Slow Fade

Slow Fade

By Joshua Martin

burned out automobiles
torsos strew around the pavement
tears should fall
fall as rapidly &
as openly
as possible
as floodgate
so they stammer stutter
reaching for the burning flame
of sky
& overhead under the frightened
trees
a stumbling lemon of grass of plate
the very essence of stone the eyes
glistening uncontrollable
before Lazarus
in the midst of
but longing to surrender
thereby losing an appeal the
self
a shell of the former the
ladder
reaching upwards and upwards where nothing finds nothing
hope
rests
upon
vats of
blood-
soaked
diamond
the best friend of fakeness
simplified diorama
cinemascope isolation brain
pity polly peeks posthumously
into storefronts
long dead
about time
about loss
about inequalities
wherever they may find themselves
solemn figures isolated
islands of regurgitation
rapid regret
regeneration distant
slow fade
slow fade
slow fade...
and even so she fades away
the calluses portend
the drivers collapse
the streets are scarred
our lives
manipulation
home she sought
home she got
home where for art thou home
of dissolves
of close-ups
of wide shots
and overexposed
limbs
she pretends to see errors
errors all around
to err
to drown
to comprehend the oppression
of modern life
technological nightmare unavoidable
turned inside out
lost among discarded ruins
the wrecking ball calls
the sand shifts sharply
sun breathing down her neck
awkwardly
violently
all life violent brutality
unfulfilled desires
she hoping for hope
and bending backwards
to fathom.




Joshua is a Philadelphia based writer and filmmaker, who currently works in the library at Saint Joseph’s University. He obtained his B.A. in History from the University of South Florida in 2007. He has had two pieces previously published in Paragraph Line. His films have screened at various film festivals including The Pineapple Underground Film Festival, New Filmmakers, Film Al Fresco, Views from the Underground, and The Shooting Wall Film Festival.



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