other side


By Mike O’Connell
we build layers over years
protection from outside
inside hang stuff
like mother made dream
catchers over exposed surfaces
markers for consistency
buzz words primed
armed for full disclosure
searching under rocks
for undiscovered to inspirations
from anonymous ancestors
hidden like keys to the
subconscious where we understand we are goaded
by constellations assuming
we are tied to stars (some gone before we got here)
fortelling fortunes using the
far past skulls numbed
by contrived characters
waylaid by starry eyes
using theoretical guides
as bait for simple nightmares
usually misinterpreted as
signs from somewhere(else)
all of this means
we can’t predict the future
til we get there and
see the other side




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