Verbal intoxicants

by Donna J. Snyder


to Luke Buckham

Ay, Machine!  You destroy me
The onslaught of blood frenzied
One word after another trumpets
the assault
Me, dizzied into receptivity, drunk on words
You, your mind athrum with verbal intoxicants,
sprung from Zeus’s brow

The space-time continuum mists into nothing
and The Misfits are right—moments like these
don’t last forever
But this here
this now
this no more body
this flight of carnality
this no more mind
this uncontrived figment of infinite dream!

And in the silence our childless stomachs talk together,
remind us of gravity’s pang,
the chimera’s fang

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4 thoughts on “Verbal intoxicants

  1. And in the silence our childless stomachs talk together,
    remind us of gravity’s pang,
    the chimera’s fang –

    For me a strong ending makes for a stronger poem. It leaves the reader something that must be savoured –

    our childless stomachs talk together…
    i just really like that
    it makes me read the poem again and what the hell one more time again.
    thank you.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, pd. I appreciate your comment, and thank you for what you have said. What more could I want than to have a fine poet like yourself read a poem more than once?!

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