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Time is a lonely bastard child. I know
how it feels.

I explore the spaces inside, moist hollows
where the angels once worked
their mischief. Strange
what you can grow accustomed to. I probe
the old scar tissue: smooth, numb
in places. I imagine I can feel
their shades, tactile afterimages: a zombie
reflex, a longing
for a longing. It pulls
at the center of my chest.

I miss the certainty of need.

I examine new possibilities, take
steps, show interest, craft a proposition,
cut a book deal. I have always been honest,
for others, even at my worst. I read. I write.
I observe, offer advice. Business is easy
to come by.

I have my way with words.

I nurture the spark, zap
it with alternating current, breathe life
into the old girl. She gags,
stutters for breath, settles into a ragged
purr. Obsolete and in need
of a tune up, but serviceable. Not so nearly
Copyright 2009 Michael O'Connell
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There is honest clarity in the images of Older by ~anarchypress, and a strong dose of self-reflection. ( Featured by nycterent )
artistic-foolishness Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I can relate so completely to this.
And I'm not exactly what you'd call "old".
DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
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Keep writing and keep creating.
TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is great.
anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you.

TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
tmpst24myst Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student Writer
I don't know why you wrote this. But I know how I read it and how I took personal meaning from it. (:
anarchypress Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
I'm glad. Thank you.

InTheNextLife Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Very Lovely.
anarchypress Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Thank you.

centerofmyuniverse Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Darty and random and open..., but lusty and content and very digestible.
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