Night of my harsh confessions,
you won’t let me turn away.
Tonight, regret is a new nerve,
and I probe the opening
where my years writhe exposed.
My failings dance before me.
I throw them wild flowers,
I throw them cabbages,
and they dance and sing and burn.
I failed to love anything
fierce enough to die, they sing.
I failed to be driven mad with longing
for a slice of this world.
Everything I touched,
I let drop from lukewarm hands,
my music, my literature,
my one aching adventure,
the girl who loved me with a dangerous sky.
They all got away,
and now another, bolder man
has the girl and the dream,
while I sit waiting for the night,
for the dawn, for the naked revelation.
I am the lion that never roared,
the bronco that never bucked,
the rolling stone that got stuck in the moss.
Night of my harsh confession,
I cannot turn away.
My regret is an old nerve,
and it tells me I will live out my life
in a parlor like a piece of furniture,
with my drunken relics,
my moth-eaten youth.
Can I salvage a brazen mouth,
a life of pristine adversity,
a dangerous core?