2 poems from Rob Z (Roberto Zariskeeni) : Myoosik & Suicide

wireless headphones leaning on books

photo from blocks on Unsplash


i can taste it... feel it in my bones.
i want it so bad it hurts... to play music.

i watch bands play like a predator stalking prey.
     watch them set up, break down...
     check the sound, load the van...

like a hawk when they’re playin’.
     every instrument, every note...
i watch the bends...
     how is it that they make that shrill tremolo sound???
with those shaking wrists and fingers...
     like b.b. king and those HUGE wailing notes!
his hand looks like a wing flapping...
     pivoting on one finger... one note... beautiful.

i watch the bassman slap and pluck and slide.
     all so simple...
     like he’s barely touching the strings...
but from the amplifier comes this great booming thunder!

i watch the audience...
     and how each individual has his or her own unique         
     personal style of flailing funk!

i watch to see what moves people...
     and to make sure that i am not the only one who cannot
     resist the imperious urge to shake and thrash every
     part of my body like i have suddenly become victim to
     a spontaneous exorcism and at any moment a little red
     demon is going to **jump out** through the center of my
     chest and start eating people!!!

and sometimes... when i look up... i am the only one.
and sometimes... i do feel like i am undergoing some sort
     of exorcism.

in African tribal culture, they believed that the sound of
     booming drums drove out Evil spirits...
and i believe it too.

it was Hendrix who invited us to the Electric Church,
     and i have been a believer ever since!


what it’s like to want to die
when you no longer hurt and you no longer cry
pain you can handle
but pain without emotion is unbearable
the emptiness is uncomparable
when you finally hit bottom
and there’s nowhere left to go
eternal loneliness plagues your mind
a loveless life is all you’ll ever know
so your thoughts turn to death
you’re battered and broken from the fall
suffering the pain and anguish of hell
is better than feeling nothing at all
lying on my back staring at the skies
my legs crossed in front of me, 
my arms spread to each side
i’m ready to die on my fallen cross
the only thing to gain is loss
oh lord please understand
i didn’t pass the test, nor did i survive
but know that i only take my body
so that my soul may be alive.

roberto zariskeeni
~ may 1997

Photography by Roberto Zariskeeni at Rob Z Photography in Fevers of the Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020

Rob Z is a writer, photographer, musician living in Southern Indiana. He has had work published in our print editions of Fevers of the Mind Issue 1 June 2019. 

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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