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Dendrites

You don't know. 
how could you? 

that beautiful 
mind dendrites 
twist to endure 
even the harshest 
of environments 
that this is survival 
that this is adaptation 
that what you 
call insanity 
is actually a reasonable response 
to unreasonable circumstance

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The Wetness of the Sea

This morning I sat beside you
As you lay in bed, tightly closed
I tentatively touched your back
To feel the temperature of this moment
To gauge the subtle currents
Tempestuous yet removed
That swirled cool between us
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Erosion

The years wear hard
a subtle shaping
of winded word and salt tear
on the stone artifacts of time and memory. 
I watch the tired sweep of your crafted hands 
Even as your eyes pool before me. 
I watch and…

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Take Heart

The years wear hard
A subtle shaping
of winded word and salt tear
on the stone artifacts of time and memory.
I watch the tired sweep of your crafted hands
Even as your eyes pool before me.
I watch and…

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My Grandmother

The shadows lengthen quickly 
On the last day with my grandmother 
I want to remember every detail 
How she likes her tea weak 
The subtle bite of the Dutch cheese 
Always found in her 
Just adequately stocked fridge 
The quietudes…

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Rupture

This.
This rumble
Of foundation shaking
Trembling beneath the surface
Rippling uncertainties outward

This.
This frenzy
Of frantic grappling
To secure precious belonging
Shattering all around

This.
This keening
Of landscape changing
Shifting our relational edges
Mapping fear faultlines

This…Read more
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Waypoint

The airport is lonely
A place that isn't
Waypoint between
There and gone
Movement held in stasis
As I sit
Waiting to be transported
To different
To new
To a tomorrow
I am not sure
I am ready for

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Weathering

nobody remains unchanged
by the agony of love

will we weather
each other
until we are
seared down to the core;
the stark shape
of ultimate vulnerability

or will time
erode
all the softness
between us
until we are
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Gosling

before
I could nestle you
beneath my mother wings
strong
waterproof
shelter you from storms
even those of your making

oh my gosling
how you have
outgrown my wingspan

in the mounting tempest
I cry hot tears
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Angel voice

I am the one
with the angel voice
weaving
demon sobs
and all
this stewarded pain
into sweet-tongued
lullabies

sleep my darling
release
I will not forget
your song
I will cradle it
in my breath
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Stillness

don’t mistake my stillness
for apathy
my #fucks aren’t given
in angry tirades
battering love into submission
no, my fucks are quiet
the soft sigh of ego release
silent night wings
moving me unseen
into the opened eared
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Tool

i wonder what you saw
mirrored reflection
steamily dissolving
as you silently stripped
your name
your history
your place
to become
what was required.

what did you feel
as you scrubbed away
your humanity
in service of humanity?