The End is Nigh

I stood among thieves
And asked only
That they leave my heart
For the sake of catharsis
And it seemed that parting
With such a vital thing
Would surely be the end of me
A bonafide calamity, in fact
It was the only organic artifact
That had earned its keep
Its meaning too steep
To bargain, for
Its absence too deep
To surface, from
I’d somehow become a bee
On the verge of being stung
Pleading for errant clemency
While lauding their robberies
I said, “If it eases thy greed
Seize anything you need
Leave only the piece that sees
Without seeing
And loves without leaving
Let us forgo this juxtapose.

It’s a familiar boat with flailing sails
A ketch I’m too often caught upon
Unavailed without oars
Its shores transforming into cliffs
Funny how it always ends up like this
A refrain of clenched fists
And bitten bottom lips
A woman praying for just enough rain
To sustain a few days
Yet always on the precipice of a tempest
So I said, “Gentlemen, again
If a heist sounds nice
Then you may take the veins
Eat dessert off the curves
Make a harp with the nerves
But do not eye the coronary prize
As if somehow able to surmise
Its secrets, its desires
Its ciphers, its treasons
This venetian valentine is mine
And if you try….
The end is nigh.


a. duncan, 2021



Abyssus abyssum invocat.

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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

One thought on “The End is Nigh

  1. The return is a long way? Or maybe the river styx is a new ending for having to endure the most painful and hateful aperitions this side of the first light.

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