THERE IS ENOUGH BLOOD INSIDE OF ME TO DROWN OUT CALIFORNIA AND ALL ITS BASTARD FRIENDS

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there is enough blood inside of me to drown out california and all of its bastard friends
there is enough fuel to get me to the sun
to be more – to be rampant fist pushed through ozone into cosmonautical nonsense and i refuse to let die
to let die this ice cream fever this lock jaw obsession with standing in awe at how little we move
move god dammit move! don’t just stand there! load the turrets of your eggshell hearts!
pluck ink and poison from the dead! take a deep breath of stillness and aim your arrow. straight for. the neck.

i can feel it writhing in my gut. oceans of bile and acid splashing down the soft pink walls.
great waves of blood sweat morphine piss bad milk spit shine tequila nightmare tear drops
i can feel it rising. the lightning in the tide, the turning of the screw. the monstrous fear that hides in silent eyes comes creeping up to heaven when hell finds an all time low

do not mistake my kindness for weakness
my non-violence for violence
my heartdrum for percussion – it is not
it is the rattling chamber of a semi-automatic death
reborn in the caverns of my tonsils

do not mistake poetry for inaction

there is enough blood inside of me to drown out california and all of its bastard friends
the wallflowers burst forth in militant rows and canvas with red paint
they bury the empty skulls of the past in the backyard of america
they dine on the marrow in the bone

we speak not like we’ve never opened our mouths
but moreso like a snake in the grass
that has been waiting
one million millenia
for her chance
to strike

ART AND POETRY COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2015

Author: brice maiurro

Denver poet. Author of Stupid Flowers, out now through Punch Drunk Press.

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