Monday, January 18, 2016

All the information you've told me,
The stories, 
the mumblings you half way intend me to hear, 
the looks I feel when we connect,
              all of these pages you've let me read 
are embedded in my heart;
& to pluck these out takes study and skill,
a special examination of not the shiny memory itself 
              but the heart it is embedded in,
how I choose to hold it there 
when starker moments are not brought to light. 
My memory plays tricks, 
seducing me with the echo of what was said.
Fantasy might creep in steadily 
the longer the time fades away,
it might make you look and taste a certain way. 
I found myself looking at pictures of you 
after refusing to for such a long time,
not wanting to remember how much emphasis 
I put on your life crossing mine.
I'm afraid of a dull protective pain 
dissolving into the cracks of your smile 
or bending with the dark curve of your eyelashes. 
I'm aware of a pain that has come & gone 
& slid thick inside again & again.
I'm afraid of an artificial light drawing me in, 
pulling me into assumptions and expectations.
               But if anything, 
& no matter how trapped or caught I feel or felt, 
I can appreciate something that pulls me out of myself,
something that points out a different shade of me that not all see.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The seas of romantic memory & passion
         push you into me again.
You word your mistakes so clearly;
         as if you knew them all along, 
         the words to our song.
As if you thought even at the time
         it was wrong.
So I listen carefully but I don't look.
After awhile the seas in my heart evaporate
         to reality raining on my head,
         to your look over at me that says "this again?"
I feel dull and you feel restless.
I pull until I realize 
        there was never anything in my hands.
You leave my touch but not my mind
where I smash words together 
trying to dissect your expressions.
I ask for & about you
& everyone asks why.
I have no answer,
        Except the rain turning into seas again;
A welcome change from a lonely calm
        I haven't let evolve.
A peace within solitude 
        seeming like a distant rescue,
But the only way I can escape you.