What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

I thought that was what you wanted (Dear Shadwick 7)


Look, I’d like to say I’ve never been hooked on anything stronger than food, but you can see right through me now but not before, opaque with waiting, with baited breath caught up all too soon, I know you could use a hand or two but all I can spare is a fingertip, a fine blip this is on an otherwise blank radar, lousy with quiet, mopped-up brow moping in the rain, coping all right with the aid of caffeine, he keeps the left-side brain sleeping, flipping forward through grayscale dreamscapes, quick glimpse and away, oh glamourless you, choking on pocket lint, joking down the rocky daydark lanes in a lame attempt to blunt the edge, lose the cuteness there, sweetheart, and loose the hunting pack on your own scent, vainly exempt from falling due to prior debts to gravity, pending payments to the spectre can be made out to cash, bang clash clamour all you want is quiet, yes, but there’s no escaping the constant hum and buzz of life, at least not while living, not wholly given over to the right things, the wrong left bleeding from your nose, oh my eyes, my eyes, a pox upon the lies dressed up in white, disguised for me and only seen clearly from the outside, my mind left scattered, spattered here unseen against the wiped-clean page of my skull
At the end of the day, it’s written on my forehead why I’m this way

(Inspiration and title from “Addicted” by Quiet Hollers)

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What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

About Andrew.

Andrew Cartwright grew up in Indianapolis, IN, but has lived over the years in such places as Denver, CO; Fairfax, VA; and Rivne, Ukraine. He is a former nonfiction editor for both Indiana Review and phoebe; he has also worked for the intersectional feminist journal, So To Speak, and the national literary magazine, Electric Literature. His work has appeared in The Normal School Online, Copper Nickel, Esquire Ukraine, Literary Hub, and Word Riot.

For more information about me and links to other writing, visit my author page at cartwriter.com