Vowel sounds (a poem)

After skipping all of the night’s festivities, my thoughts wandered back a few summers or thirty…

1
These aren’t the hot August nights of long ago
back when the pendulum veered
from one side to the other
turning the course of summer on a dime
each time upending
life as we knew it

2
Nights of jazz and beer and cigarettes
Chinese restaurants in Meguro
and strolls through the park
were a diversion I dove into
aware of the futility
but not caring

In the depths of the aftermath
there is no such thing as going lower

Vowels are all that matter

3
The weekend at the cabin
briefly unleashed my inner beast
I kissed you there—
and you let me—
but what did I know?
(I still can’t believe that was me)

But sadness was not far behind
when the aftermath deepens, you adjust

and learn to live without vowels

(15 August 2019)

 


 

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