Photo Courtesy of Evangeline Vickery
I travel through backstreet alleys,
and by the voided front stoops of those that gave up.
I travel in the quiet space between time,
which can only be heard when it’s snowing.
I dally, in the mere moments before a summer’s pre-dawn emergence, when newspapers used to be delivered.
I am Justice.
I am that which puts right.
I fold out into a ledger of misdeeds and heroic dramatics.
Faith and disbelief aid and abet my purpose.
The time line I walk is excruciatingly painful.
I am a phantom that tickles your ear as I move intimate close.
I get the hairs on the back of your neck and forearms to stand erect.
I’m there in front of you, despite your blindness.
Taken for granted.
Reminding you that your choices aren’t always ethical, and predominantly self-serving.
Snarky comments, sarcastic tones, and guilt reside within the quiver on my back.
I fire down upon those that abandon their accountability with great speed and force.
You finally see me as you move past glossy surfaces. I am a reflection of your misdeeds.
The looking glass is incapable of lies.
You know deep down, that I am right.
You can’t hide from my truth.
I am the shadow that sticks with you in the darkness.
Published by Christopher Hickey
Welcome to my effort. Yes, as a great procrastinator, it requires great effort to stay focused on something productive that matters to me. I’ll find any old excuse to traipse from project to project, and I rarely end up at the place I started. I find this maddening, and exhaustive. So it is with high hopes, and a greater grasp of self-awareness, that I embark upon staying the course so to speak.
I enjoy writing. Be it blogs, fiction, poetry, etc. I love the craft and the act of creation, the art in and of itself, for it’s own sake and end. I am happy to be able to do it.
Born: March 1974
St.Francis de Sales, Charlestown MA
Don Bosco Technical High School, Boston MA
University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Lowell MA
Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown MA
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
North Virginia Community College, Arlington VA
Harvard Extension School, Cambridge MA
Place of residence: Somewhere in the land of metro Boston. It’s vaguely familiar and becoming home more and more by the day, but when you come from “The Town” all else fails by comparison.
Favorite Color: I’m partial to all forms of blue.
Favorite Author: c’mon! don’t expect me to answer that, there are too many.
I enjoy memories of playing 80’s Atari better than playing any advanced gaming system that exists today.
Hope to be recognized for my paper clip collection. As well as my 27 rejected applications to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailiey Clown college.
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3 thoughts on ““Phantomime””
You know I love this one. I may be wrong but the phantom is guilt?
Oh it’s so delicious keep it up
Could be. Are ya feeling guilty?
Oh snap. I. Uh.