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I have seen you before

Date Written: October 24, 2017

I know who you are, I lived you, caressed

your involucre, immersed in your depth,

saw the entangled black worms creeping

inside you clogging your arteries, asphyxiating


your organs to insanity, as colourful

butterflies flee from your orbits, escaping

your darkness wetting your eyes, when

you bitterly smile.


I recognise you, your thoughts tarnishing

my mind, understand each one of them as if

they were mine, inhaling what inspires you

grasping the intensity of what’s invisible


to me and so clear to your impeccable

logic, every twist and straight line of your rationality,

all the synapses connecting dots through nervous

impulses, you so eagerly burn in smoke.


I distinguish who and what you hold dear, where

you hide your memories and how you use them,

the books you read and those you pretend

you did, the dread of glasses resting on your nose,


the physical agony your endure each time, the weather

changes, each time you move to please me.


I feel your essence, cherish what delights you,

random pleasures attentive to details while

pupils transpire the shadows of your sorrows,

traveling time to acknowledge their origin,


your traumas and pains, I sense your tragic

nobility. I know why you shout acquainted,

with your biggest enemy, yourself, endangering

your health with drugs and alcohol,


your intelligence torturing you, your emotions

suiciding you.


I know you are unable to help yourself and that I

can't either, and I now know I have to keep

a distance, for chemical reactions get me

addicted to your worst.


[Featured painting: Ettore E Andromaca by Giorgio De Chirico, 1917]

One comment on “I have seen you before”

  1. River.Ophelia     October 27, 2017

    magnificent, stunning piece of writing…
    “the weather changes, each time you move to please me”
    I loved it

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