September comes and the days go tight. Tentacles grasp, snatch, twist themselves, vines rooted deep crawl through my toes, wrap around my ankles, up my legs. I watch the greens and pinks slip away to browns. Slow hurries into quick, rushes about, reaches for dreams, planted from the year before.
Time runs click tock.
All those things folded and tucked away for another day. All those things that have to be pulled out from underneath the brush, all those things in rooted under beds rotting in corners of bed rooms and offices and kitchens. All those things to be dug out from the back of junk drawers, unearthed in kitchens to be tilled and spread, seeded and separated. Thank you’s, happy birthday’s, congratulation’s, good job’s, rsvp’s, broken promises to be studied, analyzed, organized, donated, tossed, remembered, burned, ritualized, scrubbed clean. Stapled, paper clipped, rubber banded, shredded. Candle burning sticks and stones may break my bones and what about the Elmer’s Glue from years and years and years and those years so long ago?
Time is winding down.
Leaves change and let go they fall fire red decompose yellow. Die transparent. Crackle crisp under the boots of plaid skirted pony-tailed schoolgirls that carry pink and purple backpacks and text on their smart phones. We wrote notes on lined loose leaf that we folded into triangles and passed back and forth at recess.
It reminds me
I have been attached to grief.
Rattled. Shingled. Raw.
I remember. I feel back into the pins and needles and numb of twenty-five Septembers ago. I remember winding my 280 ZX through Laurel and Mulholland and Cold Water. I remember swerving and skidding and the squealing breaks, let it be me, let it be me, let it be me, let it be me… slicing through thick canyon on heavy Autumn days. I remember careening into Beverly Hills. Let it be me. I remember white piles, powder dumped from brown glass onto dirty mirrors sniffed from pinkies and thumbs and tiny spoons and keys, the razor clicks divvy out lines to be snorted and sucked up and smoked and the rolled dollar bills, used and smelling acrid sweet. Absolute bloodied white light late night Marlboro Lights rock line shots and Hendrix till sun light . Let it be me.
Hot fire harvest moon shines.
I irritate my scars.
Meanwhile, September speeds up, plows through October into November and burrows under the white winter blankets of drift for hibernation.
I am awake
I remember a dream.
Let it be me.