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When I Close My Eyes

Nothing but sleep
keeps me from you

when dark dreams land
in fields of no return
and only you

can fight the winds
that bind
and rip old wounds
open.

Where else can lashes fold
like flowers in winter;
your arms
wrapped around
insecurities

the way stars
hang the moon.

~

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Scenic Curves


You said due to our difficult circumstances,
if I should ever forget your eyes and how they
hold your heart within them when you look
at me, I should remember that first day in a
crowded room, when we were completely
alone, or the first time you ran your fingers
across my cheek and wandered to petaled
places and back so gently that I felt feathers
like the ones that adorn the wings I bear. You
said if you ever fall short, to whisper before we
sleep like we always do, laughing and remind
you, but how can I when your love never fades
from those brown eyes that always melt mine.

~

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Interlude

I wonder if this is how an artist feels
stammering in colors that dissipate
staring at a blank canvas, watching
stars flicker messages; Morse code,
dancers swirling skirts tiptoe beauty,
guitarists never missing a note, but,
here I am again, voiceless waiting on
sparks to fly like lovers in an interlude,
pitter patters of rain and wasted time.

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Raphael

To paint glitter into angels,
innocence into the skies,
and the skies
into the heaven we wished on stars
to be;

colors towering too high to reach
from scaffolds
or the tip of Mont Blanc;

blush, on cheeks
warm enough to touch.

Raphael, you flourished every smile,
tears tarnished upon white steps,
walls engraved
with past transgressions.

On the back corner of moons,
I saw your wings, feathered, flying;
a barefoot Plato conducting Aristotle
on theories of the constellations;

sculptures of purity looking down
upon twenty-one reasons to weep

and not one of them is you.

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Seed

I thought of them,
one by one

and wicked turned inside-out;
sunrise transforming
into a color I didn’t recognize.

The troubled, disturbed,
pain ridden humanity

labeled most likely to…
by the age of fifteen
by some notebook toting,
mouse in a cage expert
on statistics of specimens
and their environment.

So, go ahead,
pen a sonnet
for everyone who has a past.

Give them an excuse to detonate
and gain two minutes of fame
on the ten o’clock news
never stopping to consider

when the sun sets purple
and deep clandestine blue,
the simple fact

evil doesn’t always grow
from a seed.

~

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Snowfall

Saturday night in the back of a taxicab
feels like home to those who scratch
and claw to make it to Monday when
traffic lights are an obstacle between
bread and butter and the next quick fix.
Summer sounds better when white
is the hardest place to hide. Come in,
they say when dark gets darker and
there is no place to run from yourself.

~

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Doll House

If I removed every brick and started over
building a perfect structure until my fingers bled;
wind blowing windows shut, borrowing stars-
catching fireflies when sunlight fades,

conduct a forest concerto to sing a lullaby
and lie silken feathers for your sleepy head,
would it matter, Daddy?

If I climbed that mountain all the way to a purple sky,
sprinkled golden stardust into your waiting hands,

would you love me, then?

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