My third National Poetry Month ekphrastic contribution in response to a painting by Marcel Herms.

03 Trying to keep the demons outside[20580]

Our Demons Outside

in the mirror
Our bones look for skin,

our skin for others to molest.
Cold objectivity makes those close

into strangers, while we work
to make those in the mirror strangers,

box them into academic, medical categories
Psychopath, sociopath, decry older terms

Monster, beast, demons, devils,
into those we can’t accept.

Easier to end her pain, pillow
over the face. Quell murderous thoughts

into absurdity, plain wrongness
eats away at sense, at the right thing.

Or:

It would be so easy to end it now
No. Shut up. I’m not listening to you.

How much do you think of her?
Wouldn’t it be better for her and you?

I don’t need to hear this.
Simply, take the unused pillow,

Her eyes are closed so she won’t know.
Just. Shut. Up. Go. Away.

I only want the best for you and her.
No. I imagine you in a box

I smash to smithereens. I will think
Only good thoughts. You’ve gone. For now.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.