Palinoia

When caught with jam around your lips
you touch
that pause between a heartbeat and

the next

and tense in halfway rigor mortis,
in the gall and wormwood sense of death:
you know
you’ve dived too deep again.

You drown yourself and plea:
“Forgive me darling, please”.

She nods, and smiles –
reptilian.

And you’re breathless, frigid, left to catch
a second wind.
Cause it’s such a cinch
to brush the vintage grime of words
from chest and brow;

and crush the window-pane
to steal her apple-pies again.

Original by Salvador Dali

Original by Salvador Dali

This is linked to Mindlovemiseries wordle and toad’s Tuesday platform

February 21, 2017

15 responses to “Palinoia

  1. You drown yourself and plea:
    “Forgive me darling, please”

    A respite that often helps to deflect from a likely disaster. Often faced this sort of situation too!

    Hank

  2. I Googled the meaning of the word; I watched the movie of that name – and I’m still mystified. But yes, I too liked the lines thotpurge picked.

  3. I like the way you’ve the line breaks in this piece, Björn, for emphasis and effect, especially in the opening lines, which create a strong image.
    I also enjoyed the lines:
    ‘And you’re breathless, frigid, left to catch
    a second wind”

  4. There is an underlying sensuality to these lines.. and the imagery is so unexpected. I don’t know where your idea came from but this is a most exceptional piece of writing.

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