Whereforto Ye Wanderers

Whereforto Ye Wanderers.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Flotation Device

she was a gleaming, brilliant beauty
but haunted on her most delirious nights
by the tortured "successful" half
of their pubescent suicide pact

that made life
for all her future lovers
it was
for her too
a life sentence

a ball & chain she dragged
but still she managed
to stand up straight
& project her verse even
during the worst case

she never flinched or blinked

I remember her
& I honor her
every time
that I pack my things
& aim my kayak
across those fearsome, flaming currents
of that raging River Styx

-Phil Gounis

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