Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

Melancholy Baby

bored out of my mind / so I come back to you / I always come back to you / I come back to you when I’m drunk / I come back to you when I’m not / though I’m not sure why / perhaps it’s your wicked smile / your wicked point of view / your Frank Sinatra charm / though he was a bastard too / according to what I’ve read / that dimple outside the corner of your mouth / (when you are smiling) / that brings me to my knees / nonetheless / the number of times you have rejected me is surreal / I am thinking Salvador Dali / I am thinking melting clocks / melting timepieces / I am thinking swans in flight in an unnatural sort of way / tight rope walking / tall buildings / skyscrapers beneath a starry sky

 

Nettie Farris is the author of Communion (Accents Publishing, 2013), Fat Crayons (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and the micro-chapbook Story (Origami Poems Project, 2016). Her chapbook The Wendy Bird Poems is forthcoming from dancing girl press.

 

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