“CLOSET MONSTER”

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piece by Dillidallier

 

by Joseph Donnelly

 

I reach in my closet
And put on an old skeleton,
The marrow is dusty,
The joints creak and call out,
This one says, “Why did you sniff intellectualism?”
This one says, “Who is Sarah?”
They moan as the hanger shifts back and forth,
I’ll put it on for a second,
Only to remember an old clock I broke,
And vomit,
 

The cloth remains intact,
Pulsing with life as new, modified, clones crash the entrance,
Rapid adaptions of misnomers,
Multiple lives of being and personification,
They reach out in the mornings and midnights,
Screaming “TOUCH ME, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO”
“PEOPLE DON’T CHANGE, YOU COWARD”
Scaring me into simple dressing gowns,
 

I’ll put together an outfit that makes no sense,
Living with the idiocy of pleasure for now,
Looking forward to the faded version of each sweater vest,
Nailing pine boards across the doors,
Knowing I should use bones,
 

Joseph Donnelly lives and writes in Astoria, NY. His chapbook is titled The ECW, and he is working to put out another this coming fall. Most of his inspiration comes from the subways and sidewalks of Queens and watching live readings.
 

Dillidallier is a design collaborative between Anastasia Wasko and artists who embrace their inner weirdness. Wonderfully whimsical stationery, accessories, and décor are for sale at accessible prices. Pieces are made from handmade, upcycled, and recycled materials.