special occasions

Ashley Capes
May 4, 2018 · 1 min read
( stux via pixabay)

after high school
we line up right on the edge, little wings aching
so fucking ready
to paint the sky with the afterburn
of our dreams, ripped right out of the packet
and devoured
juices
running free
the taste of certainty not yet gone to bitter

I hear there’s a reunion coming up soon
and I have no idea what to say
there
to the ones who fled, the ones who tore holes in the road out of town
or the other ones who stayed
and had their feathers mulched in suburban lawn-mowers
and normal, everyday mortgages
nor the ones like me who pretended that a trip
here and there
meant they hadn’t crashed back down to earth
to find a special kind of death –
the routine
panic
of paycheque to paycheque
until it sounds just like breathing,
or maybe a greatest hits package
or the swish of a flashy suit
that you can trot out
for special occasions like funerals, birthdays
and weddings
or right now, faking it
for a room full of strangers.

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Ashley Capes

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Australian writer of fantasy fiction, free verse poetry, haiku and other stuff. See more poetry at http://poetry.ashleycapes.com/

Lit Up

Welcome to Lit Up -The Land of Little Tales. Here you can read and submit short stories, flash fiction, poetry - in brief, your own legend. We're starting little. But that's how all big stories begin.

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