Poetry: Claudette Dying from David L O’Nan (Before the Bridges Fell)

Claudette Dying

In a funny hat, walking down to conduct a band.
With Claudette dying playing in your mind,
With all the stones tossing from heartbreaking to blind.

She was always your muse, a mother, your left shoe.
She seemed to be the walking stick in your endless travels.
Speeding around the curves, imbibing in all her clues.
That she was nothing like you, you’re just a shadow.

Claudette talking to the walls, her
father’s photo, and the broken glows.
The wind is so cold beginning to cherry the tip of her nose.
But she keeps drifting deeper into the storm.

In and out of the darkened walls. She carves spirits into the multiverse.
Where the fireflies become her magic carpet.  
Where the sun dimmed to a full eclipse, and we began to cut it through shields
of wind.

Our utopia is in a barbaric stoning, and
Claudette, she shook it off with a broken teeth grin and a shattered jaw.
She was always accident prone, especially around the invisible and violent men.

Oh, can we save her? I am not quite sure.
Our dull jokes or superficial support.
Sometimes words are best unsaid.
Sometimes it is more comfortable to 
have the magnum against the head.
And tease the psychopath to come up with a new riddle.

Claudette watched a holocaust from her bedroom,
the burning towers from the shadows sleeping in the moon.
She watched divinity become soft and washed out.
The bricks of her foundation began to crumble, hypnotized into
the fluid of the eyes of a new ghost lover. Who lived a cult, 
more than in a faith of loving.

The funny hat man can do nothing more,
than spread his song to all his students and the core.
Everyone just wanting to belong.
He’s just as miserable as Claudette, yet he floats around in the majestic roars of love.

His Claudette is a lost case…
A ziplock on a burning brain.  Let us hope she’ll
meet a warm hand during her exit.
Out of town to trick herself out of the present.

Bio: David L O’Nan is a poet, short story writer, editor living in Southern Indiana. He is the editor for the Poetry & Art Anthologies “Fevers of the Mind Poetry and Art. and has also edited & curated other Anthologies including 2 inspired by Leonard Cohen and an upcoming one inspired by Bob Dylan. He has self-published works under the Fevers of the Mind Press “The Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers” “The Cartoon Diaries” & “New Disease Streets” (2020). A compilation of 4 books “Bending Rivers” a micro poem collection “Lost Reflections” and new book “Before the Bridges Fell” (look under books tab in Amazon) under Cajun Mutt Press & “His Poetic Last Whispers” (2022) David has had work published in Icefloe Press, Dark Marrow, Truly U, 3 Moon Magazine, Elephants Never, Royal Rose Magazine, Spillwords, Anti-Heroin Chic, Cajun Mutt Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Voices From the Fire. Twitter is @davidLONan1 and for the book @feversof  Join Facebook Group: Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Arts Group . Facebook Author page DavidLONan1 and goodreads page is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18366060.David_L_O_Nan

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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