Invitation: For Those Inclined To Ridicule And Self-Righteousness


You’ve caught me with
my suicide mask wearing thin –
Death, an old sidekick
and various forms of unrequited love;
accompanied by virgin
humiliation, strike
the bone of the ghost-ridden
music that echoes in the hollow of my heart

I want you to take
some of your old medicine;
this hate, this emaciated bitterness
the dehydration of the body,
the loveless trough
throat and lungs make amid the unheard
pulsing of a sick sun
in the pumped-out stomach ache.

God, I’m tired of being late –
suiting my person to a fool’s
tailor who labors blind for the emperor;
who does not know
the difference between desire, and dust:
nor these odd goodbye scenes
conveying no taste of
the final, approaching lust

©Dean Baker

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Where No Kings Reign


I cannot sleep or eat, like
One of Shakespeare’s fools;

Who wants to, when
Your one and only’s gone

I don’t question time, or decay
While sitting out the night;

In your room or mine: two lovers
Traveling towards the light

©Dean Baker

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