Don’t We Always?

“I know words fail you
And I know sometimes I do too”
-Kris Delmhorst

fields of gold
a song I loved long ago
when the stars were bigger
than my heartaches

I wrestled with the wind
like a lost weed on the prairie of night
aching but some joy there too

wish I had birds
in my bones
I’m limited
as a human
I hold the wheel
too hard

sometimes we all fold our best hand
because we can
and the hours add up
on a body

not always
but every now and then
I see a sunset
and I want to crawl inside of myself
and match that kind of glowing

but I can’t
so I take to the poem
like I once did with the bottle
for a little transcendence

I know you know
how impossibly hard
it is to make that enough

 

 

About the Poet:  James Diaz is the founding editor of the literary arts & music journal Anti-Heroin Chic http://heroinchic.weebly.com/. His poems can be found in Quail Bell Magazine, HIV Here & Now, Foliate Oak and Ditch. His debut book of poems, This Someone I Call Stranger, is forthcoming from Indolent Books (2018).

 

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