Handsome Damaged

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And that’s the hardest part
The hole burned in your heart
Its tissue in the trash
The cardiac ash

Your heart’s remains will not be seen
Just felt as lead inside your dreams
An anchorchain round your throat
An unanswered ransom note

She was a smoothskin crocodile
Trying to walk on hindfeet
She slapped her tail and toothed her smile
And eyed you like bushmeat

And that’s the way it’s ended
That’s the way it’s gone – it goes
Your heart is running down the highway
Running with no clothes

And all of her changes
And all of her twists
She liked to keep you guessing
But you never guessed this

All the restless mornings
All the restless nights
Wondering when – without warning –
She would take flight

And that’s the way it started
That’s the way it went down (down, down)
Restless ain’t worth a quarter
And you know, that’s scarcely a crown

Restless as a trailer
Restless as a pig
Restless as a sailor
After three days in the brig

Restless as the monkey
Hiding in her briefs
Restless as a pilot flame
In a kitchen of grief

That restless muscle is still atwitch
However deep you dig
However high you pile it on
There’s throbbing in its forked twig

They say scar tissue’s
Stronger than the rest of your skin
But it aches – and besides, that’s not the organ
Your scars are situate in

Your restless heart does not want to heal
And it will not relent
Your restless heart won’t relinquish the wheel
Refuses to pay rent

Now you can call it telltale
Or faithful as a dog
But its strings, they must be snipped
To release you from this fog

And all of her changes
And all of her twists
She liked to keep you guessing
But you never guessed this

For that’s the hardest part
The hole burned in your heart
The tissue in the trash
The cardiac ash

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from Roughcuts, Fall 2010, track released September 27, 2010
Monday, 27 September 2010
Misha Hoekstra

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