You Missed

I am not good at math, never bothered to calculate how many heartbeats between melt and skip and break. Perhaps a million palpitations pulsated, or maybe only a dozen. Regardless, every one represented a chance for you to glance back and offer to mend. All these chances you missed, maybe a million, or maybe only […]

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what of me did you walk away with and keep on your skin? can you find me, smell me like an errant petal, if you tilt your head just so?

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Lilac bush budded tight, not yet ready to let go of winter, to trust the conductor’s flailing baton, urging it to open to the next movement of our quartet. Your fist was like that, over your sternum as you claimed “it” was all still there. I snap off a twig. Inside, the flesh is green. […]

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I learned skills so I can make eye contact with you in dreams again. They say if I practice I will be able to stare you down- wide awake, without fear or pain or memory of your cheek puffed up in a smile against mine.

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Come and Go

Come and go, birds help themselves to seed in snow. They seem to know you have gone; the whole world knows, as it is sewn in tiny stitches throughout the air, like frozen flakes. This knowledge settles like a blanket stretched tight over a bed. At the window, I watch the rest of nature realize […]

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opposite sides of sky

old news throbs fresh ever, how typical of me to cling to yellowing threads that serve only to slice my fingers. how typical of earth to continue her steady pilgrimage around sun. how typical of us to conceal ourselves in silence on opposite sides of sky. … it gets worse at night, or so they […]

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