to understand the emptiness
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to understand the emptiness

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 DB Cox
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 DB Cox
to understand the emptiness
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DB Cox is a blues musician/writer from South Carolina, USA. He graduated from high school in 1966, and was in the Marine Corps from 1968-1972....read more In 1977, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the Berklee School of Music where he discovered a thriving blues scene. After thirty years of playing the music he loves with some great bands, he moved back to South Carolina where he writes and plays in a blues band called “P.C. Red & Almost Blue.” He has previously published five books of poetry, and one collection of short stories called "Unaccustomed Mercy." This EBook is available at Amazon Kindle EBooks.
Issue 108 · poetry
free verse ·  
to understand the emptiness
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the needle knows the way
once more, i lean over “the hole”
& let myself go
 
for a second
i feel as if i am hovering
but i know that i am falling
 
time is lost
with no references
i have no perception of body position
i have become the dark
 
at times
i seem to be on the verge of some vital discovery
when i try to verbalize scattered thoughts
the words die—swallowed by the vacuum
 
the old force pulls at me constantly
i am being eaten away
soon i will vanish
this arcane “machine of want”
will crave no more
 
my only hope for salvation
was to understand
& accept the emptiness
of more 24-hour days
 
i have lost all faith
in the notion of an “ending”
to get to the bottom of "the hole"
was my only goal
 
now I’m certain
that I will never see
if i’m inside "the hole"
or "the hole" is inside of me
 
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  4 days ago
D.B. Cox is one of the finest poets I've yet to meet. His work is exemplary and always on the note.
 

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