Watch – Basilike Pappa

FREE VERSE REVOLUTION

That emotionless tick,

that tack, like a wink,

I nailed you to a wall

but couldn’t keep you

Always that tack,

that same tick,

I wrapped you around my wrist

but couldn’t hold you

I clicked my tongue out of rhythm

danced off beat

sang out of tune

to confuse you,

but you always keep an eye against me.

I took a screwdriver to you

to untick your tack, untack your tick

I ripped you open

but couldn’t kill you.

That tick, unquestioning,

and tack unrelenting

what will you gain from my ending?


Basilike Pappa is a bookmonger and a wordcubine. She believes that in poetry an image must montage the mind with false cognates, and that god is sun on a copper coffee pot. Her prose has appeared in Life & Art Magazine, Intrinsick and Timeless Tales, and her poetry in Rat’s Ass Review, Surreal Poetics

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