Matchstick Lullaby

She with the mask on walks among us

veins pumping the same poisons

lips a wall built up against the same words

but eyes that reflect a different shadow

hands longing to take the world by the throat

and ready with a match to set it all aflame

Cast your eyes down to distant streets

and witness glimpses of depravity

She has known them, close enough to feel their breath

now gone to a world filled with echoes of that madness

The walls there are flowing liquid

just enough to blur the edges

and keep stray hands from reaching through

but her skin is soaked with it

and her hand remains ready with a match

to find out if the walls flow with water or with gasoline

Seem to have cities on my mind lately…

Image by raedon from Pixabay

5 thoughts on “Matchstick Lullaby

  1. David I love the title of this piece and your words “She has known them, close enough to feel their breath
    now gone to a world filled with echoes of that madness.” I see a woman who has spent too much time in a city where horrors occur and people are not kind. She has built up a wall even to the point of trying not to see the ugliness around to the point of wanting to burn it. Maybe I am just thinking of working downtown Seattle for a number of years. It is a beautiful and fun city, however seeing the homeless and poor everyday and trying to help but just too many people. Also people in a hurry not being kind to one another was hard. This reminded me of the woman in your piece. Love 💕 Joni

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