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Tomorrow, and other nihilistic folderol (Macbeth, 5.5.16-28)

When madness beseeches me † † †
to break my body against † † †
the pliant ground † † †
I think of the kind lips † † †
I tasted yesterday † † †
† † †
and all my yesterdays culminate † † †
into one ethereal instant † † †
† † †
because time has no meaning, † † †
no bearing, no recourse, no match, † † †
itís stretched out in an infinite string † † †
of sped-up needless nights † † †
† † †
and lived in one † †  
checkered photograph † †  
at a time with no future ahead † †  
and but a few † †  
undeveloped Polaroids of yesterday † †  
flapping behind like † †  
blasphemed Tarot cards † † †
† † †
now gives way to nothing † †  
† † †
the things I said † †
the things you did † † †
the way it † †  
never happened † † †
until this moment † †  
† † †
and my rage is † † †
grand theater † † †
against an infinite jester † † †
lighting the tips of † † †
votive candles † † †
with the long matches † † †
they use at church altars † † †
to make wishes for † † †
dead people in robes † † †
† † †
as if we can pray † †  
to the saints of tomorrow † † †
† † †
as if we can ask to smell † † †
the sulfur of the match as it † † †
smokes out, leaving flame in † † †
the maw of a tribute to no one † † †
† † †
but at least the smell is pleasant † † †
† † †
as if † †  
† † †
we had a flame, † † †
and it was more than † † †
nihilistic folderol in a † †  
cold vacuum of space that † † †
felt heat for a brief time † † †
† † †
because the hallucination † † †
I had, the dream I never dreamed † † †
was warm in the cold void, † † †
and the drug I tripped on † † †
was the echo of your face † † †
† † †
There should have been time for us † † †
There should have been time for us † †  
† † †
But bells echo on my hat † † †
and show that † † †
I have always † † †
been a fool † † †
† † †
I touch the candle † † †
with a fading finger † † †
and we both † † †
† † †
go † † †
† † †
out
Written by Betty
Published
Author's Note
Out, out brief candle...

Act 5 Scene 5 -- lines 16 to 28
https://myshakespeare.com/macbeth/act-5-scene-5
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