Attempts (Be kind to them)

by Christos Polydorou

Your shoulds
and my supposed tos

are holding
me back. I could be

bringing all my calculated
attempts

to what needs
filling

or brimming
but I need

to be bringing them
as well to what needs emptying

or lack. I would be dancing
with the best phenomenologists

right now
but the saints are playing

a very wicked bass.
And just there,

just off the edge of the page,
the face I should see

if there were burned holes
in my face

and not eyes.
The swell,

the drop,

the moment ecstasy :
becomes agony …

being human
feels like the result

of being welded
sometimes. The body is more

extraordinary
when it works smoothly

with the mind.
Be kind to them.

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