Castaway

Another one drained.

He’s given in to a strange,

nauseating, barstool comfort again.

Stuck for a time in

this intoxicating web that drapes

a temporary escape,

soft glows the darkened faith

lost in each other.

Mouth to the rim

allows him to suspend words,

like the last chords of sanity,

motioning towards the barkeep

another round

to drown out all that’s been

poisoned.

Words, their lonely passive violence,

Who else in statuary silence seeks providence?

Who else assumes a perch in frayed alienation?

Or with a weaving lurch

made for the doors of disorientation?

But its corridors lead only to the queasy,

the whitecapped and turbulent sea.

The scent of ancient memory

guiding this vessel’s noxious drone,

who else moves on sea legs alone?

Snuffed out by last call,

blinding light replaces the disco ball

as the bliss

of that candle’s last wish

is extinguished.

All that’s left is the smoky debris

of glass and ashtray,

exit stage left

the drunken castaway.

Wallet, keys, everything was safe but escape,

starry skies show tattered shirts,

revealing skin underneath,

as if the void was within reach,

its sleeve swollen with tears,

the forlorn impression of years

in its absence.

You motion towards filling it,

spinning with unsteady ease

into these glass vortices again.

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8 thoughts on “Castaway

  1. j4n says:

    Your verse is a deep pool and haunting.

  2. domtakis says:

    Thank you sir, I’ve very much enjoyed your works as well!

  3. nicktakis2012 says:

    A character we all know .. sad and real… Love the references of the sea churning comparing with the drunken state… Marvelous poem!Mom you got a gift we need to get these in a booklove you Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:08:36 +0000 To: nicktakis@hotmail.com

  4. mistylayne says:

    Absolutely lovely – and so accurate.

  5. blujedi says:

    Nicely done… Sharing the Glamour of it all.

  6. Thank you for stepping by my blog and giving your precious time to read and to like it; that gave me an oppotunity to read yours and I had a quiet nice time.. “Absolutely lovely – and so accurate.” just as mistylayne said so.!

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