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all I've ever wanted is for you to notice me
unknown

the helix I climb begins as a sidewalk
 1
and ends a skyward ladder,
 2
ascending the heavens
 3
and denying their existence
 4
not just for show
 5
but for the value of integrity
 6
 
 
these are clouds, mountains,
 7
a thinner atmosphere,
 8
outer space to marvel,
 9
not cop-out to fantastical
 10
creation,
 11
as much as I'd like.
 12
 
 
it is a rock
 13
pushing straight up from the earth
 14
I cling to and
 15
climb when rested enough.
 16
deciding which
 17
breaks
 18
to take
 19
direction-
 20
a life of prose.
 21
 
 
from painting to writing to
 22
composing music
 23
for my own soul
 24
and any others
 25
whose ears care,
 26
I skip on stones
 27
down a river.
 28
 
 
the current and wet, green moss
 29
create a danger
 30
I feel in each twisted ankle,
 31
yet still I hop
 32
island to island
 33
upstream, smiling at my
 34
fortune and luck.
 35
 
 
This is life
 36
beating the shit out of me
 37
and I, without purpose,
 38
ear to ear,
 39
grin like a jack-o-lantern.
 40
 
 
This is the middle,
 41
the twist
 42
half a decade of practice
 43
pretending to know
 44
how I know
 45
everything.
 46
 
 
You can't keep the readers attention without some kind of insult
 47
to the lesser minds
 48
they feel they share
 49
abhorrence of.
 50
 
 
Your cognitive bias is not something I intend
 51
to
 52
make a pet
 53
of
 54
 
 
I am lashing out at the stupid
 55
and fickle minded
 56
simian, who,
 57
lost for identity,
 58
will bask in mine
 59
even for only a moment.
 60
 
 
I tell myself
 61
the nights I cannot sleep
 62
that I am, at the very least,
 63
unique.
 64
And how Palahniuk, for all his
 65
painful beauty,
 66
had it wrong.
 67
 
 
Even alone I am
 68
utterly smothered
 69
by the quiet tumor growing
 70
in the frenzy that is
 71
social media.
 72
 
 
when I can afford it,
 73
I take my medicine and
 74
muffle the endless waves
 75
of frantic reality crawling,
 76
up over the crag
 77
towards me.
 78

8 Sep 17


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