not as real as metal

12 Jun

i didn’t ask

the wind as it

clawed it’s way

across my path

whining and

snarling for

more

i left the wind to

rip apart innocent things

apart instead

i did not ask the

face of an imperfect

rose

her spiky

green collared neck

hung so low

tattered red

head a rusty

bell

trash at her waistline

no i didn’t even

ask for confirmation

from things that

don’t know

love

know you

know

this

bring your best

8 Jun

donavan

floating along

the street

with no

place of origin

just loud enough

for me to remember you

so profoundly

with such weight

that i had to sit on

a curb

and cry with

the trash and

ants

and regret

crows and their shadows

5 Jun

i didn’t know

it would be so

quiet when

it arrived

that it would

soar across the

sky with such

daring grace

that it would lap

against the banks

in puppy nips

that it would

sink hotly

under

the breeze of

any old afternoon

that it would

melt along the

lip line so

slowly

i didn’t know

it would

be more than

a natural disaster

more than a

lonesome train

whistle

more than

the smell of leather

at night

more than wish

donation

more than

crooked teeth

sinking into

flesh

more

knots and boughs

3 Jun

did you know she

was a botanist

and a librarian

even traveled the

world they said

wrote with both

hands they remarked

the hands

that never

picked us

up

again

never knew

mother

again

but amid

her scattered

belongings

when the cancer had

eaten its fill

i found the

sweet alyssum

card with

my very

childhood

picture

attached

if it takes all day

1 Jun

i pluck them down

from the endless

pre-dawn pool

place them

in an old jar

watch them float lazily

(at first)

until they realize

they are trapped and

they do begin to

become frantic

they use their energy

as one to unscream until

everything vibrates

i send down

the softest

hand

let them crawl around

along the palm

until they find peace

on my lifeline

only then do i

carefully close fingers

around their light

and fling them

like lucky jacks

into another

night

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