Lyrical Musings an emotional journey via train of thought


December 27th, 2006

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December 18th, 2006

we lay motionless beneath the stars
where i told you of my deepest scars
I wanted to flee or cower in shame
but you remained and took it all in
you stayed, still, when I ventured into darker, deeper territory
my blood ran cold as I waited,
the shadows dancing across your skin
and obscuring any traces of what lay within
so scared was I, I could have wept
but you remained and took it all in
my hair you caressed
my tears you wiped away
I could smell your aftershave as you leaned in
and your lips tasted sweet
you stilled my racing heart with a touch
and gently pulled yourself inside my shell
I showed you all the layers beneath
piece by piece, bit by bit
the walls came down
slowly at first
and then it seemed as though my life were careening
a roller coaster out of control
out of my control
falling apart faster than I could comprehend
but you remained and took it all in
you held me close as tear started anew
and in those moments
I knew I would drown
but your mouth met mine once again
and there was air
I breathed again
I breathed you in
and I know that you would remain
and take it all in

Not Much

December 16th, 2006

not much
just enough to draw
the blood
again, not much
just enough to know I’m
to number the burning pain
but it stings instead
the flesh
swollen and red
just enough to remind
me that the pain is real
just enough to make me
just enough to make me




-to know



just enough
to do it all
again (not much)


December 16th, 2006

you wrap your arm around me
like you are superman and i am Lois Lane
and we are soaring
high above Metropolis
in the night sky
oblivious to the laws of gravity
as the people are oblivious to us
I can almost see
the stars and the lights
blinking out below
I can feel the air around us,
wind working against us
it’s chilly – reminiscent of winter time at home
and it burns my cheek a rosy tint
as my hair flies over my eyes
and for an instant I am blinded
panic wells in my stomach
but then I remember
that your arm is still around me
like you are Superman

Part III

December 16th, 2006

Slim reached the scoop into the feed bucket once more, bringing out another handful of feed and scattering on the ground at his feet as chickens moved closer, pecking up the dried pieces of corn and seeds. One squawked at another as she apparently drew close for the first chicken’s taste but Slim hardly noticed as he went on dishing out the morning’s meal; his mind was still on his dream.

He finished up, replacing the rusty pail and scoop along a shelf above the feed bin, skimming his eyes over the cows who seemed to be content as they chewed their hay – ends sticking out of their mouths comically – and then the cud it produced. Slim had already milked the cows for the morning and the creamy product was cooling in the farm’s bulk tank, which often seemed much too big for the amount of milk the cows actually produced. Regardless, the cows would remain content, swishing their tails behind them, until late in the afternoon when Slim would milk them once more.

The farm was smaller than it once been, and it has once been something pretty grand, Though Slim. According to Mrs. Anderson they’d once had sheep, horses, pigs and turkeys, not just the cows and chickens. Slowly they’d had to either butcher the animals for food or sell them off in order to make ends meat. Slim knew the last of the pigs had gone only a few short months before he’d arrived. He imagined it was a difficult thing to do – saying good bye to the animals – even if they were only livestock, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson must have grown attached to some of them.

The farm was also in worse condition than it probably ever had been. Slowly, Slim planned to fix that. Today he would work on the picket fence, less apart of the functionality of the farm than the wire fences which surrounded the pastures and land but that wasn’t its purpose. It was a now-off-white picket fence meant more to symbolize the farm and its lands, though it did do a bit to set it apart and establish boundaries, especially in front of the house near the driveway and road.

Starting at the front, so that as the day moved on he’d be out of the line of sight and away from any cards which might be using the road, he began repairing the fence. He hammered and pulled nails, salvaging what wood he can and adding flat pickets from the surplus pile he’d found in the barn a few days prior. Though the fence was more complete when he’d finished the front side, it still needed a fresh coat of paint and Slim didn’t know where any of that could be found.

As he moved his way around the farm, the white picket blending in one with the other and his movements becoming robotic, Slim’s mind once again drifted to the gruesome images of his nightmare. He’d had many nightmares since that day, but none so horrific as the most recent one. It pulled as his heart in ways he could not imagine and he could not deny his guilt, though having his past actions confront him in such a manner was still unnerving.

Slowly, he finished his work around the property. As the sun rose higher in the sky, his supply of new pickets dwindled. The back wall of the fence – parallel to the road – was a simple barbed wire fence, so he’d be able to skip over that whole side as well as most of the south side of the fence which was also wire fence which curved outward but he had nearly the entire North wall of fence to finish so he began nailing together remnants where he could. Though he wanted to do a decent job, Slim didn’t feel particularly ambitious. Besides, even if he wanted to finish with new pickets, Slim knew it wouldn’t be worth it to bother Mrs. Anderson who wouldn’t have the money to purchase more, anyway.

He worked his way further back, then trailed the outskirts of the farm, along the wire fence, making his way to the North boundary of the lands. It was ane easy enough task as the farm was only about a quarter mile long, now, and contained roughly half the acreage it has once occupied. Slim tried to block the images from his mind and focused on the natural scenery which surrounded him: fields, the forest to his side, birds in the sky flying past weightless clouds of white and it helped, for a while.

Shortly, he reached the last wall and began working his way toward the end of his job, back toward the road. He nailed loose boards back into place and occasionally replaced pickets which had fallen free completely. He guessed that while someone, probably Mr. Anderson, had taken more care of the upkeep of the fence near the house and road, that person hadn’t been as conscientious about the state of the fence toward the rear of the property. Slim pried nail loose with the claw of the hammer and reused them when possible. He didn’t want to be wasteful nor did he want to carry dozens of rusty nails back in his pockets either and it didn’t pay to leave them around for someone to step on, though he doubted anyone – besides the deer – came around here often. Here and there, Slim could see animal tracks – rabbit and deer mostly – and sometimes small areas of the fence almost seemed chewed through. Not surprising, he thought.

As the road came into clearer view and the sun was dipping lower into the sky, creating a colourful sunset across the horizon, Slim neared the road once more. It was free of traffic and quiet, except for the sound of a lone cricket chirping periodically, waiting for his friends to join him as the night set in. Finally, Slim rose and brushed the dirt from his pants, though the knees were probably stained for good. He hooked the hammer in the carpenter’s loop on his pants and headed back across the yard. Though the fence was done, for now, time had slipped away from him and he still needed to milk the cows once more before day’s end and clean the barn.

He tossed a few handfuls of feed to the once-more hungry chickens and let them squawk over their claims as her hurriedly headed back to the cattle and began hooking them up to the milking machines. The cows were used to the routine and more than a few were annoyed that he was late as coaxed them to cooperate and slipped the cup over the utters of each cow and let the machines do their work.

Soon, the barn was filled with the wrring, sucking and humming sounds of the machinery as Slim grabbed a shovel and began soon the scraping of metal against cement also filled the air as he shoveled the manure from the main walkway into the grates on either side. Slim next pushed a broom over the floor before finishing up by spraying down the cement with a pressure hose of a sanitizer solution, finishing up just in time to unhook the milking machines from the cows and lay down a fresh layer of straw for the night.

And so it went. Between milking and feeding – the fields were all sold off or weeded over by now – Slim would fix things. It was never much, just a squeaky hinge here or a broken door there. He patched up areas of the barn roof he could access easily enough, fixed the mailbox so it stood erect once more, and secured the stoop at the door of the house. Occasionally Mrs. Anderson would comment on the work or request something to be done but she was always humble about it, as though she should be the one to feel indebted to Slim and not the other way around. Things began looking better than they were, but not as good as they once were. Slim was motivated but not overly ambitious and the daily tasks of a farm were often enough to exhaust one.


December 8th, 2006

dear world,
has it really been so long since ink graced paper? since fingers tapped keys in a pattern of linguistics – words falling after each other to form sentences, almost as if by themselves. have i neglected you this long out of my own so-called lack of inspiration or has it been fear keeping me from meeting you eye to eye once again?

can i not write as well if there is a smile upon my lips rather than tears streaming down my face – salty streams burning my flesh – and a knot within my throat upon which I choke? is it really so necessary that i be tragic or merely perceive myself as being so in order for words and phrases to lay themselves out in my mind in an emotionally charged pattern of speech?

or do i simply feel no need to shout it to the world now that i see life as worth living? could i honestly forsake myself so? do i have it within myself to cut my successes so short? so overlook all that i have gained rather than which i have lost and can do without?

perhaps s.o.m.e.d.a.y
though whether that day is today, i do not know
i will feel the need overtake me once more
raging in, powerful and deep
threatening my own internal combustion
able to steal the very breath from my lips
and self preservation will drive me
to release it all onto paper
or text onto screen
and my chest will rise and fall once again
cavernous and silent as all returns to normal
the moment passed
the emotion absorbing back into vein
like nutrients to a soul
feeding once more
building up that torrential downpour
of feelings-over-which-i-have-no-control
which will once more beg for release
and i will have no choice
but to acquiesce


December 8th, 2006

to converse with you
in a tongue not native
to share such thoughts and desire
as to bare my soul
for you to look inside me
just once, only once
would be e n o u g h
for you to understand
to grasp that unkown, the whatever-it-is-that-keeps-me-going
to express all the bits and pieces
that i cannot seem to put [into] words
perhaps there is time still
for me to be heard

this is love

December 8th, 2006

this is love
devoid of chocolates and roses
without the makings of a hallmark card
this is love
and angry
and passionate
full of inner turmoil
the likes of which ive never known
this is love
to which no logic can ever be applied
headstrong and emotional
this is love
the not-so-out-the-ordinary
everday and typical
this is love
twising and turning – a raging river torrent
sometimes against the current
this is love
real and strong
rarely unconditional
wholely untamed
and entirely consuming
this is love
that i do not control
the effects of which can be so staggering
yet this is love
that i cannot resist