I used to be
such a goober
when it came to
how I acted around
someone I was drawn to
(although it was I gather at least
somewhat endearing to most except when
it became clear that I did not understand
how far off I was in my estimate
of the level of interest the other person had
in my attentions) — regardless of the reason
for my interest — hero worship, attraction,
a desire to learn, general admiration seizing hold —
I used to be such a goober, stumbling through
conversations, asking all the wrong questions
in even more wrong ways — touching subjects
that should have been left untouched, oddly breaching
spaces personal, professional, social, cultural, even now and then
spiritual — I used to be such a goober, addicted to the excitement
of finding someone who sparked me until after years of corrections
and shaming I became silent before the mystery of such attractions
and now, now I’m not; I have become calmer, stiller, socially acceptable,
and far more numb within.
Daily Archives: November 21, 2022
I used to be
Ghost Of Sweetness
Waking in darkness
Walk around the house
thinking daytime’s near?
and go sit on the couch
in the living room
where all the light comes
and think about yesterday,
all you did and didn’t do.
Daylight is a long way off,
Mark this as night, still,
not early morning.
for what was badly done
and what was undone
will have to wait until sunrise;
any wisdom that comes
from the struggle
needs time to be born,
and this is not that time.
To sleep now, with a spoonful
of honey on your tongue.
Morning will offer
a ghost of that sweetness.
As always, you should begin again then:
lay the ghost to rest, grant it
passage from dark to light
in tandem with your own.