EL61

Me & De Quincey

He took time from somewhere else,
pushing it all to the center, down
the throat; one way or another;
wait for dreams to come.

His were measured in grains;
easier to get than now. money being a problem;
opium was not. I’ve never met a hungry
chaser; don’t think he did either.

Course he’s long dead, but whatever
the temperament of the man;
what he wrote is more than enough.
If he made a science of killing,
it was just to live a little longer
dreamin’ in technicolor.

Truthfully, it ain’t hard to sympathize
with the dead man. Seeming fellows
in ways I can’t admit to anyone,
courting some individual existence
between visits to the druggist.
Nowadays, you need a reason,
even though nobody ever asks what it is.

Me & De Quincey down by the river,
watching the boats go by.
we’re scribbling madly, writin’, trying to explain
to each other what we see
in the colors,
in philosophy,
or just smiling, sitting on the bench
chin down, head up, silent.

We’ve had arguments; fights
vicious & exceedingly attractive
over how much is too much.
It never comes to fists. No way
two broken guys are doing much punching, so
we always compromise in the end;
Huxley’s soma never had it so good.
if it hurts, y’ain’t taken near enough.

Listen to him;
De Quincey knows
what he’s talking ’bout.

Professional miscreant back
when devils made art scream;
Course, that might have been easier against a
Victorian backdrop, but we fight & claw
with what we got;
we don’t despair over what is lost.

He never told me how he handled
the dragon chasing him; left some stuff
for us to guess at, some to read,
a lot to do. Now don’t sit too still,
it’s time to talk. Give me a minute;
meet me down by the river
to watch the ships go by.
We’re gonna talk about what only
some of us can see.
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Inspired by “Confessions Of An English Opium Eater” and the life of Thomas de Quincey. Dedicated to the same.

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4 Responses to “EL61”

  1. Now don’t sit too still,
    it’s time to talk. Give me a minute;
    meet me down by the river
    to watch the ships go by.
    We’re gonna talk about what only
    some of us can see.

    love it

  2. Thanks dude. Came out pretty well for something that fell so unexpectedly. Love it when that happens.

  3. very nice. glad I followed the link you posted on my comment 🙂

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