The Voice of Alexia

Shut up.

Buy beyond your means
But be dissatisfied
Watch MK Ultra Marathon episodes
Of “Look Away” series 1 through infinity
Now on Hulu

Keep going to work
Don’t call for a general strike
Keep buying useless shit
Don’t lynch the landlord
Do set up autopay
Take your bills as prescribed
Watch the news that caters to you
Pluck the feathers off your wings
Set them aflame at your anima’s grave
Watch them smolder next to joysticks
Plant your head into things
Not worthy of your time
Be too tired to draw or write
After coming home from work
Sit silent and don’t speak up
Let Alexis do that for you

They say the gauge of railroad tracks
Is the same width of Roman chariots
When i hear the trains go by every night
Trumpeting their 7 million dollar suicidal horns
I hear the clickity clack over Chinese immigrants
Backs and listen to the Christian and the lion
Still negotiating some kind of deal

At nights I can hear the shunting
Of railcars emptied and switched
Off ballasts of steel trellised ribcages
Plucked like a harp garbled and bare
I think of my brakeman ex girlfriend
Tougher than Wyoming or any man
Somewhere I can still hear her breath
Whickering and galloping with iron hooves
Like the buzz of cicada and the prelude to a storm

Back when I was a boy I anthropomorphized
Everything from rocks to trees to hiding places
My imagination felt a lot bigger than it is now
There was an eternal optimism not yet jaded
That I’d live inside Sir Bacon’s Salomon’s House
I fantasized being the saboteur’s thrown stone
Instead of the machine of a machine

Published by subversopus

I am a loveable and squeezable poet and writer. I live in beautiful Oregon with my cat and boyfriend. I love long distance hiking and have completed the entire lengths of the Appalachian Trail (2002, 2014) The Pacific Crest Trail (2012) and the Continental Divide Trail in (2013). Please check out my blog, and my poetry only blog, Cheers and have a kick ass day!!!

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