NO RETURN

 

 

punishable feet.

a traveller in a strange city

shoes painted underneath by decay

tones of home in kicks of gravel

a thought of murder

a hand grips tight inside a pocket

the feel of an unknown amount of change

a tear to one side of face

a departure

slow and marvelous ache

sounds of water pelting a street drain

a cringe to this stranger’s brain

a breath

a heaving sigh

from lungs that are seared

a thought of death

cold mirror

the closing of eyes

a reflecting hint of black

of blue light

this night has stars like wounded sky

darkest memory

a distant shrill tone

a grinding of metal

a traveller waits for the impending train

aggravating noise of a horn

silence…

punishable feat.

 

(C)10/16/98

9:40 pm.

Christopher Vaughn

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