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Morning

Moon
crescent cut
from taut silken twilight
colour bleeding upwards
cradling the wax negative
of light slipping beneath
the fences of night

Still
before birdsong
and the sound of day
pouring molten over
the eastern shore

I sit
chilled quiet…

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Bedrock Heart

I come upon your truth
Quietly
Unheard in words that
Are casually dropped
Into layers of meaning

There was no cataclysm
Worlds end
In a lowing despair
That is far more shattering
Then shrieking carnage

There was never
Enough space…

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Day Opens

Day opens

Cracking night at the seams
Seeds of light falling
Through rice dreams.

The dripping notes
Of night’s reverie
Are images beyond day sight
Lingering
As tendrils of feeling.

The lost words are
as the pressure of sound
Weight…

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Absolute Love

Your love was an absolute
Which should have been a comfort
But wasn't
Steel-edged, held to a law
All onto yourself
While I messily drew
Equations out of quicksand

It should have meant freedom
Instead it was a trap
Each…

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Alpha Omega

It begins and ends with you
This feeling
Thirsty desire met matched
Drunk with eyes
Crashing through time
Holding space taut
that I might fall
Damply endless
Mirrored in the shape of
your lips
Softly creating my name

It begins…

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Silence

Silence

It is swift softness
unheard wings
pulling a line
of death

It is sharp lucidity
razor revelation
born where darkness
meets light

It is clawed penance
pressed indifference
formed to mete
sophomoric justice

It is cruel love
held hostage…

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A World Made

Time
There are never enough
stretched moments
to cover my naked love
To clothe
To map the contours
Of possibility

Possibilities
constrained by blueprints
to life fulfilled
to boys meeting girls
to bells ringing
and seeded rice dreams
of forever…

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Ground Water

Sometime after
I sat in my car
Sobbing
For reasons beyond
Thought and memory

Ground water hides
The cavernous hauntings
That trickle
Subcutaneous
A hidden wanting

As though we live
Two lives
One in stunned light
The other distant time…

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Unknown

It’s like we never met
The way our lives
Dissect away and apart
Lines moving obliquely
Perhaps parallel
But never crashing fitfully
Together

Words are masks
Worn and taken off
By the edges of night
Cheerful offerings
To indifference
While…

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Pretty Girls

If the pretty girls knew
That their faces
Would buy more than drinks
Hands twitching low
Curved cunning high

If the pretty girls knew
That even changed rules
Are pressed against
The rigid edges
Of fair compensation

If the pretty…

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Together but Not

You and I
Are not so different
Eyes shaded
In the same vein

Veins percolating
With droplets
Of time passed
As water

Our lips
have kissed in
memories and torrents
of air and light

We touch
because our bodies
dissolve…

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Expectation

I learned
Not to expect
To gather up whimsy
As though it were
The hallmark of
A truthful freedom

Truthfully
It was less freedom
Than a narrow binding
Of hope

We were the kind
Without
Without events, birthdays
Without knowledge…