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I Didn't Order My Wings with Veins and Cords

 

Adam Chesler

 

 

a few wasps have

flown in

and made a cocoon out of my eyes.

i feel them stinging in the sockets

yelling obscenities at me

for not taking out the trash

yesterday.

deep

deep

in their new hollowed home,

it's beyond dry, aches

and the nest is growing out

into my face.

 

every time i cry

no tears muster

no spare drops flow

down my hived cheeks

 

no salt water can wash me clean.

 

 

 

 

Ambulance Scene

 

Adam Chesler

 

 

a cold slithering light from outside this ruby temple

hits me on nights i can't hold my withered hands

up to the glass sheets in this crawling crawling

 

dead stones hanging in the corner

Jesus and his arms open, branching

the falling down crashing on my bony laser chest

holding the bottle my face reflected

lipstick smears on a candle nearby

burning your lost smell, a riddle

i haven't heard in much time

 

slashing down under linoleum

in the wood my molecules are festering

gathering the loose tombs she watches

the layers peel back skin of a crushed egg scattering

 

semen stains here and there in

the whole mirror i can't move back

i can't run or fly out of the car i can't hide from the dream

she drives the ambulance sitting backwards

facing my new cleansed pile of bones

and speeding past miles of open land and crushed sky

the city limits sign appears

hopeful for the bed we'll share

 

underneath the scars

underneath the freshly-peeled flesh

we'll assemble souls and scatter them

in our broken heartbeat of crawling

crawling the moonlight over on hands and knees

 

there, in my glass sheets

i swallow the world

and never wet the bed

there, in my oblivion

i hold her heart, the heart that beats

her heart, the thick muscle battered

in my palms, throbbing a tickling unknown since childhood

 

there, in my blank hospital room

my hands can't stop shaking and i smell

the new cold of November and all its leaves

a glowing gold that falls on my cracking skull

and i laugh again,

hoping to wake up with Jesus and everyone

in the air, visible, in the air

floating in a nebula across the darkness

 

 

 

Adam Chesler is a poet and fiction writer living in Atlanta, GA.  His work has appeared in several venues such as Underground Voices, Mannequin Envy, and ditch. He often finds himself enjoying popsicles in grocery store parking lots at odd hours. He can be reached at twomoons329@yahoo.com.

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