like this ~

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as the last
constellation
brushed into light
planets not yet given
to name
as weeds tangled over
barbs of our past
I want you
to love me
that way

as a three quarter moon
oceans obey
souls coming back
for a kiss
as the memory of sparrows
sailing to home –
I need you
to love me
like this

like a wild
tameless river
carving canyons
to the sea
with reckless abandon –
love me

. . .

how it was to break ~

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tell me
where your words
have gone
where the key
is kept
will truth
be ours to scatter
o’er lifetimes
we have left

will time
resort to flying
will your heart
find rest with mine
will words
be lost in how it was
to break

were my faith
a consequence –
of a promised
one more verse
where time is stilled
with every sigh
remembered

tell me
where your words
have gone –
where the key
is kept

. . .

evidence ~

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lest that you
remember –
how it was
here in my arms
poetry spilled over
from the past
gleaming like a river
slicing through the pines
choose
as you were choosing
let or beg me stay
fill my cup
with everything you lack

were that
circumstance
be all I ever asked
a place to fall
kinder hurts to grieve
when every vow is spoken
will you believe me
then –
how I came for you
evidence
surviving –
as distant was the life
we chose to leave

. . .

again ~

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i have waited
for the season
you might reach for me
this way
when the snow has melted
and every fate
resigned
would that you remember
marigold and blush
of kisses sure
to bind your soul
with mine

i have waited
near the shadows –
pressed my heart
against the stars
casting out my prayers
to destiny
tempted to retreating
cotton wrapped around
touch
wherever touch
is sworn
to be

. . .

sorrows not yet felled by light ~

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til there is nothing
I will tarry –
beneath these roads
where silence sleeps
within the dust
where night is gathered
denied the fire
we burned
between

til comes again
I shall find you
near as my next breath
to this
I will sit
within this pining
assured of love’s
immortal kiss

resolved
of rules
time decided
of sorrows not yet
felled by light
truth shall come
without permission
with faith to seek
a new
sunrise

. . .

pulse ~

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for a moment
(or a lifetime)
I forgot the way to breathe
the means to speak
I can’t recall
my name
was there before
I heard you
(whisper
me to life)
your fingers on
my pulse
forever (one more
time)
as if it were the only
my name betrayed
your voice
(echoes) of my heart
trapped
beneath your skin
breathed
(a sigh forgotten)
save for this

. . .