Poems by Camille Daytona

# posted June 21, 2020

U.Z.

 

the surgeon sped through hallway a few times

vaguely, like a ghost.

he was like a famous person

whose time you could not afford to buy.

on rare occasions we would sit face to face.

he would lean back into his orthopedic chair,

all saggy. I could see his spine bend through his skin.

I had my jewelry on everytime I went.

“take off your weapons”,

he would instruct.

 

when he opened my back

he could not fathom wat he saw. 

I prepared him but he did not listen.

I asked to keep the evidence, which I used

to build a shrine.

now it is scattered: 

one piece is in my boyfriend’s bedroom

most of it is in the drawer

where it acts as a magnetic field

to keep the shame out of my body.

it will never decompose.

 

the surgeon was busy for eight hours.

if I hadn’t been asleep,

I would’ve turned around to see the surgeon’s face

and whispered like they did at my high school lectures:

“why are you all red?”

 

aide-memoire

 

the most abominable sight

can be one to cherish after all.

whether it penetrates our eyes like acid,

or not,

it brings forth a truth

and displays fear.

 

something feels unsettling

when using the word truth.

I would rather never use any word ever again

that summons the idea

of me as a knower.

 

the sky has to keep amazing me.

when it stops doing that,

that is my quavering red flag.

I would rather submit myself

to a tree or a lion

but I have an agile mind.

I can not sit still when I have to listen.

but I can ignore and ignore

like no other person.

I might do something really silly after all

like studying astrophysics.

# posted March 9, 2020

thinktank 

        thanks 4 Dewi

 

and so I sit cross-legged between the smudge

I grub

I clasp to the roots 

that peep out of the pile.

every day conflicts with the other

a chain link continuum,

perpetual

towards the glazed bushes in gardens

in which crumpled love notes from teenage girls 

lie yellowing

thrown from the top floor window.

haven’t I been that before?

the way my stockings glimmer

is a substitute for void.

if I catalogize my belongings

will the chaos decline?

I make myself uncomfortable

on the carpet

and I count.

soon enough I see the images again:

as they come flashing

previously from smoking weed

now from just existing.

soon enough the mist comes,

thickening.

 

but the dog keeps me in charge:

it checks on my presence when I am far gone.

foreplaying till cows come home

 

I realize I need a frame.

a lack of boundaries is what,

contradictorily,

eliminates my freedom.

 

I want someone to tell me what to do,

or cry excessive tears 

so it is clear that I am sad

instead of guessing the weather.

the only thing I know

is that my climate is turbid

and lawless like slab city.

I haven’t made it there yet.

maybe a muscle twitch

is a crypted message

to run.

I’ll sell my furniture

and curate my environment.

I’ll conspire a sham marriage.

for B.

 

how much do you want to stay unknown

or how much do you want me to unsee you?

you know I can’t unsee you

or anything I read about anything to do with blood

I am very afraid of time

I bought a mango which I left to decompose

which I didn’t mean to

sometimes purity has a pungent taste to it

I ask you to imagine this in my voice

while all this time I have bathed and bathed

mostly I like the water to exceed the level of heat that is bearable

where on the scale of bearableness would you place me

strong bones run in my family

my grandmother could build a house in the blink of an eye

she said we took to long to make a plan

or that once you have gathered all the materials needed

you have to act fast

for your willpower not to weaken

I have a plan but I am tethered to a post

and very prone to illness

so I am excluded from this precious piece of advice

you know that but you do not know the severity of it

many of my hues go unperceived

my appearance is confusing

to doctors and to women prone to the evil eye disease

and I had to re-open the gate myself many times

in fact it always closes before it is even fully opened

in fact it is a loophole without an end

December Two Thousand Nineteen

 

to be receptive is an active verb

it needs me

slightly uncomfortable on the top of a hill 

in hiking boots

and an invisible star at the end of each fingernail

 

spawning the desire

or the will

or both the desire and the will 

to stare at an ugly purple vegetable

and to seperate the roots from the weeds

 

the will seems to be rather the act of toleration, 

which is passive

 

there is a smell to this room too neutral 

it makes me not be here

I wonder what clouds smell like

in high school I once smelled a chemical that you’re not allowed to smell

I almost lost my sense of smell

the list of smells without connotation keeps shrinking

 

I have a new daily challenge

it starts with me opening my eyes to see the same pearl string chandelier

but it is Wednesday

and I have to say the month and the year out loud

and I have to repeat it with a stern voice, as if to convince anyone

that there is no one present in this building

# posted February 12, 2020

the World must be here somehow

 

the World must be here somehow

at the sight of a dream before it is known

or touched -

with a knife clenched somewhere

and the houses beautifully sown to each other

where we do not live and never will

tragically 

 

mundane 

beautiful starfield

when I look inside sometimes it is completely hollow

sometimes there are

tiny envelopes swarming 

glimmering promises kept small

by choice or

by destiny

 

this is the best try of all tries

I blue -

    my eyelashes

I think about the past as a different life entirely

I try to touch pictures 

they melt in my hands

 

stay sedated

and asleep

resume your filthy ways of stumbling

in a sandhole

very, very deep

like a tower reversed

 

meet me at the top of it 

 

the only thing that feels real is rain

with the voice under one’s breath

that whispers

the World must be here somehow

Coney girl memoir

 

by the thought of getting past this morning

I was pinned

like a butterfly in a frame

and there were pins that went inside the muscle

and they entered

and you came

racing towards me 

your smile formed a fountain

and I stood by with a checkered flag 

and I gave up on the standing part

and I lay watching

as many many tasks undid themselves

through consolation

through regression

 

I threw one coin in the fountain to show my devotion

and one for the fun of the act

then one for you

and one for me

I kept throwing and throwing

like through the slot of a coin dozer machine

that pushes through the gold and the gadgets

where children run around with goldfish

this must be the place, I say

I know this state of being

it is accountable for all and every cloud of hope

that fades before the sublimation

sliding on a conveyer belt

back into butterfly being

where every pin lowers the treshold of pain

that is what happens when you put metal inside of a girl

# posted January 6, 2020

airborne children

 

we are nowhere in particular

we are a 

           dot on a map

we are a falcon stone-grown to a roof

yet we are still a falcon.

we are airborne babies

kept in recluse.

 

we think we know about these streets and their features

or that we have to move cities 

in order to rewire our brain.

 

maybe it is enough to leave the door ajar

or shower with the lights off.

if you take a shower every day

you never get very filthy.

 

it is shameful,

all the comfort

that kept us from ever reaching this state.

 

maybe we have to see the worst

landflood in history

or suffer a concussion.

snowflake bath

 

before I lay my eyes upon the proof of something - before I do that,

I must feel the fuck out of nothings

what I would like is to stay in overlooked corners

what I dream of is a meta-life

that I can get back to and count the days as a way of keeping them

there are a lot of boxes to be filled

and purged and filled again

 

I will remove myself out of situations too legitimate

or useful,

to return to him and me in a snowflake bath

with crystals by the window

 

(and to the things that are very very tangible

like shells printed on paper

or like when something is very old

or odd, 

the touch hits differently)

October 14

 

wherever it lays pounding

still warm and tactile

in sheets of a river bed 

we do not go there anymore 

we thrive on electricity

we repair and replace in the blink of an eye

where does the light even still come from

 

be it the core that holds the grit 

be it the hold of a hand

which is sometimes an attempt

sometimes a confirmation

be it the surprising capability

of the aformentioned core

be it the sight of the gate that holds something from you

it holds something from you

now I say this again but this without hesitation

September 28

 

time and time again

turning in a big wheel

with the fossils and the flowers

the fumes and the fuels

I sit in disharmony because I was put on this earth

as a sweet invitation to turn that around

and to kiss and to shatter 

and to find shelter in forgetting

without the proving or the affirmations 

spinning low in the grass beneath the clouds like a cottonmouth

never having read anything ever

no one else’s nor my own

forever on a silken threadmill

the dots erased before their marking

lurking in their whiteness

declaration

I declare this field outdated

I declare my cortex undamaged

I rewrite the story

I recall anything and everything to be unreal

and replace it with a surrogate 

I exist along with the faces of men 

undamaged

I fulfill conjoined desires

I fall

I fuck and unfuck

G.

 

you are the soldier and the sheep

and the rainbow inbetween, the leap towards

a treetrunk where we sit on 

faces covered from the sun 

 

the well we unwillingly drank from is blessing us after all 

the spools rewinding

back into the lavender and the concrete flowers

towards the discomfort of wetness 

the sight of sameness

the sunken sand  

neokarma 

 

in divine timing

in all this crap and clutter,

the drum

the blade

between disorder and heaven

 

that’s where we meet

Imre

when my body is weak I turn to the sight of Imre on the graveyard

when we gave him goat cheese pie

I wanted so badly to take him home and too late, the realization struck me

only a child does that,

only a child takes a bird out of its nest, no matter how bleak in appearance

 

Imre was the diamond cat

Imre did nothing

it’s easy to pretend you’re being followed

when all you want is a following

with your pointy fingers on the foreheads of creatures

all sizes and ages

to give them names

May 31

 

you call your dad but he speaks in his 2011 voice

you lie despondent in the same bed 

you think you are cemented in a stone wall

 

you look at the universe while it’s not there

you look through the same eyes that contain it

 

they pierce through the middle ages and the holy fruit of Eden

they thread a needle through virgin Sophia’s brain

and the tincture of her womb has dissolved in your body

the cleansed solution is within you

chaos is nothing but the white of an egg

May 22

elsewhere than where the snake bites its own tail

lies are sold like candy

 

empty-handedness is mistaken for void

 

the greatest occurence of a lifetime is not sweet 

but still sticks under every chair we ever sit on

it smashes to pieces our childhood bed

it unentertains us 

22 

 

eleven is a nicer word than it is a number

my number was supposed to be twenty-two

because it was sewn onto my jeans

and now I am twenty-two and I keep quantities in boxes

and I loathe the fabric

cornucopian angel

 

I miss her like that:

 

when she walked with a spring in her step

and denied the dead probably trampling their daisies 

if conscious ignorance exists

then that was what it was, and the bricks she touched seemed supercharged 

but she never heard of ego death

 

the body carried like a lamb

licked in both ears

succumbing softly never knowing of 

a skin behind the peel

 

and still peeling 

May 1

 

what is it that draws me back to the zero point

I like emptiness because it keeps me low

set

to rise eventually

 

selective blindness works greatly

you let your body do a slow dance 

between energy poles

in one room 

lateral

 

sometimes I miss the hospital