|Alice lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.|
© 2005 Alice Parris
I HAVE BEEN HORRIFIED?
your eyes rolled back into your head
you drooled for several minutes?
you cupped your head in pain
fell backwards into the glass wall?
you insisted that you were alright
not by most legal standards?
I have reminded myself that
have their own drum-beat?
I have assured myself that it
all be worth it when your genius
revealed? Should I have told you
you were screwed up and needed
shrink's couch-for a long time?
I have told you that the warm
fuzzy memories of your child-hood
have been interpreted by a publicist?
good would it have done, then?
Why was I not horrified into self-survival?
issues of politics
debated in dark corners.
blue, halcyon lights move in
lines making even rats scurry.
mind melts at medication time.
then, there is no sleep.
engage in obsessive-compulsive
until the very end.
am a desert rat upon a wheel.
become shards when
careless banter reaches
level that breaks them off as--
objects of violence.
thought that God was mute.
He speaks through nature;
wind, deafening thunder
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