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you dont see my problems til i hit rock bottom please listen with your ear to the road forEdited by drowntown
what you are missing for old world war code and
when you hear the train come please dont be a hero just tuck tail and run
i can tell you with absolute certainty that your responsibility
is not to hold me up or to help me cope dont tell me my own fragility just
hand me this weeks horoscope no ifs ands or buts if i cant
find myself there let me sink cortical quicksand of my own design
dont save me from it please laissez faire it
i will end in my own pen well's ink i can swear to you there is nothing
you can repair just tuck tail and run just dont forget me when you are done
i can listen with my ear to the road and wait for the last train to come
with my head on the rails my own jury executioner and pearl judicial scale
if i wont save myself at least tell me
youll save yourself
i came out of my writer's block hole to spit this out please accept it (read it out loud)
this band has soundtracked
all of my youth (that i remember,
anyway.) the anarchist played
through all of my terrible godlike
anger, while i ended up listening to
the pass a lot of the times i was sad.
and you! you, who introduced me to them.
i can’t imagine how you feel about their...end.
i don’t know much about how you found them,
or how you got started listening to them, or anything.
(thinking back on when i started listening to them, i see
a grove of trees, and the two of us. i don’t know why, but
that visual fills me with hope.)
i wish i had seen them in concert, back in 2015.
did you ever see them in concert, i wonder?
- author's note: this is a very rough draft. critiques and comments welcome. it's not coming out the way i want at all, and it feels unfinished, so i'm letting y'all see it before i put it on tumblr. if it wasn't clear from the title, this is a tribute to the band rush, who recently officially disbanded...but it's also kind of a letter to my friend lem (who got me interested in their music.)
fixed italics lol
oh my gosh.... (proud of u for making ur deadline btw <3)
my absolute favorite lines:
content warnings (in no particular order): violence (mentioned explicitly, but not in explicit detail); death; and allusions to homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism.
I've spent part of the past year working on a new (mini)chapbook. All but one of the poems is completely new to this site, and I'm really excited to share it with y'all.
I discuss the events of the past year in detail in this chapbook, which is to say, if you found the past year upsetting, this will likely be a difficult read. But while difficult and upsetting, I believe that these events need to be discussed. Please read this chapbook when and if it is safe for you to do so.
As always, I am happy to hear your comments and feedback. Please let me know what you think!
Cheers,Edited by Ainm
Links are screwy.
@Ainm oh my god THANK YOU sdkgjdfs botts' dots sounds like candy but the raised pavement markers are the Aesthetic i was thinking about
there are rumble strips on the winding foothill roads by where i live, meant to startle drivers into focus
incidentally, where they're bordered by the cliff, dry bouquets pepper the guard rail
On 1/16/2018 at 9:50 PM, drowntown said:
also i have no fucking clue what the actual name for 'road rhinestones' is
Do you mean Botts' dots (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botts'_dots)? Or the boringly named "raised pavement markers" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raised_pavement_marker)?Edited by Ainm
The website wouldn't post the fucking links. Twice.
19 hours ago, drowntown said:
you're more than this but you forgot
Out of context (or in context, really), I love this line.
18 hours ago, drowntown said:
this linebacker, 215 wrestling class
...I've known one of these. Yikes.
Also, the repetition of "let go" really gets to me. Well done.
This is heartbreaking and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.