Judgment balcony

A coquette twirling mother’s example around her finger,
Tying the tongue of the boy’s barely broken box;
Wrapping him, too, like a string forget-me-not

An elder, one hand with a cane, the other in another’s,
Floating painfully along the aromatic, springtime lane;
They’ve no roses left to smell in their twilight stroll

A child’s displeased revolt for the tyranny of his guardians;
Deserved for the tantrums in his quiver, no doubt,
And his relish for unleashing them

A revving engine of posturing masculinity;
Spitting, cursing, laughing notice-mes,
Their boastful incoherence rivaling the raging machine

A raucous, outdoor family feast,
Redolent of cavalier comparisons and idle non sequiturs;
With impatient pretenders plotting their escape

     Judgment from the balcony;

Licking wounds which incites infection;
Inventing better memories,
worthy of his company

With a self-satisfied stroke of his greying wisdom,
He turns hypnotically to face the frosted glass door,
And, briefly meeting his eye,

       enters the empty room

                                                alone

art: 2020.222A2 by Jarek Kubicki

Published by a.d.matthias

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3 thoughts on “Judgment balcony

    1. I struggle with that, as well. I have, though, been enjoying (if that’s the right word) your “life story” pieces this week. In fact, the whole shift toward melancholia and desperation in your poems of late, has been quite satisfying to read. Certainly not the circumstances feeding them, for which I am truly sorry, but, well, those are my wheelhouse, so I generally enjoy reading that style more. Well done.

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      1. Thankyou so very much. The circumstances are indeed bad. Expressing the emotions and struggles accompanying them helps, plus helps others to understand. Many people prefer to read “happier” things, so I try to include some of each in my blog. With a dash of humour at times too. I really appreciate your comment. Thankyou. And I am glad I discovered your poetry too.

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