by Darryl Price
I was supposed to write a history of the old world
and expose the selfish ones who used their best kept love for
evil against the good little witches of childhood, but
it made no sense to me to go after them in that obvious of a way. They still
have to die in their own arms. I was given the finest
words to a poem in a dream last night, but I had to
retire those harsh things out of compassion for the poor haters
who hurt so badly inside that they can no longer see another way
to be touched other than to own everything.I mean I certainly
don't value the harm they've caused, but I've made enough harm
myself through my art's single-mindedness to sink a hundred
paper boats with a barrage of carelessly thrown rocks and flung away pebbles.There's
no excuse for it. I'd rather kiss you deeply and mean it. That's
way more important to the stars I know than growing young again
by any means necessary under another disappointing race to the moon's basement,
if you ask me, and if it isn't I don't care. There are
tiny miraculous white flowers you haven't even begun to
listen to yet that grow in wide open spaces that are
already becoming fogged mirages because of you. Do we really have
the spare time to go after the ones who are coming after
us anyway? What will we meet them with? I've always smiled
at the knowledge that their fate is sealed. Your face in my hands
is a lot more fulfilling. How many more ways can I break
this to you? I don't care if they read my poems in school. I care
that my poems talk about the soft skies of your eyes over
and over again. It's never enough. That's a truer
truth than all the warning bells about growing monsters and war.
Magic is under review, but I believe in your song.
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This is a poem about choices. Sometimes the universe gives you a sword, but that doesn't mean you have to use it. You can accept the gift and still be true to yourself. Anything can be redirected toward love again. But there's always a price to be paid for any action. Make it shine. Let it go. Use it wisely. You will pay either way.