My dear friend

Your contradictions have become

Binding constrictions

The amber medicine you swallow

Only exasperates your symptoms

Only perpetuates the carousel

Of sleepless nights

And waking nightmares

 

You’ve ridden every horse

Their ups and downs

Learned every note

To the circling song

The world slips on

While you spiral in place

 

The young roses you court

Run their roots to

Demon fingertips

Their hidden thorns

Caress scars into your soul

They sweat poison

And whisper me their tales

While salivating venom

 

Your velvet-petal demons

Are calling for your blood

And I’m caught between

Tough love

And a friend

 

Do I let you burn

To begin again

Or help measure more medicine

 

My good friend

We don’t have to be our faults

We don’t have to be tethered

To wandering eyes or

Visualized future fears

We can be better

Believe better

Fight fetters

And write our life letters

With astrological “howevers”

After our laundry list of sins

 

The carousel doesn’t have to be

The coffin you live in


MEW

Photo by Boudewijn Huysmans on Unsplash

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