Nothing Outta Something

I’m good at making something out of nothing.

The matter and the substance

Of the passion and the numbness.

I give myself up. Over and over again, I let myself go.

Layers of pigment swaddling bones of clay.

Form to the word,


I break myself down,

And rebuild again.

Making something out of nothing.

Solid black ink, lining the frills

Of brilliant colors and shapes,


I let them wash over me.

Making something out of nothing at all.

Boards of pine

Impressions of fire

Deep, burnt grooves


I set myself aflame,

Making something out of nothing.

“To leave without being left”

“To feel without being felt”

Why would I ever think I could be something more?

Isn’t this the nothing I wished for?

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