Empty Bottle

if caring is torment,
it’s no moreso
than not,

and daring can be
harrowing but
not for us
robots,

though i’ve neither will nor
discipline to leave
the twist caps
alone

and my nerves are
too numb
to..

care that that
know.

Grumpy Gorman
igram: https://www.instagram.com/gèèrumpygorman/?hl=

image adapted from art by Levi Hastings found at –https://www.thestranger.com/features/2018/12/19/37093776/this-drug-could-change-alcohol-addiction-treatment-forever

..so now you know… may i go?

Fought the Knot

fought the knot but
never got it
right,

rope over nope, loops
unravel and
kink,

lips pucker
tight,

deepening the tint of ink
in veins shooting
through my
eyes,

i tried, was denied,
so in clown
makeup

i melted,

though i’m pleased
to report that
damn shoe
got tied,

but i wasn’t waved through
to grade 1 till each
eye socket
dried,

so i began swallowing
tears in knots with
each breath,

until i learned a
poorly tied
shoe,

wasn’t an offense
punishable
by death,

just a pressure
that many
kids felt

when out
came the belt

and to this day, when i catch a
kid fumbling to lace up
their own shoe,

i have to bite down
on the urge to
offer them
glue,

or a velcro pair
of steel toe
boots.

Grumpy Gorman
igram: 
https://www.instagram.com/grumpygorman/?hl=

image by Fabian Debora at – https://imagejournal.org/journal/issue-71/fabian-debora-issue-71/

..ok, time to sever these roots.

The Cloud Between My Knees

was that crumb in school
who tried too hard
at the wrong
things

and never believed he
was built tough
enough for
real..

feelings,

was kid accused of having
of having my head in
clouds all the
time

if only on the
inside

wish somebody had taken
a moment to see, it
was stuck

between my
knees.

though i now raise it
aim where i
please.

Grumpy Gorman
igram: 
https://www.instagram.com/grumpygorman/?hl=en

image adapted from artwork at – https://www.amazon.in/Mad-Masters-Minimalist-Painting-Textured/dp/B07JW6LB4D

Thank you, especially for this read.