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Nightly, I could tell you precisely the location of your hands, if that matters, black hair curling around my fingertips, trimming our seconds or your breath, why don’t you whisper this on the highway, try me

blindly, with sheets between us, finally

On Scaring One’s Self

We could be afraid of men in sleeping bags under Pretoria Bridge
asleep and not moving
for the split second they jump out at us
from the corner of our eye

or the wind’s manipulation of
a leaf not stuck to the others
coating the damp canal path
the day’s rain puddling in divots deeper
than the one our highschool girlfriend thought made her head look weird

or all of the usual things like
car horns and ducks in shadows
or the shadows themselves because they can be surprising
when you don’t expect them

or we could be afraid of losing one another
like irreparable distance between a lamp and the socket
that connects a circuit and heats up our tungsten

We could, say, move closer, but
will there always be something that wants to fill that spot?
Will there always be something between me and me?

Like the ripple of our memory of every walk in the door to another
sitting, standing, or otherwise slumping in the other’s absence


blue sided eyelids slide
shut lightly, like we’re sure
and shiny, peachy, fuzzy

sidelined and blindly
grasping clocks with bells
or bindings to morning alarms

when your legs
are the real charm
and smarmy

behind blue jeans and
bed-dreams becoming
undisguising or real

Not to Scare the Weather

Standing on the patio watching the rain, there might be more water in the gutters and more leaves on the street, but we walked through something worse and made it through only slightly dampened. I don’t understand the need for something to begin worse than it ended, or the need for one corner-eyed glance to set a fire to your grace or my pants, and how would I look with singed trousers in a downpour, or would you be so graceful as to wait until the end of the rain? Would you be so grateful as to unbuckle my belt while I kiss the rain off your cheek, or would you swallow grapes while I sweat in my jeans? I’m sure the end will be as good as the beginning.

Holding as we’re leaving
onto hands and lightning strikes,
those things that scare us, lead us home.

Real Bell Society

Couldn’t say if the door’s working;
haven’t heard it chime for weeks

Of Body and Feet Crossed

If you could tilt your head back and
capture the moan you would like to emit
before it leaves your throat,
would you keep it somewhere in your chest

or would you store it under your tongue
in the acres of air there
just waiting for some company
and excited for the visitor of your sound,

just like my fingers are evoked by your lips
and the wetness they withhold,
choked back or swallowed
with your head tilted skyward, spineward.

A Response to a Response from You 

Poetry Note:

I have a new poem, “A Response to a Response from You”, over at Kid-Scissor Hybrid.

Check it out!

Ninth Heartstring

All of the facts and missed connections
and the open windows keep us safe

from too much cool breeze—we sometimes breathe
intentionally, like accidents

orchestrated for musicality.
Take this sneeze you timed so perfectly

that you were excused at four-thirty
exactly, the moment on the dot,

not passed slightly, but right on—write on,
the ninth hour came so promptly, surely

we have not missed the notes of your smile
and quip of your walk. There’s so much time

to hark back to Beethoven, to talk
of the cordiality of our speech

and our fingers on the point and the
smell of mornings with coffee you brewed.

The Same Glass Of Water

I think I’m still drinking the same glass of water
that I drank from in 2008
when I woke up with a hangover
and was unsure if my lover would love me that day—

or was it me
who was wavering?
Uncertainty hit hard in the later years
of high school.

I was in my twenties when I finally heard
someone else say that kids have to make life decisions too early.
Like, I was about as aware of myself then
as a hungry duck is aware of the human holding the bread.

There is so much time
to just wade around the pond a bit longer,
I don’t see the need to commit
to this beach.

Ain’t it something,
reading too much into subtext?
It can do wonders; it will change your life.
There’s a word for this, hiding behind another word.

Season Green

If only summer was a season,
then I would waltz in begging breeze
to find the partner worth the dancing
move about with gracious ease,

but show the meadows we aren’t jealous
and only lovers left alive
in case there’s question of our longing
to look into each other’s eyes.

The green has met me past your backside
to hold our hands between the trees,
so do not hate me for our turning
and our waltzing in the breeze.

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