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Familiar

By , Portland, OR

Familiar, did you know
that it was only
the warm brush
of your side against
my own
that kept me from
shattering
like crystal
under too much
pressure (Be careful
Sharp edges Don't touch
It could cut you)?

 

Familiar, did you know

that it was only
your soft humming
a melody
for the two of us
that kept me from
drowning
in the doubt
and worry
that came in
heavy waves
(Droplets
in my eyelashes
Shades of indigo
and misery)?

 

Familiar, did you know
that is was only
that shine of
slitted pupils
and green
that gives me
the courage
to close my own eyes
and pledge fealty
to the encroaching
darkness (Do you ever just relax
No Why not I can't)?

 

Familiar, did you know
that it was thought
wise women had
bonds with their
preferred companions
called ‘familiars’?
You are mine
Just as I
am yours,
I think
(I hope)




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