Eventide, a haiku. You can read the text of Eventide here, and you can also switch on auto-captions in YouTube in the settings menu if you’d like to watch the video with captions.
Predator is my most watched spoken word performance, with over 5000 views to date on YouTube and Twitter.
You can read the text of the poem here, or switch on auto-captions in the settings menu in YouTube.
A smile that’s too large
A look in the eye
Too intense, unblinking
The predator spots his prey
A shifty glance sideways
A question ignored
Or answered too late
That too-soon bonding
With sickly sweet compliments
So many superlatives
And nothing adds up
None of his story
Avoidance, so much
His responses don’t fit
You know it, you do
Now trust it, trust you
And if you’re not sure
Just wait, you’ll see
Something will happen
A sign, an event
This thing will make sense
Of all of your doubts
And heed it you must
For it’s the sign you were right all along
And this is the lesson
It is the great learning
The one that you weren’t taught when young
Leaving you open and prey to all
But especially open to those who profess
To like you the most, to like you the best
And offer the loveliest love of your life
You’re so hungry for love and esteem from without
That you’re open to strife
For you don’t know the feeling of love from within
Or even the sense of a self or desire
You’re lost and need good people to teach you
And bolster your spirit
And he’s not it
He’s not even close
And you know that he’s not
As does he, but by golly you look so tasty and he wants to gobble you up, doesn’t he?
But you’re safe now for you know it’s ok both to feel and to say:
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even the tide comes
back even at eventide
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The remains of you
I took them to the crossroads
And buried them there
You’ve lingered so long, my love
You really must let me go
You kiss my soft throat
Birthplace of swallows — breaths pass
You are so gentle —
To grant me tender respect
Stirs my stifled voice to life