PHILOSOPHY OF HAPPINESS

 

 A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION BY MARTIN JANELLO

distant from life

sitting in her chair

thin parchment skin

stretching fat and blue bone

outside the door

lay sun flowers air

she could not leave

her gadgets alone

 

 

 

with the right lighting

night yields a stage

to represent versions of ourselves

 

 

 

Brightness can blind us to darkness.

 

 

 

octopus heart

is helplessly floating

limbs cut off

every time it takes hold

 

 

 

craving toned light

and moods of night

starkness of day

revered in small doses

to ascertain the blackness of roses

 

 

 

now give me your life

as you swore solemnly

by the broken seal of my body

 

 

 

she made hooked followers

threads in her train

not turning around

as she walked through the flame

 

 

 

they say there are

more stars than sand

no fact of importance

for those who are drowning

 

 

 

in final surrender

to his calling

he would fight fire

with ice cold heart

 

 

 

sing to me

so it seems for a while

i closed my eyes

just to better listen

 

 

 

the loss of beauty

too painful yet

still all we can do

is find it anew

 

 

 

they censured the old homeless

for passing out graveyard flowers

deeming it more decent

to let beauty rot

 

 

 

deadly pains of life

foiling his mind to home

will he make it through this strife

or has he written his last poem

 

 

 

when hands hit herd halt you

through all your existence

they’re hard to accept

as giving thereafter

 

 

 

locked safely inside

her heavy armor

she sank to the ground

in emotional seas

 

 

 

languid motions toward happiness

almost certain it is out of reach

still silent fury internally presses

sapping her energy like a leech

 

 

 

a piano rests

in a long-dead mansion

i start a few notes

then decide to stop

 

 

 

great many efforts

breaking his peace

were about making memories

the rest about disremembering

 

 

 

if you should become

detached from possessions

how much of a stranger

you’d be to yourself

 

 

 

black and white news reels

bellow insincerities

no everything was not alright then

glad we can't go back

 

 

 

suspicious of other people’s agendas

wrapped up in chosen solitude

she’s wondering i could die in here

no one even i would likely notice

 

 

 

she let herself go

to where she lost touch

with herself

 

 

 

most want to get

just by a life

exhausting them

without end

 

 

 

like a broken doll

who says nothing

only twitches

when the ring is pulled

some day possibly a grenade

 

 

 

she described

what it felt like

falling to death

her whole life

 

 

 

he hated songs

that made him walk shards

of his or other broken hearts

 

 

 

combat gear

left in the coat room

attending this dance

themed the softer side

stuck in defenses he cannot hide

 

 

 

since losing sixth sense

he stopped fighting the furies

that made him before

the fall battle thin air

 

 

 

the hardest thing

we are threatened to do

is burying a love

that's still alive

 

 

 

sadness is looking back

in a daydream

causing us pain

to keep and forget

 

 

 

sharp snapping splinters

of merciless ice

her heart melts

to water the flowers

 

 

 

the empty despair

she left in this room

still haunts me

after so many years

 

 

 

keeping you present

in imagination

embracing a ghost

walking through me

 

 

 

when hot rain and ashes

from burnt skies are falling

i'll wake with you

singing our love to sleep

 

 

 

such sorrow

i sometimes detect in her

she says that's because

of the life she wasted

 

 

 

they made a mannequin

of her body

headless torso

still carrying her name

 

 

 

forget it she quipped

and added this pain

to her list of facts to deny

 

 

 

she’s not here today

got lost in the night

doing her best

projecting the bright

face mask of a stranger

 

 

 

petals of flowers disembodied

seemed like sensual violence

she'd rather leave them

to die on their own

 

 

 

you turn to me gently

and say something smiling

but i cannot hear you

as life races by

 

 

 

broken people

everywhere

breaking others

for pain to share

 

 

 

she gasps it chillingly concerns her

still after all these years of hearing

he went missing without explanation

hiding her wish to know of his death

 

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