Demanding Music

Demanding music
is my fuel.
Right now.
Look at the orange
bag, the dirty beard,
the cigarette disintegrating
the human,
the white shirt
with loud
wrinkles, blocked by the angry
truck. Listen
to that
Drive me to the end
of a scummy
day. Be mean, but hide me
from the mean, hide
me in the closets
of office death.
Crunch me.
Hammer me with that strange
“Back with another one of those
block rocking
beats.” Steal me
from my insanity and dump
me in the gutters
of leftover humanity swimming
for the meat,
for the currency.
Spear me
with the orange cones.
Tear out
my heart and liver.
Blow my brain into the guts
of the amplifier, seal me
for another era.
Demanding music
is saving me



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  1. #1 by Carl D'Agostino on December 5, 2012 - 11:32 am

    with loud

    I wish they were on my shirt. Instead of my face.

    • #2 by Carl on December 25, 2012 - 5:34 pm

      Wonderful, Carl. I’ve been away from the blog, but your comment was a warm welcome back to a pleasant alternate universe.

  2. #3 by stillight on December 5, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    Really great piece, Carl. Loved it! Reads so harsh but captures such a mood that I recognize… “(music) save me from the fucking daily grind!” Sorry for throwing in the expletive.”)

    • #4 by Carl on December 25, 2012 - 5:34 pm

      I appreciate your comment, Jennifer, and I think your expletive is perfectly placed!

  3. #5 by clinock on December 8, 2012 - 6:33 am

    Carl, you blow my mind always with your words – such power and such tearing of the soul. BTW – my blogging friend – I have nominated you for ‘Blog of the Year’ award. All details on my latest post which will appear later today. I hope you will accept but understand if not – walk on…

    • #6 by Carl on December 25, 2012 - 5:36 pm

      John, you are very kind to me. I appreciate your comment, and I appreciate your nomination more than I can express.

  4. #7 by Hansi on December 8, 2012 - 8:24 am

    I think I know what ya mean. I’ve been listening to my old vinyl records from the 60’s and 70’s. good stuff if ya just sit and listen on a good stereo system with 12″ speakers.

    • #8 by Carl on December 25, 2012 - 5:37 pm

      Vinyl and 12″ speakers – You have a great recipe. Thank you for your comment.

  5. #10 by Carl D'Agostino on December 18, 2012 - 3:10 pm See post “I am an apartment building” Very similar style to yours. Have sent her to your blog.

    • #11 by Carl on December 25, 2012 - 5:40 pm

      Thank you for the comment and thank you for the reference. I love seeing what folks are doing.

  6. #12 by Victoria C. Slotto on December 23, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Difficult subject…you’ve captured the feeling, Carl.

    • #13 by Carl on December 25, 2012 - 5:42 pm

      Thank you for your comment Victoria! I appreciate it.

  7. #14 by Hawkruh on December 25, 2012 - 1:08 am

    Came back and read this a second time … yes! A definite like. Definite capture of feeling here! Well done.

    • #15 by Carl on December 25, 2012 - 5:43 pm

      I’m thankful you came back. Your comment lifted me out of a terrible writing funk.

      • #16 by Hawkruh on December 26, 2012 - 5:05 am

        I admire your ability to write poetry. It can express such raw emotion. Right now I’m struggling in deciding if I should try to do something with a short story a therapist friend had me write years ago during some high it is about not fitting in.i posted it awhile back – adventures of the feather in an uncertain world.

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