An ode to Candyman (1992)
i. My Congregation
It is a blessed condition, not to have to be; To exist in writings, in whispers— Without these things I am nothing. And yet they are forgetting me So, I was obliged to come. They will say I have shed innocent blood. Still, I was obliged to come.
I will show you: the difference between currant and crimson what to look for in a wounded animal where to manipulate the jaw when to use your hands and when to use your mouth which fingers and teeth to keep clean how to touch the bruise how to lick the neck how to taste what you kill.
iii. Here comes the Hook.
I have sucked your teeth clean They rattle around in my mouth like hard candy, like rock salt I pushed them up from the pink of your jaw like pearls I want to spit them back into your mouth when you kiss me I want to rip you in half But I will wait a little while before I wake you I want the nape of your neck in my palm I want to see your tongue Your tongue, the blood on your gums I will wait to wake you You look so sweet like that, so— I am humming you a lullaby, a lovesong My mouth is full, pink and white and red I want you to hear it You know this one, you do I want to wake you I am watching for a sign of agreement I want you to feel this I want to hear you say it, sing it with me Here comes the Hook
iv. sweets to the sweet
this is the punishment the just deserts i saw him last night in a dream in a dream where he’s going to slaughter you say it say say his name the hook is in my hand i am at am knocking at your door screami screamin screaming screaming i saw saw him in the mirror him behind me behind the mirror something behind his teeth
this is the punishment the just deserts I saw him last night in a dream in a dream where
he's going to slaughter you
say it say say his name the hook is in my hand i am at am knocking at your door
I saw I saw him in the mirror him in the mirror behind the mirror
something behind his teeth
Kathryn Lapin is a student and writer living in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Canada. Her work can be summoned by chanting her name five times in the mirror. Or you can just find her on Twitter @kathryn_444