Bugbears of the Heart

5 Oct

And that there is the

trapeze woman,

hurtling toward faux destiny;

Fault lines perched upon her lashes

downcast and flattened genetically.

An arm and she is swung,

the other grasping sheer veils

that reveal cruelly, vindictively, the

horrors of her future.

The past, it will not have her,

the present populated with too many

red couches;

Would you live in a moment you had to

share with crimson suede?

Mid-air tastes salty-sweet, it

crumbles around the edges

and when she streams down they


Oh look! No



Her smile is upside down, and wide,

the skull late autumn’s bloom,

A lifetime of couches is


painted a bloody


9 Responses to “Bugbears of the Heart”

  1. Vidya October 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm #


  2. wordjunkie October 6, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    I keep coming back to read this, then struggle to leave some semblance of a comment. Rinse, repeat.
    *Applauds wildly, then goes back to read post*

  3. dipali October 6, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    Amazing! OJ, your words swing through the air with her.

  4. Orange Jammies October 7, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    Vidya: Some reaction, that. 🙂

    wordjunkie: Don’t blame you, girl. Oftentimes, even I don’t know how to respond to my posts.

    dipali: What a lovely way of putting it. 🙂

  5. CrazyDiamond October 14, 2009 at 10:20 am #


  6. Anindita October 14, 2009 at 11:31 am #


  7. Pri October 15, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    wow woww wowww. Am so stunned. It’s like seeing flashes of red before my eyes. It’s actually like looking at a painting. It’s like…It’s so beautiful and vivid, I can hardly express how I feel. (Again) It’s so beautiful, it must be read over and over. Are you planning to publish a book of your poems?

  8. Pri October 15, 2009 at 12:03 am #

    Just a question: Why is it called ‘Bugbears of the Heart’?

  9. Orange Jammies October 15, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    CrazyDiamond: Thanks.

    Anindita: 😀 Really?

    Pri: No, hon. But thanks for thinking I’m worthy of being in a book. About your question: your guess is as good as mine. 🙂

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