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Inoculation

What jagged little pill
will make me proof
against your charms?
I wish and wonder,
plot this out:
  • Spreadsheet
  • Chi square
  • Straight line regression
reviewed and checked,
again and again,
until it all goes bust.

My figures don't add up.

Can potions immunize me
from the sweet intoxication
of misspent lust,
unguarded dreams,
and wishes that should be horses?

I would go far away
(as far as winds will take me)
to prove my lack of interest.
Instead I harden my heart,
wear a mask of steel,
put feathers in my hair
and hope for the best.

And after all the fuss and fury,
the miserable moments
concealed by painted lips
and laughter,
no inoculation
(icewater in my veins)
will save me from my longing
to immolate myself
one last time
in the all-consuming fever
of your fire.

This was written for The Sunday Whirl and Sunday Scribblings.

9 comments:

oldegg said...

Why fight it just give in. You have convinced me! Lovely play on words there too.

February 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM
Stan Ski said...

If there was a pill, we'd all be taking it...!

February 4, 2013 at 3:40 AM
Altonian said...

Some things, if you want them badly enough, are really worth not fighting for - if you catch my drift.

February 4, 2013 at 5:46 AM
Susan Helene Gottfried said...

The worst part is when you know what you have is toxic, yet you can't stay away.

Oh, I am NOT looking forward to that merry-go-round again...

February 4, 2013 at 5:48 AM
gsb said...

if there wasn't something to jump start the heart...we would all just be a bunch seconds in a horrer story.

February 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM
Veronica Roth said...

Oh dear, addiction of any kind is never a pleasant thing. Very well written Ann. :)

February 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM
jaerose said...

Straight line regressions are always bad..hard to climb out of..so much imagery here that made me want to reach in and hold..the feathers..the steel mask..if the heart is still beating those veins won't stay cold for long..

February 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM
Alice Audrey said...

The only thing that can defeat that kind of obsession is an equal counter obsession.

February 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM
Tumblewords: said...

Terrific...I love it...

February 5, 2013 at 8:52 PM