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Villanelle (untitled)

Do not dismiss the quiet, sunless sky,
Tender skin should never travel alone;
Golden rays will burn as we wave to say goodbye.

People say the bronzed and contoured models sell a lie,
And though you curse the pale translucence that hugs your bone
Do not dismiss the quiet, sunless sky.

Braided friendship bracelets that I tie
Tightly hug your shrinking wrist too white in tone.
Golden rays will burn as we wave to say goodbye.

Your demons are the inner voices ruling your eye
So that your bathroom scale fed you digits you did not want to own.
Do not dismiss the quiet, sunless sky.

I cannot shake away today: you asked me why
I make you leave this little house we own?
Golden rays will burn as we wave to say goodbye.

My daughter, all your beauty cannot die.
I know because I cleared your path that I myself have flown.
Do not dismiss the quiet, sunless sky,
Golden rays will burn as we wave to say goodbye.



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