“I found some 3 a.m. turbulence in pitch black sleeping | beside the railroad tracks off Wilson Road.” ~ Rachel McKibbens, from untitled poem

old door lock cc
                   
Letter from My Brain to My Heart

This house is dirty, but comfortable.
Behind each crooked door
waits the angry weather of a forgiveless child.
I cannot help but admire this horrible
power of mine, how each small thing
can become a death: the lost house key. A spoiled egg.
A howling dog. There is no prayer or pill for this.
It is a ruthless botany; I might as well
be buried in the yard. I have no one to blame.
Not the mother who sang to an empty cradle.
Not the Dog of Spite who bit my hand,
just this long-legged sorrow
who trails my every joy like a dark perfume.

You have my permission not to love me;
I am a cathedral of deadbolts
and I’d rather burn myself down
than change the locks.

~ Rachel McKibbens

                   

Music by Royal Wood, “Lady in White”

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