I want to paint these words
on my wall,
so that maybe they’ll
last forever,
or last until the walls fall,
like in a storm,
or a fire,
or some shit like that.
Or maybe I should tattoo them
on my skin,
because tattoos are forever.
Well, I guess,
until the skin
wears thin
and it shrivels
to nothing over my bones.
Ok, so maybe these words
won’t last.
Maybe they can’t.
But I still feel better
having written them at all,
on anything,
than not having written
them in the first place.
Maybe you can make them
last forever.
Pass them on for me.

Published by lou rasmus

Lou Rasmus is an independent author from Chicago, IL. His works are largely focused on exploring the meaning of life – or lack thereof – while the themes of love, relationships, and self-loathing are also central to many of his stories. His upcoming novel, Primrose Isle, will be his third self-published title. Grapefruit Juice, a collection of bitter poems and short stories, and DEAD RED FISH, his semi-autobiographical debut novel about a young man coming to age on a road trip with his childhood friends, are also available on Amazon.

26 thoughts on “Eternity

    1. Awesome? Oh wait a moment, for once perhaps you are right; this poem is awesome in the real sense of the word, not the overused meaningless modern sense.
      The poem is more akin to Shakespeares’ over quoted and similarly misused soliloque: To be or not to be? Which is also truly awesome.

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  1. Tattoos are extremely ephemeral and are really just expressions of egotism the worst kind of pointless effort. Poetry lives when it deserves to, not because if its encriptive technique. But then Lou already said this.

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  2. These pieces are all awesome. Like Bukowski if he weren’t trying to be so damn sentimental. It feels like ducking into a cave and realizing this is where all the cool kids have been hanging out.

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