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Tie My Hands

from The Cover of Hunter by Liam Betson



Completely incapable of making connections
with other people.
You’re here but distant and calmly disjointed
like actors frozen in profile.
But I am an actor too
and I’ve acted for you.

You’ll leave this town, disappear forever.
No one will gossip and push you around,
no parents to send you to your room,
no embarrassment or answering to.
And you won't really be alone.
Not like now, waking up for school.

And when night comes to hold hands with someone,
euphoria enters suddenly.
But to have it and know it and love it and show it
is like leaves and branches over a hole.
So tonight will be actual proof
of tradition and tribute.

In the middle of some happiness
stare down this picture of _________.
Stare down some little representation of love
as a thousand other photographs
of a thousand other people
stay undeveloped on the dresser
where bits of dust will gather

like tobacco worked into the wood
or discarded newspaper with outlined words
shrugged off, completely uninterested,
to a world of vapors where idle thoughts go.
But dreams rise up from the cracks
and people you’ve ignored will come back.

And some night on a long walk back home
past those stinking roads where the buses don't go,
the white walls with lexan windows
and the park within subdivisions,
hear your name called
like hands reaching for your neck.


from The Cover of Hunter, released July 22, 2014


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