Gone

You blink and it’s gone

an entire decade, gone

gone like a goodbye

 

so too a hello

in a cafe basement, with

strong coffee, long gone

 

caffeine jitters, gone

mix tapes and letters, all gone

buried somewhere deep

 

beneath scars and brain

cells killed at shitty dive bars,

long dead but still there

 

and the film still plays

somewhere in the universe

but one night only

 

no dress rehearsal

no encore, no off Broadway

memories show up

 

but never on time

and they always fade away

and the jukebox plays

 

depressing songs, on

and on and on and on, and

then the music’s gone

 

but you’re left humming

and there’s no more mind-numbing

no more ways to stop

 

the band, and you’re lost

adrift in the universe

paddling away

 

from land because this

is home, these planets, these stars

and then you breathe deep

 

and you’re jolted out

of sleep, and awake now you

can still hear music

 

can still hear the waves

crashing in the distance, can

still hear the sound

 

of that empty mug

being set down on that old

coffee-stained table

 

 

 

 

 

 

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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