Welcome to my National Poetry Writing Month site! I'll be writing and posting a poem every day during the month of April. This year's project: poems titled after episodes of the original run of The Twilight Zone! For more poems and more information on National Poetry Writing Month, check out NaPoWriMo.net.
Day Three: "The Howling Man"
The Howling Man
Behind the barred door the howling man waits to be let loose on the world.
This is easy: our devils look so much like our desire.
Time Enough at Last
—as if to say that it could ever be
enough, the hours and days
that heap up like brazen sins,
each moment an ode to desire,
a mind and body in such love
with each other that they would
crush the world between them,
break apart every atom.
And for what? A few years
of pages, a mound of books
pored over and worn down,
a glutton’s willing sacrifice
of flesh. You, Henry Bemis,
of the thick-frame glasses,
what fate did you expect
your empty world to leave to you?
Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room
But of course the point is that
the nervous one disappears, yes?
That life affords us more or less
dramatic opportunities to become
alternate versions of ourselves,
to cross some threshold and leave
ourselves behind? We stare
into mirrors each morning and ask
who we will be, and seek out
in the glass something other
than what we know we are.
And who knows how frequently
each of us has banished our own
former selves into this reflective
limbo, how many skins we have
shed only to emerge as something other?