I want to be annihilated completely, I want reciprocal forgetting, I want the angels not to recognize me.

Demons with Bird Masks

the birds are crawling out of the carpet
scarlet red and green, oriental patterned
parrots and sparrows – wings beaks
puffy cheeks and hollow black eyes

they are emerging in the wallpaper
scraping claws like knives, coming to life
owls with razor feathers and no soul

a masquerade ball in this dormitory hall
me dressed all in white haloes and
red ribbons and they – staring,
shifting like pools of gasoline in the light

sparrows screaming behind
renaissance masks – gold embossed
glossy and fine, hiding blackened
faces – inky forms of horror – my demons
the shadowy creatures of my subconscious

their wings are beating, my heart is pounding
i walk only on the green lines of the carpet
So they can’t eat my feet – i feel vulnerable

they are stemming from the carpet and walls and air
no one can see them – but i know they’re there

i have to go to sleep now–
so i can wake up from this nightmare

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