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You're Scaring Me, One Throne Magazine

"Piano En Cendres" by NomNomBurgerZ.
© Please do not reproduce without artist's permission.

YOU'RE SCARING ME

—a collection of poems

by Dalton Day

 
 
Scale

 

I wish I would have

                    stuck with the

          piano

          especially since

                              it’s on

          fire now

                    let’s climb

inside                      we are

                    moths

          we are dying

          we are

                    confused

          we are

disappearing through

                    love

                              only to

          appear again

                              man

I wish I could play

          you     something

                    worth l

          listening         to

 

 

Crow Boatin’
after a drawing by Anis Mojgani

 

we are in a boat

I am a crow

or I am a boy

 

with a crow head

 

& you are you

& you are

amazing like trees

 

are amazing &

we are in a boat

 

everyone else is

somewhere else

 

maybe dead

 

maybe just in

other boats with

 

other amazing

people but none

as amazing as

 

you are

 

we aren’t even

going anywhere

you are just

 

looking at you

in the skewed

& amazing

 

reflection in my

murderous eyes

 

 

Hole

 

I am twelve years old

& dig ging

 

a hole.

 

Mom assumes I

am going to plant a tree

& it will grow so big

 

& when she is old she

can sit beneath it.

 

But I am not planting

a tree. I am dig ging

 

a hole.

 

The sun is on my

back like a horse-fly

& this is astonishing.

 

I am older than when

I started dig ging

the hole.

 

Mom is such a good mom.

Dalton Day is an editor for FreezeRay Poetry. His poems have appeared in Hypothetical, Former People, and Rufous City Review, among others. He can be found at myshoesuntied.tumblr.com and on Twitter @lilghosthands.

 
 
 
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