to the shady side

2 Sep

i don’t look at myself too often
i despise mirrors or any reflective surfaces
(save for those distorting mirrors at fairs and carnivals)
but putting ($2.29 per tin box) petroleum in my coif this morning i noticed
grey is overtaking the follicles rapidly

i visit and re-visit sides and opposite sides
arguments and counter-arguments
while lying awake through the quiet humid night
and there’s never any resolution
there usually isn’t
for man-made problems

i feel like i’m applying band-aids on top of older rotting band-aids
on top of layers of putrid infected compresses
that had been fermenting in suppuration for decades
and thinking about it all
is accelerating the change in melanin

last night i dreamed i was a Turk
spinning eternally in a whirling dervish
on top of the Haghia Sophia
and at one point
within the endless cycle of trance-inducing revolutions
my index finger caught on fire

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8 Responses to “to the shady side”

  1. Ava Joe 02/09/2010 at 12:35 PM #

    Time is contagious. Everybody’s getting old.

  2. valerie 02/09/2010 at 12:54 PM #

    old band-aids have a warm rubbery smell that is kinda nice, better than the new plastic-y stench of fresh ones, imo.

  3. Lx 02/09/2010 at 1:01 PM #

    i once became acquainted w/a guy who introduced himself with this: “Hi my name is (name here) and I have a collection of used bandages worn by Ernest Borgnine.”

  4. valerie 02/09/2010 at 1:06 PM #

    ernest must be very proud.

  5. Lx 02/09/2010 at 1:37 PM #

    something tells me Ernest is unaware of this particular private collection

  6. Letitia 03/09/2010 at 8:09 AM #

    Fingers – sheez – they’ll do that every time!

  7. ~otto~ 07/09/2010 at 11:05 PM #

    Gray hair is sexy, but not as sexy as a finger that has flames.

  8. vibes01 08/09/2010 at 6:57 AM #

    there is something distinctly seductive with a man who loves his aging signs

    until we get to liver spots and cathatars, thats my line…

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