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Night: delicate scent of lavender
scattered on bedroom wallpaper.

 

Rain-soaked darkness—wafting
through the open window in waves.

 

I sit on my bed sipping black coffee
with branches of constellations

 

tangled around my brain like
holiday lights criss-crossing a city

 

evergreen on New Year’s Eve, when
the snow reflects muddled hues. Girl

 

splattering

 

words
onto paper—hey, June, it’s summer,

 

tattoo your body with the perfume
of citrus orange, all its sweetness
and terrible acidity

 

scorching your tongue
like a nervous kiss?

 

Tonight: explain this glowing nostalgia
yet metallic future to me,

 

all these emotions whirling
in a black massive inconceivable sky,
extract phrases

 

unless you can’t.
Then don’t.

 

Just release your pen
and savor a breath, washing in

 

the vast inexpressible.




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