Palm me Off


spit polish the metal
a gleaming clip where the hand
rises, meeting the face in the place
where breath is deeply drawn in –
held until dawn breaks eternity,
celadon dream-skin fluttering haze
behind the eyes
– roaches nesting –
never mind salvaging the remains
of this day or most others,
so scant it’s clad in lingerie lace
body less ghost
clasping pain under the weight
I sag
– a slag heap of glittering needles and dyes
drip injected then scanned,
yeah, you read between whatever lines
standing outside looking in –
but I’m unabashed in my trenchancy
as caustic as the acrid taste
of smoke swallowed,
the final drag leaves you nervous
as I split the lips and exhale
a bright lemon neon vacancy drifting in my eyes
– the roaches are stirring –
you cough on the smell of offal blistering
in the sun
the stench heated, permeating your wordless
accusations, mutating decomposition
you wear your fear like royal robes
empiric denial
but I can only laugh a pale green glaze,
a yellow smile
the rich deep aroma thick about the waist
coating my tongue
– my saviour,
the only grace released
in a backlit sun-stretch halo
ringing my head
as you trip in your bidding
trying to back away from me
feral cat rubbing figure eights around
your legs, bending the measures of time,
denying you your mind’s purpose
I spark life from this pitch dark tar
as the roaches scrape themselves free

Β©2017 Scribbler’s Dipstick

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mlmm prompt:Β wordle#165

1. Shine
2. Clip
3. Abash (v) to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert;make ashamed or embarrassed
4. Read
5. Salvage
6. Celadon (n.) a pale grey-green, any of several Chinese porcelains having a translucent, pale green glaze
7. Permeate
8. Sag
9. Nervous
10. Vacant
11. Offal: the parts of the animal that are considered inedible, viscera, rubbish
12. Trenchancy (adj.) incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting; vigorous; effective; energetic

12 thoughts on “Palm me Off

  1. Any mention of roaches gets me going as I had to remove one from the kitchen sink this morning….for every one I kill I know there are twenty million more awaiting me…..ugh…great use of the words Pat, well done..

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  2. OK I finally stopped by. I saw you used the wordle. But I hadn’t yet… Posted another JvR segment with it.
    I remember living in a few apartments that had the bug kind of roaches. Eew. But thinking of prissy top models and hissing roaches. Really – kind of a good fit if you ask me. (snicker…) Anyway I’m soon off to travel, but I haven’t done much catching up keeping up with a ‘Step contest’ – I’m still hanging in there. Since I started keeping track with the ‘new’ device (more or less the beginning of April) I’ve traversed New Zealand -990 miles. Doesn’t leave much time for anything else. Though I’ve been managing daily pieces and mashing some prompts and doing some visits.

    Today my eyelids seem a tad heavy. Maybe due to the humid air? The rain has started. And more is on the way for tomorrow. Be well, Hugs, Jules

    Here’s the link to the CR/MLMM wordle Tralucent Trauma? JvR 16

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    • Hello there stranger πŸ™‚

      Roaches … hmmm … very stalwart creatures – one of the only species to withstand nuclear meltdowns …. which says something about them. As for models and the hissing/hissy-sissy fits? It was hysterically funny.

      So you’re well walked and traveled, as such, without even really having left home, – so, well, then – Step it up! LOL – glad that you’re so immersed in this walk-capade – it’s one way to see the world, so to speak. πŸ˜‰

      thanks for the link – I’ll be sure to stop in – and yes, step lightly and lively and, most importantly, carefully. and of course, enjoy your travels, the real ones and take care πŸ™‚

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