Annie Christ in Ashland


Peace
full
y
I
E
I
E
I
O
Oh
Oh

U
Annie
Christ,
you know Ashland
Its streets know you
Your raw animal heart
beating
peace
full
E
I
O
U
we
declare
nations
of Claire
The three of us
spending nights on tennis courts
blinding the lamp lights
shooting stars with bendy straws
Polaroid flash snaps
Eyes blink
out
Oh
Oh
Oh
Ashland
U
U.S.
Far side
Oregon
south of Eugene
A rogue town of drama
park life and festival noise
Our blood soared
encouraging our extremities
to pleasure the pop-art culture
and exhale colorful letters as sounds
Our actions, not always as they seemed
not always as we intended
so high on dynamic thoughts
creating college campus bomb threats
O
E
I
I
U
We slid out from under
leaving the heavy stuff behind
leaving our baggage to the learned
to the stall of enthroned knowledge
We
slipping into the night
We
slipping into arcade light
out of arcade light
Dancing through steam
from manhole covers
and laundromat exhaust vents
until screams came
out the mouths of little charging
midnight creatures, and
the mesmerizing sound of claws
hurrying over layered asphalt and concrete
stopped us flat out
Beat
Beat
Exhale
E
I
O
U
Annie
Christ,
your memories I pluck
banging the strings
the broken cello strings
on an Ashland corner
in the dark


K. Shawn Edgar | Positive | Negative | Neutral

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