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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,
good
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
broken.
Copyright 2009 Michael O'Connell
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Given 2011-03-16
There is honest clarity in the images of Older by ~anarchypress, and a strong dose of self-reflection. ( Featured by nycterent )
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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".
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by DLD (Daily Literature Deviations) in a news article that can be found here [link] Be sure to check out the other artists featured and show your support by :+fav:ing the News Article.

Keep writing and keep creating.
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TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is great.
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you.

~Michael
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TheLunaLily Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
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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. (:
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
I'm glad. Thank you.

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

~M
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centerofmyuniverse Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Darty and random and open..., but lusty and content and very digestible.
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you. I am lusty, but probably not nearly as content as I should be. I don't know about digestible...

~Michael
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centerofmyuniverse Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
By saying "digestible" I meant I liked your word choice and how they get through to me... :) Keep it up.
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Jinai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I don't know why, but reading this reminded me of Rick James.
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Haha. I'm not quite that old.

~M
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vampiregirl2night Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist
u had me at bastard
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
So long as I had you.

~Michael
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Thief-of-Always Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! I do love metaphorical twists and visual banquets wrought in wordings. The ability to render a work that tantilizes all of the senses is a rare gift. You weave a delightful catacomb that teasingly becons with a certain enigmatic "wink, nudge". Truly a pleasure to meander thru and feast for one's cranial appetites. Well done, indeed.
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you. I appreciate it.

I love that book by the way. My favorite Clive Barker.

~Michael
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Thief-of-Always Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You are most welcome. And I agree, that particular tale was a joy to read. I still have the hardcover first edition that I bought when it first hit the book sellers. A lovely touch, the illustrations.
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blackorchid5583 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Beautifully written, I love it!!
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you. I'm glad.

~Michael
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blackorchid5583 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Your welcome :)
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cogongrass Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Again, a solid poem from you. I'm still really liking the dry humor you're working with--the enjambment of "a zombie / reflex" and the tongue-in-cheek "cut a book deal." There's a bit of this, too, particularly at the beginning, that's nearly erotic--but I'm loving how you negate that by the end. For me, it speaks to this notion of "older" all the better. Very nice.
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you.

Again, I’m glad you see the humor. And, again, I’m sorry I didn’t respond earlier.

~Michael
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phoenix-heart Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011   Writer
wow, this is amazing
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

~Michael
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BattleDaughter Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning. You certainly have a way with words ^^
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you. I'm glad I have my way with something.

~Michael
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Stonedecker Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, if I could be so wise...
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
"Wisdom" is not all it's cracked up to be. Truly.

~Michael
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Stonedecker Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yet, again, it could be the only thing we are left with at the end of the day...
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TwistedAlyx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The last stanza is grrrrreat. And I also miss the certainty of need--I gotcha.
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you.

~Michael
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Hylanvahr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is the caliber of poem I hope to achieve someday. Very nicely done, and congrats on the DD. =D
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you. I appreciate it.

~Michael
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Yurisnow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Wonderfully done. Your word choice and flow of the poem is beautiful
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

~Michael
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Yurisnow Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
No problem :) Thank you for writing it
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iHedge Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I like the thoughtful nature of this. I got a feeling of hunger and half-hope, half-apathy as I read. Fantastic words. :heart:
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you. I don't think it was apathy. More like resignation and understanding.

~Michael
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thatgirl103 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
This is beautiful.
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Into-Oblivion97 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm no expert on literature or poetry, so i can't offer any constructive critique or good advice, but i like this. I like it in a strange way, granted. I can't really make up my mind for how i feel about it, but i'm pretty sure i like it.
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you, Irena. I appreciate it.

~Michael
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Into-Oblivion97 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :aww:
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shinedust Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I like the overall flow of this piece, though as where almost everyone seems to love the beginning--I could almost do without most of it. It may be because the rest of the poem loses the feel of the first half, but I really enjoyed the middle and ending more, the ending the most. The ending actually goes back to the beginning for me, "zombie reflex" is like a set up for the "Frankenstein's monster" sort of depiction at the end. I enjoyed it. :)
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you, Tara.

Have you read Alraune? [link] The copy I have has illustrations that look like what you are going for.

~Michael
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shinedust Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
You're quite welcome.

Sadly, I have not, though from the link and your comment I will be sure to find it and have a good read. Thank you. :D
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Mahlon Blaine was the artist. Google him for images, and you'll find some of his pieces.

~Michael
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
I love the beginng
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you.

~Michael
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