I Want To Run With Scissors

I want to run

with scissors.

Sniping into the

air with a

perilous swagger

clipping at music


by modulation and

lost by fragments

of beat, and with

fine edge



tiny particles

floating from

the speakers

of my radio

never vibrated

by the treble

of Leon Russell

and Delta Lady.

I want to

shear the smell of chocolate

from my memory

and holding the cocoa

recollections in

my palm, I’ll

watch them

melt and

roll over

my fingertips

pooling around

my toes

and baptizing

my heels in that

muddy syrup.

I want to

trim my voice

and hone

and file

its tenor and tone

to make it

ring like silver

on the blade

of an ax

as it chips

through the

bundle of words

that rest before me.

I want to run with scissors and

create a marathon of carving through my brain.

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