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You Keep Hanging On
Author: Pondering Red

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You keep hanging on to me
like thick ivy, like sticky bubble gum,
like fast drying house paint.
Let go...are you afraid to fall
into your deeper self, into
your discovery of truth,
where you have not ventured
for so many years,
where you have acquired so many
deeply rooted fears ?
You sleep for fifteen hours, every night,
super medicated, eyes covered,
to shut out even your dreams.
You cough and turn and almost jump in the air.
I occasionally watch you, never stare. I wonder
why you are so delusional to believe that the wired
people in the trendy little cafe and on nearby streets
acknowledge you as a celebrity, a rocking pumped up musician,
with a cleft in his chin and thick lips that never smile.
You hide well behind even more than your
shiny sunglasses...and make manic passes
to females walking their dogs, to girls who look like me,
to damsels in and out of distress.
You think that the video store clerk
gushes over you, that she sways and swoons
and is faint from your verbal exchanges.
Which video do you recommend ?
Dressed in black and moving like a sleek
panther in the blackest night, she selects one
that you will watch because you do not
have your own expression.
Her silver rings shine a reflection from your ego.
Your adrenalin surges with your fourth liqueur filled coffee.
A gurgling laugh escapes through your linear lips.
I have chosen this moment to cut the ivy.
I take this revelation of opportunity to swing away.
I escape through the movie posters of drama and horror
into the theatrical staged movie lit sunset.

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