Burning Questions – R C deWinter

it’s i don’t know what time
and my brain is on fire
the bourbon i knocked back
is doing nothing to douse the flames

smoke curls
wreathing me in a fine grey mist
a scornful tongue teasing me
with questions i cannot answer

do i understand english
or is everything in code?

is what i think i understand
merely a celluloid projection
of my own desires?

am i all that
or a wishful fool preening
before a funhouse mirror?

the kitten scratching at my heart
is desperate to escape
and mewling
scores my bravery
with sharpeneedled claws of doubt

there will be no answers tonight

i must be up and looking human at 9
to say goodbye to a friend
committed to the earth

my soul struggles
in a bloody agony of hope to be reborn

there may never be answers


RC deWINTER’s poetry is anthologized in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2017), Uno: A Poetry Anthology (Verian Thomas, 2002), Cowboys & Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon (Brick Street Poetry, April 2019), Havik (Las Positas College, May 2019), Castabout Literature (Dantoin/Hilgart, June 2019) The Flickering Light (Down in the Dirt, June 2019), in print in 2River View, Down in the Dirt, Genre Urban Arts, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, Pilcrow & Dagger, Pink Panther Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, The New York Times and in numerous online literary journals.

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