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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Sirens woke me up at 3am The silent kind Haven’t you heard? Maybe it was just alarm At being awake and arrested With limbs trapped to a bed That no longer offers rest For a mind that knows 3 am too well An hour with nothing nice to say But if morning rises So will I...
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    Lips curled The words lay heavy on my tongue That tastes the stench of stale coffee, Permeating dirty laundry The only air that flows Goes In and out Of my mouth Mocking thoughts That can’t grow--or shrink-- themselves Into words Strong enough to break this silence But weak enough to...
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    Your world is semipermeable Only diffusing negative-charges Only confusing progressive illness For loving illness It’s biology, it’s psychology It’s everything but human In your toxic world, chronically resistant To treatment or even desire But you will tire Because conditions are n...
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    She had pain, stored but not contained It was a pill that her brother swallowed daily Poison in his stomach—till it killed them both Slowly The living room was a warm fire Without shadows on the floor It was forgotten memorial to family Truly Their pictures worth a thousand lies Flashing ...
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    Sometime between corn dogs and bunk-bed conversation I found you in a dark cafeteria, my secret prison Knelt on cold linoleum Mid-July, at CLI – “The Christian Leadership Institute” for high schoolers I genuflected awkwardly, discreetly As guitar strummed to set the mood I waited in the...
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    Monday, she cries Tuesday, she dances She dances when she cries And now she cries to think That they are now the same Wednesday She dances, she cries Her love is tainted Her arms reach, her tears fall Where is the thing she dances for? Why do her arms stretch? Why do her toes point? Why ...
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    Heavy Thoughts move Like cement Into place They settle in the spaces Of indecision Decided They weigh Their way Into place and make lines On my face I have no say They’re here These cement Thoughts To stay...
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    Cold black coffee with the windows open January air Ambulence passing, lift a prayer Howl at the dog Lift up my feet To a headstand And let the blood in my veins Rush into my head With the thoughts of you That I cannot keep out Like the January air That fills the room The dark room Lig...
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    Two little girls, afternoon princesses Until the sky turns orange and red And the air turns cold and smoky When the princesses shed their gowns Not to be carriage ponies But wild stallions, young and curious About the thick, settled grandfather trees And the black birds that sing from them M...
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    When my cheeks are warm and red I hope that your hands are cold and clammy I hope that your legs are shaking When my foot is bouncing off my knee In anxious anticipation of a two-sentence conversation with you, I will be vacillating between “hello” and “hi” Careful to pick the one whic...
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    Shoulders hunched, eyes averted Blushing red from the gaze you’ve asserted Sweating now, hating myself Taking sudden interest in an empty shelf You’ll lose interest They all do Until I can learn to tell you, “I love…”...
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    Give me time A little more sand To fall through my emptying hourglass Because I can’t help from falling Like the sand Too quickly, always too quickly Always ready to move Then stop But all I want is more sand...
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    The memories Like bleeding ink Let the past seep in Bringing dead songs to life Finding lost days again And old loves Breathing life Into a lifeless heart I don't want to be A lifeless heart...

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