Anatomy Of A Bad Situation

By carlosjackal

Cooler than a Camden cocksure
East boy swagger fist with the
Split-atom irises
Of a wounded animal
Holding my tongue
Like a gentleman
It's the chops
That gets me
To the punch

And jealousy
Always makes a mess of me
As I'm stuck
To the bloodied feathers
Of a heartless girl's
Switchblade nails
In my skin
Still sever

Love won't recover
My innocence and
I can't break
Tuesday morning
So it's a red light
Above a sunset roof
Where pretty pretty irises
And I'm nowhere
But in her soul's embrace 

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© 2017 Carl Denyer
Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.     Filed under: "Poetry"


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  • Mute Serenade On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Mute Serenade (466)By person wrote:

    Oh senor Los... This is so excellent. The second to last stanza is heavy and marvellous. It's all amazing but that one just sings.

  • A former member wrote: Love is the very definition of innocence lost, my friend. Love also brings pain, and I sense some very well masked rage in this write. Very nice narrative, dear. Queen Reb:).

  • cogitative On Saturday, February 11, 2017, cogitative (96)By person wrote:

    loved the title!

  • out there On Monday, September 12, 2016, out there (206)By person wrote:

    'Cooler than a Camden cocksure' - yes mate! Camden is basically home - I went to school there and go out there loads .. You have a very unique phrasing which is familiar and yet not quite known to me - ''Love won't recover my innocence'" - excellent! Pleasure to read you again - hope it's okay to say .. I think you're writing has come along somewhat, or maybe my reading of it has. Also, finally, I really like 'holding my tongue... To the punch'

  • carlosjackal On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, carlosjackal (2576)By person wrote:

    Ben! It's only just clicked...I knew Portrait c1938 seemed familiar somehow...Bloody brilliant to see you back on here.

  • out there On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, out there (206)By person wrote:

    Thanks Carl, it's good to see and read some of my old faves and many new ones I hadn't seen. i forgot how addictive this place can be!

  • soul_versing On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, soul_versing (1096)By person wrote:

    I particularly liked how this was written; although it reminds me of this pretentious harlot that I owe a brick in the face to. .clinches fist. Great write, sir. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: This rings so true for me today ... this resonates in my core. Not many poets can do that bravo sir! Scholar

  • A former member wrote: Two back-to-back bookmarks for me today. I'm pretty sure that's a first-time-ever. This is some of the best you've ever shared with us. So amazing when a poet can reach another this way, without even trying or intending to do so. Past relationships certainly have a way of affecting current relationships. It's like an infection we have to treat....we have to drain that pus to continue seeking whatever form of soothing & protection we can get. We seek sanctuary, wherever or whenever we can find it, if only to vaguely remember that innocence, which we never do. It seems lost forever, yet dreamers like you & I still try. I get a little glimmer now & again, & that will have to do. Some wounds just don't heal properly, some flowers just don't grow back. I'm betting that soul's embrace there at the end is in the form of a prostitute, but for me this speaks to something further down in my heart & soul. We all must FIND our own way, IN our own way, & in our own time. Powerful stuff here, Carlos.... Scholar

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