Intellectual Monopoly

There was a time for me, for many still,
Where red icons and buzzing vibrations would jumpstart my heart,
Quickly matching pace with my growing intrigue,
Who,
Why,
Where,
Is this person thinking of me?

In the early days, a type of friendship I’m now accustomed to,
Where a click and a pat on the back elicit the same emotional feelings.

We all broke through the proxies in the schools,
We all ran back like a drug,
Even if nothing was everything,
We would all look to see.

Funny now how I’ve grown,
Not counting virtual likes as any real interest, even if it is,
Not accepting the façade you tell me I must,
Reading your stupid-ass captions in third person-
I tried to find a group of real fans,
With tangible ‘likes,’
And found myself in the midst of the lowest percentile of humankind,
Pilfering ideas and reselling them at outrageous markup,
Measuring profit as how much of someone else’s day they can waste.

Pulling

I follow inspiration like a dog would chase a bone,
Tied to a string, attached to a stick, and held in front of him, as motivation.
I don’t realize it’s behind me;
I don’t realize that I’m drawing on increasingly empty reserves;
I don’t realize the string and the stick could well be stationary.

The first thing I learned in art history is that beauty is irrelevant,
And relevance in my eye, if I am the beholder.

I’m painting a picture, a scene, inside my head,
It’s so relevant that it’s beautiful,
It’s so beautiful; it isn’t real.

Time to Write

The door shut with an obtrusive squeak and a quiet click, and he started up the stairs. The engine of her car could be heard through the double-pane windows, frantically trying to warm itself, and over the low whir of the heating system that he’d turned on for her short stay. The warmth was something that reminded him of women. They did not like to be cold. So he provided heat. The sounds of her car backing into the street, still wet from the previous night’s rain, were mildly acknowledged in the back of his mind.

Reaching the top of the stairs, he managed to catch a glimpse of her taillights out the window to his left, the bed where his parents slept laying untouched for the weekend. He watched as she disappeared down the hill and turned right into his room, eyes scanning for nothing in particular. The sight of his very recently rumpled bed sheets brought a smile to his face, briefly, before he grabs his laptop and heads back down to the kitchen.

Setting up on the counter near the coffee-maker and the window, he opened the lid to reveal a mess of a keyboard. Dried shreds of blend no. 27, orange cheesy dust from a multitude of products purchased exclusively at convenience stores, still sticky bits of icky from the most recent toke. He bends over slightly and gingerly blows off the debris, making sure to catch what he can before it is lost to the floor.

A mug of fresh coffee pauses just before his lips, steam wafting up into his nostrils. He can always smell the whiskey more than he can taste it in coffee, and he takes a moment to appreciate the warmth where he’s found it. The commencing sip marks the first time caffeine and alcohol have hit his system in the current diurnal cycle. The chills down his spine attest to this, as rancid thoughts seep from his mind through his now flying fingers onto the page. It is time to write.

Halloween Night

It’s over and the familiarity is back, your embrace and your lips working my system better than any bong rip could. Relief with no tingles, a bubbling joy at the success of keeping the thoughts inside and a simultaneous fear that they might still come out.

Every glimpse of you in a vulnerable position stops my heart. Every second you’re focused on something else alerts me that there is more to your life. I want to be all of your life.

Community Computing

I hear the tapping typing of hundreds of fingers,
On worn out keyboards,
Their faces are blank; worn smooth by years of academic regurgitation,
The keyboards, that is,
As the hundreds of fingers fly towards a future outside.

Get My Shit Together

There’s nothing to write,
For the first time,
I have nothing left to say..
I was dealt a hand and I bet the house,
I watched it all fade away.

There’s something out there for me,
Something that will make me feel okay,
I know it’s not the things,
I keep running to these days.

I’m scared to be so honest,
I’m scared that you can tell,
I know you see me struggling,
From your own much different hell.

I want you to be proud of me,
Because I’m so proud of you,
And it feels like fucking ecstasy,
To think of the things that we can do
If,

I get my shit together,
And things actually turn great,
It feels like it’s been forever,
Since I’ve felt optimism,
In the place of self-hate.

Worlds II

All this is
All that it was
Is just another place I thought I could stay,
But in the end,
I’m never really welcome.