I unfasten you, moment by moment.
You(r) Your voice, transcending legatos; Beautiful, calming, melodic, Gracefully harmonic. Your eyes, candle lights; Bright, kind, benign,&
Unlocked My sexual desires, moaning &
_I want to bind you tightly blue,And give you an experience so ghastly new.I want to blindfold you softly,And let that deception grow menacingly cold,and lofty.I want to cuff you harshly,And grab your body so terrifyingly rough,and grotesquely.I want to lick you feverishly,And feel you desperately all over,repeatedly.I want to whip you friskily,And bite you passionately deep,fervidly.I want this to satisfy you too,And I hope this love beautifully ensues.
SeveredI lost my heart on the edge of eternity.I dropped it off there thinking we would come back.Thinking we would come through, but we broke paths.We lost our maps, we lost each other.
D'evilAt a café, a woman catches a glance with a handsome man wearing a black fascist looking coat.She smiles, "I bet you think you're crazy with your collection of Japanese horror films, and snuff films. But what you don't know, is that I'm crazier - with my necessary need to rip apart every heart that falls at my feet. I don't poison. And no, I don't moonlight as a serial killer. I'm worse. I'm your worst nightmare. You look at me and all you see are black patent leather boots and a similar coat as yours but what you don't see under these cherry red drawn lips are teeth that pierce and consume. Eyes that penetrate so deeply, they're soul stealing. Or these legs that'll cast a
.I want to make you moan, And groan, and gasp, and hiss.I want to give you a turbid kiss,And show you absolute bliss.I want to touch your limbs,And feel your veins against mine.I want to envelope you like a vine,And sew your skin into mine.I want to share some opium,And crack your bones with lust.I want to cease your soul in thrust,And feel your body tremble and bust.
The Kill I foam red. I spit vertebrae. Tendons
Falling Down Toxin Petroleum kisses, Arsenic embraces, I've fallen into metastasis.
Oh Winter, my MistressYour pale skin and blue eyes make me melt.Your thin limbs always warm me;So beautiful and inspiring.But underneath them, you remain cold.You tell me it's fleeting, "This will not last."I know that, but when I'm with you, I never feel that.Your room, always dark.Your sheets, always white.Your collections, always dead:Skulls, skeletons, mounts, and furs.You tell me this will not last.I never believed you,But you said, "It's the way life is."Your hair, always shimmering black.With a blue tint, I never can get over that.Your lingerie, clean white, no -Crystal white, almost see-through;That delicate color of ice.You tell me this will not last.But I never,believe you.
The nature of inspirationWhen was the last timeYou heard the word 'erection' in poetry?I think it was a while backBetween the pagesOf reformAnd Odyssey.I mean "humans" don't even playBogies anymore,Or just rise to the thirteen year old tree-houseInside us allWhere politeness is a foul facadeAnd we aren't afraid of our fingers.No...InsteadWe prioritise the silhouettesAnd forgetThe way pressing pen into paperMade us soSteamyAnd out ofBreath.Inspiration isn't a pretty, pristine river...It's magmaFlowingWith taboo,GlowingLike irradiatedLemonadeAnd it's about time we becameMutants too.It's about timeWe let upAnd let itBurn us upTurn us onTurn us upAnd fine-tuneOur wobbly bitsInto an aphrodisiacViagra fusionOf concussiveCorrosiveVerboseSex.So if there's any P.S.Poetry can teach youIt's this.Never forgetthe word 'erection'.
cwe're traveling at the speed of lightand we won't stop for nothing (there are no br(e)akes in this vehicle called life)so let's keep going until we can reach the far edges of the universe where the blackness seeps into your skin and you passed the last star a couple thousand light years ago;and return home to each other as old folks who've aged nothing but gained knowledge of all the mousetraps of the cosmos &
Fireating.Your showcase act,she whotoes the line betweensafetyandstupiditytightrope-catwalking,straightline-kerbstalkingdistance edges closer as herheart rate stalls.Your glitz girl,she whoknows the time it takes totrustandpractisehorsetrot-swordthrowingactgets-crowdgoingher balance was performance but shefell for you.
fumesthe talk of my heart unfurls, wisps of smoke
Dear Readeron the roofsimpering withthe pigeonsi throwsheen after sheenfrom buckets of paint;you do allthe workgettingin theway.awningsspatteredlike lipswith the colorof kissesshiverand move.and listento this:the birdsopen their mouthsin the rainspread one wingthen anotherand lean outand over--the riveropensonto saltas the moonbloomslike a coinin a fist;loverspart lipswhilefriendspart ways.the bartenderpeels a lime;the doormanpulls at the doorwhile the waitressclears the table.i opena window,you openyour eyes:workis making space.here andi havemaderoomfor you.
Bits of Nothing 61On paper you're perfect.Isn't it a shame the world isn't made of origami?
Revolver in a Bag of PuppetsRevolver in a Bag of PuppetsFor Christine ChubbuckOn a fiery July morningyour eyes opened with intentionto involve innocentsin a cold steel plotdetailed on pagesin the bowels of your briefcasewishes birthed in solitudeno light, no hopeDid your hands shakeas you buttoned your blouse?Did your coffeego cold in the cup?Did your eggsburn in the pan?Did you think of the childrenwatching that day,as the camera's eyetransmitted your pain live in color?A thirty-eight caliber Smith and Wessondrawn from a shopping bag full of puppetsOne shotfired behind the right earYour headslammed against the deskDeadcalmScreens faded to blackcontrol panels fell darkEyes aghastin silent horrorYour final statementagainst the sensationalism you detestedIrony articulatedthrough a tempest of permanenceYour sorrow feltlike bombs over paradise============================COPYRIGHT 2014, William BarkerAll my work has copyrightswith the Library of Congress.
How To Ask Someone To Let You Love ThemI think you keep secrets under your skinlike trees keep rings and do not know it,like the sea teems,like dark and quiet spacekeeps every ray of lightthe stars whispered to one anotherwhen they were still youngand dying to make love.I think you keep secrets in youlike the desert keeps sands,like sleep keeps dreams,like cities keep sleepless peopleand people looking for sleepless peopleto fall asleep with.I think you keep secretslike secrets like to be kept,and I want to learn them all.
SolsticeOnce upon a time, when you were still sunlighthouses and shimmering existence wherever you were needed most, you found him. He was November, shaky on his first last legs, and you saw through the mind-twistings he feigned to the mind-twistings that were really there, knotted up in his dreams.You were still birdsong then, and thunderstorms, and your bodyheat melted the frost claws that held him tight. You held onto him as his November deepened. When he howled, you howled with him, and the wind played with your voices and pressed the softness of your lungs against your cageribsand then against each other's.November became solstice, and you felt him shiver through that long night and didn't mind the coldbitten nails that grazed your skin. He slept when the moon drowned below the treeline, but the iceflakes began to drift in like small animals seeking the pulsing riverheat of your blood, and chilling you. He lay there, vulnerable as his world turned slowly towards the light, and you
Let Me Down GentlyI never said I was an angel,rather,I'm a feather on its wing,so when you let me drifton the next western current,let me fall slowly down,d r i f t i n g.I promise I'll land softly,though you will not find mewhere you left me.
London Bridge is Falling DownIt is one o'clockAnd I have been playing JengaFor two years, eight monthsTwenty-three days, four hoursAnd approximately fifteenMinutes.I slide books from their slotsOne by one, the teetering towerBecoming more teeteringAnd less towering.All the poetry books are gone,Stored underneath my bed,Because I love reading them atThree thirty in the afternoon,When everyone is doing somethingBut me.One day the wall of booksWill topple to the ground,Onto my ashen carpet, for yesterdayThe apocalypse had taken placeWhile I was washing dishes.I guess I missed it, but luckilyThe book tower is still standing,And it will continue to be thereUntil I make a mistake and all of itErupts into a shower of finality and fire andInk.
another notch on the wall. 1.a while now,a while now has passedwith bruises crying jagged from your voice and pretty little nicks upon your memory.( tricky partners dancingstiffly within your hands cupped around a flame,for artists draw andwriters scream another curse at the bleeding night snipping stitches and weaving nightmares into weary minds.
Hubris.todaywe're youngerthan we're ever gonnabe.i. and we finally did it,drove to the mountainswatched meteorsand let the mattressgrow dampunder our loveunder the starsii. there are things tobe reconcilediii. my eyes sting likechlorine, but fromcrying,I finally disappointedthem;the highest order of shameiv. but you cannot putpeople into pockets;good, baddon't mixwith themv. and I cannot choosewho I lovevi. your lenses are straight,elite and proudmine, open and accumulatingfilthvii. maybeI should run away more often,we never talk like thisviii. and you have to realisethat I live in a worldthat you don't, and youlive in one Icannotix. the respect is there,but I cannotbe stifledany longer.
Undressing PoetryShe clothes herself in poetry,seals her skin within the verse.Each line becomes another garmentthat conceals her fixed form's curvature,but peels away when read.Last night I dissected a stanza,clamped it tight between my teethand tugged it down her legs.Her body breathes warm and sweet,speckled red like a summer strawberry field.I sucked the juice from her lines andspit the punctuation like seeds.My lips mouthed the shape of her wordsas my skin grew more sticky withevery splash of imagery dripping down my chin.I peeled apart her soft pageswith sticky, pink fingertips that left themclinging to my skin.A single flawless line remainedbetween the cloak of poetry, her and me,so we spoke the words in unison,revealing everything and setting her verse free.
etch-a-sketchhe wrote his suicide note on an etch-a-sketch board.elmo-red frame, golden paint drawing out the classy cursive logo, white bottle-cap knobs, and a fake digital screen.a child's dream.it took him six hours to revisit his childhood for the last time.[it didn't take that long because he didn't know what to say, but because he wanted to finally do something right.]he carefully turned each knob, forming darkened pixels into letters, letters into words, and words into spider-silk-thin sentences that would rip and fade, just as spider webs did.his words faded a bit when you accidentally knocked it off his dresser so you could take it to the funeral.faded a bit when you went over that speed bump on the road and the little board bounced around a bit in the car.faded a bit when you walked over to his open casket and dropped it next to his mortician-treated body.faded a bit when the mini-crane dropped the casket into the grave just a moment too early, and so the death-box shook like a f
Unbound TiesYou choke on the medsthe bitter taste of failure,the coffee thick in yourindecisive throat.Downstairs,a baby howls likea mistreated coyoteat the vaporizing moonthe all day affairof listening to abandonmentthumping in your ears.Across town,a man you might havelearned to loveboards a busfor greener pasturesthe promise of keeping in touchrolling in your mouthlike a pendulum uncertainof its true purpose.& in a tiny townon the edge of oblivion,your one-time, for-all-time loverchokes on the daily defeatfeeling the chorusof your bloodburst against her lips,all the unspoken thingspiled up in the alley cornerslike last year'sforgotten leaves.
earth circuitAnd when the sun sinks, the earth's skin crawls:I. I wonder if this awkward creature would notice me the way I notice him.He's so tragic at his throneI stare after him longingly.And yet,He never realizes that I'm the oneWho forever basks in his brilliant beams.If only he knew how much brighter he could burn[with me]He'd light up the universe.II.I heard him speak of thirst, once.The quenching lust of the stars had run dry.So that night, I brought along a jar of acid.(And how it gleamed in his glow).I handed it to him, wrapped in taffeta ribbons,screamingI wish curdling joyOn my gurgling boy I love his eyes, now Clouded white like milk from a poisoned tree And his throat, Swollen and clotted And his lips blue as the faded heavens I try to get him to laugh but His body is stuck and
epitaphin the endwhen i'm almost goneand all i've leftis a red lampand a ragged songto pave my wayinto the thunderstormlet every raindrop murmuri loved you and lostnothing but emptinessand the companyof ghosts
*I unbutton you, kiss by kiss.I untie you, touch by touch.I unzip you, rib by rib.I unfasten you, moment by moment.