Am I Mark E. Smith? by Jake Ormrod

We spoke about him
in bed,
how my head was similar
unable to see life beyond extremes.

Now you're gone,
and the fear of streams
carrying me far away
are hard to erase
just days to consider why you left
why my head is bereft of the necessary terms to keep you here.

Your departure is one in a long line
meaning it's time to ask
Am I Mark E. Smith?

Not if I have his wit
or his writing agility
or if i'm slowly building up to his drinking ability
but if i'm a git who is destined to this
who will poke, prod and push
the people he loves
till they're gone.

My answer is no.
I Am Not Mark E. Smith.

I am a man in control
one who wants out of this
who is slowly climbing his way
out of this combative abyss.

I hope you will join me
be my teammate through this shift,
and will see that, most definitely,
I Am Not Mark E. Smith.

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Mark E. Smith | The Fall was taken by Stefan Müller and is available for use under Creative Commons.