retrace

20 Apr

beneath the creaking

boughs i searched for

a single reason

watched the wind

make whispering

secret tellers of dark

leaves larger than

my heart

(any reason at all)

i watched the sun

nose up against

the pale green

curls of future

champagne grapes

felt the glossy heads of

orchids

i sat quietly in

the delta breeze

laid the cards out in

a pretty fan

shook my mantle off

in the world that is unsummer

in the field that said

stay out

along the path of the dead

arms akimbo

waiting for a

god damn

sign

bob dylan again

19 Apr

a raven flew across

my window

this morning

and someday

i want to tell you

the story about

how complete

strangers

almost named

me

raven

and how even at first

breath i knew

better than

to cry

aloud

greenbelt

17 Apr

do not call out

let your wings dip low

under the hem of the clouds

let their great swollen

bruised

bodies press against you

ask each one questions

you have always wondered and

before their next loud

lament

wrap your fingers around their

cold morphing faces

take your best

breath

and drink their tears

until you remember you

can cry

too

least goodbyes ever

16 Apr

you do not choose

warrior

rather warrior is

gold dust

pressed into your

eyelids every sleep it

flows through your

hands when you

sing

dance

dream

write

warrior tells you

to hold your heart

in one hand

your sword

in the other

and don’t you dare

flinch

warrior turns your face

to the sun

opens your palms to

the moon

knots and unknots

your guts

until you can

see clearly

until you say

clearly

no

never owls

15 Apr

down the alley

before the sun

sweeps across the streets

down the alley and into

the dark where

only the gleam of

teeth and

eyes tell you

of another

wild flower

who prefers

moonlight

down the alley

found your name

written crookedly

across the

bricks

down the alley

remembered how the

chill of

dawn covers

a body like

cold satin

down the alley

where everything smells

honest

down the alley

found your name

again because

i wrote it

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