A Muting of Drums

Two poems
by Levi J. Mericle
 
The Coffin House
 
Your years were a kind blemish.
A velvet lined box with a stucco exterior.
 
Your cigarette smile tinted the perfection of your happiness.
And every time I gave you my heart,
you would exhale inside my passion
with the chemicals of your regret.
 
When songs were sung like smokers cough to desperate lungs,
I figured the tone would escape from your eyes—
and blossom like a lotus tomb. To where,
 
recovering from recovery would be something like an empty table.
You sit every meal,
hungering for a new start—
for something that is palatable.
 
I can’t remove the sin from your skin,
the ambush of your character and your mind,
is something you’ll have to retrieve yourself.
 
I know the cost of existing is almost too unbearable for you.
 
But when the climb of day doesn’t hurt you anymore—
You will rise from your coffin, close the lid
 
and bury your pain.
 
Keep the ashes of your thoughts in an urn on your mantle
 
and remember your resurrection.
 
 
Frozenly Collected
 
I remember you
as the face without a face.
 
No features, no qualities.
No peace.
 
Nothing to make me think you were a sane being.
 
Ghosts in your eye sockets haunt your character of mind
and I long to know-
what made you forget how to be human?
What changed your mind?
 
Like a celifane sack draped over the breath of consciousness
I remembered how to live.
 
But there was no reason, no purpose.
No calm or collected.
 
Just the fidgeting sweat pockets trapped in my palms.
This common cold of my heartbeat
will never unfreeze.
 
And the drums in my chest are forever mute.
 
—————–
Levi J. Mericle is a poet/spoken-word artist, lyricist and fiction writer from Tucumcari, N.M. His work has appeared in multiple anthologies and can be seen in many lit magazines and journals such as, Black Heart Magazine, Apricity Magazine, Mused, Flash Fiction Magazine, eFiction India, Awakenings Review, University of Madrid’s literary journal and more.
 
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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2015), and Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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