Friday, January 4, 2013

Fresno Poems: "My son walks in silence"*

My son walks in silence
no noise in his world
I disturb his sleep with a piss
rattled his cage
he smiles rarely
or laughs
sleeps all day
Watches Simpsons
used to travel to Jerusalem
study in Egypt
vacation in Brazil
Romance in Japan
now he walks in silence
used to read New York Times
hates books now
friends disappeared
his girlfriend the silent air
I am a fly
invading his world
he wants me silent
come see him again
sometime next year.
--Marvin X
from Love and War, poems, Marvin X, Black Bird Press, 1995.
* Son suffered manic depression. Took his life, 2002 (RIP).

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