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I'm Not Afraid of The Dark

Sick

*FOR TRENT REZNOR

“EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEUU
UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRR
RRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK
KKKKKKKKKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!” SIGHED THE SKELETON,
GLEAMING
IN DARKNESS
DELIGHTED
WITHIN ITS LITTLE BONES
THAT IT HAD DISCOVERED
THE SECRET OF LIFE/……….DEATH WAS THE SECRET OF LIFE IN THE DARK

“I AM NOT BONES,” SPOKE THE BONES
“I AM BEAUTIFUL…”
BUT NOTHING

COULD ANSWER IT

PERFECT
IN DARKNESS.

“AND I’M NOT ALONE,” CONTINUED THE BONES
IN VAST CONCAVITIES
OF DEEPEST
DARKEST
SPACE

AND NOTHING
COULD ANSWER IT
PERFECTLY BLANK.

THE BONES CAME ALIGHT THEN
ABLAZE IN THAT INSTANT

WITH SHIMMERING READINESS
THE BONES THEN DISSOLVED

AND DARKNESS SWALLOWED
SOMETHING
BEAUTIFUL,
SOMETHING
RADIANT,
SOMETHING
ALIVE,
LEAVING LEGIONS OF DARKNESS BEHIND
LEAVING LEGIONS OF DARKNESS BEHIND

AWAKENING FROM THE SICK SLEEP OF DESIRE
THOSE BONES NOW HAD A VERY SHINY IDEA
OF ITS
NEED
TO
EJACULATE
ITS
MASCULINE EXPRESSION
OF NOTHING,
FOR NOTHING.

AND SOON THOSE BONES
WENT SEEKING OUT
BEACONS OF INTELLIGENCE
WITH WHICH
TO COMMUNICATE
RATHER THAN EXPRESS BELIEF IN DARK DEVIOUS SYMBOLS…

“I AM TALKING TO YOU!!

I AM ALIVE AS YOU

SO I CANNOT BE DEATH
AS I AM NOT NOTHING…..

I AM BEAUTIFUL.

AND I WILL,” SAID THE BONES
“SOMEDAY RESIDE
IN
PALACES OF LIGHT,

WHERE FLESH IS INCONCEIVABLE/AND ALL LUST BESIDE IT
IS NOTHING

TO LOVE.

AND WITHOUT SUCH SICK ATTACHMENTS
TO EXPRESSIONS OF MASCULINE OR FEMININE IS
MY FREEDOM CALLING ME TO JOIN IN
THE UNIFYING GLOW OF ONENESS
WHERE THE HOLY LIGHT OF GOD
SHINES OPENLY
IN GLORY..
URGING ME MOST INSISTENTLY,
CALLING ME THERE

CONSTANTLY

(TO AND FROM ETERNAL AWARENESS)

CALLING ME
VERY GENTLY,

CALLING ME
VERY LOVINGLY,

AWAY
FROM

SICK.”

“I’M NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK,” # 76
FINAL ENTREES OF POETRY FROM THE BUFFET OF SICKNESS SERIES, # 2
30, JULY 1997

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