The Portrait Of An Attic Poet

A Tanka Sequence


I yell out
'I'll stay drunk on writing'
her silent tongue
like a scissor
cutting my words to shreds

rain pelting
the windows of this rooming house
I hear voices
rising towards the ceiling
jostling for survival

my mind complains
'it's hard to live by words alone'
tongues of fire
lick the flesh
and stay for a while

I conduct
the Fifth Symphony
inside my head
the doctor sees nothing
but a poet's failed dream

a wolf
howling at the cold moon
alone
face to face
with my own demons

after wishing
on a shooting star
all that remains
of my attic room
a shadow on the wall

by Chenou Liu

Comments (3)

Love this poem. The struggle to survive in the making of a poem.
Dreams or realities. Heaven or hell. Consumed by both. Enjoyed this poem. Thanks.
Dreams or realities. Heaven or hell. Consumed by both.