The past tells me I won’t learn from it

Four poems by Kyle Manning

Kyle Manning makes musings out of Portland, Oregon, by way of San Diego.
  • Kyle Manning makes musings out of Portland, Oregon, by way of San Diego.

Hooked

  • We complicate
  • In savage glee
  • Casting many 
  • Lines into 
  • Lifeless waters
  • Hooking each 
  • Other’s hooks and
  • Pulling mad to
  • Never have the 
  • Tension reveal itself 
  • As the tangle of
  • Our wild dreams
  • Of darling desperation 
  •  

Spilled Milk 

  • I spilled milk
  • just to see
  • if I would cry
  • but instead I
  • watched childhood
  • pool on the floor
  • and poured a 
  • stiff glass 
  • of death with
  • a splash of 
  • sweet indifference 

Hosts

  • The past tells me
  • I won’t learn from it anyways.
  • Bad decisions like gods
  • Need vessels to share them —
  • The souvenir of my 
  • Favorite nightmare, 
  • Our lives quick knives 
  • Through thick silence.
  • Oh sharp tongues carve
  • Pretty language.
  • Our demons toast their hosts
  • Chasing the sun 
  • Around the globe 
  • Because we’d see too clearly
  • In the dark that 
  • Our bodies cast no light 

Spectrum

  • we find the 
  • best of ourselves
  • when dealing 
  • with the worst in others —
  • it’s always been about balance, life
  • a thought taught and come to be known — 
  • humanity rocks gently along 
  • the polarities of a cosmic seesaw,
  • morality pinches points
  • on the scale and demands 
  • reflection, like the child of
  • the second coming tugging at
  • your pants —
  • I judge only those in denial of 
  •    the pendulous predications
  • of a species swinging madly together —
  • I hope to know you’ll need me
  •    when you’re flailing
  • nearly as much as I hope 
  •     I can need you in
  • the fog of the spectrum,
  • when nothing pulls me nowhere 

Kyle Manning makes musings out of Portland, Oregon, by way of San Diego. He studied creative writing at the University of San Diego and discovered a passion for poetry a couple years after graduation. He’s been published in Thom Young’s Last Chapter Journal.

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