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Every poem is a coat of arms. -Jean Cocteau

I've also been posting some oldies and the occasional photo on Instagram. I'd love to see you there, too. (shangri_ladida)
Every poem is a coat of arms. -Jean Cocteau

I've also been posting some oldies and the occasional photo on Instagram. I'd love to see you there, too. (shangri_ladida)

It was a sturdy ship that I
went down in, and it felt like
rebirth when I drowned and
emerged from the tumbling
surf to wring out my hair and
tie a knot in my skirt. (I learned
to breathe by nearly drowning.)

On thirsty days
I curse the sun,
kick up dirt and
beat my drums
and call the rain

(it always comes.)

The sheets yet to cool and the sun yet
to rise, I've already practiced an easy
goodbye– but seeing you wreathed in
sheets, sleepy, pleased, feels unkind when
you're just a dream I have sometimes.

All the poems I wrote for you
were fond hyperbole; your hands
were not the saving kind and you
tasted nothing like the sea.

This is now.

We still think
we're ripe figs, saplings
green and sweet 'neath supple
bark, hearts still sticky,
fruit still tart.

Marsha Singh
Marsha Singh
Feb 23, 2016

I called to you 
softly when I 
was young; my
voice bounced off 
the bricks of a 
suburban slum,
sauntered down 
side streets and 
stirred piles of 
leaves, then snagged 
in the branches till 
the wind tore it free 

to collapse at your 
window like a 
weary songbird
that had been 
singing for decades 
and finally, you heard.

Marsha Singh
Marsha Singh
Feb 13, 2016

You asked about it later,
in the best way you knew how
as I was tracing dreamy cursive
on your neck; I sighed across
your skin just like a cool front
blowing in and said –  It
doesn't even matter. I forget.

 
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