarious, thieving, drug-crazed lunatic. I had lots of therapy and spent many months in hospitals and treatment facilities. Eventually, at the end of my rope, I decided to change everything. With the support of my family and friends, I have embarked on a quest to achieve optimum wellness. I am making radical changes in every part of my life, and in the way I approach the world in which I live. Follow my blog, The Wellness Quest, to experience what happens when a desperate addict takes hold of his destiny and devotes all his time and energy toward making a full recovery. I am also a writer and poet. Follow my blog, What We Left Behind in Crowded Rooms, to take a look at some of my recent poems.
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