Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wanting Not, I Waste

Devils scream.
Angels whisper.
Whore/moans keep me up at night.
Daylight's just a fracture
in the blackness.

I write it down
             to erase,
Cut out my tongue
             to kill the taste.
And, wanting not,
             I waste
my peculiar madness.

For Grace's prompt at Real Toads

17 comments:

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Intense.. not to mention dark and thought-provoking!
Excellent write :)

Sylvia K said...

Ah, yes, intense and dark it is and terrific as always!! Hope your weekend is going well, MZ!! Enjoy!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this, especially "my peculiar madness".

Hannah said...

Pitch-perfect...the line breaks and delivery are powerful, MZ!

brudberg said...

Daylight's just a fracture... What a powerful way to write about darkness.

Sumana Roy said...

"Daylight's just a fracture / in the blackness." i like that streak of hope...

hedgewitch said...

Turning the old saw on its ears brings a darker and deeper cut to the words here--even daylight is a broken thing, and the senses torture instead of sustain...this poet's work is very like that, and you've mined his (and your own) vein of darkness well here, MZ--the mind is the worst cage there can be.

Fireblossom said...

"whore/moans"...girl, you're killin' me here. When I think of sweating up the sheets, I never thought it would be THIS way!

Grace said...

That is an ending killer line ~ Thanks for linking up with Sunday's Challenge ~

Outlawyer said...

Distilled darkness--cutting out the tongue to kill the taste is a very powerful image--one feels it is the taste of words and experience that is so terrible. don't think much is wasted here. Thanks. k.

Sioux said...

"Daylight's just a fracture in the blackness" is a gorgeous line. I also love the play between "waste" and "want."

As usual, you piss me off with your talent. ;)

shampoo girl said...

This made me cry a little bit:

"Cut out my tongue
to kill the taste.
And, wanting not,
I waste
my peculiar madness."

Kerry O'Connor said...

I can see the inspiration od Celan, but this strong piece is very much your own style. It is dark, but ever so human in its description.

georgeplaceblog said...

wow, someday poets will be asked to write in the style of Mama Zen and we will try but fail to reach your level.

Vinay Leo R. said...

Brilliant last line! Thought provoking. Wonder if all of us have a peculiar madness to waste.

Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason

Ella said...

I love how in so few words, you can move so much tense emotion.
"Daylight's just a fracture/in the blackness" Is brilliant!

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