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Juliano Zaffino

 Halfway poised between happiness / And self-destruction, palms outstretched

Halfway poised between happiness / And self-destruction, palms outstretched

The shaman tells you to keep going
And you don’t even think to question her
You approach life now the way you write
Sparingly and functionally, every word
A pilgrimage your fingers numbly tread

A fractured glacier returning northwards
You are frozen and unstoppable at once
A modern Hamlet in your own life
Every question’s answer crystal clear
All the things coming towards you, blessings

Wake up in the middle of the road
You’ve been sleepwalking your life again
Halfway poised between happiness
And self-destruction, palms outstretched
Saying “just reach out, clutch it whole”

The world is a compact atom bomb
It will incinerate your greedy hands
Will give you gifts, make you godly awful
Radiating blossoms out of every open wound
In biblical signs, redemption, intervention

Separate from yourself you see the shaman
Again, vanquisher returning from the dead
With a message, with a vengeance
You have not performed your utmost duties
There is an angry something somewhere, swelling

This something speaks to you in flaming tongues
Saying “just reach out, clutch it whole”
As if it thought that you could be shocked awake
That you’d finally brave up and face it
The hellish maw of bright uncertain sunrise