Thursday, January 19, 2012

The City is My Mistress - by Riccardo Berra (c) 2012 all rights reserved

You know you're out there walking
 and one line,
then an entire UNiverse sneak up to complete in your head?
send a shiver up your neck, and a shine down your spine,
So beautiful, accurate and bold of you
You should
whip out that bloody smartphone or stone tablet
and get it down
fast as you can,
But you don't
You tell yourself 
You'll remember,
You set to remembering,
get home,
You set to forgetting,
Till later when you discover
You no longer have anything.
At all
To recall
That you were once inspired
But aren't any more.

Teeth to edge and hand to heart you beg the bitch.
Kiss her feet. Promise to write.
Promise to be true.
Stop smoking, drinking,
Stop fucking other women
(Hurtful angry shitful low)
days worth more
of staring you down
She relents and returns one line.
Which with
Grateful, beyond words,
you run.
Even if
not even close
To what you had
You get back nothing
More than you deserved

This city is my mistress
I know her so well in the dark
She over me
Pressing into her
Til the complete
of release
in the solitary spaces where nobody but she and I go
For the things I do in her I can tell nobody
For her skin in winter,
Reliably cold and firm beneath my feet
I do not come home
I only am home, in her

So even when she's distant grown
And I'd, retired, banished for another become
Lost in unrequited miscollections
Another anonymity
Some dumb cock
Forced to redrink
My own shabby breath for inspiration
Hers to the last
Is the name
I'll call out.

rbb 1-8-2012 all rights reserved
My latest, written sorta in reverse, pretty much as described above.

Two poems sorta written as one?
Erotic or not? I'm up in the air listening to
Mississippi John Hurt from D.C. Blues - The Library of Congress Recordings, Volume 2
Clipped on 7-January-2012, from I'll Fly Away - YouTube

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