The Graceless Heart

Encore

I studied your face one more time

To make sure I didn’t miss anything

The cusp of your cupids bow

The Bermuda triangle of freckles planted on the side of your mouth

I kiss you goodbye like it’s the last time

I tell myself it is 

I want it to be true

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I.
I’ll take queues from you
Until I get stuck in the feeling
That is your eyes
Golden and sunken and rimmed with grey

II.
Do you feel the vibrations between us?
It is palpable
My mouth tastes of iron and sweat and your skin

III.
Kiss me like you want to be loved
Fill your lungs with Newports
I’ll drown my blood in hops
I will spend my whole life here

Your Body Is Your Home. Don’t Burn It Down

I.
What happens when the foundation gives in heaves?
I do not want to die
But she who must go on does not feel the same
She shakes
& I can feel her skin blue
I am no longer living in this body

II.
Where do I run when the fire starts?
The smoke consumes me
My first & last thoughts are always of you.

Unwanted

Clovers grow in my heart where you used to heal me
Now fairy rings in the ground
Empty, hollow enclosures
the rejected “I love yous” pile up in the backseat of our car
like heavy snow
I need you so close
It’s a bargain of breath I need
Your skin against mine
To make this day in & day out worthwhile

Love Haze

We made each other come alive
And I never minded the pain of what that entailed
Our highest highs were worth the lowest lows
Or at least, I remember it that way.

I have captured moments I never wanted to let go
Like the fire in your eyes from the moment you woke, pristine & jade
Or
Kissing under the rain, mud-ridden & dirty
Heavy metal music stomping through the air, passion dancing at our feet

I wish I could feel the way we felt together again
Pure electricity flowing through our harrowed hands
The air thick around us at every breath.