Months tumble slow & we'll leave
these days behind us;
we'll gladly forget
all the people we've been.
There's somewhere we're going
& the streets that we follow
are slick with rain.
It's always night when I lose my way.
I try my damndest to smile
even three more times,
try to believe in myself,
but I don't know which hand
to put the sun in. I'm stuffed full
of clouds & I'm barely holding on.
Excuses float by me, words
fading off in the heat. Seasons
drift through me. You tell me
reprieve or you tell me deceive.
I can't pick either one
& be right with myself.
WE'RE MAKING MISTAKES TOGETHER
Forget all your dreams since they're forgetting
about you. They pretend that you're capable,
or better than you are. You wake up much worse-
wrecked in the morning with birds in that light.
That light promises a whole new landscape but
don't believe it! Hold tight to the failures that fill up
your outline like a cloud silhouette made out of anger.
Stacks of paper were shuffled & machine-mangled
while you slept through the mist. Find the lost page
that fits in, that helps it make sense: a signature
needed or else the parcel rejected. Let me sing
a few more of these ruins to you. The starting
is over & we're both living still. Stand up
if you can because I'm talking to you & the whispers
assail my affections again. Look: even things that evade me
still lodge in my cosmos & the stars that I'm thinking
shoot themselves out. Here's where I write another
line about galaxies because it'll sound like I've got science
to back me up. I'll use the word orbit but maybe mean
plunge then I'll talk about heaven & mean something less.
My circling degrades & leads me to you & we both
know better but seem not to care. Tell me when you hear
a reason to blare from my radio static.
My hope is a bare hope since it's naked & fleeting.
Nate Pritts is the author of four full-length books of poems - The Wonderfull Yeare (Cooper Dillon Books, 2010), Honorary Astronaut (Ghost Road Press, 2008) & Sensational Spectacular (BlazeVOX, 2007), & the forthcoming Big Bright Sun (BlazeVOX). He is the founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N & H_NGM_N BKS.