… sailor take warning

the incessant static
gave the voice an
almost
android-like sound
at 4:42 am
despite telling you
repeatedly
telling you
the wind direction
and speed
as you tried to remember
how to convert
from knots
to miles
to kilometers
too early
the growing gusts
always surprised
you
listening to
a motorized hauler
protesting
bracing yourself
wind and sea and
submarine vegetation
lashing your across the face
numbing
it fucking snowed yesterday
wiping your nose
and mouth
without questioning
the origin
of the liquid
on sleeves of
a hooded sweatshirt
hacked-off
for no practical purposes
but because
you think it looks
badass
for good reason
an ever pinkening sky
getting prettier
warning us
with a lesson
all men
should know
to fear beauty
the party ended
last night
while you slept
not enough
you stayed
as long as you could
trying to leave
a good impression
on a blond girl
who
down deep
you know
really didn’t leave
much of one
on you
but she’s cute
and other boys
were circling
you push her
and the possessiveness
you hope you outgrow
out of your head
focusing
instead
on a girl you haven’t met
yet
but have always been
lonely for
that vertiginous love
you
you just know
you’ll achieve
or be battered by
instructions being barked
at you
ropes tangled
you pull one by hand
grateful for the warming activity
and even more
for the distraction
as your nose drips

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4 Responses

  1. DCPTexas says:

    Well done Peter! While most guys would just say “Meh…” you kick some literary ass. Here’s to finding red skies at night… and maybe a new capstan. Grins.

  2. Rene Foran says:

    and this was badass…

    look for that girl
    separating herself from the party
    out on the back porch
    because she’s shitty at small talk
    she hates the smell of Drakkar Noir
    and the blond girl drives her to smoke

  3. Felisa says:

    “you stayed
    as long as you could
    trying to leave
    a good impression
    on a blond girl
    who
    down deep
    you know
    really didn’t leave
    much of one
    on you”

    Love this part :)

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