08: October 2015 #09 - A History in Four Parts or Persephone's Guilt
Authored by Susan Konz
A History in Four Parts or Persephone's Guilt
by Susan Konz
one I dreamt you dark and neon pink. I burrowed to yr chest. You were sage & kind the way you are only in absence, but what ached after was the memory of night in your attic room, wrapped in your fear, my ear to your heart where it’s okay, it’s okay. Your song rocking me away never could stop that silver fish from slipping into my blood stream, drawn to the rot at the tamped, safe center point of us. two I am watching myself watch nothing, waiting for history to swoop down & fill me up with all the people I’ve been. Persephone taken down, I get – how pallid the wildflowers her hand let drop. Big-eyed and hungry down there - Persephone, voiceless, save a song lilting below the dirt, so faint only the sun caught it. It not meant for anyone, really. It no plea, more lament – It sifting through my dirge here where only in my memories I am so quiet, stock still and caught, bent to the day glow sun: I’m so sorry. I miss you. I still remember the pang of those seeds you’d feed me - red and sour. three Because I had to eat, I had to stay. This rule now divides my time. If I return to you, like some spelunker through all this gore, I return to my affections. Promise me they haven’t shriveled. I’m rife with rotten second chances. Filthy from snooze buttons at the foot of every bed Is it my fault I was born into sleep? A heritage of dreams without antecedent, did I choose this? I’m too hungry these days to think. What else could I have done? You’re angry, but I’m sick, fast burning out, away from the damp palm of our sleepy love. four I don’t have a good tie for this – you sitting next to me on the old rug, wax sealed and coffee stained, the television in your mouth flashing blue and human shapes that splash against the false wood paneling – I’ve wronged you and maybe you know. I wanted to see the blue dome above the dirt, got tired of being your lover in hell. Even though it was so good, your sweet voice shaking the linoleum, sneaking through the streets at night like kids. Sneakers off, skipping over dirt and glass. Your eyes dancing, not seeing me, the grey suburban night – You, deep in your own mind, holding out your hand for me to take. For me to never have to be alone. All I ever needed to do was follow you all the way down.