“Answers Lie” by Julie Dolcemaschio

Answers lie in viper magnets on the fridge
I love the way Picachu holds the flag
And sings God Save the Queen like Sid Vicious

Lavender grows wild this year, early
Spring comes late to those who still love winter
Sleet covers streets bare of trees
Only a streetlamp gets turned on before six

I dreamed my knight in shining armor
Arrived on a gilded horse
The horse lifted his head proudly
And told me only fools mourn a loss before it happens

I am with you now
You will never read these words
You will never know what losing you will do to me
I will sit next to you and tell you all that is good
So the fear will come less often

Answers lie in a morphine drip
They came to her in bright hallucinations
She told them to stop yelling
Her heart was still strong, still beating
And she asked if I had wine with lunch

Adesh speaks of poisoned men and planted roses
I want to tell her about beauty
And how it shows itself in sophomore eyes
I want to tell her that peace comes only
To those who look for the silver lining with their eyes closed

Answers lie where you look for them
Under rocks, that’s so cliché
I prefer to find them in the poetry spoken
While fucking a lover who never lies

I will live for those beauty moments
And I will die a thousand little deaths
If he says it should be so

Answers lie in the greeting as well as the let go
I feared the pain of both
Until I greeted the golden boys
And said goodbye to Adonis

I will wave with bravery when the queen says it’s time
And find answers where they lie
In imperfect arms I will die those little deaths
And breathe life into his hard places
While he speaks to me in tongues
And reads my poems in Italian

Julie Dolcemaschio

Photo by VC Ferry

All Rights Reserved

© 2010


  1. lkthayer · March 11, 2010

    Julie, you slay me over & over again…brilliant!! LK 🙂

  2. Angela Cohan · March 11, 2010

    Wow Julies. This piece is so powerful and lovely.

  3. Jackie herzig · March 11, 2010

    Your poem sings to us with a brilliant calm and understanding.

  4. souldose · March 11, 2010

    Julie wow I’m in awe, this took my breath

  5. anniew3000 · March 12, 2010

    Exquisite~sad…transformational. As always, you rock it out of the park, Ms. Julie!

  6. nicolerigets · March 16, 2010

    The hardest of hearts will break when they read your poetry.

  7. Adesh Kaur · March 27, 2010

    My Julie. I love your tender-strong voice. You find the places that hurt and breathe a bit more hope in them. What a poet you are.

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