StorySeep

Before our births, void of choice, we became part of the story,
During our lives, with a choice, we can't escape the story,
After death, abandoned choice, the story continues to seep.
- Andrew Mansell

Category: Moments

poems, quotes, short shorts

Sharks always Bite

The seconds, the hours, the time

I don’t write

sharks do bite

At first, the pain

I somehow wain

but the sharks keep biting

deep, into my flesh

into my vein

There’s golden staph

on their teeth tips

I know, I’ll die

if the words inside me

I do keep

I want to weep

like a mother

wants to keep a grown child

but I don’t

I won’t

The words form like lava

Unseen, unnoticed,

ready to erupt

And no matter, whether

I decide

to keep them in

or let them out

The words sprout

just as sharks

always bite.

 

Andrew Mansell, 4 JUL 2015.

Broken Window

Photo by Quinton Malfait

Get out of the rain, tells the naked man
Turn on your headlights, tells the driver of a black car
Eat your vegies, tell the parents of a concrete garden
Support the environment, tell the directors of oil corp
I’m tired, you tell but you sleep with the light on
Mind your own business,
I’m told as I look through a broken window.

Andrew Mansell, September 2014.

A Boy Could

A
Boy
Could
Do
Everything
For
Girl’s
Happiness
Including
Jam
Kind
Love
Meaningfully
Not
Only
Perfectly
Quite
Rigidly
Seamed
Together
Ultimately
Vividly
Waiting
Xenia
Yielding
Zest.

Andrew Mansell, March 2010.

Know your ABCs?

Limitless

On a good day nonfiction may tell you the world, whereas fiction will show you the universe.

Andrew Mansell, September 2013.

It Goes On

After sunrise the moon stayed high
Water and milk mixed in my cup
The earth spun slower, the world sped up
Life expectancy rose for the human race
Not for the lab rat or monkey face.
The phone rang without tone
An executive sales officer spoke
Told of steak, veg, apple pie
in a certified organic capsule
Told of a boy who died a girl
And the hairs upon my chest
could be forever removed
Retirement is a lifestyle choice.
I told the salesperson
Cats and dogs can be friends
Machines can really talk
Not only prisoners are behind bars
And I killed someone and got away
Next time take the time to knock
The end of the world will be predicted
right before it happens.
He hung up before I could say
The more we know
the further the universe expands
The less we know
It goes on, much the same.

Andrew Mansell, September 2013.